1977 Ducati 900 SS
At 65 now I've decided to
simplify my life and sell what I'm not riding. A tough decision
as you might imagine, but I haven't ridden it in a year and its
time for my un-restored original 77 900 Super Sport to go to a
I've owned this amazing
motorcycle since 1982 (32 yrs.) Some history: My friend was the
head Ducati mechanic at our local European shop. He would also
build the Ducati race bikes for the owner who also raced at
Daytona. He was a master mechanic. He set the bike up the way
they all should have been set up from the factory. He shimmed
the bevel shafts so the gears mesh properly for the correct gear
lash, cut every other shift dog off 4th gear, did a proper valve
adjust and generally checked everything internally. When
completed, he said "Brian, this is a good one" (and he'd seen
many pass through his shop).
those of you who don't know what the purpose of cutting the 4th
gear dogs is; this is a modification that racers did to make
sure they never missed a 4th gear shift which could happen
occasionally on these Desmo's. This bike has never been raced
but since he had it apart he went ahead and did the mod.)
things this bike has that make it even better are:
Fitted with the factory
race kit = 40 mm Delorto pumpers with ticklers.
13" Koni adjustable
shocks (for more ground clearance and quicker steering).
Stock are 12".
New top quality dry
Large K&N filters on
velocity stacks (the bike has 'never' been run
without these filters.)
Not original: Silver
painted fairing. (The stock 'poor quality' blue color was
getting chipped easily so I repainted it in silver. At the time
I hadn't thought about the importance of keeping it totally
original, but the blue paint wasn't holding up.)
Smaller front turn signals.
What shows age:
The right side panel
paint has deteriorated (see photo) and has some fine
'surface' cracks in the gel coat along the front edge.
The rear fender shown in
the photo has a crack in the gel coat surface on the left
side. The fiberglass fiber part of the fender is 'not'
cracked, so it is structurally sound.
The paint on the center
stand is in need of repainting.
The front edge of the
lower frame tubes have small rock chips as would be expected
on a bike of this age.
This bike has 17,700 adult
ridden miles on it. Has received regular oil/filter changes
with Kendal oil (now called Royal Purple). The paint on the
tank, solo and dual seats and one side cover is beautiful and as
near perfect as a 37 year old bike can be. Check the photos
closely and you'll see. The engine parts have no corrosion, are
shiny and look beautiful. It has never had any problems
whatsoever. You can feel how strong and tight the engine is
just by turning it over with the kick starter, and when it
idles, the firing of each cylinder is strong and crisp.
I've owned two of these
SS's. One was a black and gold version I purchased long after
this one and I've ridden other friends SS's. My experience is
that this particular engine stood out from the rest, not only
was it much smoother, it had more low down torque and power.
Just idling you could hear the difference in its crisp firing.
I sold the black and gold one shortly after I purchased it. (I
should have kept it too!)
This is an unmolested, well
cared for 'original' motorcycle. It still has the original 'Ballanti/Roberto'
windscreen. It comes with a rare dual seat in beautiful
condition 'with key' for its rear compartment, tool pouch,
Haines manual, special Ducati exhaust flange wrench and
counter sprocket wrench, extra turn signal, two original '900
SS' side cover decals, two original 'DESMO' fairing decals and a
set of wire mesh covers for the velocity stacks (which have
'never' been on the bike!)
This bike is clean, sharp,
mechanically sound and runs extremely well. It will be hard
to find a nicer unmolested original like this one.
SOLD SOLD SOLD
Contact: Brian Stewart
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