1977 Ducati 900 SS
4291 original miles ~
is 860 SS 08734X
Austin Vintage Cycle (AVC of Austin, Texas) completed this full
on concourse restoration back in 2018 for the previous owner who
had it for a long time and asked to restore it to its former
glory and make perfect again. Chris Martin is the owner of AVC
and performed all work on this bike. Every part and piece has
been preserved and this bike has been restored to factory
condition. There were less than 200 of these bikes imported in
1977 which makes them rare pieces. Originally, these bikes were
imported with Lafranconi pipes and 32 mm carbs installed and
included a race kit when purchased new. This consisted of Conti
pipes and 40mm carbs and sometimes a set of cam shafts,
depending on the dealer. For this restoration, 40mm carbs and
Conti pipes were used as that is the way any rider would have
set it up back in the day. This bike is very original and
correct in every detail with very low mileage.
Below is a list of what was done to the bike for it's
restoration. This 1977 Ducati 900SS is special in that it is as
close to original as can be 40 years after it was built. The
bike was not in horrible condition when we started and it was
mostly complete and original to begin with.
started with a total teardown right down to the spokes and
took it from there.
was given a full teardown to inspect and replace any part
that was not in good shape. Many bearings were replaced as
well as all the rocker arms resurfaced.
was then carefully assembled with great care given to every
part to assure all parts were shimmed to proper tolerance.
This one starts easily and idles very nice. It runs very
strong and shifts well. The cutch action is smooth and
engagement is spot on.
the bare aluminum motor parts were cleaned and media blasted
to make it look just as it came from the factory.
polished parts were carefully cleaned and polished. During
the assembly process, it is critical that one remains clean
as unfinished aluminum will stain easily from greasy hands.
was stripped and painted as opposed to Powder coating as
this was the way it was done in the 70's.
were rebuilt with the original painted ALPINA spokes which
meant they were cleaned, blasted and repainted - every spoke
- then carefully laced and trued. Great care was taken
during reassembly and truing to not damage the freshly
original wiring harness was retained. Everything cleaned up
and any problems/issues sorted.
of the original fasteners on the bike were cleaned and
original body parts were also stripped and repainted with a
clear coat applied over the stripes and stickers.
cables were made, and the original brake hoses were reused.
calipers were anodized as opposed to painted and then
rebuilt with new seals, pistons, etc.
chrome parts were sent out and are now perfect and will wear
well for decades to come. This one is set sporting her
original Conti pipes with a fresh show chrome applied.
lenses and such were all polished and cleaned up as they
were in very shape to begin with.
is wearing new pair of Dunlop K81s as this was our tire of
choice in 77.
running the rebuilt 40mm Dellorto carbs and Conti mufflers,
as provided in the race kit from the dealer in 1977.
It is perfect
and correct in every way. It starts and runs very nice and can
be ridden hard if desired. The bike is currently fitted with the
40mm carbs and Conti pipes which would have been the (race kit)
back in the day.
It may be
hard to realize how many hours it takes to restore one of these
bikes to a perfect original condition and a lot of people may
guess it takes around 200 hours to restore one of these bikes.
But when you take into account the entire process from teardown,
to motor build, to chassis work, to paint, machine work, chrome
and assembly and account for all the hours that the shop guys
spend, the painter spends, the chrome, the machinists, etc. in
reality it ends up taking well over 600 man hours to achieve
this level of perfection.
The goal for
this restoration project was to end up with a "No Excuses
motorcycle", in other words, as perfect as is humanly possible.
owner was Giovanni Caruso per the original title – first titled
1980, Second owner James Hunter, I am the third owner since new.
Concourse restoration performed by Austin Vintage Cycle in 2018.
I have a 34 page documentation of the restoration process from
AVC including photos of original condition and the restoration.
Please email and ask for it if you would like some late night
Service completed by Desmoto Sport in San Francisco Included:
Rebuilt Carbs by Bevel Heaven.
Adjust and Timing Check.
Front brake Cylinder and New Voltage Regulator.
Kit & LaFranconi mufflers are included.
California titled and registered. Bike is located in San
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