Americans received the “new” SuperSport in 1991 as a 900, however Ducati had actually introduced the model in 1987 in other markets with a 750cc engine. It did not go well, and the next year they tried again with a Pantah-based 904cc engine – this 900SS was produced between 1988-1990 and it sis a rare predecessor to the much more ubiquitous 900SS that Peter Egan would go on to call “the used motorcycle you need.” In 1990, Bob Miller of Miller Specialties imported ten examples of the 900SS to the US – here’s one of them!
This model is an interesting moment in Ducati’s history as the firm barely acknowledges it today and there’s relatively little information available about them online. But the first 900SS pushed 80 horsepower through a six-speed transmission, helped by an improved cooling system and a Weber carb.
Per the seller, “this bike has spent most of its life with me in our museum on display and only ridden 1-2 times a year. Fresh oil, new cam belts, recent battery. Mikuni flatslide carbs, Marzocchi M1R forks, braided steel brake lines, and single seat cowl.” One odd thing to note – the seller provides over 10 photos but none of them show the left side of the bike, so you’ll presumably want to get a look at that before you make an offer!
Find this Ducati for sale in Waitsfield, Vermont for $9,700 here on Craigslist.
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