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Old 07-10-2006, 08:28 PM   #76
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This beauty doesn't happen to belong to you does it?

Classic 1993 Ducati Superlight FS
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/mcy/180031407.html

If it does it sure is a beatuy, if it doesn't it is still a beauty.
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:35 PM   #77
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You'll have a lot of fun with that bike... I have several friends that have them and have had them for many years and swear by them... find a competent Ducati tuner and that bike will be a keeper for the long haul...
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:34 AM   #78
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The fuel tank does not have a manual shut off. If it won't start, it could be a lot of things. You should see if it has any spark first, though. If it does then the carbs are probably gummed up. You really should let a good Duc tuner do the service first and then take it from there. The price you've been quoted is a little low for belts/valves and such.

I left mine sitting for a couple years, and I had a hard time starting it. I had to ride it for quite awhile to get it to run clean. I presume my carbs were a mess with dried fuel residue, but it cleared up after about 50 miles.

You have a terrific motorcycle. Its a little edgy in traffic with a snatchy drive line and clutch, but very sweet for what its intended.
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:39 AM   #79
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I had a 93 model (with the gold painted frame and wheels). As others have said, might be worth getting the first service done at the dealers, just for the peice of mind. Make sure those belts are changed, they fail as much due to standing idle as by being used. The Mikuni carbs are fairly easy to strip, they are the same as fitted to quite a few jap bikes (my TDM850 has the same).

Be careful as you are not used to this kinda bike. If you plan to get into biking, why not try to pick up an old beater for a bit of practice, it is very expensive fixing a duke.

Oh yeah, if it has not already been modded, watch out for the stupid pop-up sidestand. It was designed just to keep the spares counter busy. I always left mine in gear.

Enjoy!
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:16 AM   #80
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The fuel tank does not have a manual shut off.
Are you sure about that? IIRC my '92 750SS had a shutoff on the "petcock", although you had to prop the tank up to get to it. I just used it for winter storage.

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Old 07-11-2006, 07:29 AM   #81
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:54 AM   #82
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I've always wanted a SS, but it just never seem all that practical to me.. yet it is soooo sexy:

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:12 AM   #83
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I had a 91 900ss the first one in the state. God I miss that machine. Never had a problem with it and it made all the right sounds.

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:24 AM   #84
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Are you sure about that? IIRC my '92 750SS had a shutoff on the "petcock", although you had to prop the tank up to get to it. I just used it for winter storage.

Jon
I noticed that little "petcock". Will try and see if that works.

"Be careful as you are not used to this kinda bike. If you plan to get into biking, why not try to pick up an old beater for a bit of practice, it is very expensive fixing a duke. "

Actually the duc is not the only bike i inherited. Also a 78 kawasaki kz400 and a unknown year huskavarna 390 dirtbike(estimate late 70's early 80s) and they both run.

thanks for the replies guys!
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:01 AM   #85
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Are you sure about that? IIRC my '92 750SS had a shutoff on the "petcock", although you had to prop the tank up to get to it. I just used it for winter storage.
Correct.

Mark,
As already mentinoned, having sat that long, it probably needs its carbs cleaned to get running right, replace the old fuel in the tank with a fresh load, etc. But before any of that, fresh cam belts.
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:57 PM   #86
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Here are some pics as requested:









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Old 07-11-2006, 01:15 PM   #87
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give that poor thing a bath - ASAP!

I owned several Ducs myself and I'd just like to echo a couple suggestions here: find a good shop! Although I always wrenched on all my dirtbikes and now on my BMW, the Ducs all needed to visit a pro every once in a while - sure, oil changes you can do yourself, but the desmo needs good lovin'. If this is a sentimental piece for you, do the right thing and have it gone over by a Duc mechanic.

As for riding, I'd have to say that the 900ss of this generation was one of the smoothest and easiest to ride Ducs. Much more comfortable and forgiving than my newer 900ss.

Clean it up and enjoy it.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:24 PM   #88
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I had a 91 900ss the first one in the state. God I miss that machine. Never had a problem with it and it made all the right sounds.
Your doomed. Your post looks alot like my post #3. Guess what I bought this weekend?
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:10 PM   #89
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Holy smokes! Get some new tires (those look like Bridgestone BT57s!!) and brake fluid in that bad boy as well.

Nice looking bike! There's a rabid following out there for these bikes if you decide to sell it. I think Arch still has "900SS" tattooed on his body somewhere.
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:42 PM   #90
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I may have just scored a test ride on a 900SS. One of our members came in and I was talking to him about trading bikes for a ride...



I think my wallet should be nervous!

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