Tell me about the Ducati 900ss

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by rokklym, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Red Sand

    Red Sand Been here awhile

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    Mine was yellow and I loved it also.

    It didn't do anything "really great" but it didn't do anything "really bad" while the coolness factor was way up there in my opinion - dual cans, decent fork, goofy mini-fairing - I'm glad I owned one.

    I think it was Ducati's attempt to lure owners over to their product line with an entry level machine so they would eventually upgrade to the real thing. Not a bad decision and not a bad machine to do it with.

    My insurance for that bike was really inexpensive.
  2. Curvesurfer

    Curvesurfer Been here awhile

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    I had a '95 SP that was a bit of a beater but still ran like a top with the CA Cycleworks FCR kit and Arrows. One of my favorite motorcycles and regretted selling it.

    Happy to announce I've acquired another '95 SP, this one in outstanding condition, with the same carb kit, FBF pipes, an upgraded rear shock and a bunch of other goodies. I had that same familiar thrill riding it home, it's such a satisfying bike, and this one is as clean and well-sorted as they come.

    I'm back in the cult!

    pic below (not my garage):

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  3. noman

    noman Been here awhile

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    bought a 96 900ss/cr in april of 2009 with 4600miles, now have 9006 miles.

    heard much about 900ss frame cracking near the headstock but saw nothing until i used a 10x mag glass and LED flashlight. found a hairline crack last season that may have been there for years. duc shop owner and his maint dude couldn't find it. prof welder suggested it may be better to watch, rather than weld the crack.

    option 1.) simple tig repair may/may not induce local stresses, and post-heat treatment to address this may scorch head bearing lube requiring replacement. welding may/may not cause elec fritz somewhere even if every connection is unplugged. paint matching would be a guess.

    option 2.) adding gussets will require full disass of entire front end (with electrics), then matching paint or complete disass of frame for paint.

    i scribed the mark, no propagation.
  4. ClimbingAZ

    ClimbingAZ Adventurer

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    Great thread....soon as I get my CB750 Cafe sold I'll be on the hunt for 900ss. :D

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  5. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    should never of sold it.....my old '95 ss/sp and first Ducati after selling my 907ie back in the early 90s.....less than 17k orig miles, DP solo seat...alas. :1drink

    pretty in my eyes

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  6. Andylaser

    Andylaser Heavy Metal

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    I rode one of the real 900ss' at the tender age of 20. Belonged to a friend and I had it for a week. (similar to this, but blue) [​IMG]

    It definitely wasnt a bike for wimps. There was an art to starting it, it growled, whined, bellowed flames and sounded like a shotgun firing. It was worth it though. It made enough noise to rattle windows, handled like an express train on rails and had enough vibration to give girlies a wet gusset.

    You were totally fooked if it rained though, as it either wouldnt start or had the coil short to the frame which was interesting to say the least.
  7. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    Not for nothun but that's not an SS... :shog
  8. noman

    noman Been here awhile

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  9. robnobrakes

    robnobrakes n00b

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    My 1994 900SS. Originally purchased new in Germany by a British soldier, he brought it back to the UK in 1996. It was sold to a good friend of mine in 1996. I prised it off my friend in June 2009. Other than servicing and belt changes, no reliability issues.
  10. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    I really REALLY need to quit looking at this thread. I've been lusting after one of these for a long time. This one looks exactly like what I want. When can I come pick it up? :lol2

  11. robnobrakes

    robnobrakes n00b

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    My '94 900SS

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  12. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    hey guys,

    instead of starting a new thread, i ask my question here.

    searching online for bikes (just for fun, i´m not really in the market) i stumbled across this poor little 750SS

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    everybody sane would advice me to keep my hands of such a butchered and ugly ducati, but i can´t stop thinking about it. it needs to be rescued.
    what do you think? any chance of bringing it back to old glory? its a 94, the ad says its a 750SC, don´t know what that means. otherwise, it would be a good basis for a nice cafe build.

    i´m i nuts?

    cheers
    josef
  13. beardothebeardo

    beardothebeardo Been here awhile

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    Please save that bike!!!
  14. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    What's up with your headlights? I like that dual look. Better than the stockers for sure!
  15. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    IMHO no mid 90s supersport is a good basis for a "cafe build". The whole concept makes no sense to me with a supersport. The lines/geometry of the SS frame are all wrong for the right look. And let's be honest, making a cafe racer out of a supersport is all about looks.

    Don't get me wrong, I like cafe racers. But a bump stop seat and round headlight on a supersport chassis do not a cafe racer make. There are a LOT better bikes to base one on. If you want to save it, put the stock fairings back on. But it'd be cheaper to buy a clean SS to begin with. Maybe even cheaper to find a Sport Classic, which almost looks ok... though I never did warm up to the HUGE tailsection.

    All that said, the term "cafe racer" may mean something different to me than it does to you. I'd much prefer to see an SS modded with upgraded componenets than backdated with "cafe racer" visuals.
  16. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    i absolutley know what you mean. the frame isn´t really suitable for a real classic cafe racer. but i was thinking about something along the lines of this:
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    maybe i should have called it a retro racer! it would still mean to chop up the frame, and i couldn´t do it. one reason would be the legal situation here in europe (austria) and the other, and more important reason, would be that i just couldn´t do it from a emotional perspective. after all its a ducati and not some soulless jap bike. no offense.

    as for the price, he is asking 999euros. that is by far the cheapest ducati i´ve ever seen. some st2´s are being offered here for around 2000euros, monsters and well mantained 900SS are 3000 minimum. sport classics are rare, and while i like the looks of them, i really don´t care about them.

    i will have a look at the bike, and if i like it, if i feel very sorry for it, and if it feels right, i will have a go i guess. bring it back to stock with used parts, that are available in big amounts.
  17. NCGS

    NCGS De Oppresso Liber

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    Just picked up a '98 900FE (#190) this past weekend. The bike has a grand total of 3,900 miles on it. It needs a good detailing, and the carbs cleaned out, other than that she's ready to ride.

    Pics to follow.
  18. 81forest

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    Waiting for those pics!! :wink:
    This thread has singlehandedly derailed my plans to buy my next bike. I have become totally fixated on these Supersports and they are freaking cheap right now! I'm going to look at a 1994 Superlight on Monday that is advertised at under $3k. Anyone have any suggestions of what to look for? Were the head studs still prone to breaking in '94 models? I've heard about frame cracks, swingarm cracks, galley plug backing out, electrical gremlins... doesn't matter because it sounds like Wagner and looks like Jessica Biel doing a track sprint. :eek1

    Advice is appreciated!
  19. noman

    noman Been here awhile

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    take a 10x mag glass and led flashlight to look for frame cracks. they can be very hard to see. iirc, mine took about a season or two to open up and be visible w/out the glass. the frame to headstock connection looks a little different on the earlier ss's, but here's where to look.
  20. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    Nice find with those miles!
    Here's mine..[​IMG]