Ducati 900SS x 2

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by G 981, May 30, 2018.

  1. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    A couple of years ago I was asked to restore a couple of Ducatis into identical black/gold 900SS models. My friend (in Madrid, Spain) wanted a matching pair for him and his brother.
    They had an original 900SS and I sourced a starting point for the second on in Ireland.

    The original was crashed and trashed and in really poor condition. The other was nothing more than a rolling chassis with mismatched engine.

    [​IMG]2014-08-09 13.12.20 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I made a decision early on that I wouldn't touch the motors as I had no experience of Desmo Ducatis and I had heard stories they were tricky and needed an expert touch. Luckily there was an old school Ducati shop just south of Madrid so both engines were taken to him.

    [​IMG]CAM01152 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I had to source all new bodywork and the owner wanted single and dual seat options for each bike.

    [​IMG]CAM01155 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Pattern part quality was poor and variable and I had to finesse the fairings and sidepanels just to fit properly.

    I normally restored Laverdas as a hobby at the time and thought I had the detailed eye needed, but after obtaining a book about an inch thick on detail work on the 900SS it did my head in seeing 5 pages on pinstripe spacing (for example). As Ducatisti were so knowledgeable (and me not) I had to be on the top of my game to cut it in Ducati world.
    So I literally had to stand over my painter to make sure every stripe, decal and line were in the right position. But the results turned out well.
    Oddly he painted the bodywork gold first, then masked off before spraying black on top to achieve the desired effect.

    [​IMG]2 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]3 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]7 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]11 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]10 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]12 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]13 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I found perfect replica seat covers in Australia (he does all my Laverda covers) and fitted them (x 4)

    [​IMG]16 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I'll park it here just now, more later (once the forum shutdown for 2 days is over)
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  2. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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  3. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    The electrics were a challenge, more like an explosion in a multi-coloured spaghetti factory compared to the more ordered and logical Laverda looms.

    [​IMG]P1012281 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]P1012251 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2014-08-12 11.15.16 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2014-08-11 11.39.08 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2014-08-12 11.14.59 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    And then the replacement wiring bore little or no relation in terms of colours used or sequence of pins in connector blocks...

    [​IMG]2014-10-16 15.49.09 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
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  4. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    So, to wrap this up here are some more build pics.

    [​IMG]2015-01-02 16.10.41 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2015-01-03 10.37.32 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2015-01-03 10.37.53 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2015-01-23 16.43.51 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2014-12-19 10.50.34 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]4 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2015-04-03 17.00.29 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2015-04-07 11.05.31 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2015-04-07 11.04.46 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]20 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    That's all folks. Hope you enjoyed it.
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    fast1075 Fasterizer

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    Thanks for sharing.
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  6. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Oh, and the one with black calipers is now for sale I have been told.
    The owner's brother had a cycling accident and can't kickstart the bike or bend his leg into the required seating position.
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    Very , very nice work as usual Grant ! The wireing looks much like the multi-coloured spagetti style Guzzi did...
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    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    That's some rolling ART
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  9. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    Oooh... I like it. Nice work.
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  10. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Absolutely brilliant work there i really enjoyed reading that, and the Ducati 900 s excellent subject matter thank you for sharing.
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  11. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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  12. RickS

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    Nice, very nice!
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    scot_douglas Dirt Harley Lovin'

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    wow
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  14. DiabloDainese

    DiabloDainese Adventurer

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    Gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing.
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  15. bevel

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    Your post brought back many good memories. I had a black and gold 900ss that was shipped to Frankfurt that I end up riding down to Rota
    I was station there from 1981 to 1984. Though that bike i meet a lot of nice people. i road many a mile all over Spain on that bike but now i can hardly ride it 15 miles LOL. something to do with age
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