1980 Ducati 864cc Darmah SSD 900
Registration no. LFX 582W
Frame no. 950647
Engine no. 904096
Ducati's second-generation v-twin engine - the 900cc 'square case' (actual capacity 864cc) - debuted in the 860GT tourer. More than just a simple over-bore, the square case engine incorporated a new camshaft drive arrangement, improved oil pump, cartridge-type oil filter and electronic ignition. An improvement on its predecessors in many ways, the 860GT took a step backwards in styling, a mistake Ducati rectified with the introduction of the Darmah range in 1977. Build quality was much improved by using a mixture of Bosch, Lucas and Nippon Denso electrics and controls. A café racer styled variant - the Darmah 900 SSD (Super Sport Desmo) - arrived in 1978 complete with a cockpit fairing like that of the original 'SS' models. Offered for only four years, during which period 1,440 were made with a mere 100 sold in the UK, the 900 SSD is one of the rarest of Ducati 'bevel drive' twins.
This 900 SSD was purchased via an Internet auction site in June 2013. The online description (printout on file, inspection recommended) stated that the engine had been rebuilt and up-rated by Ducati Technical Services, and that the machine had been extensively serviced. New parts listed include stainless steel brake hoses; EBC front brake pads; fuel lines and filters; spark plugs; sprag clutch; DID X-ring chain; sprockets and cush drive; front sprocket and countershaft oil seals; and an Odyssey dry cell battery with up-rated starter solenoid and heavy-duty cables. The silencers are stainless steel Conti replicas and the machine also features an hydraulic clutch conversion (spare cover included). Described as in generally very good condition, this rare Ducati is offered with purchase receipt and V5C registration document.
- The Frame number is DM860SS 950647. The Engine number is 904096DM860.