1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860

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Lot 131
1977 Ducati 900SS
Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860

Sold for US$ 34,500 inc. premium
1977 Ducati 900SS
Frame no. DM860SS 086811
Engine no. 087121 DM860
While the town of Imola isn't on the Italian tourist map, in the early 1970s it was certainly on the minds of motorcycle racing enthusiasts around the world, being the site of the richest two-wheel race in Europe. Taking a leaf from Daytona's book, in 1972 the inaugural 200 Miglia di Imola race was the first-ever American style 200-mile event, with a winner's purse of £24,000. That Paul Smart won the race on a new Ducati 750cc desmodromic v-twin is well-known, but few know he only raced because his wife, Maggie, had taken a phone call from Ducati chief Fredmano Spairani, and promised Smart would accept a ride on the untested machine "because the money was excellent!" No top-tier racer wants to risk his time, reputation, and possibly health on an unknown quantity, and while first testing his racer at Imola he made a mental list of ten items needing immediate correction. The response from Ducatis' mechanics; he had just broken Agostini's lap record!

Ducati capitalized on their success one year later by introducing the 750SS "Imola Replica", their first v-twin using desmodromic valve operation. The 750SS was a hand-built, limited-production model, and did well subsequently in the hands of production racers.

In 1975, Ducati took advantage of rule changes allowing larger engines in racing, and developed the "limited edition" 900SS. Sales of their "ugly duckling" 860GT were slow and Ducati was forced to listen to their customers. Somehow it took awhile for the Panigale chiefs to figure out what their enthusiast base really wanted, for they initially saddled the 900SS with 32mm carbs (instead of the 40mm) and heavy LaFranconi silencers, at least in the USA. Dealers and buyers were outraged, so the factory subsequently retrofitted many machines with "proper" sporting components.

The pre-1978 Super Sports are the most coveted of these models, with their wire wheels and Conti mufflers that gave a distinctive deep bellow. The 18in wheels use Borrani shouldered alloy rims, and Brembo disc brakes, front and rear, ready to haul the bike down from its 130mph top speed.

This lovely, silver blue 900SS was purchased by the seller in September 2003 from a Stephen P. Allen of Pleasant Hill, California. On file is a record of it being serviced by Solo Moto of Greenwich, Connecticut a year later. It was then, and still is, a strong running bevel drive Ducati. When purchased it already had many special parts installed including Conti mufflers and Dell'Orto 40mm PHM carburetors, Lucas indicators, Koni rear shocks, and contemporary Brembo rectangular master cylinder, which had apparently been purchased by the first owner. Its original parts removed except for the round Brembo master cylinder will accompany the sale bike – dual seat, air boxes and intake rubbers, manifolds and 32mm PHF Dell'Ortos, LaFranconi mufflers and CEV turn signals.

Now with just 8,155 miles on the odometer, this 900SS is ready once again to hit the road or rest on display.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this bike is titled with engine number 087121.
Contacts
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
1977 Ducati 900SS Frame no. DM860SS 086811 Engine no. 087121 DM860
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