1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022

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Lot 133
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc
Frame no. HPD90022

US$ 18,000 - 24,000
£ 14,000 - 19,000
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc
Frame no. HPD90022
Taken from a flyer headed "'Sports Imola' 900 Rocker Frame Kit": "Designed for all 750-860-900-1000 bevel drive engines. 20 years advance over the standard Ducati frame. Rising rate rear suspension. Constructed in Reynolds 531 tubing with the option of fitting 16 or 18inch front wheel. Shorter wheelbase, 4inch lower seat height than on the Hailwood Replica. Twin front headlights. Front and rear cylinders can be removed with the engine still in the frame. Construction time for a competent home mechanic is between 8 and 12 hours. Kit comes complete with all parts necessary to convert a standard machine. When tested by journalist Alan Cathcart he stated: 'Compared to a standard bike it's like night and day...incredible...so easy to change direction. Steve Wynn has got himself another winner.'"

There is an invoice in the history file (it comes with the bike) from Sports Motorcycles Racing Ltd (Bollington, Cheshire in the UK), export invoices dated February 3, and March 3, 1986 in the name of a Chuck Smith of Jacksonville, Wyoming. He was buying a "Sports Harris Imola Kit suitable for 16" front wheel and 41.7 Marzocchi forks", kit no. HPD90022. This beautiful Ducati is that kit.

HPD90022 was passed on by Chuck Smith (then with Baseline Motorsports in Lafayette, Colorado) in early 2000 to the seller. On the sales receipt, the bike is described as follows: "900 Desmo Darmah motor. Magnesium Marvic wheels, 16" front, 18" rear. Brembo Goldline P-08 calipers. Unpainted aluminum tank. Several billet parts. 40mm Dell'Orto carburetors. White Power shock. CNC upper triple clamp. Telefix adjustable clip-ons."

The next significant date in the file is 20 June 2001 when the seller is invoiced by Solo Moto of Greenwich, Connecticut for a motor and chassis overhaul, and a dyno run. "The motorcycle has now been road tested for approx. 50+ miles. It starts without tickling the plungers, using a few twists of the throttle to squirt gas into the manifolds makes it start up. A moment of warm up with some throttle will be enough to get under way" was reported. Max power of 70.9 horsepower is recorded on one of the dyno run sheets.

This very rare machine is ready to entertain a good rider. The odometer shows 636 miles but its accuracy is unknown. A full history file comes with the bike including a 900 Sports Darmah factory "instructions for use and maintenance."

Footnotes

  • Please note that this bike is titled as a 1986.
Contacts
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
1985 Harris Ducati "SPORTS IMOLA" 900cc Frame no. HPD90022
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