1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683

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Lot 238
1980 Ducati 900 SS
Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683

US$ 38,000 - 42,000
€ 33,000 - 37,000
Amended
1980 Ducati 900 SS

Frame no. DM860SS089164
Engine no. 089683

• Ground up restoration

Ducati's second-generation V-twin engine, the 864c 'square case,' debuted in the oddly angular 860 GT of 1974, but the following year was back in more familiar surroundings, used to power the new 900SS Super Sport. To Ducati fans' delight, that bike was styled like the 750SS developed from Paul Smart's Imola winner, and like its smaller sibling used desmodromic valve gear. The 900SS's competition heritage was obvious on the road: "While other flash Italian bikes are basically roadsters dressed up and pretending to be racers, this is the real thing," declared the UK's Bike magazine. The square-case 900SS remained in production for the remainder of the decade, offered in a variety of specifications and trim levels.

As seen here, the 1979-80 editions in their black-and-gold livery may have been the most striking. Gold cast wheels were also part of the package, and by then the engine benefited from several useful upgrades, namely a beefed-up bottom end, improved alternator and Bosch ignition.

Cycle World columnist Peter Egan has owned several 900 Super Sports, written about them often and considers the 1980 iteration among his all-time favorite motorcycles. "At the time I bought my first 900SS back in 1980, it was the nicest sportbike I'd ever ridden," he said. "Brakes, handling, torque and speed were all marvelous, and that wonderful V-twin sound..."

An excellent example of the model considered by many to be last of the pure Taglioni-designed Ducatis, this 900SS – resplendent in its fresh black-and-gold paint – has been treated to a ground-up mechanical and cosmetic restoration, records and receipts to accompany the sale.

Saleroom notices

  • It should be noted that this motorcycle was fully restored by Austin Vintage Cycle. The engine number is DM860 089683. The Title is in transit.
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1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
1980 Ducati 900 SS Frame no. DM860SS089164 Engine no. 089683
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