Update β€” Sold... to me!

This is just a good deal I saw for sale that I want to share. I very nearly bought it, but bought a Ducati Superbike instead (more on that later).

It's on Bikesales (here β€” link no longer available). It's located in Lismore, NSW, Australia. Snap it up before I crack and add it to my already very full garage!

Yellow Ducati 900SS Full Fairing in Australia
Ducati 900SS on BikeSales

There are a few things about this ad that caught my attention.

Look at the seller's description:

"Selling my Ducati. It has just had a full service i.e. new oil, filters, timing belts, valve clearance, new battery, new Dunlop 016 R Pro tyres, new 1-inch rise clip on handlebars , has Termignoni exhaust & is tuned to suit. New steering bearings, runs well, comes with original exhausts & clip-ons. Bike is in fair condition for the year model. Comes with 2 original keys and tool kit."

This description ticks every single box I could ask for from a used motorcycle AND from a used Ducati.

This includes

  • Expensive Ducati valve maintenance done recently β€” if not done, this is $300 of parts and a whole day or two in the garage (for the relatively inexperienced) plus a decent chance of borking it. This means no more belt inspection until 30,000 kms, and the next valve adjustment/belt change at 36,000 kms.
  • A Termignoni exhaust system WITH a tune β€” it's the right exhaust for a Ducati, and so many people bung on an exhaust without every tuning it
  • Original keys and tool kit, plus comes with the original parts β€” signs of an owner that cares!

Often I say you're buying the previous owner, not the motorcycle. The language above shows that this is a good previous owner to buy.

All this for a pretty reasonable price of A$6,100 (or around US$4,000 or 4,000 Euro around now) for fairly low 26,000 kms.

Yellow 1988 Ducati 900SS - Side view
Yellow 1988 Ducati 900SS - Side view

A bit about the Ducati 900SS

The Ducati 900SS is, by the way, a pretty sweet bike.

It has a similar engine to the Ducati Monsters of the same era, though a few years ahead β€” this one had fuel injection (Ducati Monsters didn't get fuel injection until the year 2000).

A few important specs

  • 58 kW (80 hp) engine 904cc Desmodue engine, with power that's just right for fanging it along back country roads without the constant impulse to go over 150 km/h (it has a top speed of well over 200 km/h if that's your bag)
  • 197kg wet weight β€” under 200kg is right for me like a sport bike!
  • Fuel injection β€”Β nothing wrong with carburrettors, but injectors don't need to be rebalanced or tuned or adjusted for altitude
  • A fairly early redline of 8,000 rpmΒ β€” this isn't a motorcycle you have to rev to the moon to get into the powerband

The crazy thing is that despite the lower power of the SS series compared to the 996/998 motorcycles of the time (see my guide to Ducati superbikes of the period), the riding position is still plenty aggressive!

They're aggressive, but not AS aggressive as the other sports bikes. They're much more suitable to long-distance riding β€” many use them as tourers, preferring their power delivery to that of the Ducati ST series.

However, like many Ducatis, the SS series gets hot and unwieldy in traffic. They're not technically great commuters.

Dash view of the Yellow Ducati 900SS
Dash view of the Ducati 900SS. Still very low miles, relatively speaking!

To be honest β€” it was the earlier carburretted SS that was the REAL classic. But in my opinion, this one is a looker, too.

Last year I nearly bought this fully restored 900 SS and I still kind of regret it.

Grey restored Ducati 900SS
The 900SS I didn't buy

I'll have one, one day. Not today. Or will it be...