SELLER SAYS: Selling my 1981 Ducati 900SS. Have owned since 2012 and had engine rebuilt by Vee Two Australia (re-bored, new piston kit, valves, digital ignition kit etc) so everything works as it should. Cylinder head and crankcase have been aqua-blasted so it looks great, and it starts and runs beautifully. Contact Peter on 0421 448 449 (Bunbury, WA)
EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: In modern motorcycle history, it’s hard to name many (and perhaps any) bikes that conjure up as much drool factor as Ducati’s glorious bevel-driven desmo-valve sports bikes. The bevel/desmo combination were the signature technologies to Ducati’s sports bikes through the 1970s and ’80s, driving respectable performance from an engine that was otherwise badly outdated compared with the multi-cylinder offerings coming out of Japan. But even when the Japanese bikes evolved to clearly occupy a different league in straight-line performance to the Ducati, there was nothing they could do to match the beautiful bodywork, elegant lines and glorious V-twin (sorry, L-twin) music from Dellorto carbs on the way in and Conti exhausts on the way out. And while the bevel drive has long-since surrendered to cheaper-to-manufacture belt drive technology, the desmodromic valve management — in which the valves are opened and closed mechanically rather than using springs — remains with us even today, albeit helped with much modern engine-breathing witch-craft and even a spring or two in some cases. This bike of Peter’s looks like a wonderful survivor, surely destined for a future of occasional use and frequent admiration.
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