1995 Ducati 900ss sp Any advice?

Cloyd

If it feels good....do it....
Its a really cool bike and Ive wanted one for a while. Do yall have any tips for when I go look at it. This is my first plunge into the Ducati world so I don't know a whole lot about them but enough to judge the bike. From what I have read the SP version is pretty legit.
http://greenville.craigslist.org/mcy/3721295667.html

Thanks for any advice

Chris
 

Cloyd

If it feels good....do it....
Yeah I have been doing some research I just like hearing info from fellow dtt members and I feel like there are better opinions on a forum thats not completely biased towards one thing.
 
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NortonGuy

Guest
The main thing with any Ducati is to realize that they are more expensive to own than Japanese bikes. The parts, service tools and service per hour is all going to be more. Unless you are a mechanic and capable of doing the maintenance on the engine yourself, changing the cam belts at regular intervals and checking and adjusting the desmo valvetrain, then you had better be solid middle-class as far as your income bracket, and preferable upper middle-class so that when you drop it off at a Dealer for it's 10,000 mile service and a new back tire you won't mind coughing up $1500-$2000. If it needs actual valve adjustment or other work then add more on top of that.

If however you are just going to park it in a living-room as an end table, or if you can do that engine work yourself with good parts you source of ebay etc., then you may indeed be able to have it as practical and fun transportation.

Good luck.
 

Cloyd

If it feels good....do it....
Yeah I plan to do all engine work and maintenance myself. I am a pretty decent mechanic just have not ever worked on ducatis.
 

620dark

You can always get it running with time or money.
It looks like you have some solid mechanical experience, so as long as you are diligent with the maintenance, you should be fine. The Internet is full of good DIY Ducati resources, and you can even get decent prices on parts from places like CA Cycle Works.

However, as I discovered with my first Ducati, the bikes are built for performance in a very Italian way. Everything else is secondary, which means that you will be cursing the engineer that made it that damn hard for you to get to the nut or bolt you need to get to because it saved several grams or otherwise made the bike faster and wondering why you bought the bike when your nuts slam into the gas tank for the third time before you get the hang of using your knees to hang on to the tank for dear life. They can be fickle bitches as well, but if you take the time to tune them up properly (balance the cylinders, adjust the valves, set the TPS sensor if it's fuel injected) there is nothing like them on two wheels.

Good luck and God help you if you buy it - you'll be doomed for life in the best way possible ;D
 

DesmoBro

Busted Nut
Yep get it....and trade your DRZ for my Four Wheeler while your at it ;)
 

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DrJ

Over 1,000 Posts
I have a 94 M900 which has the same 904cc motor. I love the Cagiva era Ducatis, the last ones built by hand before the company went all corporate. Great torque for an air/oil-cooled motor but you'll grow tired of explaining the dry clutch noise. These Ducatis are undervalued and underappreciated, I'd buy it.
 

ApriliaBill

Yeah...I'm old school.
DrJ said:
I have a 94 M900 which has the same 904cc motor. I love the Cagiva era Ducatis, the last ones built by hand before the company went all corporate. Great torque for an air/oil-cooled motor but you'll grow tired of explaining the dry clutch noise. These Ducatis are undervalued and underappreciated, I'd buy it.

I agree, several of the early Ducati models are becoming affordable. I have a friend who wanted my Aprilia, but didn't have any $, I found him a 94 Monster with only 4,000 miles on it, brought it home and got it running. All he does is complain, "it's too small"- shave the seat, "it's not as fast as the Aprilia" - it cost 1/4 what the Aprilia cost, "it's cold blooded"-IT'S A FUCKING HAND BUILT ITALIAN MOTORCYCLE, SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!! Right now I'm trying to sell a couple bikes I have so I can buy it off him. I've ridden this bike on many occasions and 80h.p. of Italian twin is almost a perfect recipe for fun.... And even though it's almost 20 years old, he still gets stopped several times a day by people admiring his bike.... Are the services a little steep? Yep, but a lot of it can be done with detailed info on the net by a person who's smart enough to grab one of these bargains...
 

DrJ

Over 1,000 Posts
Yeah there's just something about the Monster. Not even close to be best bike I've ever ridden but it's the first bike I've bought that I can't imagine selling. Just need find a better front end to swap. And maybe that 41mm FCR carb conversion.
 

620dark

You can always get it running with time or money.
DrJ said:
Yeah there's just something about the Monster. Not even close to be best bike I've ever ridden but it's the first bike I've bought that I can't imagine selling. Just need find a better front end to swap. And maybe that 41mm FCR carb conversion.

Agreed - I've been missing my Monster ever since I sold it. Next time I'm getting one with a bigger than 600cc motor, however.

Ducatis are like Legos too - need a better front end? Let's find a wrecked 1198! ;D Single sided swingarm? We can do that! Twin cam water cooled conversion? Step right up!
 

DreadRock

Bang Cut Grind ..Dam Did I Need That Part ?
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Had a buddy with a 900ss and was a cool bike ! One thing I disliked was the side fairing was like a sail in a cross wind ! Also he had a problem with a few welds that cracked on the frame and swing arm altho they did replace the parts ! Real torque monsters that for sure lol hope it works out for you !
 

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