1979 Ducati 900SS ReplicaView vehicle description
The Super Sport can be traced back to 1972 when Ducati won the Imola 200 with a production based 750 cc 90° V Twin engine developed by Fabio Taglioni, and called the "L-twin" to stress its 90° angle and stand apart from rival V twins.
Imola, a fast circuit that favoured high-speed handling rather than sheer horsepower, suited the Super Sport and prototypes used for the inaugural race were developed using a 750 GT based engine and frame and earned instant fame when legendary racers Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari finished first and second respectively, raising Ducati into the world of super bikes.
This magnificent silver ands blue 900SS Paul Smart tribute started life as a 1979 860 GTS, which the owner - a car and bike painter and fabricator by profession - bought as an unfinished restoration project some time ago.
It was rebuilt as a replica using original parts and hight spec components before handling the paintwork himself, it has made an incredible machine which he is justifiably around to, but lack of time and other bikes to use it has meant it has been in dry storage for some time and so he has decided to part with it.
On the Outside
The bike is a close tribute to the Paul Smart 900SS, and is in stunning condition. Its silver and blue paint immaculate without a mark or defect to be found anywhere, the wrap around screen also unmarked and completely clear. The tank is by Disco Volante, featuring opaque side strips to see the fuel level, and the seat unit has been covered by Trimania, both are in exceptional condition.
The black wheels are wearing Pirelli tyres with good tread and the engine and carbs are almost spotless, even looking up into the mudguards its hard to find a spot of dirt.
On the Inside
The bike was built from the 860 frame modified to 900SS spec, at the rear using a genuine 900SS swing arm and Ikon rear shocks while the front forks were rebuilt with progressive springs.
The engine was overhauled with rebuilt cylinder heads, new Delorto carbs and a ceramic coated exhaust, and he rebuilt the Brembo brake calipers.
Electrically, the Ducati was completely rewired by renown bike electrician Ferret, gained Sachs electronic ignition and a genuine original Aprilia JOD headlight.
The fuel tank is by Disco Volante and has a lifetime warranty against modern fuel (but dont use any lining products as this will invalidate the warrenty).
Originally built in 1979 as an 860GTS, it appears to have only been lightly used before being taken apart for restoration by the previous owner, the current keeper having bought it part finished with the intention of building it as this tribute. When he was working on it he noted the clutch still had its ATE stamp clearly visible, so believes the mileage to be very low.
He rebuilt it over a couple of years using the best parts and expert services, including his own, his day job being painting supercars, so his standards are more than exacting!
What We Think
This is a jaw dropping bike, a superb reproduction done to incredibly high standards and eminently usable. If it weren’t for the original we’d call it unique but is as close to a racer as a road leal bike can be.
Having been in storage for some time it we would recommend a service before being put into use, but after that ready to be enjoyed.
Our estimate for this motorcycle is £10,000 - £15,000.
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