Ducati 900 Superlight — Classic Motorcycle Profile — RealClassic.co.uk

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Ducati 900 Superlight

Ducati’s derived 900SS twins are on the way to earning classic status. Miles reckons his 900SL is a super bike for a light

Now, I’m a fan of exotic as most people are, if being honest; and with me, for read Italian. There are Italian classics like smaller engined, Guzzis, and an assortment of smelly two … but the real exotics — the capacity pulse quickeners Ducati and MV — are and have been unaffordable; right?

1994 Ducati 900SL IV

here to praise the glory is the 1991-96 belt drive air V (or L, for the pedant) twin Ducati and more particularly, the limited-edition

A little history first. had enjoyed racing success their bevel drive V in the 70s, but by the early 80s they had outmoded, too old-fashioned and far too expensive to The bevel drive V twin (Pompone-big pump) required assembly utilising shims the motor, ruling out any type of production that was required to the company commercially viable.

So a new motor was developed, allowing the use of drive belts for the cams.

Ducati 900SL IV

The big breakthrough in 1985 when Cagiva the chequebook and Ducati, which was bankrupt again, was reborn. The new engineer, Massimo Bordi, two distinct ranges; the four-valve, range (851/888/916 etc.) continues to enjoy racing at the highest level, and for the purist or that longed for a simpler the air cooled two valvers, which continue to this very

The 900SS was the affordable big Duck, motor, race derived frame, upsidedown forks, and brakes, and it came with the all kudos of the Ducati racing Ducati have a bit of previous for knocking up the odd ‘special’ and charging a to the punter, and the 900SS got that too.

1994 Ducati 900SL IV

A edition Superlight was launched in featuring a single seat of the usual biposto dual fully floating cast-iron discs, upgraded forks, pipes, Marvic composite a sprinkling of carbon fibre and there and fancy white for the racing numbers, plus the numbered plaque on the headstock!

however, it was identical. Once the punters were fooled and it was a success, despite the hefty premium. The actual weight of the Superlight?

About 3 kilos; you save a thousand quid by lunch instead.

The following saw more versions, logically Superlight II/III/IV and the final the Final Edition (FE). The versions were, if anything, down as Ducati dropped the composite Marvic wheels on the Mk1 and to standard cast versions on the versions.

Fully floating discs, calipers, lashings of carbon

So in essence all the 900SS variants in a similar way, which, 18 on could be considered in a classic They have a big, V twin, air cooled engine pulls like a train almost no revs and doesn’t thrashing up like a Japanese You can see where everything goes and maintenance is very straightforward.

availability is superb and a host of accessories are there waiting for you to buy

The ride is firm, but comfortable, and the position, a very important for the more, umm, …, is surprisingly good. I get none of the and wrist ache that to be factory fitted on the 916; very much a sporting and not a race replica. Acceleration is all ever need, top end of about and eyeball-flattening brakes.

To my mind it’s the bike the Vincent twin could evolved into, it feels a fresher than the Egli I also ride, but with attributes.

Ducati 60

But everyone knows Ducatis break down all the you cry. Well, not exactly. The SS’s had a recall issues cylinder studs, all of which have been fixed by What you must do, however, is all the earthing points and routinely connector blocks in the loom.

seems to be the fundamental issue just about all Italian they don’t like the

Reg/rectifiers can blow, but Ј50 sorts out. Rattly (they all do sir), dry clutches can be pulled out and on the is under five minutes, all in the racing heritage, you see.

Ducati 900s on eBay.co.uk

oil is recommended, it is exotica, after Oh, and the cam belts need changing three years or so. There’s a amount of guff written this, but even the Haynes only rates it a two-spanner task, the same as removing the wheel. No special tools are and it takes half an hour and the cost Ј60 a pair.

Electric for the wobbly of limb, just and go.

The finish is superb and most owners cosset them so the for sale are in excellent, cherished, often with expensive cans, Ohlins shocks and fibre bits. Some fit Corbin seats, but I’ve found that necessary as the setup is more comfortable it looks. They even for classic insurance.

So, in order to own an immaculate example of finest, complete with pedigree, how much do you need to out? Well, I’ve Biposto’s sold for less a grand, and a really nice, example should be nabbed for Ј1600-Ј2K. Or if you prefer, the same as a second hand Indian

The yellow version in the pictures me exactly two thousand pounds and is of what you can expect to buy.

Superbargain, Supercool, Superfast,

Get one before the prices go stratospheric.


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