Ducati SD900 Darmah — 1978 — Classic Motorcycle Review — RealClassic.co.uk

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Ducati 900 SD Darmah

Ducati SD900 Darmah

just ridden a much-modded Darmah for the magazine, but back in Dave Minton rode one of the first of the breed to leave the And he thought it was really rather

If you accept that riding in rainstorms can provide enough with which to formulate an and if you can overlook the hoary old shaft-drive chain-drive controversy, and if you ignore the that I hated the ride of the foul weather, then you might have believed me in 1978 when I said the Ducati Darmah was probably the roadster in production anywhere in the at the time, regardless of price.

you say. ‘Italian bikes have the heart and soul of an but the damn things hide under the character of the Devil — too nasty round the

Sure enough the Japanese super-smoothies full of glamour and while the Italians provided for the speed buffs willing to their dismal fringe Italy was losing the battle for was trying hard in the high stability stakes, and starting to too.

The improved 860 GTL Ducati gave us the hint of what might out of Bologna. Then the Darmah was as being an amalgam of 900 SS engine and GTL parts and most of us fully something typically Ducati. No one was the improved quality which had incorporated into the Darmah. I smooth paintwork without the hint of orange peel

The chrome looked better, without the scratchy grey common on Italian machines of the

Then I noticed the big Bosch halogen headlamps and then Denso instruments and switchgear. wheels by Campagnolo; a prop a new transistorised Bosch ignition combined with the usual adoption of the best around, as a set of nicely rusted Brembo Marzocchi suspension and a trusty set of boots.

On top of that I observed the low and the painstakingly positioned footrests behind a vertical line the seat nose and how naturally balanced with the short, handlebar. It made me wonder the ultimate performance of the thing if it all into a package as well as I it might.

It did. Oh yeah, and how it did.

with the warm, icy appeal of an Z1, finished like an old BMW, as a Velo Thruxton. The whole was right, exactly, beautifully, balanced into a single moment that spelled As the engine was a blood relation of the 900 SS it might be assumed the Darmah also be of that type.

Not at

There remained that indolent power style in each combustion … be sensed, yet without aggravating It provided the rider with sensual motorcycling. That was the as ever.

Thanks to the new ignition and the re-geared starter motor, up was a cinch whatever the weather. The familiar ‘rubba-dubba’ V-twin issued from the pipes, by the excited (and exciting) of the oily mechanisms deep No effete hushed rustling of a steel complexities such as sly and ashamed from the fat bellies of Jap here, but the challenging appeal of

The engine was the usual 90-degree and the frame the usual robust duplex. Although the valve and valve size was identical to of the desmodromic 900 SS, from the tractability of the it felt as if a slightly milder set of had been used to compliment the 32mm carburettors (as opposed to the 40mm).

It was a different single modification raised the efficiency of the new Ducati, the latest transistorised, stepped-advance ignition system. From the ignition advance was a mere degrees. This provided and sure-fire starting and regular right up to 1800rpm.

The subsequent to the optimum combination of 32-degrees at gave excellent tractability and allowed for the use of cheap fuel, as I while using a couple of of 88-octane petrol. The Ducati impeccably.

Ducati stuff on

I had but one day in pouring rain for performance with the Darmah, when a few to promote decent sprint provoked vicious wheelspins consequent camber slides and times, so that nothing than 102.5mph was possible. speed was available; only the baulked at the task of reaching the 126mph ultimate. At the other end of the the Ducati pulled from in top gear, travelling at less 15mph.

Ducati 900 SD Darmah

The saddle was low, at around so a rider could tuck in low and round bends like no man on any big mover could do just The handlebar was flat and narrow so it not only a good riding but also a feeling of confidence. The damper, however, was an extra positively detracted from by causing low speed, heavy

Why it was fitted to a machine with the chassis in the business is something doubtless puzzled Taglioni, its as much as anyone!

The footrests mounted semi-rearwards, somewhere road-racing position and normal roadster. Giving a fleeting to them a man could claim because of the unusually rearward angle of his legs, but given miles of fast road he appreciate the reasoning behind Line-changing became so blessedly its delights finally overwhelmed all aspects of riding until it difficult not to, even in circumstances it wasn’t needed.

That was good, but the narrow, tailoring of the seat padding Time was, when the made the best dual around. Yet the SD’s seat was too and too firm, so I found myself not far of balancing across it.

Similarly, the was pretty but full of those geegaws beloved by Japanese and — stand warning main lighting and headlamp beam lights, as well as the indicator. Few big Duke riders such juvenile equipment. Far would have been an and an oil temperature gauge.

The so-called light was in fact a battery which indicated whether the was fully charged by going or if it was in the process of being charged by on, Confusing.

Not so the brakes, thanks to refusal to conform to stainless idolatry. Rusty the Darmah’s big were, but so safe and comforting in bad As for dry weather power; well it all on your neck and that’s all is to it.

The harder you squeezed the more you stopped.

So that was the Darmah in Not THE fastest around, but in the top straight-line for all that, and for any road with a few it was without peer. Without any of the marque’s fiery charm it sophistication of a type previously from Italy.

With the Ducati took precedence in the stakes and set the standard for all others to

Coming Soon: The full of the Ducati Darmah seen will be published in RealClassic this autumn (probably in if we get it written in time!)

Ducati 900 SD Darmah
Ducati 900 SD Darmah


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