I'm on the hunt for my first bike (ever), and some of my friends are all into cafe racers and are trying to rebuild old Honda's etc. I have myself checked in that direction also, but I feel that it might not be the best first bike to get.
And since I've always liked the Dukes, I have thought about the 750 (or perhaps the 900) SS. I'm not extremely tall (around 5"10 / 177cm) and the lower seat hight seems to suite me well. The thing is, I saw a '95 750 SS/CR, with a beautiful "champagne grey" frame and found a few builds removed some fairings, switched the lamp and remade the rear and seat, that looked awesome. Though, the '95 was removed from the marked before I got a chance to really check it up, and left are some newer models of 900 SS/SP (99-02).
My questions are really, are the frames the same on these newer models the same as the 95? Minor differences doesn't matter that much. I'm thinking more about the angles of the frame itself. Also in regards of color. The newer versions seems to have a "colder" steel color than that old one. Is it only the older versions that had this?
Since I think of removing most of the fairings, will the result be the same or is it more hidden electrical wiring etc behind the fairings on the SP's? Also, the tank was beautiful on the 95 version, but I don't really like it on the newer ones. It has some big scratch protection and more angles and stuff that I don't really like. Would the older tank fit the frame of the newer ones - and is it possible to get a hold of?
Some might say that I could get a monster instead, if I want a naked bike. But I would rather have a unique bike - and somewhat joining my friends in a "cafe" build that isnt what everyone is doing. And to be honest, I wouldnt mind riding that '95 750 SS/CR without any modifications either. I don't really have the same feeling about those SP's to be honest.
I tried to search the forums and net as much as possible before asking, and I found a lot of interesting information that I didn't need to ask here. These questions still stand though :P
According to this site 900SS: SP vs CR
, he thinks you should stay away from the CR's from 96 until they introduced the fuel injection as I get it, but don't really know about the ones with fuel injection or the SPs. Any thoughts?
I borrowed some pics from the interweb (the last one, one of the builds I like, gathered from The DuC - From a 1993 Ducati 750 Super Sport to a Cafe Racer