Taking a bike apart is an adventure. Some of the history of the bike is revealed; sort of a motorcycle archeology project.
As the 900SS was going back to stock, I removed some of the parts that I wouldn't be using. The steering damper was the first to go. Usually steering dampers on a Supersport are installed to cure other problems. These bikes are very stable when properly maintained. I knew I would need to look for a reason why this one was installed.
The Termignoni high pipes were going to find a home on my 1999 900SS track bike, I will have to hunt down some nice stock pipes for this project along with matching passenger pegs and brackets.
The light-weight clutch was removed and placed in my inventory; a stock clutch will take its place.
I know what some of you are thinking, "why take the cool parts off the bike"? I am trying to replicate the riding experience of a stock
900SS-SP. This will give me a time machine Ducati-wise of the riding experience back when it was new. I have ridden plenty of the newer 900/750SS models both stock and modified (see:1999 900SSie Superlight
). To get a good perspective of the Ducati Supersport evolution, a new/old 900SS-SP fits the bill. I could only be sure of the 'newness' if I restored one myself; making sure all the important mechanical parts were fixed correctly (in my mind anyway).
Next, I removed the bodywork so I could start on the engine removal (see photos).
One interesting observation was the charcoal canister. This was only present on the California models in 1996. Looking at the production numbers, only 160 of the 900SS-SP model were delivered as CA-only bikes. Now, obviously that doesn't mean much in the greater scheme of things, but rarity is nice.
It looks like the engine will come out next.