A few weeks ago I got serious about acquiring a square-case 900SS and started searching. An ad in the classifieds here on ms gave me one good lead but I found a few more bikes by scouring the internet, most were way out of my price range at around $40,000! Out of the blue I got an email from a guy in England who visited my website and we started exchanging emails for a few days. He told me of an 82 that was available from a collector in Nashville. I talked with the guy in Nashville a few times and we came to a price that we could both live with, Last Wednesday Candie and I drove out there and picked up the bike.
He was starting to sell off most of his bike collection but he still has a room full of rare and desirable Italian singles
The bike I bought from him was his last twin and one that was in the process of being restored but it seems that he lost interest in finishing it about 12 years ago and it has been siting since then.
The bike looks really clean with untouched supple wiring (or possibly an NOS wiring harness, he told me that he got a bunch of NOS parts for it in Germany a few years back). Most of the bike is together and it is very complete. He changed a few things from original, the biggest being the single seat from an earlier bike, Luckily he used an original Ducati single seat and not an aftermarket part, the original Ducati stuff is very robust. He also installed a set of cool period correct Koni shocks, unfortunately they are way too short and the rear squats too much for my taste so I will be changing these out. He also used an earlier style Conti muffler that I may or may not change for the correct ones, the only difference is a detail in the mounting bracket.. It looks to me like it has the original tank, fenders, fairing, and side covers., none of which were installed on the bike.
His intent was to paint the bike black and he insisted that markets outside of North America got black bikes in 1982. Ian Falloon's book on the supersports does not agree. In any case I'm going to paint the bike silver and use the correct style decals for an 82. I will keep the single seat conversion because the dual seat that came on the 82 was horific. Everything else will be as close to original as possible and according to Falloon that leaves a pretty wide choice of parts as the 82's were notoriously inconsistant, in fact I think he stated that no 2 were alike haha.
I know that 1982 was the least favorite bike for SS enthusiasts but I decided to go with this bike for a couple of reasons, the first was the amazing job that Robax has done on his bike and the build thread and photos that he has posted here on the forum. His build and the finished product is truly inspiring. Another reason is the rarity of the 82, at only 335 sold worldwide it is second only to the 1975 900 in fewest produced. I like that it is a very rare machine.