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There is a place in heaven for those who save a Supersport.
Then I wonder where some of us will go who made a career out of changing them, is hot rodding /modifying saving or creating zombie bikes ...lol
Are we better do have clapped out beat donor bikes left for parts or restoration or nice but not going back to stock bikes. Walt Siegl has sent a few to such a place and I fear there may be a ducati chopper or ATV out there somewhere.
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Then I wonder where some of us will go who made a career out of changing them, is hot rodding /modifying saving or creating zombie bikes ...lol
Are we better do have clapped out beat donor bikes left for parts or restoration or nice but not going back to stock bikes. Walt Siegl has sent a few to such a place and I fear there may be a ducati chopper or ATV out there somewhere.
There is plenty of room in Duc-heaven for both. Though at this point in history, there are a lot fewer restored to original bikes out there.


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its funny how 10 years ago these bikes were just ehh.
I have always loved the old carbie ducks and I have drooled over quite a few modified to WTF is that versions of them.

I think as long as these stay on the road in one form or another its a win.

keep doing you ducvet you have the ducati gods behind you

And for the people restoring to Original, hats off to you. It's much harder to go oem than modded as I am sure we all know
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its funny how 10 years ago these bikes were just ehh.
I have always loved the old carbie ducks and I have drooled over quite a few modified to WTF is that versions of them.

I think as long as these stay on the road in one form or another its a win.

And for the people restoring to Original, hats off to you. It's much harder to go oem than modded as I am sure we all know
I have done both and making a bike like it was when new is more difficult due to the dwindling supply of new parts.

Based on my car-life experience, values on original/restored bikes will tend to go up over time compared to modified ones. If you doubt this just look at the values of the bevel-drive bikes; originality helps those values.

Now, I'm not saying that a bevel-drive bike is directly equivalent to a 900SS belt-drive (I can hear the screams as I write this), but the market process is the same. As the bikes get older, then originality is more highly valued than not.

I feel that I am a bit ahead of the curve here (story of my life).
But, mark my words, it will happen.
This will happen first to the higher spec 900SS models (SP, SL).

Don't believe me (?), try to buy a first year Superlight.

Notice that I am only talking about value here, not riding enjoyment, personal satisfaction, etc.
I do get it about modifying, it is just not what is happening here.


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I have done both and making a bike like it was when new is more difficult due to the dwindling supply of new parts.

Based on my car-life experience, values on original/restored bikes will tend to go up over time compared to modified ones. If you doubt this just look at the values of the bevel-drive bikes; originality helps those values.

Now, I'm not saying that a bevel-drive bike is directly equivalent to a 900SS belt-drive (I can hear the screams as I write this), but the market process is the same. As the bikes get older, then originality is more highly valued than not.

I feel that I am a bit ahead of the curve here (story of my life).
But, mark my words, it will happen.
This will happen first to the higher spec 900SS models (SP, SL).

Don't believe me (?), try to buy a first year Superlight.

Notice that I am only talking about value here, not riding enjoyment, personal satisfaction, etc.
I do get it about modifying, it is just not what is happening here.
I completely agree. I am in the vintage racing and car world and the more period or original the car the more the value.
I am also agree that the 900's are going to see a jump in price over the next 10 years if not sooner.....there are going to be more and more retired people or later in life adults that remember their dad having a 900 and wanting one themselves.....Happens all the time in vintage cars/race cars
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I completely agree. I am in the vintage racing and car world and the more period or original the car the more the value.
I am also agree that the 900's are going to see a jump in price over the next 10 years if not sooner.....there are going to be more and more retired people or later in life adults that remember their dad having a 900 and wanting one themselves.....Happens all the time in vintage cars/race cars
I agree.

Here is an ad from my local CL today.
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/6149293432.html
Some would say this is strong money for a 900SS-SP, but I think this is where the market is going.

Low miles, original specs and clean condition will be the value leaders.


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But, mark my words, it will happen.
This will happen first to the higher spec 900SS models (SP, SL).

Don't believe me (?), try to buy a first year Superlight.

Low miles, original specs and clean condition will be the value leaders.
There is a very original 900SL listed on Bay Area CL right now, proving your theory is sound:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/mcy/6139469697.html
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Instrument cluster/dash

The instruments are back from the speedo shop and look like new. I put them in the old dash and was looking forward to seeing them in the new dash. Luckily, the shipment came in late today so I could mount them up.

All the bulbs were replaced with new stock bulbs. I appreciate the advantage of the LED type bulbs, but this is an exercise in retro.

The steering head bearings originally felt notchy so I decided to replace them with a previously ordered steering head bearing set from All Balls. When I disassembled the triples, the top bearing didn't look too hot (see photo).

The procedure is pretty straight forward to those who have been around bikes for a while so I won't go into the details. Suffice it to say, the action is much smoother with new bearings.

It is my experience that steering head bearings need servicing occasionally. When you have a lot of torque, it is easy to wheelie which is very hard on the bearings causing small indentations that can lead to the notchy feeling.
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What's going on under the frame sticker?
Coming off the end of the weld on the left hand side.
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What's going on under the frame sticker?
Coming off the end of the weld on the left hand side.
Thanks for the heads-up, I will check it out.


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