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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 2019, 3:48 pm Thread Starter
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97 900SS/SP craigslist find

With the restoration of my 888 coming to the end, I was looking around on Craigslist one night for anything interesting (always dangerous). Stumbled on a 97 900SS/SP in the Asheville area. Bike looked to be fairly original/survivor with the exception of the headlight/front fairing. After speaking with the seller and agreeing on a very cheap price, the deal was done and payment was overnighted to him. What made the deal even sweeter was he had already planned a trip down to Miami. A meeting point was agreed upon and after meeting him yesterday at a truck stop off I-75, south of Ocala, the bike was loaded on my trailer and brought home.



The bike was just as pictured/described. It showed its age and the frame had been welded due to cracking near the tank mount. It fired up and idled and the inside of the tank is spotless/rust free. Some extras included the factory OEM seat with solo seat cowl/cover, Haynes manual and the factory tool kit.

After unloading, the side fairings and Powerbronze headlight/fairing were removed and bike given a wash and full degrease.

The plan for the bike is a mechanical and cosmetic restoration with some added performance upgrades (944cc kit, FCR or Mikuni TDMR) with the addition of a Superlight solo tail. Most of the bodywork will be spent on the side fairings due to large holes drilled for the frame sliders. 3M sells a great plastic repair kit which will be used. The frame will be gusseted, scuffed and given a fresh coat of paint as well.

Just thought Iíd share and look forward to showing the progress. Any insight, recommendations etc are always welcomed.

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Thatís, awesome. Interestingly, I have C22 but itís a 1996 bike.




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Now that is a gorgeous SS! Interesting yours is a 96. If you don’t mind, what are the last 6 of your VIN? Jst curious to see how close they were.

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Now that is a gorgeous SS! Interesting yours is a 96. If you donít mind, what are the last 6 of your VIN? Jst curious to see how close they were.
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I will thank you ahead of time for saving another Sp.

It looks like it was heading in the wrong direction for a while.
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Just thought Iíd share and look forward to showing the progress. Any insight, recommendations etc are always welcomed.

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Not really any insight to share with you. There is a thread stickied in the Super Sport section about '93 Super Sport that is worth reading.

That's about all I got for you. As you've already restored an 888 you'll already have a pretty good idea of what sourcing parts for an older rubber band Ducati is like.

Nice to see another Super Sport being resurrected.....sean

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I will thank you ahead of time for saving another Sp.

It looks like it was heading in the wrong direction for a while.
There is something about seeing a Ducati in need of help that makes you want to spring into action. Always wanted a 900SS/SP and love working on them so figured it was a great opportunity.

Hopefully it goes as smoothly as the 888 restoration. After getting the fuel lines run with new pump/filter/lines etc, it fired up like it had just run 5 minutes prior. The 900SS/SP will need more attention in the looks/bodywork department compared to the 888.
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With the wife away playing chaperone for her schools grad bash in Orlando, I could spend some time in the garage. Began with removing the accessories, airbox, electronics, exhaust, carbs etc. Once clear, the swingarm assembly/shock were removed and engine dropped from the frame. Bagged and tagged fasteners and cleaned up the garage after the work.

Still have to finish stripping down the front end, forks, front wheel. Also had the chance to exchange some emails with Eraldo Ferracci. He still does boring/plating and has the 944cc piston kit in stock. Thinking of having him do the cyl work as my father/brother still reside in NJ and have become good friends with Eraldo.
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That's awesome! Yep, saving another one. Nothing like buying a bike...the ultimate xmas!

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