ducvet - thank you for the full answer. a lot of good to know info there, thank you.
Yes, the 900ie is not as sexy, i think, as the older, fairing wise IMO, But i have to admit i do like it has less "problems". Beeing my first reel bike, i also want to ride!
I do like to wrench, but maybe a 900ss ie, would be the easiest start to go. less hasle, more riding.
Age is something that can wear a bike down but also think of how many carby 900's have been updated and are just as good as the 900ie . The key is knowing what to look for and how to tell if it has been updated to the same spec as a 900ie or not. Some you can never tell because they are in the motor, others are quite visible and would add value if done right.
Look for the updated frame on early bikes.
updated aluminum swingarms
updated cylinder studs
I can tell you many on this list have updated the older design either because they had to or simply wanted to. If you were to buy one that has been brough up to 900ie spec you get the best of both worlds and little extra cost. Buy a bike that was not upgraded and you risk spending much more money to bring it up to spec. Do you want a big or little project? figure that out and shop accordingly.
The injected bikes have not been as loved based on looks by the masses but that is in comparison to tcarbys classic looks if you simply compare if to modern bikes it looks fantastic
The CR has a 4.5 inch rear, the SS has a 5.5 here’s a pick of mine that started as a CR.
Personally, I'd chose to stay with the 4.5" rear wheel and a 160 rear tire. Much less rotational weight, less unsprung weight, and more nimble performance. But that's my own opinion, everyone has their own reasons for doing what they do. The only reason I've even brought it up is to point out various options to the OP.
Customs and choppas aren't built for performance so as long as it works enough to look the part why spend more on performance that is not needed/wanted? I look at most bikes of this type and think there is another one out of the gene pool but there is no reason not to have fun and build a little 3d rolling art, this one has at least a decent looking seat to peg vs most of the cafe builds I see where you need to have a long upper torso to reach the bars and a inseam of a six year old to fit.
if you're in denmark then it's probably a moot question.
only the usa got the 900ss/sp and 900ss/cr. this was because the 750ss didn't sell in the usa, and they never imported the 400ss or 600ss into the usa. so to have a a multi model price differentiation in the ss model range they put the 900ss engine/carbs/exhaust (americans just love the big engines) into the 750ss chassis with half fairing and that is exactly what the 900ss/cr is.
the 900ss/sp is a superlight with dual seat instead of single.
all the euro (meaning rest of the world except switzerland) 900ss are the same, and the same as a 900ss/sp without the carbon, underslung rear caliper and plaque.