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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 2019, 11:30 am Thread Starter
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900 SS : SP vs CR vs IE

Hi guys

New member her ( first post).
Looking for my first ( real) bike, been looking at these 2 models. (Currently own a rd400 project bike ( i like to wrench)

I know nothing about ducati, ive only read for a few days about the 2 bikes, but there seem to be little difference.

Besides the fairing, one beein a full fairing and the CR, beein a cafe racer model, also the swingarm is Alu on the ss full fairing and steel on the CR?


When I quite possible want to make my own take on the 900ss, whether its a naked or somewhat small update, modernising the CR model, what do you recommend i go fore?

The full fairing or cr model


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Hi guys

New member her ( first post).
Looking for my first ( real) bike, been looking at these 2 models. (Currently own a rd400 project bike ( i like to wrench)

I know nothing about ducati, ive only read for a few days about the 2 bikes, but there seem to be little difference.

Besides the fairing, one beein a full fairing and the CR, beein a cafe racer model, also the swingarm is Alu on the ss full fairing and steel on the CR?


When I quite possible want to make my own take on the 900ss, whether its a naked or somewhat small update, modernising the CR model, what do you recommend i go fore?

The full fairing or cr model


Best regards
First up, Welcome Home

(please put your location in your profile so that everyone can see where you're from)

Now, "CR" does not mean "Cafe Racer". Those are the initials ("acronym" some would say) of an Italian phrase that if I recall means something like "small fairing" or "lesser outfitted" or some thing like that.

The CR models have non-adjustable forks and rear shocks. They also have the smaller 1/3rd front fairing. Beyond that, they're pretty much the same motorcycle (nearly part for part) as the SS models of the same era.

The stock aluminum swingarms of the SL models and others are prone to cracking. The stock steel swingarm of the CR model is only a little heavier, and is far more sturdy. You'd do far better investing the money you'd spend on aluminum swingin' arm on choosing lighter weight rear tires, lighter rear brake rotor, and perhaps lighter rear sprocket. Some of that saved money may also be applied to a BBB Fab frame brace (needed on pretty much any of the 900 aircooled models, SS, SL, SP, or CR) as well as other things like Nichols chromoly engine/frame bolts, tapered headstock bearings, lighter L-Ion battery, upgraded Voltage Regulator (modern MOSFET design), braided stainless steel front/rear/clutch lines, and other such niceties.

SWINGARM WEIGHTS (completely stripped down swingarms):

900SS steel - 11.00
Metamachex - 9.45
1000 aluminum - 8.91
900SS aluminum - 7.75

I bought my 1996 900CR about two or three months ago ($4k). I really prefer the CR over the SS for personal reasons. Keep in mind that if you're not well versed on how to correctly set up adjustable forks/shock that stuff will fight against you more than work with you.
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wow..seems like there are a lot of things, i did not know, i need to take into account.
Thank you for the answer

So, what if i went for the full fairing, could i mount a CR front fairing or is it difficult?

BBB frame brace?
 
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wow..seems like there are a lot of things, i did not know, i need to take into account.
Thank you for the answer
My pleasure.

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So, what if i went for the full fairing, could i mount a CR front fairing or is it difficult?
No, the two fairings will interchange. But I've no idea why anyone would want to go all the way around the block just to make an SS look like a CR. Just buy the CR. Your choice, of course.

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BBB frame brace?
Prevents the frame from cracking at the headstock. If you're a wheelie king, or you bought the bike from a wheelie king there's a higher likelihood the frame has cracked. It's a well known ~thing~ with the air cooled 900 models. It's easily prevented by installing the BBB Fab brace. "Steve Bailey" hand builds them in England. I bought mine on his eBay page, cost me $80.00 bucks U.S. brand new ... took less than three weeks to have him build it and ship it to me First Class. See attached pics (not my bike) ....
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No me neither just trying to figure out my first steps in the duc world

An old carb ducati, contra maybe as i can read online, the newer 900ss ie (2000), has direct injection.

I like the square headlight much more, but is the newer duc ( with injection) a "easier" bike to live with?

Found, allthough a bit more expensive, but a mint condidtion, 30.000km, ducati 900ss ie, from 2000.

At first, i want to ride to enjoy, secondly, when there is money, maybe customize a bit.

wow, my english is rusty, sorry. More posts, better english

btw. that frame brace is very nice, thank you, did not know the frame cracking has been addressed with this solution. smart
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900SS: SP vs CR

Article above details the differences between the CR and SP. There are a few, most notable more adjustable suspension on the SP. HOWEVER, bear in mind that the SP suspension is far from superb when compared with modern components. It can be set up to work, but many people modify it (with good results). The suspension on the CR bikes, there's nothing wrong with that. It can be made to work just fine as well, and let's face it... most of us set it and forget it. Unless you're tracking the bike it's unlikely you're going to be adjusting the suspension beyond rear preload to compensate for a passenger on a long trip.

The pre-'99 carbed bikes with dry clutches have a certain appeal... they're less refined, the clutch is grabby and stock gearing doesn't lend itself to smooth take-offs or low-rpm around-town riding but when you crack that throttle open they go, and they sound da' boss. The injected bikes are more refined, I have a 1100DS motor with a wet clutch right now and it's night and day different from my SS. Smooth take-offs and low-speed idling but not as "raw" and sometimes that raw feeling is just what you want.

'09 Multistrada 1100s

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wow, my english is rusty, sorry. More posts, better english
My sincere apologies if I made my replies hard to understand. I did not know you are not an English speaker.

I will keep that in mind from now on.


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No me neither just trying to figure out my first steps in the duc world

An old carb ducati, contra maybe as i can read online, the newer 900ss ie (2000), has direct injection.

I like the square headlight much more, but is the newer duc ( with injection) a "easier" bike to live with?

Found, allthough a bit more expensive, but a mint condidtion, 30.000km, ducati 900ss ie, from 2000.
That depends on your skills. If you are good with carb bikes then you will have no trouble with one of the 1990s models. If you are good with computer controlled injected bikes, then you may find the injected models easy to live with.

I prefer "simple" so I go with motorcycles that have no computers or electronic fuel injection. That is just my choice.



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btw. that frame brace is very nice, thank you, did not know the frame cracking has been addressed with this solution. smart
Yes! It is simple to install and does not cost a lot of money. All that is required is to paint it because they are shipped without paint.


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post #9 of 38 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 2019, 12:43 pm Thread Starter
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My sincere apologies if I made my replies hard to understand. I did not know you are not an English speaker.

I will keep that in mind from now on.


no worries mate. my english is allright just a bit rusty.

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The carbureted supersports have more potential issues, injected bikes have fewer issues. Now the biggest issue is how they have been cared for not what the factory did when building them.

you can mix and match 900cr and 900sssp as well as 900sssl and 900ssFE with the early simple 900ss. When the 900ssie (injected) came out there is a sp and a sport version and more engine options. All dry clutch bikes use the same dry clutch, wet clutch bikes come in two variety's early 750 (maybe smaller too) and later 620,750, and 800. Slipper clutches were a optional upgrade for the wet clutches but in the US a wet slipper was not original in a supersport.

Some prefer the early body style others just want a air cooled supersport. Around here the 900ie is les desired except from the function standpoint. The 900ie had almost all of the carby 900 issues fixed so they did not suffer from issues with the frame,studs,rectifier. I will add that out of the box the 900ie is a better handling bike with better ground clearance so a easier turn key track bnike. the 900 carby can work equally as well as the 900ie but will need a bit more work to get it there.

Good clean carbys are getting harder to find and price is on the rise so if your plans are to build a franken bike (nothing wrong with that) simply start with one of the rougher/cheaper ones you find as you will likely change everything anyway. Parts are available and you can get out of control quite easily building but if you think you would enjoy a two wheeled version of AC Cobra you will be pleased with the process.
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