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Restoring the tail to stock

The chopped rear tool tray/license plate holder and the wrong rear turn signal has really bothered me. So, I ordered up the new parts from my dealer. The expensive parts were the actual turn signals as they are NLA direct from Ducati. I found a pair on the shelf at Ace in San Francisco.

It took the better part of an afternoon to change everything over, do my usual cleaning and fussing around. The result is good and, IMHO, looks much better. I know many will prefer the chopped tail (look how many people did it in period), but since this is a restoration, it needs to be stock.

Now, I can feel good about the result.

My plan is to sell the bike as my wife says I have too many "keepers". It was fun to do the project and compare the performance to the later models (900SSie). My dream 900ss would be an SP with the fuel injected engine and a solo seat. Maybe next time.

I will post in the classifieds when I'm ready to sell. For now, I will ride it some more.
 

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Final photos

I took some more photos with the new tail section/turn signals. It looks much better now.

I plan to put the 900SS-SP up for sale in the next day or so.
Too many bikes!
 

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Funny or rare?

The bike looks great. Really nice job on the resto! Kinda funny to see a stock SS, though :).

Good luck with the sale.
Thanks for the GLWS thought.

Is it funny to see a stock one because it is rare? So many of these bikes have been modified that finding a stock one is unusual. This is exactly why I built it as a restoration project; to be different. Also, the value of a stock bike will be better over time than a modified one. These bikes are just starting to gain in value.

I know that not all members of this site care about much about this segment of the hobby (restoration), but that is ok with me as I have built modified ones as well. This is just a different approach.
 

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Thanks for the GLWS thought.

Is it funny to see a stock one because it is rare? So many of these bikes have been modified that finding a stock one is unusual. This is exactly why I built it as a restoration project; to be different. Also, the value of a stock bike will be better over time than a modified one. These bikes are just starting to gain in value.

I know that not all members of this site care about much about this segment of the hobby (restoration), but that is ok with me as I have built modified ones as well. This is just a different approach.
I am frankly far more interested in keeping an SS stock, or at least very close to stock. The SS I pickup up a couple of months ago is almost entirely stock. Only external noticeable modifications are carbon fiber mufflers and a Woodcraft clutch cover. Everything else is minor, such as stainless steel brake lines, jetted carbs (stock carbs, not flatslides), modified airbox cover, Mosfet R/R, and I think that's it. Everything else is original and in excellent shape, and I plan on keeping it that way.

I hope you find a new owner who appreciates all of the work you put into that bike and doesn't modify it to high hell.
 

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Well - it certainly does look great!
I'll offer that you will be sorry when you sell it too.
Then there's the $$ involved too. I bought my '95 back for $4900 with 13,000 showing on the clock. Mostly stock except for cans and the air box lid cut off.
But, it cost me $650 to get it back to MCC. There I spent another $2200 to get new tires, 12,000 mile service which included the valve adjustment, all fluids replaced etc. They also replaced the total clutch (bad oil seal) and the steering head bearings. Once I got it back home I sourced a replacement air box lid and several other small items. I had the CF cleared and then jumped in with both feet for a new SilMoto complete system from FBF.
My whole point here is that I've likely invested $$$$ more than I could ever get out in a sale.
But then, that's not why I bought it back - right?
BTW: Where did you source the toolkit rubber and owners manual? I have the toolkit but missing the manual and one of the rubber strands is broken.
Good luck - I've enjoyed reading this post.
 

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....Is it funny to see a stock one because it is rare?...
Exactly! These bikes seem to be so plentiful, that I think most people don't see that value in keeping them stock. That will likely change, if it hasn't already. Bikes like the original GSXR or Interceptor were everywhere at one time. Now, people are paying impressive prices for clean, original examples. Perhaps the will SS be in that category at some point.
 

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Well - it certainly does look great!
I'll offer that you will be sorry when you sell it too.
Then there's the $$ involved too. I bought my '95 back for $4900 with 13,000 showing on the clock. Mostly stock except for cans and the air box lid cut off.
But, it cost me $650 to get it back to MCC. There I spent another $2200 to get new tires, 12,000 mile service which included the valve adjustment, all fluids replaced etc. They also replaced the total clutch (bad oil seal) and the steering head bearings. Once I got it back home I sourced a replacement air box lid and several other small items. I had the CF cleared and then jumped in with both feet for a new SilMoto complete system from FBF.
My whole point here is that I've likely invested $$$$ more than I could ever get out in a sale.
But then, that's not why I bought it back - right?
BTW: Where did you source the toolkit rubber and owners manual? I have the toolkit but missing the manual and one of the rubber strands is broken.
Good luck - I've enjoyed reading this post.
Thanks for the kind comments about the post.

The tool kit rubber and owner's manual are available new from Ducati.

It is surprising what Ducati can supply new on these bikes.
My restoration used many new parts from the dealer and, in some cases, they were cheaper than buying "used".

I always check the dealer first for small parts before searching the internet.
 

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Keeping them stock

Exactly! These bikes seem to be so plentiful, that I think most people don't see that value in keeping them stock. That will likely change, if it hasn't already. Bikes like the original GSXR or Interceptor were everywhere at one time. Now, people are paying impressive prices for clean, original examples. Perhaps the will SS be in that category at some point.
Since the FE, SP and SL are special equipment versions of the 900SS, they will always be a premium over the standard bikes. In the future and maybe even now for early adopters, these stock bikes will be valued more for collectors.

Speaking of GSX-Rs, I built a track version of the 750R (LTD) for fun because I wanted to feel what the Superbike racers experienced in period (see photo). It was really a big project that the editors of Motorcyclists magazine gave a thumbs up to.
Read about it here: https://www.motorosso.net/1986-suzuki-gsxr750/
 

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I sold the 900SS-SP

I posted the 900SS-SP in the classifieds here and on CL. Also, on eBay this weekend.
The eBay auction had a lot of interest (100 watchers and the bid was about $3K), but I got a call from a buyer (Kurt) in WA state who made me an offer that was fair and above my auction reserve price. I sold it to him and cancelled the auction.

The Duc will be going to a good home and the new owner said that he will keep it stock and appreciates the work that was done to the bike.

All in all, a good result.:smile2:
 

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Follow up on the sale

The new owner flew down to SoCal and rode the bike back to WA state, about 1,200 miles! This was in July during a heat-wave. The 900SS made it with no problems though the same couldn't be said of the rider.

Kurt will take care of the bike and love it.
 

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