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So one of the Ducatis that I've always loved but never owned is the 900 Superlight. I don't know anyone who has one and I've never gotten the straight story on them. I know that there are five generations of them and I think that only one generation (MkI) was legally imported to the US but this could be wrong, too. Also, I think that the MkI was about 16 pounds lighter than the regular 900SS at the time but I've never been able to get the scoop on what was different other than a couple of carbon pieces and floating brakes.

Anyways, since the good people here really know a lot about these, I would love to hear more about what mad the 900 Superlight special and what the differences were on the five generations of them. Thanks in advance.
 

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Ducati900sl.com might be worth looking at.

FWIW, my guess is that the Marvic mags on the Mk 1 accounted for 99% of the weight difference.
 

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From Ian Falloon's book "Standard Catalog Of Ducati Motorcycles 1946-2005".
 

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Thank you both. This is awesome.
 

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Solo tail that was not light and prone to crack, updated on the 900FE

High mount exhaust stock, smaller cans than the later FE IIRC

2-piece lightweight wheels that are prone to wear at the spoke to rim, magnesium spokes /aluminum rim so inspect spokes well.

Early short crank motor that is not superlight specific but would tip off a motor swap.

Early non-encapsulated aluminum swingarm pivot bolts that let you know it is original.

Chrome cylinder studs.

Yellow paint and a few carbon bits.

Badge on top tree.
 

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That's certainly a BEAUTIFUL Ducati!
My '95 SS-SP is red and it's missing those great wheels. I did put on the high mount Sil-Moto spaghetti CF pipes.
Very, very nice.
Here's to spring!!
 

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I don't blame you :)

Hope you had a chance to ride a bit today.
Ha! I did indeed get to put a few miles on the Superleggera today. I was debating going back out on the 888 but the wind picked up and I erred on the side of cleaning up around the house. :)
 

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From Ian Falloon's book "Standard Catalog Of Ducati Motorcycles 1946-2005".
A few things Ian Falloon fails to mention and he seems to do this in all his books, differences between USA market bikes and the rest of the world.

This is one rare instance where the USA version is much more collectible than the rest of the world. While many Superlights have been produced, only 300 MK1s were made for US market, 100 of the 300 went to California with some plumbing differences.

In the USA market the Ducati Superlight is a 1993 only year model, not 1992 as he continually mentions, they might have been built in 1992 but it is a 1993 model.
 

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So one of the Ducatis that I've always loved but never owned is the 900 Superlight. I don't know anyone who has one and I've never gotten the straight story on them. I know that there are five generations of them and I think that only one generation (MkI) was legally imported to the US but this could be wrong, too. Also, I think that the MkI was about 16 pounds lighter than the regular 900SS at the time but I've never been able to get the scoop on what was different other than a couple of carbon pieces and floating brakes.

Anyways, since the good people here really know a lot about these, I would love to hear more about what mad the 900 Superlight special and what the differences were on the five generations of them. Thanks in advance.
I believe my friend Ben has one for sale at his shop. Motoconsult I'm sure he could talk to you about that model. There's also this: Ducati 900 SL Superlight
 

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I believe my friend Ben has one for sale at his shop. Motoconsult I'm sure he could talk to you about that model. There's also this: Ducati 900 SL Superlight
Thanks, Bruce. That's a neat site. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a Superlight (and more unfortunately, I am just about out of room for more motorcycles at the moment anyway).
 

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Thanks, Bruce. That's a neat site. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a Superlight (and more unfortunately, I am just about out of room for more motorcycles at the moment anyway).
Out of room? I'm not familiar with that concept.
 

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Thanks, Bruce. That's a neat site. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a Superlight (and more unfortunately, I am just about out of room for more motorcycles at the moment anyway).
That's some collection you have Sherpa, very impressive.

That dealership had a 1998 900SS FE which has now sold, bought by someone on the Superlight, Fe facebook page.

If your looking for one for sale, I might know of one if it hasn't sold yet. I believe the price was under $15000, absolutelly pristine condition. A Superlight recently sold at Mecum in Arizona for just under $13000, it still had the original head studs which is an expensive fix.
 

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Out of room? I'm not familiar with that concept.
I wasn't either but it has become a very real thing. :)

That's some collection you have Sherpa, very impressive.

That dealership had a 1998 900SS FE which has now sold, bought by someone on the Superlight, Fe facebook page.

If your looking for one for sale, I might know of one if it hasn't sold yet. I believe the price was under $15000, absolutelly pristine condition. A Superlight recently sold at Mecum in Arizona for just under $13000, it still had the original head studs which is an expensive fix.
Thanks. It's been a fun adventure accumulating them all. I did see the Superlight that sold at Mecum in Las Vegas and it was a nice looking bike, for sure. That said, I'm not in the market for one at the moment. They're great bikes, though, and I would love to spend some time with one up close for a while and check it out.

Thanks for all of the great advice and links, everyone,
 

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If you want to experience an SS, you're welcome to ride my FE once it's back together.
 

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Thanks, Mike. I might take you up on that. I figure that it's a lot like my 888 in certain ways but different in lots of others. It would be neat to check out.
 

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Thanks, Bruce. That's a neat site. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a Superlight (and more unfortunately, I am just about out of room for more motorcycles at the moment anyway).
If you sell a car, you can make room for at least 4 bikes! Here's some Superlight porn to keep you interested.
 

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