COVID-19 makes selling vehicles person-to-person difficult. But if it were a normal spring, my advertisement might read something like this. firstname.lastname@example.org -dc
1993 Ducati 750SS For Sale by Private Owner with Upgrades
23k miles showing, but speedo cable broke on the way to Laguna Seca in 2012. Was replaced upon return. Add an additional 2k miles to account for that trip.
I am the third owner since 2007. I thoroughly enjoyed this bike as an enthusiast rider in the first 8 years of ownership, but have barely used it in the past 5 years.
Just serviced, 4.7.2020: Belts, oil, filter, plugs, coil upgrade, brake flush, quick carb clean, idle adjustment, and clear gas.
Period upgrades include
- Keihin FCR 41 racing carbs. (very aggressive)
- Staintune 2:1 exhuast (very loud)
- CA Cycleworks coil upgrade (just added, better starting)
- Kickstand saver
- NOS 900SS full fairings with Ducati mounting hardware (currently installed)
- Bar-end mirrors
Included with sale
- Rear stand
- Original 750SS half fairings and Ducati mounting hardware
- Spares: original windscreen, mirrors, carbs
- Service manual
- Original coils
- Period soft luggage saddlebags.
- Copy of Craigslist post from 2007 when I purchased the bike
- I’d recommend a carb rebuild, valve adjust, and corresponding tune (done once in my ownership). It runs “good” as-is but could be excellent at the hands of an expert. I’d recommend Cheshire or MotoCorsa, both in Portland.
- Sport touring tires have good tread but they’re old. Replace ASAP for any real riding or distance.
- 900SS fairings: one touched up crack between turn signal and headlight on the left side.
- Pint of touch up paint included.
- Supposedly purchased by a tech at then Ducati in Salem. This owner reportedly installed most of the upgrades back in the day.
- Second owner was a local engineer and enthusiast.
- Acquired in 2007. In my ownership
- 3 trips to California
- Rides all over Oregon and Washington
- Never stranded on the road despite Ducati reputation
- Hard-starting after the off-season
- Cold-blooded starting in general due to race carbs and no choke. Somewhat improved with new carbs.
This is not a beginner’s bike or a commuter. This an enthusiast-quality rider and an excellent introduction to classic Ducati motorcycling. It makes for a somewhat jerky in-town bike but an absolute pleasure out of town on country roads. It’s not superbike uncomfortable either, but still has a serious sporting nature.
If I’m honest, it could be parted out for more than the asking price – which would be a shame. While not a museum piece, it is in really nice, original, and period correct modified condition. My hope is that it remains local to be enjoyed on our back roads and on the occasional out of state road trip.
I have quite a few blog posts from when I first purchased the bike in the link below. I was in my early 30’s then and these youthful, verbose entries, not only reveal my love affair with the bike, but also the one and only time it was tipped over in my ownership; mere minutes after acquiring it… No damage.
Why am I letting it go after all these great memories? Honestly, I want to get back into the hobby but with something more modern. This is a wonderful second or third bike that will excite the senses, and still stands out when in the wild. It definitely requires some fiddling to keep it at it’s best but that is part of it’s charm. On the other hand, it’s so affordable that I dare you to find something with more character for less.
If you’re still reading let’s talk. No test rides without full asking cash in hand. Sorry but you know how it is.