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Classifieds of Interest Motorcycles

Bad timing, but if I were to sell the 93 Ducati 750SS

COVID-19 makes selling vehicles person-to-person difficult. But if it were a normal spring, my advertisement might read something like this. dan@motoringblogs.com -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

Issues

  • 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.

Known history

  • 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.

 

http://www.dancrouchblog.com/tag/750ss/

 

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.

 

-dc 

 

 

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Corvallis Motorcycles

First Day of Summer, I Ride to Mary’s Peak

Our weather in Oregon has been a bit on the cool and slightly wet side this spring. But today temperatures jumped to nearly 80 degrees and it was too good to pass up. I did ride the bicycle a bit to try and get back on that horse, but the ride on the Ducati was sadly only the third ride of the year.

Paul and I are planning to hit Laguna Seca for MotoGP and do a proper vacation on motorcycles. But I’m a bit out of practice to say the least. He may be taking his BMW R75/5, but he’s damn proficient on it in the corners and I really do have to work to keep up with him. I need to attend one of Roger’s MotorcyclExcitement schools in the near future! (I maintain his current website and hope to make a new site for him soon!)

The good news is that Paul did such a stellar job dialing in this bike for Sears Point last year that she’s ready to hit the road again with nearly no adjustments.

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Automotive Classifieds of Interest Motorcycles Ramblings

A Quick Trip to Cape Meares on the Ducati and VFR

I had tried earlier this year to sell my Ducati 750SS, but admittedly it’s a slow market and I was asking a premium. Fast-forward to June and the weather has finally turned to summer. Time to take the bike off the market and ride! Paul suggested the following route for this Sunday:


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As you can tell, it’s a good day trip. But especially long if it’s your second ride of the year! My body is tired after this trip, but so worth it. Here are the pics (click for hi-res):

Cape Meares Oregon Coast Motorcycle Trip
Yep, this is what the Oregon Coast looks like when it's 70 degrees and sunny outside!
Cape Meares Oregon Coast Motorcycle Trip
The beautiful Oregon coast
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Cape Meares Ducati 750 and VFR 750
Cape Meares Ducati 750 and VFR 750
Cape Meares Ducati 750 and VFR 750
Cape Meares Ducati 750 and VFR 750

Thanks for the great ride Paul!

dc

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Automotive

What I’m Listening To: The Doors Morrison Hotel

I threw the Doors on at a recent poker party and have found myself coming back to Morrison Hotel pretty frequently. In particular Peace Frog and You Make Me Real. Check ’em out and enjoy!

And just so you know I haven’t totally lost my mind, I’ve also been listening to this lovely Italian melody:

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Motorcycles On The Job

It’s Been Quiet Around Here, But It’s Been Going Off Over at RareSportBikesForSale.com

I know my personal blog has really been neglected this summer, but I’ve been very busy consulting. And when I’m not helping out moto-clients with web services consulting, I’m working with a great team to really dial up the Rare Sportbikes For Sale site. Check out some of the sweet rides this week alone: MC28 NSR250 SE, CBR250R Hurricane, Huge Teaser for some OW01’s, VF1000R, Bimota YB9, and well you get the idea.

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If you’re in a shopping mood, I’d subscribe as the best deals are always had in the fall and early winter.

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