1979 Ducati 900SS

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1979 Ducati 900SS

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, 90-degree V-twin, 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 72bhp @ 7,00rpm
Bore x Stroke: 86mm x 74mm
Displacement: 864cc
Valves: SOHC, shaft and bevel driven
Fuel System: Two Dell’Orto 40mm carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front twin disc, rear single disc
Weight: 428lb
Top Speed: 135mph

The 900SS is a bored-out version of the 750, still retaining Ducati’s unique desmodromic valve actuation, using opening and closing rockers, eliminating the need for valve springs. A modified version won the 1977 Daytona Superbike race ridden by Cycle magazine editor Cook Neilson. Ducati listed a race kit that included a full fairing, oil radiator, special cams and exhaust system. This bike has been restored by the museum staff back to its original specification and colors.

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