Once a humble Weber carbed 1989 Ducati 900SS this Ducati Supersport has accidentally become a one-off, almost 'money no object', woodsmans-axe style obsession in a quest to attain custom motorcycle Nirvana.
|This was what it looked like in 1989|
The story goes... its' previous owner, an architect from up north, originally swapped an old FZR1000 for a untidy ‘89 Ducati 900SS which was badly in need of some TLC. After 11 years in the UK he brought back a suitcase full of Ducati parts, including a modified carbon fibre Ducati Supermono fairing and a QB Carbon 955 Corsa single seat unit.
How or when a Kawasaki ZXR400 front end came to be grafted to the bike was never quite clear, (was it once a race bike?) but a later 900SS tank, VeeTwo 944cc piston kit, some 39mm racked Keihin FCR carbs and a spaghetti exhaust system were fitted and voila!: a cooler, faster than normal 900SS Special was born.
|And like this when I bought it...|
When I bought the bike in 2006, attracted by the cool bodywork, an impressive specification and the glint of carbon fibre, it was once more in need of attention. A trip to the National Ducati Rally revealed brakes and a battery that boiled, dodgy electrics and pieces falling off left right and centre.