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      11-03-2005 12:32 PM #1
      Found one in my local paper, a 99 for $4000 obo. If its clean title and in good shape that sounds like a good deal. Anyone have experience with these bikes?
      I've been riding on and off for 6 years and have ridden harleys as well as owned a 77 honda cb550k and suzuki gs500e but have limited knowledge about these Ducs.
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      11-03-2005 01:19 PM #2
      Oh well nevermind... it sold.
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      11-03-2005 03:38 PM #3
      well i can tell you this much, the one in the picture is a highly modified 900SS, but all in all they are nice bikes, buddie of mine used to ride a 750SS, super easy to ride, not to much power in comparison to ricers like my R6 but rides like a dream, almost toy like. very narrow. he never had a problem with it since it was new... to bad it sold
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    6. 11-07-2005 09:09 AM #5
      The Duc superbikes can be a little rough on long rides. That being said, they handle beautifully and every guy with limited knowledge thinks your bike is super fast and that you're rich.

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      11-09-2005 04:56 PM #6
      Here's a previous post that I made that has some ok info in it: https://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1430414
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      11-10-2005 09:43 AM #7
      Here's a 1992 (close to the same vintage as your picture) listed on a dealer website in Harrisburg PA for $4500:

      http://www.koups.com/sales/use...r.htm

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      11-11-2005 02:30 PM #8
      ok
      -the 99 is totally different, it has the modern bodywork that looks sorta like the supermono. It is fuel injected and runs considerably smoother than the 91-98's, which are carb'd.
      The ergo's on the 99+ SS series are much more extreme, more extreme than the 916-based bikes and the newer 999 series.
      The older bikes are more comfortable but the stock seat is horrible. a corbin or sargent makes a massive difference.
      The suspension is extremely stiff and a bit harsh on both generations.
      If you go with an older one, be aware that some early ones had frame cracking issues. The SS SP 94-98 models have alum swingarm and a wider rear wheel plus more adjustable and higher quality suspension and better brakes.
      My tips:
      -steel rear swingarm from 94-98 SS CR model is actually more durable and provides more forgiving handling
      -swapping to Kehin FCR 41's will make the bike run smoother but makes for occassionally tough cold starting.
      -run a kawasaki ZX7R front master cylinder with braided lines for massive upgraded braking or swap for a 916/748/996/998 mc.
      -lighter canisters on the exhaust make it breath a lot better. But watch out for the loud ones. I had arrow ones that were incredibly loud at WFO throttle.
      -remember what I said about the seat
      -stock vitaloni turbo mirrors suck. lots of upgrades available. I prefer bar-end mirrors.
      -lightened flywheel makes a huge difference.
      -the 98 900SS FE has a different header/collector with more ground clearance. Really nice if you are going to track the bike
      -these are super stable but somewhat slow turning bikes at low speed. Running the forks higher in the clamps with the CR narrow rear wheel is the hot setup, but make sure you read the FAQ's on this.
      -2 valve ducs rule.
      Good luck

    10. 11-11-2005 07:28 PM #9
      BTW.....excellent pricing since this is at my local dealer for $5995 with 15k on it (1993).
      Now, it's a Fila relpica, but still.

    11. 11-11-2005 09:16 PM #10
      The bike you have pictured is one generation older than the 99 (99 to current) body style. I have a 800SS (a 750SS with the later motor - same bodywork as 99 to current) and it is niiccce. THe thing is a much better bike than I am rider. That's not saying much, but it is nice. The only thing I dislike about it is the clipons. They are a bitch. I can't get the damn levers to rotate around because clipons are drilled for alignment holes and the holes keep the reservoirs upright and the levers hit the reservours when you rotate them. The clipons are too low by about 1 inch and this puts a lot of weight on the wrists when braking hard.
      Of course this is a very minor issue, because for 200 bucks one can put an aftermarket or hybrid clipon set on the bike and remedy all of this... I'm lazy and cheap.
      This is the new generation:

      THis is one generation back:

      As other posters said, the new riding position is fairly committed. But it rides real nice
      For good information and a helluve community committed to ducatis checkout http://www.ducati.ms it's great

    12. 11-12-2005 11:20 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by Red_MkIV »
      BTW.....excellent pricing since this is at my local dealer for $5995 with 15k on it (1993).
      Now, it's a Fila relpica, but still.


      oh my god,why did you post that, I live close enough to bethlehem, I just checked out their websit and am probably gonna start checking the bank accounts before I call them today

    13. 11-12-2005 01:24 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by yzl337 »
      oh my god,why did you post that, I live close enough to bethlehem, I just checked out their websit and am probably gonna start checking the bank accounts before I call them today


      Not that it will make a financial difference, but make sure, if you buy, to tell the guys that Dave from Red Bull pointed you in the right direction.

    14. 11-15-2005 06:23 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by PlaneJob »
      THis is one generation back:

      what years is this generation. i like these better.

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      11-15-2005 08:41 PM #14
      that is a 93-97 US spec 900SS SP.

    16. 11-16-2005 12:21 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Red_MkIV »
      BTW.....excellent pricing since this is at my local dealer for $5995 with 15k on it (1993).
      Now, it's a Fila relpica, but still.

      Dude, is that for real or a photoshop job ? If its for real, someone had a field day with some stickers from a real Fila rep..
      To each his own I guess..

    17. 11-16-2005 04:49 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by redkrider »
      Dude, is that for real or a photoshop job ? If its for real, someone had a field day with some stickers from a real Fila rep..
      To each his own I guess..

      It's a factory replica bike. FILA, at one time, supported a Ducati based race team and these were, basically, the bikes that raced. Here's your "street" version of the race bike.

    18. 11-16-2005 05:45 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by Red_MkIV »
      It's a factory replica bike. FILA, at one time, supported a Ducati based race team and these were, basically, the bikes that raced. Here's your "street" version of the race bike.

      The FILA replica bike is a 999 not a 900SS (as in the pictures). Hence my stickers or photoshop comment. I dont remember the last time a 2-valve duc was raced on the world level. That is just a 900SS with the FILA decal set.
      The number 100 is Neil Hodgson who won the championship a few years ago.
      The current "Race replica" is the Xerox 999.
      Best


      Modified by redkrider at 9:52 PM 11-16-2005

    19. 11-16-2005 05:48 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by redkrider »
      The number 100 is Neil Hodgson who won the championship a few years ago.
      Best

      The FILA replica apparently came after Toseland won the WSBK championship:
      http://www.sportrider.com/bike..._fila/

    20. 11-16-2005 06:38 PM #19
      You're thinking way too 21st century. The 999 did not exist when that sticker set was applied.

    21. 11-16-2005 06:50 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Red_MkIV »
      You're thinking way too 21st century. The 999 did not exist when that sticker set was applied.

      As far as I know, FILA started sponsering Ducati in 2003 which was on the 999.
      But that wasnt my point anyway, all I am saying is that that bike in the picture is not a race replica bike. It is a regular 900SS with a decal kit. Thats all. I mean, it may be a nice 900SS.
      Check out the ebay ad, as it states so right in there.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...wItem
      I'm not sure we are disagreeing, its just that anyone who buys that and thinks its more than a decal kit, will be mistaken. The real FILA race replica bike was a 999 and had more than just a decal kit.
      Now, it does seem to have some nice little tidbits like a 944 kit.


      Modified by redkrider at 11:25 PM 11-16-2005

    22. 11-16-2005 07:23 PM #21
      Yeah, I see what you mean. You're right about the decal kit it seems. I wonder why they put it on e-bay. Hmm....I'll be sitting on it tomorrow...okay, not sitting on it, but finger printing the tank and all.

    23. 11-16-2005 07:27 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Red_MkIV »
      Yeah, I see what you mean. You're right about the decal kit it seems. I wonder why they put it on e-bay. Hmm....I'll be sitting on it tomorrow...okay, not sitting on it, but finger printing the tank and all.

      I owned a 900SS for years, and they are awesome bikes. Excellent streetbike/track bike/canyon carver etc.
      Good luck,,

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      11-16-2005 10:21 PM #23
      exactly
      The 851 4 vavle watercooled bike was Ducati's re-emergence into world class racing, back in 86?.
      The 900SS in this form was NEVER a race bike. It was designed as a great road bike and happens to look vaguely like the 851/888.
      The great 888 brought ducati several championships in the hands of doug polen among others before being phased out after the 93 season in favor the 916/955. (A friend of mine owns a gorgeous
      93 888 spo...Wow...)
      the 98 900SS FE is my all time favorite 2 valve duc. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    25. 11-16-2005 11:55 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by redkrider »
      I owned a 900SS for years, and they are awesome bikes. Excellent streetbike/track bike/canyon carver etc.
      Good luck,,


      Oh, I won't be riding...I just get to visit the showroom every week because of my job.
      I'll have to ask about the purpose behind the kit. The guy who sold them the bike is a big time customer....they have peopler hanging out there all the time.

    26. 11-17-2005 09:23 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by Red_MkIV »
      I'll have to ask about the purpose behind the kit. The guy who sold them the bike is a big time customer....they have peopler hanging out there all the time.

      Ah, I thought you were looking to buy one. Thats sort of why I was mentioning the decals. Not trying to be a snob, just that I am a Duc nut, and have been around a lot of them, owned a bunch, and love thier racing program. So I didn't want anyone to get taken.
      If you're talking about the 944 kit, its a common way to boost power on those bikes, to hot rod them up even more. That and some FCR carbs. Anyhow, I wish I still had mine, though If I were to buy another supersport, I'd go for one of the newer ones with FI.
      Best

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