Minichamps MIN122120700 1977 Ducati 900 SuperSport Motorbike - Blue and Silver (1:12 Scale)
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The Ducati SuperSport and SS are names applied to a series of Pantah based air-cooled four stroke two valve V-Twin motorcycles manufactured from 1988 onwards. A limited edition SuperSport called the SuperLight was sold in 1992. The name harked back to the round case 1973 Ducati 750 Super Sport,and the 1975 square case 750 and 900 Super Sport. The later one-word spelling was only applied to the belt drive (Pantah) based models.
From 1991 to 1998 the model was called a 900SS, and was available with a full or half fairing. 1993 saw the addition to the SS/SL (SuperLight). In 1994, to further differentiate the 900 from smaller Supersports additional models were released in addition to the Super Light; the 900 SS/SP (Sport Production) was essentially an amalgam of the Supersport and the SuperLight and the SS/CR (Cafe Racer) that mated the 900 motor with the 750 running gear and a half fairing. The CR's came with lower grade suspension and typically a steel swingarm, (as opposed to the aluminum swingarm typically found on SuperSports) as well as a narrower 4.5 inch rear wheel and narrower 160 section rear tire. Many riders feel the aluminum swingarms are more desirable, however, aluminum swingarms on older Supersports and Monsters are prone to cracking.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1977 Ducati 900 SS Motorbike in blue and silver. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: April 2012
Historical Account: "Bright, Sparkling Diamonds" - In the beginning, Taglioni's Ducati chassis was used. It had a single Lockheed front disc brake and a twin leading shoe Fontana rear drum brake. Dry weight was 135 kg and it had 18in rims front and rear with 3.00 and 3.25 tyres. Wheelbase was 1430 mm. In June 1971, Phil Read tested the 500 cc bike with the Seeley frame, and pronounced it the better of the two. The frame was then fitted to Spaggiari's bike as well. It was raced in 1972 by Bruno Spaggiari, Ermanno Guliano and Phil Read. Also in June 1971, the first Ducati 750 GT models came out of the factory, distinguished by silver frames, metal-flake paint, fibreglass fuel tanks, 30 mm Amal carburettors, and twin leading shoe rear brakes.
Taglioni experimented with four valve heads at this time, but failed to produce better power figures than his two valve heads, so the two valve racers continued. He continued to experiment with four valve heads right up to 1973.
In 1971, race results were spoiled by a run of gearbox and ignition problems. Phil Read's second to Agostini in the San Remo Grand Prix, and a fourth, also by Read, at Monza in the Grand Prix delle Nazione were the highlights of the season.
A Seely frame 750 cc had been tested by Mike Hailwood at Silverstone in August 1971 with a view to competing in F750. Hailwood decided against it, saying he didn't think the handling was good enough.
Taglioni had already produced a new frame, for the production bike, incorporating some of the Seely features. He later said he felt the Seely frame had been too light for the V twins. They used the production frame for the 1972 Imola bikes.
The 200 Mile formula was first run in Italy in 1972, at Imola. Ducati prepared eight 750 cc bikes for the event. Paul Smart, Bruno Spaggiari, Ermanno Giuliano, and Alan Dunscombe were secured as riders. By now racing fever had set in, and the factory wanted to win. The bikes had the new factory frames and 750 engines, and were once more prepared in a very short time. Wherever possible the bike was lightened, and new 40 mm Dell'Orto carburetors with accelerator pumps were used. These engines delivered 80 hp at 8,500 rpm. In that Imola 200 held in April, Smart and Spaggiari came in first and second. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)