Minichamps MIN122781212 1978 Ducati 900 SuperSport TT Motorcycle - Mike Hailwood, 'Isle of Man' Tourist Trophy Race (1:12 Scale)
"More than any other Ducati, the 900SS recalls the roots of Bologna's success and rediscovers a niche in the marketplace long empty."
- Cycle Magazine, 1991
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.
Announced in 1988, the Ducati SuperSport used a Pantah based 904 cc air cooled L-twin, 2V "Desmodue" engine with crankcases derived from the 851 motor. It was mounted in a tubular trellis frame.
From 1989 to 1990, the motorcycle was fitted with a Marzocchi rear suspension, then first changed to Showa, and then to better quality Marzocchi damping in 1990. Marzocchi M1R front forks were used until 1993, when they were replaced by Showa upside down units. The Marelli Digiplex ignition was used in early models, and then replaced by a Kokusan ignition. From 1988 to 1991 the model was called a 900 SuperSport, and had a full fairing. From 1991 to 1998 the model was called a 900SS, and was available with a full or half fairing.
In 1999, the SuperSport got a major facelift. The fairing was redesigned and fuel injection introduced. The SS was available with 750 cc and 900 cc engines, both offered with either full fairing or half fairing. In 2003 Ducati replaced the 750 and 900 with three new variations: 620 cc, 800 cc and 1000 cc. Only the 620 was offered with half fairing. After that the SuperSport family was slowly reduced until in 2007, with only the 1000 cc version available, it finally came to an end.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1978 Ducati 900SS TT motorcycle that was driven by Mike Hailwood in the "Isle of Man" Tourist Trophy race. Comes packed in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.5 inches
Release Date: 2005
Historical Account: "Mike the Bike" - Eleven years after officially resigning from the sport of motorcycle racing on June 3th, 1978, Mike Hailwood participated in the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man with the Ducati 900SS. This race turned out to be one of the greatest triumphs in Ducati history. With an average speed of 174.6 km/h on his 2 cylinder desmo single overhead camshaft Ducati and despite the fact that his bike had about 15 PS less output than the tough competition Honda and Kawasaki, 'Mike the Bike' achieved a spectacular victory. Minichamps model is an exact replica of the TT bike entered as part of Steve Wynne's sport motorcycles team from Manchester. The detachable parts expose the engine, thus making engine parts visible in detail.