1977 Ducati 900SS

The Ducati 900SS motorcycle, introduced in 1976, was powered by an 860-cc V-twin engine. See more motorcycle pictures.

With the introduction of the 1977 Ducati 900SS motorcycle, Ducati continued its tradition of dominating European racetracks with exceptional road-going machines.

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The debut of the 750SS and its desmodromic valvetrain in 1974 helped Ducati reached a new plateau of performance. Easily able to reach velocities in excess of 120 mph in a single bound, the 750SS reintroduced the world to Italian superbikes.


In 1976, a more powerful version of the SS appeared. Based on the non-desmodromic 860GT introduced in late 1973, the new 900SS added

desmodromics to the larger engine, pushing the performance envelope even further.

With a top speed of over 140 mph, the 900SS was as fast as anything the Japanese had to offer. The carefully sculpted steel fuel tank was surrounded by a bullet-shaped half fairing, and the solo saddle was backed by an aerodynamic tailpiece.

Together, these elements created a true racing image for the 900SS, which was only strengthened when Mike Hailwood rode a race-prepped version to victory at the Isle of Man TT.

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The Ducati 900SS was fitted with Ducati's famous desmodromic valvetrain.

The 1977 Ducatti 900SS motorcycle was unique in that the cooling fins on the forward cylinder ran in a different direction than those on the rear cylinder.

Mechanical closing of the valves eliminated high-rpm valve float.
The tachometer's 8000-rpm redline is quite high for a large-displacement twin.
Dual ventilated front disc brakes provided needed reassurance given the bike's high-speed potential.

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