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Old 10-03-2005, 01:32 PM   #11
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Default Re: Where have all the 900's gone?

Had a '95 900SS a few years back. Think I sold it for about $5,000. I wouldn't bother with a CR unless it was dirt cheap.
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:32 PM   #12
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Default Re: Where have all the 900's gone?

The older Ducs, like the 900CR are simply not as good as the new ones. TPG allowed Ducati to make many upgrades. (Such as case hardening the valve stems, which prevented the half-circle clips from causing the valve stems to mushroom.)



The CR was the low end version, which is not to say that it isn't nice, but it is nowhere near the bike the current 900SS is. But if you're used to BMW handling, you are going to be in for a big surprise on any Ducati. Shop around on the price for a CR.



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Old 10-03-2005, 03:39 PM   #13
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Default Re: Valve's settle down with miles

I don't have a 900, but I do have an ST (OK, it's not a sportbike, but it is still a great bike). Some of the ST guys put on serious miles (15,000 a year or more), and they report that the valve adjustment hysteria is overblown. After the first 15,000 miles, they usually don't have to adjust the valves for a LONG time. However, it is critical to replace the cam belts every 2 years, regardless of miles.



As I said, I don't know about the 900 or the Cagiva-era bikes, but I'm very pleased with my Ducati. They are actually quite robust machines (while the recent BMWs have been getting a lot of complaints from high mileage riders about serious mechanical issues), and in recent years have really improved their attention to detail.
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Old 10-04-2005, 02:34 AM   #14
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Default Re: Where have all the 900's gone?

I believe you are wrong. With the older 900SS's, the CR designation stood for Cafe Racer, hence the half-fairing. I think 98 was the last year they had that designation. I believe everything else was identical unless you had one of the early Superlight or SP models.
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Old 10-04-2005, 03:48 AM   #15
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I know for a fact the CR suspension was not adjustable. The CR was decontented to sell at a lower price point.
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:14 AM   #16
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Default Re: Where have all the 900's gone?

You are correct... The CR, especially the 95+ (please verify years) came with non-rebuildable (not just non-adjustable) Marzochi forks... I would steer any friend away from buying a CR, especially if it has the Marzochi forks. For nearly the same price you can get a new generation 900 or 750...
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:15 AM   #17
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Default I know where they went...

I know where they went. I know exactly where they went.



They went to 1,000cc!!!
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:21 AM   #18
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Err... I guess I should have said they went to 999cc
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:33 AM   #19
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Yeah, but the older (pre-1999) 900SS Ducatis look SOOO much better. The new ones may be more reliable, faster, etc., but they look absolutely horrendous in comparison. All those grotesque slats and folds in the tank and fairing make them look like plastic japanimation bikes, and I would never buy one. Pierre Terblanche screws up almost everything he touches...
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:03 AM   #20
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I've owned a 1996 900SS CR for two years now, and couldn't be happier. I've added flat-slide carbs, Termi pipes, and a few other things, and the bike runs, looks, and sounds beautiful.



There's nothing like firing it up next to a pack of GSXR-600 squids - the air-cooled big-jug bark horribly emasculates every single one of them.



Enjoy it!
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