Look what Santa bought me! Despite what all my ex wives and girlfriends have to say, Santa agreed with me that I have indeed been very very GOOD this year! Actually, I've been asking Santa for a 900 Ducati every christmas since I sold my last one over 25 years ago, so I guess you could also say he was a wee bit late. Anyway, nice work big fella. So, what is it you ask? It is the remaining elements of a 1980 Ducati 900 Darmah SSD. The SSD was basically an SS'ified Darmah or a Darmah'fied SS, whichever way you want to look at it. Sort of halfway between the two.They have the SS spec motor, but with electric start, clip on bars, rear set pegs and the SS shorty fairing but with the Darmah ducktail seat and built on the Darmah frame. I'm sure I'll get to expalaining the differences as we go along, but the SSD's all came in a beautiful 2 tone ice blue/dark blue that still looks gorgeous today. But of course, mine doesnt look anything like that. It has been rebuilt at some point as an NCR replica. All of the SSD bodywork has been junked and it currently has an NCR fairing (from '7 and Imola tank (from '74) and an MHR sidecovers, seat and ducktail (from '82), so not particularly SSD at the moment...... or so you would think. The beast was last registered in Qld 10 years ago (without indicators!) was then sold through Reds Ducati in Western Sydney to a collector in Melbourne who has had her collecting dust for just a little too long. 8 years since she was started in fact, so he recognised it was probably time to pass it on before it deteriorated too significantly and I guess i just happened to be standing in the wrong spot. I actually wanted to build a TT2 600/650, but that is likely to take a while, so this will be an interesting interlude no doubt. The PO was a lovely bloke and i went down to Melbourne to meet him and to check the bike out. He has a fantastic collection of motorcycles and has owned everything from SS Ducati's to Manx Nortons and an 8 valve Triton, so he certainly has good taste in motorcycles. He bought this SSD sight unseen, had it shpped to Melbourne, rode it up the road and back and then parked it. Apparently it was strong, no noises and ran well. he started it regulalry for the first 2 years and then the battery went flat and it has been sitting ever since. So it turned up late on christmas eve and i've had a few days to do a few bits and pieces and generally have a bit of a pick around it. It actually isnt too bad, so far. The good points. it still has all of its SSD specific bits, bar the bodywork (which is basically shared with the Darmah SD, so easily obtainable). The SSD has special raised and forward clip on bars, specific gear and brake linkages, 6 bolt alloy mounted brake discs and wheels, specific rear shocks and a few other little oddities which are all still there. Good. The SSD was actually the rarest of all that era's 900's so this one can easliy convert back to that spec if required at some time. But I aint gonna do that just yet...... The bad points: Its an SSD! Despite the looks of these things, they were more Darmah than SS. The frame carries the motor higher (for ground clearance), is an inch lower in the seat area, has a 30 degree steering head (28 on the SS) longer forks and shocks and carries an extra 30 odd kg including the starter. They look the part, but they will never be an SS. Other issues so far are what the frame is painted with? No idea. Some sort of clear over metal finish I think. Polished then cleared? Dunno. Hasnt lasted too well though. Thats an issue. I have no idea yet and I'm being optomistic but, I think it might run and I think it might even be alright. Big punt isnt it!? We will find out soon enough I'm sure. All going to plan, I should have it running at some point in the next few days and that will be the right time to make a decision about its future, but the plan is (at this point) to run it as it is, at least until it shows signs of needing attention. If and when the motor wants doing, I will get it done, but if I can get mileage out of the current motor, then it makes sense to run it out for a while. if it aint broke, dont fix it. The Pantah I have recently finished and documented on this forum is a beautiful little bike, but its too shiny for me! I'm a rider not a polisher, so this might suit me as is for a little while I'm hoping. Will see how we go. Anyway, I've already made some progress over the past couple of days and will post another update in a day or two. Cheers.