2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

c1985 Ducati Walt Siegl SD900 Motorcycle




Engine 900cc V-twin
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Body Work Motorcycle
Colour Grey/black
Trim Black
Wheels Alloy
Brakes Discs


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Just as a three-syllable Italian word – ‘Ferrari’ – instantly conjures sporting charisma in the world of cars, another such word – ‘Ducati’ – does the same for motorcycles. Even before 1972, Ducati stood for sporting flair and great engineering but an event held on 23 April 1972 marked the beginning of the marque’s legendary status. From being seen as quirky designer-style motorcycles, Ducatis went to the top of the pack of ultimate sport machines with a devoted following. Red was the Italian racing colour in the era before advertising appeared on the cars and, just as Ferraris are associated with the colour, so are Ducatis. But the most celebrated model it ever produced was green and silver! This, of course, was the 1974 Imola Replica Desdromonic 750 Super Sport. The Ducati 900 belongs in this context. Keen to be successful in the US market where strict anti-emissions legislation prevailed, Ducati’s engineers reckoned the answer was to increase capacity but use a more restricted exhaust system.