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"The Ducati 900 SD Darmah on examination here is an extremely fine example of a 1980 series 900 SD and is very well presented, The engine and frame numbers are correct and the bike is in beautiful cosmetic condition, capable of presentation in any show. It is also in excellent mechanical condition and able to be ridden on the street. As this motorcycle has undergone a full restoration, with superb attention to detail, the paint and chrome are excellent. While there are a number of minor non-original features this bike is about 90 percent correct and one of the better examples of a 1980 Darmah I have seen."
In 1976 Tartarini did a makeover on the 860GT creating the Ducati Darmah SD900 design. The original Ducati 860 GT model was available simultaneously until 1979. The new Ducati 900 Sport Desmo ‘Darmah’ or 900SD was introduced in 1977 and continued production until 1982. The Darmah is regarded as the better sporty touring bike of the two and for all of those that have wondered what the "Darmah" was named after it is a fictional Italian cartoon tiger.
When you look back at the Darmah production period, there was not a huge variation in models and by the end of 1982 motorcycle sales had started to drop forcing aggressive clearance pricing in 1983. It has been reported that during the closing year with Ducati focusing on bringing the Pantah to market that some of the last 1982 models produced showed signs of being parts bins specials. There was a SSD model introduced in 1977, basically the same bike as the SD, adding a half faring and off set clip-ons, it wasn't well received and ended production in 1980.
Motor: The 1980 DARMAH has a 864 CC, 2 cylinder, four-stroke motor creating 70 HP @ 7000 RPM, with a 5 speed transmission and a stock top speed reported of 125 mph.
This 1980 DARMAH underwent an engine out, bare frame restoration in 2007-08 at mileage 29,500. In 2011 the bike was invited to be shown at Del Mar, Ca. "Celebration of the Motorcycle" Show, see last photo at right.
Above: Ian Falloon inspects and catalogs this Darmah for his 20 page hardbound report.
Right: Ian Falloon’s masterful book “Ducati Bevel Twins 1971-1986 Authenticity & Restoration Guide” 300 pages of history, component detail and photographs. This book is a must if you are going to dive into the world of Darmah’s (or Bevel Twins)! Below: Ian's report on the actual SD900 presented on this page.