The 1970’s Ducati Super Sport defined a new era and a new line of thinking for Ducati. A philosophy that would lead to the creation of the modern Superbike. Only around 430 to 450 have been produced and custom builder Bryan Fuller is one of many who, a few years back, fell in love with the 1974 green frame after admiring one at The Barber Motorsports Museum. He told me: “The torque and rumble is similar to a Harley but with smoothness and the ability to spin up the RRR’s! They are comfortable enough to ride all day, yet sporting enough to handle the hills or track. Hell, I even used mine to run errands! The 1971- 1974 Ducatis are for me some of the finest motorcycles ever made. They have it all: style, grace and power…”
The Ducati featured here was sourced in Texas, born as a 1974 GT., not as cool as the Sport or Super Sport with the Cafe Tail, and not being run since years was in pretty bad shape. Fuller had to rebuilt the motor, but did it following the Ducati Sport specifications. As all great builders will tell you, if you start working on an old machine with very few available original parts, you better off be connected with the experts in the know. While starring in the TV series “Cafe Racer”, Bryan Fuller met with Rich Lambrechts and Vicki Smith from DesmoPro. Rich helped Fuller, as he is one of the foremost experts on Bevel Twins. Bevel cut gears have to be shimmed to lined up properly and finding the shims is always the issue…Fuller and Lambrechts spent 3 weeks together rebuilding the 750 motor & driveline and also two 250 cc angles for a pair of “Dirty Duc’s” dirt bikes which are the current Fuller Hot Rod projects. For beauty, the ho-hum allen bolts were all replaced with SS head bolt grade ARP 12 points.
The former owner of this 74 Ducati couldn’t remember why he quit riding it. Fuller found out during a couple of run tests when the battery died unexpectedly. It is well known that Ducati’s electronics of that time were less than stellar, something quite surprising because electronics was the main activity of Ducati Elettronica a spinoff of Ducati Meccanica SpA., the motorcycle production entity. So, Fuller went to a new and reliable stator and regulator, and for a full re-wiring of the bike, running it through the frame tubes, zip ties forbidden…
Going back to the aesthetics of this Ducati Super Sport, a second front brake disc was added, a first production set of FOX Podium R Street Twin shocks were installed, the tail end was reworked as the original but with some twist. The taillight comes from an old car and dug out of Fuller’s shop stash of swap meet and eBay finds. The original 750 gas tank and exhaust system were kept because they are valuable original factory pieces (mufflers only are supposedly worth $800!) and work well with the new bike design. Chrome plating by Silver Plating in Signal Hill, CA. John Dunn and Chastin Brand striped the tank and tail. The diamond pleat perforated leather seat was sewn by John Whitaker. Fuller Hot Rods. (Photography @ Kevin Warren for Cyril Huze)