The Ducati 900 GTS is one of those motorcycles that sits very close to the top of most motorcycle obsessed gentleman’s wish lists. Originally released in 1978 as a replacement for the 860 GTS, the 900cc engine was made using 2 x 450cc sleeves from Ducati’s single cylinder motorcycle range.
The 900 GTS used the engine as a stressed frame-member, helping to reduce weight and increase frame rigidity. The 900cc v-twin is widely considered to be one of Ducati’s finest and is certainly one of the best looking, scrolling through the images here I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better looking naked Ducati.
This particular Ducati 900 GTS was bought by Nick Huber in 2007 as a stock, 8,000 mile machine still in the possession of the original 1979 owner. Nick wanted to use the bike as a daily rider so he added only functional elements to the bike including a custom aluminium petrol tank hand-pounded by Evan Wilcox, he then added an original Conti exhaust and Tomaselli clip-ons giving the bike a raw, ’70s racer feel.
The bike now gets to go out and stretch it’s legs on the twisties most weekends, Nick encourages people to pick up a 900 GTS while they still can explaining to people that the model is bound to be one of the greats. After looking over these images, I think it already is.
Photography by the immensely talented Shelly Mosman – www.ShellyMosman.com
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