1983 Ducati Darmah 900
When I got it, it had multiple oil leaks which were easy to fix with gaskets and some new plugs.
Swing arm axle was worn and had to be replaced.
Some of the minor electrics don't work, eg fuel warning, neutral indicator etc.
Fuel tank buffers have worn out and need to be replaced.
Fifth gear is difficult to select and is the next issue I need to fix.
Seat has been replaced with a custom made, close to original look, but more comfy offering.
Tends to burn spark plugs, but I believe that that is due to the higher octane fuel that is the norm these days.
I love this bike! I didn't buy it to get to work, but to have something I've admired since I was a teenager. The fact that it is old, Italian, quirky and probably unreliable compared to Japanese whitegoods on two wheels, is part of the attraction.
Firstly, it looks fantastic with SS fairing, retro but very cool.
Secondly, it sounds amazing with Conti replicas. Many people comment on the wonderful tone.
Thirdly, it pulls like a train. The L-twin bevel is a brilliant engine with heaps of Power.
It won't win a drag with a rice-burner, but once she's mobile... look out!
The handling is surprisingly good for such an old and heavy bike, it can cruise at speed and feels very stable, but also handles the twists very nicely. Feels very well balanced.
Stoppers are great.
Starts first time every time.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2009