Ok, so this is just a MotoGP paint job on a Ducati 900SS, but that’s enough to bring the Terblanche design, originally released in 1999, bang up to date. This bike belongs to reader Miha Kočevar, who’s the president of Ducati Club Slovenia. He plans to race it this coming season in the country’s Desmo 1000 series.
Miha bough this fully-faired 2001-model in 2009 stock, since adding race fairings and the paint job. The 1999 onward 900SS itself was and update to the Cagiva-era bike, adopting styling from Pierre Terblanche’s own Ducati supermono and the ancient 2-valve, air-cooled v-twin. It was sort of a sport tourer and sort of a simple sportbike.
The thing that makes this one remarkable is that, shorn of its awkward headlight and equipped with updated graphics, it looks just as modern, if not more so, than anything currently occupying the Ducati model range. Look at this nose fairing and tell us you wouldn’t take this over the generic Japanese-ness of the 848/1098/1198. Same goes for the tailpiece.