Du­cati data sought

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

I’m won­der­ing if your read­ers may be able to as­sist me. I’m try­ing to trace the his­tory of Ivana our 900SS Du­cati. My friend Cedric Farmer pur­chased the bike in late 1983 from Monarch Yamaha in Christchur­ch, New Zealand. I pur­chased it from him in 1992 and have since re­built the ma­chine and im­ported it to Queens­land Australia when we re­lo­cated in 2007. The bike has an Aus­tralian Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Board com­pli­ance plate fit­ted to the right hand front frame down tube. So we be­lieve that it was sold new in Australia but what hap­pened from then un­til late 1983 is a mys­tery. We be­lieve she was raced, she has some spe­cial fea­tures. Gold coloured Bor­rani wheel rims, high ex­hausts, cut down side cov­ers, an oil cooler and dual seat. When Cedric bought the bike (reg­is­tered as 62KZB) it was also sup­plied with a sin­gle seat with the tail piece painted in red, white and blue. Would it be pos­si­ble to pub­lish this in the hope that your read­ers my be able to as­sist in solv­ing the mys­tery. Thanks for a great mag­a­zine and the ar­ti­cle in OBA 50 re­gard­ing the Cust race track in Can­ter­bury. This ar­ti­cle is bril­liant. My fam­ily is orig­i­nally from North Can­ter­bury so the ar­ti­cle is a real trip down mem­ory lane. My mates and I were at the re­u­nion in 1996. Tommy McCleary’s shop in Moor­house Ave was an in­sti­tu­tion in Christchur­ch when my mates and I where first get­ting into motorcycli­ng. Also Bill Veitch’s shop in Dunedin ser­viced my Tri­umph when I lived there. I had no idea there is a mu­seum at Cust but will try and make the time to visit next time I go home. Des & Tracey Gifkins [email protected]

ABOVE The new 961 is not ugly from any an­gle Greg. Here’s the left side to prove it.

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