Clymer Manuals got a close up look at this 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900, owned by L.J. Bergman, on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic air cooled twin was given 2nd Place in the Best Ducati category sponsored by Reno PowerSports KC.
The 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900 was one of the last of the long line of desmodromic valve, bevel drive, overhead cam, L-twin Ducatis. While the belt driven cam bikes that replaced them were immediately more powerful, more reliable, and easier to work on, they lacked some of the soul of the older models.
You can read much more about the history of the Ducati L-twin motor on Wikipedia.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn bikes daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
Unfortunately, Clymer doesn’t offer a manual for this classic air-cooled Ducati L-twin, but you can get the Clymer manual for the early Ducati 160-450cc singles, and our sister company Haynes makes one for the later air-cooled 1991-2005 Ducati 600-900 Twins.