Afternoon trip to the Ace Cafe


After an afternoon of bike work, we took a quick trip down to the Ace Cafe for a well derserved cup of tea. Trouble is by the time I’d finished and got my camera out, most of the really cool bikes had already left. But there still a few awesome ones around, my favourites were a red/ yellow Triumph – which I don’t know the model name (please help me out) and a black/ gold Ducati 900SD.

There were a few others around like a rather smart Triton and a stunning (and very loud) Ariel, but I didn’t really get the chance to get any pictures of them, still maybe next time – can’t wait to finish the engine on my CB750F2 so I can take it down there. My Ducati Monster is cool, but sometimes just not cool enough when compared to some of the vintage bikes :)

Other than that there were the standard Gixxers and Harleys. It was also great to see a few wheelies outside and a couple on a Triumph sports bike in their tracksuits, by tracksuits I mean shell suits – not racing leathers! Lets hope they didn’t crash because I’m sure no ones wants to see their tattered remains tattoed on the asphalt.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of my two favourite bikes from this afternoon.

Ducati SD 900 Darmah

Ducati SD 900 Darmah Black gold


Ducati SD 900 Darmah Black gold front

Make Model Ducati 900SD Darmah
Year 1978
Engine Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
Capacity 864
Bore x Stroke 86 x 74.4 mm
Compression Ratio 9.4:1
Induction 2x 32mm Dell’Orto PHM carbs.
Ignition / Starting Bosch electronic / electric
Max Power 74hp @ 7500 rpm
Max Torque
Transmission / Drive 5 Speed / chain
Front Suspension Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension Marzocchi shocks 5-way spring preload adjustable.
Front Brakes 2x 280mm discs
Rear Brakes Single 260mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tyre 3.50-18
Rear Tyre 4.25-18
Dry-Weight / Wet-Weight 215 kg / 224 kg
Fuel Capacity 16 Litres
Consumption average 41 mp/g
Braking 60 – 0 / 100 – 0 / 39 m
Standing ¼ Mile 13.6 sec / 159 km/h
Top Speed 184.5 km/h


(please let me know the model, if you know it)

triumph sports bike red yellow front

triumph sports bike red yellow

Possibly related?...

  1. Ducati Monster 695 Bargain!
  2. One more for the DVLA awesome bike department
  3. Building a Custom XS750 Cafe Racer Seat
  4. Frontal Lobotomy – Gas Turbine Jet Bike
  5. Goddamn thats a nice bike!