A while back, we posted about a Ducati 900 GTS that we stumbled upon while visiting Gowanus, Brooklyn. Turns out the son of the original owner saw the post, and was kind enough to send us some shots of the bike in the past, as well as some classic old motorcycle pics.
An Italian Classic: Ducati 900 GTS
Jack has fond memories of his dad riding off to work on the Ducati 900 GTS until he was about 5 years old, when his dad finally retired it. Apparently his dad chose this bike over a Vincent Black Shadow, which his dad regretted. Not that he regretted the Ducati 900 GTS itself, but the fact that he didn’t own the Vincent as well. Hard to argue with that, considering the current pricing for the Vincent.
Jack’s dad was a racer back in the day, and had a love for this bike, as well as his trusty Atlas. Jack recalls:
Pop’s switch to the 900GTS coincided with some pretty big shifts in his life, he’d gone from single to married and was working on his first kid, my older brother, when he parked his ’67 Atlas in favor of the GTS. That was also around the time he quit racing in his free time and it seems stopped taking pictures of his and other people’s bikes. So while I’ve some great shots of him on the Atlas, or in a Triumph shirt between his Atlas and his buddy Chip’s Fastback, or just pictures and tales from amateur racing (he did beat the Penton Brothers in a 24 hours race at Nelsons Ledges once) – I’ve got nothing but memories of watching him ride off to work on the GTS till he stopped riding it when I was 5.
The bike was later purchased by a guy named Justin, and the bike was brought back to some of its early glory-days, as seen in the original post.
We appreciate the story of the Ducati 900 GTS, and particularly this one, which happens to have some cool history. Hopefully this example of the classic bike keeps on chugging, and creating creating more stories and history for the new owner…
Thanks so much to Jack for sending these classic photos, and for spotting his dad’s old bike here on MotoPreserve.