By the mid- to late-70’s a decisive trend was driving motorcycle styling towards more angular fairings and bodywork. In this way, the Darmah was a big departure for Ducati, and it was well received when it was introduced in 1977. Although the tiger head painted on the bike’s side panels would seem to presage the mullet machismo of the 1980's.
The Darmah was named after a tiger in an Italian children’s book. Some rightly suggested the long, powerful, upright-riding Darmah bike was unconventional, but it was still a Desmo-equipped Ducati with 70 horsepower. And thanks to the more comfortable riding position, it could be ridden long distances without fatigue. It was positioned as a slightly less aggressive 900SS, fitted with smaller carbs and valve setup to improve fuel mileage and increase mid-range power. Ultimately, it was a foray into the growing Sport Touring market, even if Ducati wouldn’t market it accordingly.
This bike presents in fantastic original condition, having covered only 6,600 miles from new.