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Ducati 900SS

Year of specifications 1999-2002
Engine 904 cc, SOHC V-twin
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed 141 mph
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 80 hp @ 7500 rpm
Weight 188 kg (414 lb)
Seat height 820 mm (32.3 in.)

The 900SS (Super Sport) model first appeared in 1975, the latest version was unveiled in 1998.

The body is a creation of Ducati's design chief Pierre Terblanche and in profile the 900SS is instantly recognisable.

The 900SS engine uses Weber-Marelli fuel injection upgraded from the Mikuni carburetors used on previous versions.

Some of the chassis components on the 900SS come from other Ducati models, including the 916 Superbike and ST2 tourer.

The Ducati 900SS is far from being the most advanced machine of its time. Time also hasn't been kind to the 900SS in terms of reliability. Engine troubles are always a worry with early models - later bikes are slightly better.

It's characterful, and something a bit different. But it's not the most practical, comfortable or advanced motorcycle compared to its competitors. However a competent chassis, and the low-down torque of its V-twin engine go some way to make up for its downsides.

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