Ducati 900SS Review from United Kingdom

1998 Ducati 900SS

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki GPz550


Amazing bike, but not a good all rounder


The only issue was a faulty starter button. A cheap second hand replacement was easy to find, and cured the fault.

General Comments:

Incredible handling, massive grunt and very quick when you adapt your riding style to suit. The low bars, high pegs and dry clutch make it a nightmare in town, and it does get rather warm in traffic, where the exhaust pipe from the rear cylinder generates a lot of heat on your inner left leg.

Servicing is well within the capabilities of a good home mechanic, the cam belts in particular are a very easy job, and not one to fear. The reputation Ducati have for reliability is completely unjustified, however the reputation for performance and handling is spot on.

Definitely not an all rounder, it's very much a sunny Sunday morning machine. Commuting or winter use would not be a good idea.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2012

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review