DUCATI 1000SS (2002-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

Revel in the Ducati's easy handling, V-twin soundtrack and retro looks

Ducati 1000SS motorcycle review - Riding

Revel in the Ducati's easy handling, V-twin soundtrack and retro looks

  • At a glance
  • 992cc  -  84 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

It’s difficult to pigeonhole the Ducati 1000SS. It’s definitely no full-on sports motorcycle, but you couldn’t really claim to tour on it, either. It’s hugely charming, but is not really the sort of motorcycle to thrash. Best not to worry about all that and simply revel in the Ducati 1000SS' easy handling, V-twin soundtrack and retro looks.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Definitely the Ducati 1000SS’s strongest suit – it genuinely feels as though it handle at least another 20bhp with ease. The Showa suspension complements the trellis frame perfectly. There are some vibes through the Ducati 1000SS' frame and bars, but nothing too intrusive.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Ducati 1000SS' air-cooled dual spark motor coughs up just over 80bhp, but thanks to clever gearing and oodles of torque the motorcycle never feels all that breathless, despite having to cart about well over 200kg (once you’ve dialled in the fuel load). Only the Ducati 1000SS' snatchy injection spoils things in town.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Ducati motorcycles have come a very long way from the electrical and mechanical horror stories of yore. However, regular servicing is crucial with a Ducati 1000SS, especially the pricey (£750-£800), but essential, cam belt replacements every two years or 12,000 miles. Avoid any Ducati 1000SS without a full dealer service history.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The Ducati 1000SS represents poor value for money if your only interest is getting from A to B quickly. Secondhand values aren’t particularly strong either for this motorcycle, so in pure monetary terms it’s a tough motorcycle to recommend. However – the Ducati 1000SS' handling, charm and sheer difference are qualities hard to ignore. Find a Ducati 1000SS for sale.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Ducati 1000SS has an ignition-based immobiliser, an Ohlins shock that lets you adjust the motorcycle's seat height independently of the preload and fully-adjustable forks.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 1000SS (2002-2006) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

If you want to enjoy your life, you should get on SS1000DS.

29 August 2006 by mos1

As for the performance, Japanese motorcycles are far more excellent. But, The developers of this bike know the reason why people get on motorcycles. Strengths: Engine sound, excellent handling. Weaknesses: poor Rear brake.

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Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Ducati SS1000DS

10 September 2005 by gt12k

Fabulous to look at. Crap 2-up over long journeys. (No space). Suspension too hard unless you ride it round the 'ring every week. Don't bother if you've had any form of injury to you wrist, hand or neck. Town/city riding will kill you. I had mine... Read more for 4 months/3,000 miles and have just changed to a SV1000SZ. What a difference. Good luck. Strengths: It's looks. It's sound. It's finish with the attention to detail. Superb. Weaknesses: Too small, no pillion space, suspension too hard for everyday use and no wind protection above 90. Oh, and the service bills. £190 for the 600 miler. Forget it.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2002
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 84 bhp
Max torque 70 ft-lb
Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 992cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 188kg
Front suspension Preload, Rebound, Compression
Rear suspension Preload, ride height, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Oct 2002: Ducati 1000SS motorcycle launched (replacing previous Ducati 900SS series).

Other versions

None.

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