DUCATI 1000SS (2002-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

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

DUCATI 1000SS  (2002-2006)

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

  • At a glance
  • 992cc  -  84 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Insurance group: 14 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

It’s difficult to pigeonhole the Ducati 1000SS. It’s definitely not a sports motorcycle, but it's not comfortable enough to tour on either. It’s hugely charming too but not really the sort of motorcycle to thrash down a country lane. Best not to worry about all that and simply revel in the Ducati's 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 would handle at least another 20bhp with ease. The Showa forks complements the trellis frame perfectly. There are some vibes through the frame and bars, but nothing too intrusive.

Engine 3 out of 5

The 992cc air-cooled dual spark motor coughs up just 85bhp, but thanks to clever gearing and oodles of torque the motorcycle never feels breathless, despite having to cart about well over 200kg. Fuel injection should be smooth and glitch free even when trickling along at under 2000rpm in sixth gear.

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 but essential, cam belt replacements every two years or 12,000 miles. Avoid any Ducati 1000SS without a full dealer service history.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

Secondhand values aren’t particularly strong for the 1000SS, so in pure monetary terms it’s a tough motorcycle to recommend. However – the Ducati's handling, charm and sheer difference are qualities hard to ignore.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Ducati 1000SS has an ignition-based immobiliser and a nifty 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.

Review your DUCATI 1000SS (2002-2006)
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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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2002
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
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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