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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.