DUCATI 600SS (1993-1999) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

Ducati 'Super Sport' 600. It sounds fast but it isn't

Ducati 600SS motorcycle review - Riding

Ducati 'Super Sport' 600. It sounds fast but it isn't

  • At a glance
  • 583cc  -  53 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Insurance group: 11 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

Ducati ‘Super Sport’ 600. It sounds fast but it isn’t. With under 50bhp at the rear wheel it’s a sports motorcycle with little bite, and the Ducati 600SS is pretty impractical too. Most examples of this motorcycle are old and carrying plenty of scars and can be potential money pits. Worth considering if you find a loved Ducati 600SS in mint condition and don’t want to go fast.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The little Ducati 600SS handles nicely on smooth surfaces. The suspension’s not that sophisticated but it works well enough. Bumps upset it’s quite hard suspension but never throw the motorcycle too far off line. Rewards smooth lines with an involving ride. The Ducati 600SS' single disc front brake is adequate but no better.

Engine 2 out of 5

The Ducati 600SS has an air cooled, two-valve per cylinder v-twin. It’s low tech and doesn’t produce much power. Suzuki Bandit GSF600s and grey import 400cc motorcycles have much more shove. On the plus side it’s got that old worlde Ducati charisma but the Ducati 600SS is still too slow a motorcycle for most riders.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

Ducati motorcycles from this period weren’t the best put together or the most reliable things out there. Vibration can (and probably will) loosen fasteners on the Ducati 600SS – thread lock is needed. Neglect the engine or over rev it and you’re asking for expensive trouble – at least the Ducati 600SS is easy to work on.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

Pay the right price (under £2K) and don’t expect engine fireworks, a comfortable or practical motorcycle and the little Ducati 600SS can be an ok buy. You’d struggle to get a better pose-mobile for the money. Rarity may mean loved motorcycles don’t depreciate much but high miles and neglect will decimate value. Find a Ducati 600SS for sale.

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Equipment 2 out of 5

Think the modestly powered Ducati 600SS would be ideal for a new biker? Wrong - the wrist-heavy, feet up riding position makes it quite a difficult motorcycle to ride at low speeds. There’s very little steering lock. What equipment the Ducati 600SS has (and there isn’t much) is more an afterthought. Mirrors vibrate to the point of uselessness.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI 600SS (1993-1999) 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 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

robinjohnson95's review of the Ducati SuperSport 600

22 November 2015 by robinjohnson95

A great bike and perfect for the people who want to become a Ducatisti. It is true you have to get to know it and it is not easy to handel at first, but once you do it handles really wel and 0-60 ~5.5 seconds is fast enough for me. It is not a bike... Read more for someone who just started riding, but coming from a Cagvia Mito SP525 it is a perfect bike for the A2 license if you fancy yourself some Italian fairing. essentially it is a Ducati Monster 600 with fairing, So I do not understand why they rate the SuperSport so low and the Monster so High as they share the same engine and most of the other parts plus they only have other rider geometry and do or do not have fairing.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The bike loves the twisties, but you have to keep your throttle rolling or it will run wide on you. After you get to know how this bike handels you can really ride this thing in the corners especially when it is dry, the brakes are sadly a single disk but it does stop you well enough. It is pretty comfortable as well much beter as I anticipated.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is not the most powerful with only 53 BHP but it is a great simple two valve per cilinder engine. But when do you need more on the road, it is like the people who reviewed the bike looked at it like a circuit bike. Mine is restricted for the A2 license and it runs really wel, and as I have limited power with my license I am happy that is has so much torque.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
It is an Italian so will brake down at one point, but seeing that some have done more than 62K I figured they must be pretty reliable for an Italian. It is easy to work on and you can do almost anything yourself, everything looks and feels sturdy to.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Have not had to do servicing as it was done by the previous owner recently, but as I mentioned in Quality & Reliability they are pretty durable and are easy to work on yourself. So for the premium name this would be your cheapest way in.
Equipment
3 out of 5
As it being an old school starter bike from the mid-nighties, it is not the best equipped. everything is pretty basic but looks well made, al you have is actually all you need. This Ducati was made at the end of the Cagiva era and you can see a logo here and there, the SuperSport looks like it is made with the parts they had in the factory just like how the Monster was made. All in all that is not a bad things as it is well build bike.
Buying experience

I bought it from someone who cherished the bike and kept it nice and clean and did not ride it that much, it was well maintained and only had a few small things for a bike which was 20 years old.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1993
Year discontinued 1999
Original price -
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £60
Annual service cost £300
Performance
Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 36 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 583cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 172kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, Rebound
Front brake 320 mm disc
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1993: Original Ducati 600SS introduced in November with full or half fairing.
1995: Gold frame and grey engine, Marzocchi suspension.
1997: Change of graphics; large Ducati decal on side panels.
1999: Ducati 600SS model discontinued.

Other versions

Half faired Ducati 600SS also available.

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