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
  • 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.

Value & Running Costs 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.

Insurance group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1993
Year discontinued 1999
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
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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