The motorcycle’s sports credentials come into their own during hard riding: forward seating position, angled bars, stable cornering and all that revving. The Ducati 750SS' brakes are reasonable too. However, everyday riding shows the Ducati 750SS' weaknesses: vibey at low revs, rock hard (non-adjustable) front suspension, a painful seat and a whole load of false neutrals. Patchy.
Despite the Ducati 750SS' 748cc, it has none of the gusto you’d imagine, given its pedigree. It tops out at 9000rpm but not a lot happens after eight. Plenty of torque in the midrange is useful but, overall, the motorcycle lacks “go”. Revving the Ducati 750SS like a nutter puts a smile on your face but the bottom line is, for many this motorcycle just isn’t enough.
There’s a theory that Ducati 750SS fall ill far less when actually used so high mileages aren’t, necessarily, bad news. However, they can be difficult and maintenance costs, high. This model is reasonably well built though, and the components are good quality. Keep an eye on the electrics.
If you pick the right one the Ducati 750SS can be a bargain. Compare it with similar motorcycles from other manufacturers, though, and you’ll feel ripped off. If you’re not already sold on it, look at the infinitely cheaper Suzuki SV650S. If you want a quirky twin (albeit parallel) the BMW F800S is another option. Find a Ducati 750SS for sale.
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The Ducati 750SS' big, clear dash is useful, if not top notch: everything’s analogue and there’s no fuel gauge. Handily, both brake and clutch levers are adjustable (but that clutch is heavy). It’s not a pillion-friendly motorcycle and riders need to be tallish for feet to touch down. The fuel injection’s a welcome change on post-1998 models.