DUCATI 750SS (1991-2002) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Not a bad motorcycle, but hard work for not quite enough reward"

Ducati 750SS motorcycle review - Riding

"Not a bad motorcycle, but hard work for not quite enough reward"

  • At a glance
  • 748cc  -  64 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  142 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

This is the latest in a long, long line of Ducati 750SS which date back to the early 1970s (think Paul Smart). The most recent version of the Ducati 750SS is not a bad all-round motorcycle, and the fuel injection’s a marked improvement, but it’s hard work and a lot of money for not, perhaps, quite enough reward. One for the fans?

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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 very good, 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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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.

 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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. The Ducati 750SS is well built, though, and the components are good  quality products. Keep an eye on the electrics.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

In terms of buying a “big” Ducati, the Ducati 750SS is virtually 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.

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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 even riders need to be tallish for feet to touch down. The fuel injection’s a welcome change on post-1998 Ducati 750SS.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 750SS (1991-2002) 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 4.8 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

just for fun

21 January 2014 by sitc

Just started riding a Ducati 750 SSie. For me it is just fun to ride. The sound is nice to hear. When driving slow, it's a little bit difficult to ride, for me it's hard on my wrists. After some time riding, my muscles in my arms are getting sore.... Read more But overall it's a lot of fun to ride. You need to ride the bike in the correct gear, otherwise it is not going that smooth. Overall I like the bike very much.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Beautifull handling, bumpy ride

16 March 2010 by JohnPierre

The ducati 750ss has to be one of the finest handling machines out there. this is partly down to its very stiff suspension! The chassis is rock solid and the riding postion perfect for making fast corners seem very easy. You can drop the bike in and... Read more hold the line without diving of forks or sagging. The grunty V-twin pushes you out of the corners with ease and torque. corner speed is limited however, as the front brakes inspire little confidence and a fast entry that requires heavy braking will leave you worry, hunting for extra road. once this problem is noticed it wont happen again, but it does leave you wanting a little more from the stopping power. The revs need to be kept above 4,000 RPM to allow smooth power to be delivered, if they drop it becomes choppy and viby and very uncomfortable to ride. however kept in the sweet spot of 5-7,000 revs makes the bike a pleasure to ride with response and power always close at hand. the red line is at 8500 RPM but the power has gone before that so revving it up is pointless. the bike lacks power for a 750 and when compared to a 748 is simply not in the same catergory. Comfort is not very bad, however this is dependant on size (the taller the better). Dont expect to be using the bike as a commuter or long distant tourer because slow riding is near impossible with tall gears, big vibes and an on/off clutch. but the bike has a lot of character and even though on paper it makes little sense, especially looking at stats, riding the bike uncovers a different feeling As with all ducatis. a feel good factor is always present and that impressive handling adds to the grin factor. contreversial looks are either loved or hated and the service schedule is busy (it's a ducati!)if reliability is too high on the agenda and you want a cheap way into the ducati way of life: this cheap to insure, well composed, fairly reliable, air cooled twin won't see you far wrong.

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

looks the part

07 September 2009 by Anonymous

I had the Sport version; the differences are single disc and non adjustable suspension. Can’t fault it though, looks like the Bat Bike, with its lovely matt finish. The equipment on Italian bikes is the best in the world and their design leaves... Read more everything else in its shadow. I bought my Duke with 3000miles on the clock and in excellent condition for £1600 and sold it for £1800 as they seem to hold their value like Harley’s. Sound awesome at high revs and people always admire it like a supermodel, high maintenance though, what’s with the (belts) philosophy. Every 2 years or 12000miles; according to the manual, ‘what the frigging one is right’. Don’t be fooled by the Fix It Again Tony racism, I’ve had many different bikes, Jap, British and American the latter being the worst in my opinion, so they can be very reliable look at the race history of Ducati. Don’t by them for there speed though as I said it looks the part but struggles with power and don’t even mention a pillion. Ciao Bella.

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

Classy Duke

17 April 2007 by lount

Superb handling, plenty of tourqe and indidual looks give this bike the right to wear the Ducati badge. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1991
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 64 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 127 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 142 miles
Specification
Engine size 748cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 748 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 183kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1991: Ducati 750SS introduced (replacing the earlier Ducati 750 Sport) a smaller version of the Ducati 900SS. It had a white frame and a single front brake disc.
1993: Oil coolers now standard. Minor changes until 1998.
1998: Electronic fuel injection as standard.
1999: Higher bars and new side stand added.
2002: Ducati 750SS discontinued.

Other versions

Ducati 750S Sport: A budget, matt black, version without all the suspension adjustments and with a single front disc. Introduced in 2001, discontinued in 2002.
Half-faired versions: option introduced in 1998 on the Ducati 750SS and 2001 on the Ducati 750S Sport.

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