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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

It’s difficult to pigeonhole the Ducati 1000SS. It’s definitely no full-on sports motorcycle, but you couldn’t really claim to tour on it, either. It’s hugely charming, but is not really the sort of motorcycle to thrash. Best not to worry about all that and simply revel in the Ducati 1000SS' easy handling, V-twin soundtrack and retro looks.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ducati 1000SS (2002-2006)

Detail Value
Used price range View Ducati 1000SS bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 992 cc
Power 84 bhp
Top speed 134 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

Oct 2002: Ducati 1000SS motorcycle launched (replacing previous Ducati 900SS series).

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.2 secs
Max power 84 bhp
Max torque 70 ft-lb
Weight 188 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 992 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload, Rebound, Compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, ride height, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • If you want to enjoy your life, you should get on SS1000DS.

    mos1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    As for the performance, Japanese motorcycles are far more excellent. But, The developers of this bike know the reason why people get on motorcycles. Strengths: Engine sound, excellent handling. Weaknesses: poor Rear brake.

    29 August 2006

  • Ducati SS1000DS

    gt12k

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Fabulous to look at. Crap 2-up over long journeys. (No space). Suspension too hard unless you ride it round the 'ring every week. Don't bother if you've had any form of injury to you wrist, hand or neck. Town/city riding will kill you. I had mine for 4 months/3,000 miles and have just changed to a SV1000SZ. What a difference. Good luck. Strengths: It's looks. It's sound. It's finish with the attention to detail. Superb. Weaknesses: Too small, no pillion space, suspension too hard for everyday use and no wind protection above 90. Oh, and the service bills. £190 for the 600 miler. Forget it.

    10 September 2005

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