Definitely the Ducati 1000SS’s strongest suit – it genuinely feels as though it would handle at least another 20bhp with ease. The Showa forks complements the trellis frame perfectly. There are some vibes through the frame and bars, but nothing too intrusive.
The 992cc air-cooled dual spark motor coughs up just 85bhp, but thanks to clever gearing and oodles of torque the motorcycle never feels breathless, despite having to cart about well over 200kg. Fuel injection should be smooth and glitch free even when trickling along at under 2000rpm in sixth gear.
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 but essential, cam belt replacements every two years or 12,000 miles. Avoid any Ducati 1000SS without a full dealer service history.
Secondhand values aren’t particularly strong for the 1000SS, so in pure monetary terms it’s a tough motorcycle to recommend. However – the Ducati's handling, charm and sheer difference are qualities hard to ignore.
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The Ducati 1000SS has an ignition-based immobiliser and a nifty Ohlins shock that lets you adjust the motorcycle's seat height independently of the preload and fully-adjustable forks.