DUCATI 600SS (1993 - 1999) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£270|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 600s 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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 and careful servicing 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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Pay a low price and don’t expect fireworks, a comfortable or practical motorcycle and the little Ducati 600SS can be an ok buy. Rarity may mean loved motorcycles don’t depreciate much but high miles and neglect will decimate value. Find a Ducati 600SS for sale.
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.
|Engine type||4v V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£67|
|Annual service cost||£270|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||53 bhp|
|Max torque||36 ft-lb|
|Top speed||120 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.8 secs|
|Tank range||145 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Half faired Ducati 600SS also available.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI 600SS (1993 - 1999)
3 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 600SS (1993 - 1999) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£270|
Annual servicing cost: £200
This is how a motorcycle is supposed to look. It has an amazing look and the soul/charisma that nine out of ten bikes just don't have. Value will be rising as well and the 600 are manufactured in quite small amounts. Find a yellow stunner if you can, they are like eye-candy.
Even though the engine is weak, the riding experience is really nice. Stable chassis and really good brakes. The bike feels extremely light, in fact it feels like any 250cc bike and is very easy to flick around.
The weak point but you could not expect much more from an air-cooled V-twin engine. Economy has been a key factor here. With that said it still takes you easily up to 180 kmph and will go another 20 if you stress it a little bit but who drives like 200 kmph when daily driving? This still could be used on a racetrack and due to a very nice chassis it could still give you a big smile.
Take care of it and it will do as fine as any other.
What you need, nothing more or less.
Annual servicing cost: £300
Not bad for a first Ducati. After 22 years of Japanese bikes it was time for a change. I didn't need the fastest. The SS 620,750 are too cramped but the engine runs smoother. At least the SS600 you can still find with low mileage for a descent price. With the 750,900 it will be more difficult.
Single disc. Just enough.
With only approx a second slower on the 1/4mile and 7 mph slower on top speed it's not that slow like MCN wrote. In the midrange it still keeps up with my brothers bandit 650 and it runs easily 100mph. Vibration isn't that bad either. Maybe I have a well preserved model.
Guess what brakes down first? The rectifier. Which is from Japan.
Timing belts not too difficult to replace. Valve adjustment a little pricy but only 2 valves keeps it simple and easy accessible.
Annual servicing cost: £300
A great bike and perfect for the people who want to become a Ducatisti. It is true you have to get to know it and it is not easy to handel at first, but once you do it handles really wel and 0-60 ~5.5 seconds is fast enough for me. It is not a bike for someone who just started riding, but coming from a Cagvia Mito SP525 it is a perfect bike for the A2 license if you fancy yourself some Italian fairing. essentially it is a Ducati Monster 600 with fairing, So I do not understand why they rate the SuperSport so low and the Monster so High as they share the same engine and most of the other parts plus they only have other rider geometry and do or do not have fairing.
The bike loves the twisties, but you have to keep your throttle rolling or it will run wide on you. After you get to know how this bike handels you can really ride this thing in the corners especially when it is dry, the brakes are sadly a single disk but it does stop you well enough. It is pretty comfortable as well much beter as I anticipated.
The engine is not the most powerful with only 53 BHP but it is a great simple two valve per cilinder engine. But when do you need more on the road, it is like the people who reviewed the bike looked at it like a circuit bike. Mine is restricted for the A2 license and it runs really wel, and as I have limited power with my license I am happy that is has so much torque.
It is an Italian so will brake down at one point, but seeing that some have done more than 62K I figured they must be pretty reliable for an Italian. It is easy to work on and you can do almost anything yourself, everything looks and feels sturdy to.
Have not had to do servicing as it was done by the previous owner recently, but as I mentioned in Quality & Reliability they are pretty durable and are easy to work on yourself. So for the premium name this would be your cheapest way in.
As it being an old school starter bike from the mid-nighties, it is not the best equipped. everything is pretty basic but looks well made, al you have is actually all you need. This Ducati was made at the end of the Cagiva era and you can see a logo here and there, the SuperSport looks like it is made with the parts they had in the factory just like how the Monster was made. All in all that is not a bad things as it is well build bike.
Buying experience: I bought it from someone who cherished the bike and kept it nice and clean and did not ride it that much, it was well maintained and only had a few small things for a bike which was 20 years old.