DUCATI 750SS (1991 - 2002) Review
- Incredible handling
- Stunning looks
- Reliability not that bad
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
This is the latest in a long, long line of Ducati 750 SS models which date back to the early 1970s (think Paul Smart). This version isn't a bad all-round motorcycle and the fuel injection’s a marked improvement, but it’s hard work to ride and a lot of money for not, perhaps, quite enough reward. One for the Ducatisti's only.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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 750 SS' brakes are reasonable too. However, everyday riding shows the Ducati 750 SS' weaknesses: vibey at low revs, rock hard (non-adjustable) front suspension, a painful seat and a whole load of false neutrals. Patchy.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Despite the Ducati 750 SS' 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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
There’s a theory that Ducati 750 SS 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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||748 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£140|
|Used price||£2,700 - £4,500|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||64 bhp|
|Max torque||44 ft-lb|
|Top speed||127 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12.4 secs|
|Tank range||142 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI 750SS (1991 - 2002)
8 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Annual servicing cost: £60
Mine's registered in 2003. Ducati Yellow, quite rare in Yellow and going strong, clutch is heavy, hard work in town, on the open road it's ok. Comfortable seat, I could do 100 miles and it wouldn't bother me, 2nd bike for a bit of fun, goes like the clappers and so easy to service and maintain compared with a BMW K1200RS..for example. Fuel injected and both timing belts are a doddle to change...the whole thing is just a joy to work on...get one, prices will only go up...especially in Yellow, stay away from mat black with only 1 front disc brake, economy model...red or YELLOW...are best...IMHO
Lives with a pro mecanic
Buying experience: Dealer, $9000.00
Annual servicing cost: £100
I really love this bike. It’s a great second bike. I have an MV Agusta Stradale for thrills and the Ducati takes me back to the glory days. The engine sound even on the stock cans is great and there’s a lovely induction roar when you open it up. I have a quite rare yellow version. It looks stunning when you open the garage and I never tire of it. I will never sell it. They are ridiculously cheap at the moment but that will no doubt change.
The Brembos are very good and slow the bike down quickly. I understand some versions had single disks up front but mine has twins. The riding position is more extreme than I expected for something titled as super sport. It takes a lot of getting used to. The seat is low and I find it quite comfortable. The turning circle is typical of Dukes of this era. I could turn a supertanker in less space so be careful when attempting u turns. The handing is fine but the front forks let the bike down. They’re very harsh and on a bumpy road it shakes your fillings. Rear suspension is better though.
Lovely characterful engine. It has a great sound and comes into its own on country roads where you can enjoy the sound and torque. It only has 5 gears but frankly it’s enough. I find it high geared and intend to fit a larger rear sprocket to quicken the acceleration. You can still get the front in the air though on the throttle! Gearbox is adequate- a few false neutrals. Clutch is a little heavy.
My bike has been meticulously maintained by its previous owners over its 27k and still looks stunning. I understand that the rear of the crankcase is a weakness with the paint flaking but mine is still good.
I’ve only had the bike 6 months so can’t comment as yet.
I’ve tried to keep this one original. It’s just personal but all 750ss bikes I’ve seen with aftermarket cans look a bit violated. I think the standard fit versions suit the bike. I have however added the obligatory Agip stickers to the fairing which looks stunning.
Annual servicing cost: £250
Great first Ducati and I will never sell it!
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. 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Superb handling, plenty of tourqe and indidual looks give this bike the right to wear the Ducati badge.