Well I picked up a Ducati 900SS this morning! Honestly I wasn't really in the market but sometimes deals come around that you simply cannot pass up...
Anyone here ever own a Ducati 900ss or similar? This is a 2002, fuel injected model.
For the record: This is by no means a replacement for the Versys, I am simply adding another thoroughbred to the stable.
For everyday urban commuting the Ducati's riding position is far too aggressive, but this bike is an "SS" and we all know that commuting isn't a priority for anything ending with the letters "SS".
However with a push of the starter button the Ducati snarls to life, rumbling from two upward pointing exhaust pipes on either side of the bike. It chatters and rattles like the engine is going to blow apart, but really thats just the dry clutch warning you of the impending danger ahead. Once out on the road, the chatters and rattles stop, the bike focuses, smoothly growls, and the rear wheel digs into the ground. The transmission shifts are silky, the steering is very tight, and the exhaust notes encourage bad behavior.
Then I hop back on the Versys, it purrs to life, and like a tall sewing machine on wheels we fly down the street. I see the highway onramp ahead, lean hard, accelerate, tear around the spiral and onto the highway. At which point I sit up, relax, and smile because I know that I have over 100 miles of riding left this afternoon and the Versys likes going for long rides.
Long story short, I'm very excited about this new garage mate, especially since I've never owned an Italian bike.