Filed Under (Ducati) by admin on 11-11-2010

four-stroke V-twin Capacity 864cc Bore x stroke 86 x 74cm Compression ratio 9.5:1 Carburation 2 x 40mm Dell’Orto PHM AD/AS Primary/fi nal drive gear/chain Clutch/gearbox wet multiplate/ fi ve-speed Electrics 12v, Lucas Rita electronic ignition CHASSIS Frame tubular steel open double-cradle Front suspension telescopic forks Rear suspension swinging arm, twin shocks Brakes front/rear 2 x 280mm discs/ 1 x 280mm disc Wheels cast mag alloy Tyres front/rear 100/90 x 18 110/90 x 18 DIMENSIONS Dry weight 452lb/205kg Wheelbase 59in/1498mm Seat height 30in/760mm Fuel capacity 4 gals/18 litres PERFORMANCE Top speed 129mph* Max power 59bhp@ 7400rpm* Fuel consumption 47mpg * I arrive at some sweeping bends and tighter hairpins. So much has been written or said about Ducati handling over the years, and it’s all true. The SS feels light and neutral, and needs only a little pressure on one bar or the other, or a sway of the body, to gently show the way. I take childish pleasure in opening gobfuls of the Tommasselli throttle just to feel the force and hear the Contis bark, and to glory in the sensation of the Duke grunting and pulling through another bend. The Pirelli Match tyres are impressive, and the Marzocchi front end and rear shocks provide a taut, predictable but atypically gentle ride for an Italian superbike. The road opens out, the motor’s spinning at 4500rpm and I’m already doing 90mph, but it’s all so effortless. Ducati got it so right with this one. What fun. What a noise. What a bike

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