i tried searching but im not sure i did it correctly but is their a major difference between these two monsters. I did a comparision on the ducati site and it looks like most of the components are the same with extra hp n torque on the 796.
A little info on me, rode a harley road king for a while, race karts, looking for a fun street bike, occasional track day until i see if i want a dedicated track bike.
Had the 796 was out when I got my 696, I would have no doubt gotten the 796. There are moments, however rare, that I wish I had just a little but more umph behind the bike. I think the SSS justifies the 796 by itself.
2009 696, in RED
CRG Bar Ends
CRG Gold Shorties
CW Tail Chop
Unless you knew both bikes very well, or rode them back-to-back, I doubt you'd sense the power difference. It's there, but it's subtle.
I like the single swing arm, but I prefer the overall color scheme of the Dark Stealth, so it was the 696 for me. I've never had the throttle fully open so I guess I've never needed more from the engine.
In this case I think it's a question of aesthetics. And perhaps budget.