Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hastings, , New Zealand
Comparison btw a 999 and SS
Swapped bikes for a ride with a mate who has a 999.
Was quite interesting.
I found the seat height lower, bike felt longer, and real hard suspension.
I just did'nt quite gel with it.
Sure it had heaps of get up and go, and revved quick, similar to my Daytona triple.
It did'nt sound as good as my 1000 SS DS. 2V are much nicer sounding than 4V IMO.
Was fast and very throttle responsive.
We'd just done a good hard ride thru the country with a group of about 12 of us on a variety of bikes, mainly Jappa litres, and we were the only Ducs. We swapped for the last bit on the way home after a pub stop.
I'm always on the back foot riding with the litre Jappas, especially on the straights, but I can ride my bike well, and had no probs catching and passing a GSXR1000 and VTR1000 ahead of me thru twisties and short straight bits.
The 999 to me would feel to be ok keeping up the litres.
But in all honesty I love my SS and its set up fine now and goes well and even tho does'nt have the top end of the 999 would have it ahead of that.
Each to their own of course.
My mate thought the SS was high, seat height, but he remarked on how much torque it had and he felt that it would eat his 999 in that field as he had to rev more. he was quite impressed and surprised.
But its all good, and great to be able to compare, as I was considering updating my SS to a 999 or 1098, but dunno really.
Plus I've just ordered some bling from Ebay for the SS and located a full fairing set plus tank so that I can paint another colour scheme and do a bit of mods and retain all my original red bits.
04 Ducati 1000SS/DS
10 Triumph Daytona 675
80 Honda CB900 Bol'd'or