Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South East, MI, USA
I own both - a 2000 996 and a 1997 900ss.
The 996 is the worst streetbike I've ever owned. Ergos mainly. The power is fun but on teh street, I spend more time slowing down than anything else. You have to be flying to make it feel like you're working the bike at all. I haven't got near the skills to push this bike to it's limit and it lets me know that each time I ride it.
When I pull off the fairing it seems stuffed with parts. Fuel injecting, water cooling, twice the number of valves/parts.
The Supersport makes a much better streetbike. To me it's a simpler bike. It's lmiits are nearer to mine. For "normal" use it just makes more sense to me.
That said, you'll notice I'm not selling my 996... That bike makes me happy just looking at it, and for occassional use it's great fun...