Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Richardson, TX (DFW), TX, USA
I think part of the problem is people have too varied ideas about what a new SS should be or do. Just in this thread, you see people talking about touring, commuting, track/race, simple/cheap and high end handling components. So what would really differentiate it from Ducati's current offerings. If it's within 20lbs and 10hp of an 848, and is pretty sporty in focus/ergos, why not just get an 848 unless it was far more cost effective? And in that case, you have an image problem because it becomes the poor man's 848.
I think the only way a new SS would succeed is if it fills a niche that is not really being addressed. And to me, that niche is the sporty, but not uncomfortably sporty, all around useable street motorcycle. The problem with many current models on the market is that they either go FAR into the supersport/superbike racing platform realm, or they go into the heavy, big, complicated sport-touring realm, or they are dumbed down, boring to ride and even more boring to look, nuetered bikes that have lost all of their edge. The trick would be to make a new SS lightweight and sporty, but very comfortable and capable of being ridden in touring/commuting/everyday duty. Sort of for people who just do too much with their motorcycle to put up with the ultra sharp focus of a pure superbike, but who demand more style and performance than what you get with most standards and sport tourers.
2001 Ducati 996
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