I'd go a little further with the definitions.
Supersport, in Ducati speak, has always meant street-focused sport bikes
Not to nitpick, but you should replace "has always" with "since 1991" in that statement. Before the four valve bikes were introduced, a Super Sport was Ducati's top of the line sportbike. (And yes, I know the 851 has been around since before 1991 but it wasn't what I'd call a production bike before then)
The Super Sport did not evolve from the Pantah, quite the opposite. The Super Sport introduced (production) desmo twins to the world, the Pantah came along at least three generations after.
I realize no one gives a shit what happened before the 916 came out, but still... Ducati existed before the term "superbike" was applied to anything, and the 1974 750 Super Sport is one hell of a significant bike. It certainly deserves mention in this sort of thread, and anyone who dismisses the bevel Super Sports as anything less than full-on sporting machines of the day probably hasn't been around many bikes from that era.
"Bevel" as in bevel gear driven cams. You can kind of see them here;I see the word Bevel a good bit... ?
Its not quite that simple ... of the modern Supersports the 600/620/750 Supersport engines are Pantah derived while the 800/900/1000 use 851 crank cases with Pantah style heads.A supersport is a 2 valve air cooled sportster. Relatively low powered and more reminiscent of the older Dukes. The engines derived from tha Pantah engines.
The superbike is liquid cooled and 4 valved. Much more power and derived from the 851.
All fuel injection from then on I'm afraid and mostly styled by Pierre Terrablanche. A matter of taste is whether you like Terrablanche bikes. IMO the only one he designed that I like is the supermono.OK, computer controlled... which begs the questions... are there 1999 and beyond 900SS that are not ie designated or are they all ie's?
I love this historical detail please keep it coming.
"Bevel" as in bevel gear driven cams. You can kind of see them here;
A better shot of the cam drive
and the "timing chest". 5 bevel gears here, 4 more to turn the cams... though the term refers to singles too, and they have fewer gears. (Obviously the first pics are of the teardown, and this is of the rebuild!)
i.e. = iniezione elettronica (= electronc fuel injection), though in theory it could be any Italian word (or words) beginning with the letter 'i' and containing the letter 'e'. The '.' means that a number of letters have been eliminate, for example the first word of the name of the town I live in is normally abbreviated 'P.te', but is actually 'Ponte'.Bevel refers to the type of gears which in conjunction with tower shafts drove the camshafts prior to using belts. IE if I'm not mistaken is intelligenza electronica which translates roughly in to computer controlled fuel injection. Somebody rip me up if I'm wrong please.