I couldn't agree more. You will love the feel, sound, and ultimately the ability to shame bikes with twice the power and half the age. I bought my '92 new, and if the garage catches fire it's the first bike out.FWIW some of us think the Supersport is the best street bike Ducati ever made. The SS (FI or Carby) will do just about anything a street rider could want to do legally on the street. Congrats you have gotten your hands on a keeper.
+1, I remember ordering my 800SS back in 2004 then few years later realizing what a great bike it is and that I am never getting rid of it.FWIW some of us think the Supersport is the best street bike Ducati ever made. The SS (FI or Carby) will do just about anything a street rider could want to do legally on the street. Congrats you have gotten your hands on a keeper.
Thats awesome. My 800ss was my first ducati and I just fell in love with it. It does everything so easily, looks good, extremely stable and I couldnt dream of getting rid of it. Maybe just add a superbike . I would have to agree the SS is probably the best overall bikes ducati has produced+1, I remember ordering my 800SS back in 2004 then few years later realizing what a great bike it is and that I am never getting rid of it.
This was my 1st bike then and 800 was what i had guts for at the time. I still love it after 12 years of ownership.
GL with your bike.
'Love that paint scheme too!My first was an '05 SS800 in '06. Great bike though I must admit the 1000 is slightly better in many areas and overall much better.
Yep, I topped topped it off after 20 mins at highway speeds, rode less than a mile then parked it.For many of the DUCs that I've owned, I've learned that the heat from the engine heats the tank quite a lot. Enough to make the gasoline expand, and then show itself in a surprising way. I recall my Pantah looking like an overflowing toilet one morning at the diner. We had fueled up, and then drove a short way to the diner to have b'fast.
I obviously topped up quite full, and the expansion just let it right out of the closed lid, down both sides of the tank (center stand only on the ol' Adrena-line machine).
Moral of story is, DON'T top up to very full, unless you'll be driving far, and not in stop'n'go city traffic!
Seen similar on my ST4s (carbon canister removed).
Note that it's a good way to "fill" and screw up your carbon emissions canister, if you have one...
I didn't click the tank lid fully shut, drove off and ended up with the crotch of my jeans soaked with gas. Found out gasoline is quite an irritant, and I don't mean the smell.I've done the same but even worse
Decided to place my helmet on the tank!
Take a break and come back to a helmet doused in fuel.
Whoa! With these two stories my tank overfill no longer seems worthy of posting.I didn't click the tank lid fully shut, drove off and ended up with the crotch of my jeans soaked with gas. Found out gasoline is quite an irritant, and I don't mean the smell.
Did you have to toss the helmet?
Yep it's the only way to really learn what your bike can do and how to do it!...almost ready to sign up for a track day.
I did the exact same thing on my first long trip with mine - stood around in the petrol station for ages waiting for the excess to leak off!...came out to see a puddle of gas...
Totally agree - it's a totally stupid design! Get yourself a length of fuel hose and make a new hose that routes to the rear of the bike, past the shock, and under the seat subframe (along with the rear electrics routing) and vent out the rear somewhere around the tail light and license/number plate area....What unsettled me most was when I looked closer I saw that the overfill drain tube drips above and near the exhaust.
Yes I find it almost impossible to grip the tank successfully on track, I used some self adhesive EPDM material as a temporary fix but I've now bought some StompGrip traction pads for my 999 and noticed they're a very close fit for this tank too - so I'll order another set! Minimal trimming required and a large-sized pad!...I want some tank grip pads, it's a workout to try to support my torso with just my lower body to take weight off the clipons and to keep myself from sliding forward.
I get this problem too - the bike needs much larger heel guards. I've got some carbon ones for a 916 type bike that are much larger but haven't tried fitting them yet, hopefully they'll just require a couple of holes drilled at most....I need to be more mindful of my big boots, in some situations while in a curve my heel makes contact with the swingarm cycling if theres a dip or something to compress the rear suspension.