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Which Ducati? 900SS vs 918; 750SS vs 749?

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by the_blacke, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Any Ducati gurus here who can explain the differences between the Duc SS models and the non SS?

    At a glance it looks like the SS are less supersport than the nonSS? Or do I need more coffee?

  2. SS is aircooled, so slower.
  3. I'm certainly no Ducati guru, but I've followed their progress with interest over the last 30 years or so.
    First off, there's no such animal as a 918. As far as I'm aware. I'm presuming you mean the 916. The engine in the 916 is based on the Desmoquattro which made its first appearance in the 851. Liquid cooled, EFI, 4 valves per cylinder, desmodromic valve actuation.
    The SS engine is air/oil cooled, 2 valves per cylinder, desmodromic valve actuation, based on the early Pantah engine. From around 1979 I think. Early models were carb'ed, last ones were EFI.
  4. yeah I def meant the 916 - I think I managed to create a weird ducati-porsche hybrid with the 918 :-/

    Thanks for the input guys. The SS series is sounding much more like a bike you could work on yourself, or is that just crazy talk?
  5. The two valve engines are far easier to work on and live with, but do produce less power then the four valve ones. The 916 was a fantastic bike, but the modern 2 valves put out almost as much power. The older ss engines are 2 valve and cards, later versions maybe fuel injected, you'd have to check. All Great bikes
  6. The question is-what do you want to do.
  7. Depends on what condition it's in. I started thinking about stripping one down and turning it into a bobber - saw one at a place that specialises in project bikes, got me thinking. That's where the interest in how hard it is to maintain / service them comes in.

    But when I started looking at them, some of those ducs are stupidly beautiful, so I started thinking about it for a weekend twistie bike and keeping it looking mint. None of them would be a daily ride - this is a bike just for fun :D
  8. If you want a bobber-google ducati indiana
    A fun weekender will depend on your budget---$3K up to $100K