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Few names in motorcycling are as evocative as Ducati. As Italian as a fine Chianti and as beautiful as a Michelangelo, Ducati is the two-wheel equivalent of Ferrari, largely because of its awkward ergonomics and a colour chart comprising one shade of red.
And incredible performance.
You see, the 900SS has a 904cc V-twin engine whose 80bhp has only 188kgs to propel, endowing the bike with a quarter-mile time of 14.1 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.
Throw in adjustable suspension, twin 320mm discs up front, fat, sticky rubber on 17-inch rims, and a pair of Mikuni carburettors and you’ve got what many consider the perfect modern classic sportsbike.
The 900 SuperSport (for that is what the ‘SS’ stands for) even had a fan in Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote of his: “I was hunched over the tank like a person diving into a pool that got emptied yesterday. Whacko! Bashed on the concrete bottom, flesh ripped off, a Sausage Creature with no teeth.”
This may be not his finest work but being able to say you own the same bike as the one he raved about would be pretty damned cool, wouldn’t it?