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I wanted the Ducati belt drive cam (Dahma?) when it came out in the seventy's. four years ago I was "payed off" with a well used 600ss.
I've ridden for 30 years, good bikes and dogs and this one beats all. And it's only little.
'Yea, it needs care but it got me from Oxford to Newent in serious snow and through the floods in Gloucester when B M W transwhatsits were giving up.... And on the track!!!!!!!! David is fussy about front tires. Contis' are good though you need to hold the bikes head up when giving it some in a bend, Pirelly are much better but give no clue about when you're going to lose the front end.
I use fuel addative and "premium" juce 'cause it goes better on that.
You get nothing below 3500RPM and if you ask for pull below there you WILL break it. Trust me I'm an engineer.
I have owned a Ducati 600SS foir three years now and have loved owning such a good machine. After years of being a lumbering italian company with many problems with electrics and just a beautiful model to show for, the management was reshuffled (1995) and a new company was born. This was my first bike and a great step for someone who wants to get into motorcycles...not too much CCs but enough to get you going. Its twin-cylinder engine works beautifully and you will become amazed at how much you love the deep sound of a ducati rather than the whine of four cylinders...it is addictive! I bought my SS in 98 (97 model) and have ridden it all over England and Europe, just came back from a 3 day 1600 km trip (Barcelona-London) and it worked and purred over winding roads and even the highways. It did however scream for a 6th gear as I had it revving at 8000 rpms at 180 km/hr. The bike loves a good burn and has the acceleration required for smooth riding, but the top-end speed lacks so if you want to whizz around at 200+ km/hr...this is not for you. In terms of maintenance, I have had no problems apart from the usual wear and tear...tires and brakes. The motorcycle is easy to tinker with and has a relatively simple engine with easy access (fearings are easily removed). Overall this is a fun bike (fast and reliable)! It has a comfortable enough riding position for a bit of fast riding, but can be a bit tiring on long rides and in the city. Its turning radius is also a bit tight so don't expect scooter agility in city traffic!