Buell Vs. Ducati 900 Supersport

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
From the desk of John Burns:
Look, I'm not saying that if somebody offered me my choice ofDucatis I'd pick this Senna replica 900 Supersport over a new 998, but I'd have to think aboutit. Obviously the 998 is much more powerful and far more trackworthy, but I mean if I waslooking for a STREETBIKE, I think I prefer the SS. The controversial Terblanche plastic hasgrown on me, for one thing, the ergos and seat of the SS are friendlier--and maybe I'm gettingold, but something about the old air-cooled two-valve twin makes me feel like I'm having apurer Ducati experience; it rumbles and clatters a little more--and I know for a fact it's fairlyeasy and inexpensive to turn these engines into midrange monsters. Fat midrange, shortergearing than the 998, 20 pounds less weight, a 15mm shorter wheelbase and higherclip-ons--add up to a bike which needs no excuses and has no trouble keeping up with anysort of street pack.

It seemed only natural to compare the old 900 SS to the all-new Buell XB9R, to us at least. The old ItalianL-twin must still have some adherents, obviously, since it makes up a big chunk of Ducatisales...

So, of course, now let us know what you think of the two bikes.

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