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Buell vs. Ducati 900 Supersport

From the desk of John Burns:
Look, I'm not saying that if somebody offered me my choice of Ducatis I'd pick this Senna replica 900 Supersport over a new 998, but I'd have to think about it. Obviously the 998 is much more powerful and far more trackworthy, but I mean if I was looking for a STREETBIKE, I think I prefer the SS. The controversial Terblanche plastic has grown on me, for one thing, the ergos and seat of the SS are friendlier--and maybe I'm getting old, but something about the old air-cooled two-valve twin makes me feel like I'm having a purer Ducati experience; it rumbles and clatters a little more--and I know for a fact it's fairly easy and inexpensive to turn these engines into midrange monsters. Fat midrange, shorter gearing than the 998, 20 pounds less weight, a 15mm shorter wheelbase and higher clip-ons--add up to a bike which needs no excuses and has no trouble keeping up with any sort 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 Italian L-twin must still have some adherents, obviously, since it makes up a big chunk of Ducati sales...

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

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