The Ducati 750 SS has to be one of the most balanced motorcycles on the market. The 750 Super Sport (SS) was produced from 1991 to 2002 before retiring and joining the lineup of retirees who left their mark on the world.
In November 1973, the 750 Supersport Desmo made its premiere at Milan Motor Show. Fans loved this bike because of its performance, but it also included a range of features rarely seen on a sports bike. The four-stroke engine could meet the needs of any driving enthusiast, even racing, without requiring special tuning.
They were built on the rather un-sporty 750GT and designed by the legendary Fabio Taglioni. The GT was introduced in 1971 and was successful, but it wasn’t until Paul Smart won the Imola 200 over a 750 V-twin in 1972 that it was enough to turn it into the 750 Sport.
Taglioni had long wanted to build a sporty V-twin, and the Sport included drop bars, a fiberglass tank, and a single seat. The DNA of the bike would provide the cornerstone of the SS series that would follow decades later. In 1972, Paul Smart won the Imola 200 while driving a Ducati 750GT.
Let’s dive into the Ducati 750 Super Sport.
The aggressive design of the 750 SuperSport
Classic chrome-molybdenum steel, aluminum and other essential metals were used on the bike. Nonetheless, Ducati has once again created a motorcycle that moves the soul in the purest sense, drawing on their years of knowledge.
The 750 SuperSport combines sophisticated engineering and good old-fashioned flair, resulting in a bike that is much better than the sum of its parts would suggest. Brembo’s twin four-piston brakes are excellent brakes, allowing the cycle to be lowered at any speed with ease and without fading.
While the forks aren’t adjustable, they have 43mm inverted components with 4.7-inch suspension travel. The sporty characteristics of the bike shine through during intensive riding, with a forward seating position, inclined bars, stable handling and all of this under revs.
The wide and clear dashboard of the Ducati 750 Supersport is practical but not exceptional: everything is analog, and there is no fuel gauge. Both brake and clutch levers are easily adjustable. This is not a motorcycle suitable for passengers, and riders must be tall enough to touch the ground with their feet. On post-1998 automobiles, fuel injection is a welcome addition.
The specifications of the 1990 750 SuperSport
The original Ducati 750 SS debuted in 1990. This bike was nimble but strong and suitable for the track or the streets. A 748cc air-cooled 90-degree V-twin engine powered it. With a maximum output of 66 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque, the engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission with chain-type final drive.
The bike used a Marocchi inverted telescopic fork and an adjustable Showa monoshock in the rear suspension. The bike is equipped with Brembo calipers on the front and rear disc brakes, a double seat with passenger handle, a full fairing and a small windshield, blackened cast aluminum rims and ‘analogue instrument displays.
The 750 SuperSport has seen a number of updates
The first modification came in 1992 when Ducati added a larger 41mm Showa inverted telescopic fork. The Half-Caring variant was introduced in 1991-1992 and lasted the entire production cycle. This bike was a step forward in the 750 SS series as it provided better wind protection for riders while maintaining the raw styling which added to the bike’s responsiveness on the road and track.
With a 4.6 liter fuel tank, the bike maintained its low weight of 386 lbs. The new model was a hybrid between a normal supersport and a naked bike, offering riders the perfect combination.
The 1994 model included some modifications to the advertising campaigns, but they remained the same. Comparisons with the 900 SS which brought out the attributes of the 750 SS attempted to reclaim some of the luster of the 750 SS.
Around 2000, Ducati produced the 750 Sport IE model. Although billed as a lightweight sportbike, it weighed 399 lbs. Fuel capacity was only 4.2 gallons, compared to 4.6 gallons in the 750 SS.
The Marzocchi inverted fork has been increased to 43mm for the next generation, and designers have upgraded the bike to incorporate clip-on handlebars and a digital instrumentation display.
The end of an era
Ducati experienced serious financial problems in 1996 and was eventually bought out by the American group Texas Pacific. Ducati and the SS line have received both good and bad news as a result of this acquisition.
He passed out in 2006, the year after TPG sold Ducati. They developed a new motorcycle which sparked much controversy, so funding for the R&D department was cut as Ducati’s finances were again threatened. Other SuperSport models, like the 1000SS, were left to rot in the woods, while the 800SS died in 2005. Or, to be more precise, placed on ice.
A range of motorcycles designed by Taglioni inspired the Ducati 750 SS with a long and illustrious history. The model evolved from the first Taglioni sports motorcycles in the 1970s until it exploded in popularity in the 1990s to 2001.
The bike had a long career, but due to a series of financial problems and scandals, Ducati decided to withdraw the 750 SS quickly. One of the bikes featured on ‘Ride Apart’, the Custom Bike, is known as the 750 SS Streetfighter.
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