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MidiTwin – 2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

It’s rare to see an 800SS, though it had a thoughtful group of compromises, the Terblanche design took many years to be accepted.  Here’s an Iowan example which is a good year, in understated Senna colors, with several carbon updates.

2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport

Ducati’s new 800cc L-twin was a desmodue, but engineered for a higher rev limit and made 74 hp at 8,250 rpm.  A six-speed was specified to capitalize on the peakier torque curve, and a wet clutch is behind that unusual closed cover.  The ’03 has an alloy swingarm, as well as multi-adjustable suspension, both of which fell to the auditor’s eraser the next year.  Expected Brembo brakes and Termignoni exhaust fill the bill, and the cast alloy wheels are nicely sized if not the lightest.  Full or upper-only fairings were available, and the tank came from the factory with a rubber belt buckle guard.

This seller doesn’t flesh out the maintenance history, but says it’s ready for cam belts.  The tires don’t look bad, but might have outlasted their use-by date.  The Sargent seat is a nice addition, and the carbon mudguards look great ( better than the carbon tank protector ).  Quite clean with just one scuff apparent under the near side grip.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Ducati Supersport in great condition.  It has a Termignoni exhaust, Sargent seat and plenty of CF added.  It is due for belts and the black key was bent at one point so is a little finicky.  Comes with the red master key which works without issue.

The 800 got high marks for its handling and braking, and had plenty of power if not supertwin torque.  The build quality was a high point for Ducati and the wet clutch proved easy to love.  With 620, 800 and 1000cc variants, there might have been too many choices in the SuperSport department, and most riders willing to spend $9k on the mid-size could spring for the liter.  But for someone wanting that happy-to-rev 800, this example looks very tidy and might be a perfect entrée into the air-cooled Ducati experience.

-donn

6 Comments

  • I don’t care for some of the Terblanche designed Ducatis, although I own a Hypermotard, which has been a success for Ducati. This SS800 looks better to me in grey than yellow or red, and even better in the half-faired version, but like most of his designs (999, Multistrada) I find it a bit overdone. That said, the new Supersports (since 2017) could be mistaken for a Yamaha until you hear one run. No knock on Yamaha – fantastic bikes.
    If I was looking for one of these it would be this year with the aluminum swingarm and the lighter five spoke wheels.

  • I didn’t know the beefy aluminum swingarm was allotted to the 800 as well, thought that was a 1000 only spec. Very neat!

  • it was 1000ss only, first thing I noticed. Curious to see such a rare piece on this bike

  • Should’ve tossed the Orleans on there while he was swapping the swinging arm too.

  • Here’s a look inside one of these prepped to race – note the aluminum swingarm is listed as stock on the 800 in 2003 only.
    http://www.woundedduc.net/800SSForSale.html

  • eBay shows sold for $3,800. Nice buy! -dc

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