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difference between a 998 and a 900?

What differences, in terms of riding, do the 998 and the 900 have? Is one more agile than the other? Does one have higher quality parts? Or do you have a preference?

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Only difference between the two is the the undertail pipes, and the singleside swingarm!

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Ya big kidder..


Rio - do you mean the 900SS?

Never been on a 998, but I'm sure the extra 43 horsepower it has over the Supersport would make a difference.

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Rio,
you are looking at completely different bikes. Never ridden a 998, but.......
One is a 4 valve motor (998) one is a 2 valver (900ss). BamBam mentioned the HUGE difference in power. Both are uncomfortable agressive riding postures, but the 900SS is prolly a bit more comfortable.

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Lets not even mention the 900 ss is air cooled and 998 water cooled. I may be a little misinformed, but I also thought that the 998 comes with "better" suspension components ie. shock, forks, adjusters. lifetime supply of chiorpractor visits just kidin.

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Re: difference between a 998 and a 900?

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What differences, in terms of riding, do the 998 and the 900 have? Is one more agile than the other? Does one have higher quality parts? Or do you have a preference?

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They're both available in the same colors and they both come with Ducati stickers. That's about it.

You're talking 2 different worlds. It's not a good comparison.
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Sorry for any confusion, I noticed there was a 998, 998S, and 998R.....and then there was the 900 and the 900SS.

Paul, When I was looking at the ducati website, the differences weren't readily appearant. The air cooled & water cooled was something I didn't know, so that helped. If the bikes are really as different as you say, it really is a good comparison since I'm asking what the differences are and not what the similarities are.

funksouljon, so the 900SS is not a V-twin like the 998?

Again, thank you everyone for your input.
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oh, it was ineviable........
i knew somebody would set me off............
i'll try to keep it brief.......
both are: v-twin, four stroke, steel framed, italian, beautiful, agile machines.
both feature disc brakes and desmo valve operation.
the differences are...........for year 2002 bikes SUPERBIKES- 998 cc 4 valve per cyl. watercooled narrow valve angle "testastratta" heads. (new for 2002 998 +998s, cost a bloody fortune on 2001 996r)
race derived frame geometry, dual underseat exhaust, single sided swingarm, fully adjustable top notch suspension
a very capable racer, with plates, signals, emission gear.
SUPERSPORT 900cc two valve aircooled engine with a heritage reaching back 20 something years to the pantah 500
a sporty frame, more for tight road use than track, ugly exhaust (change for high termagoni's as soon as possible) dual side swingarm, suspension not what i'd expect for the money
to sum it up......both are exotic, beautiful italians.
one has the spirit and technology of 2002 (but will probably be a competitive racer for years to come....they have dominated production based superbike racing for ages)
one with the spirit of days gone past, more "character" (read rattles, bangs, shakes etc.) a simplistic machine that will not satisfy on the edge riders with it's (comparitively) limp output and suspension.
(if i seem biased, i'm a bit tech oriented. but i'd probably choose a half faired 900ss, aqua frame w/ silver paint (both metallic) brake and susp upgrades, motor work etc. it'd still cost less than a 998,
and i'm not fast enough to notice the missing hp.)
ps. if you want women, buy a 998.
pps i am very healthy, active, flexable. sitting on a 2001 996 for a few minuites hurt. these are not comfortrable machines. (and i ride a gsxr!)
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having just posted, i went back and saw you ride an r1.
more focused reply follows..............
900ss has approx 55% your hp, will not come close to your handling or braking. (about 30-40 lb more, too)
998 has 90-95% your hp, similar braking and handling (numerically speaking) in the base version, but better feel regarding your limits (or rather, the bikes limits)
it stands out much more from every other mass built machine in feel, sound, and looks (mv agusta excluded)
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Comfort...

I've ridden the 900SS for a year now - it takes a lot of getting used to - long stretch to the slipons but the tankpad thingy helps a lot!!
I've also ridden a 996SPS (similar to the 998) on a prolonged test ride.
Verdict: for my build, (6'2 220lbs) the 996 was MORE comfortable than my SS.

Just my opinion.

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