Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: victoria, b.c., canada, v8t3y7
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!)