I think "turd" may be a bit harsh, but I wouldn't recommend it, either. It's priced about $2,000.00 too high IMHO, being essentially a stripped-down 750SS. You can get a low-mile used SS for a much better price and have dual front brakes (most important feature you would miss), adjustable levers, rear cylinder cooling ducts (why did they delete a couple pieces of cheap but functional plastic ?), better quality remote resorvoirs, better quality clip-ons, etc. I purchased my '99 SS new last year
with all these features for $7,200.00.
Even though it's priced close, there's no way you can compare it with the current 600's since it's down 35 to 40 hp. If you want a Ducati that approaches that level of engine performance, you would need a modified 900SS or a 748. A more legitimate (though still not entirely favorable) comparison would be with the SV650 which is...about $2,000.00 less expensive.