Ducati 350SS

 

 

 

Make Model.

Ducati 350SS

Year

1991-98

Engine

Four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder belt driven 

Capacity

349 cc / 21.3 cu in
Bore x Stroke 66 x 51 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1

Induction

Mikuni B 100 carburetor

Spark Plug

Champion L82YC

Ignition

Kokusan electronic

Starting

Electric

Max Power

26.5 kW / 36 hp @ 10500 rpm

Transmission

6 Speed

Primary Drive Ratio

2.264:1 (34/77)

Gear Ratios

1st 3.071 / 2nd 2.111 / 3rd 1.590 / 4th 1.280 / 5th 1.074 / 6th 0.931:1

Final Drive Ratio

3.210:1 (14/54)

Final Drive

Chain

Front Suspension

41mm Showa GD031 inverted telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Showa GD022-007-OX monoshock

Front Brakes

Single 320 mm disc, 4 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 245 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/60 VR17

Rear Tyre

160/60 VR17

Dimensions

Length: 2020 mm / 79.5 in
Width:     730 mm / 28.7 in
Height:  1110 mm / 43.7 in

Wheelbase

1410 mm / 55.5 in

Seat Height

770 mm / 30.3 in

Dry Weight

169 kg / 372 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

17 L / 4.5 US gal / 3.7 Imp gal
Top Speed 180 km/h / 112 mph

During the 1990s, Ducati’s sporting prowess was there for all to see. The firm was riding high in the World Superbike series and its 888 and later 916 range of models were the ultimate in Italian exotica. But there was a problem. Owning exotica comes at a financial cost and many Ducati fans simply couldn’t afford an 851, 888, 916 or even the more budget 748. It was these buyers that looked towards the SS models.

Sensing riders wanted to buy into Ducati’s sporting success, in 1991 Ducati expanded the SS range. The air-cooled engine lent itself to a variety of capacities and in 1991 Ducati launched the 350SS, 400SS (this was mainly for the Japanese and German markets) and the 750SS, all using the same basic platform as the 900SS. The range then grew even further in 1994 with the 600SS and diversified with half-faired models joining their fully-faired brethren. The SS bikes quickly formed a reputation for being reliable, easy to work on, practical, good looking but above all, still true to the Ducati sporting heritage. And that’s why riders loved them.