By John Burns
The angel of the Lord called to Pierre Terblanche from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have damn near sacrificed the 900SS, and have not withheld the new bodywork and fuel injection, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Then Terblanche returned to his servants, and they set off together for Bologna to redesign the 916. Amen…
First Impression: 1999 Ducati Supersport 900
Gathered around a tray of hors d’ouvres while eying a beautiful, new 1999 Ducati Supersport 900 and a rather attractive advertising representative from a Motocross magazine, the sportbike press tried to hash out just how to position Ducati’s new 900SS to their readers. After all, if the top speed isn’t over 150 mph and it doesn’t produce at least 100 ponies at the rear wheel, then what good is it?Everyone loved the 900SS, but no one looked forward to a stack of angry letters demanding they renounce their admiration for a motorcycle that only pumps out a claimed 80 horsepower. But the representatives of the broader-based publications sat back and smiled. We know that MO’s readers are more well-rounded, refined, intelligent, discriminating and better able to appreciate a bike that is more about carving a corner than how fast it gets there.
On the Track On a cold Thursday morning at Laguna Seca Raceway just before the …read more