I took delivery of my SSS May 2017. It was one of the first bikes to be delivered in Austin.
I probably have had more issues than most owners. Multiple recalls, fuel sending unit, mirrors, and huge issue with the false neutral when engine breaking. I have also scratched the tank, side and front fairings, and the bike fell off my trailer when my wife was driving my truck (over $4,000 in damage- filed my first insurance claim). So I have been somewhat cursed with this bike.
Ducati Austin had my engine completely apart to replace the shift forks and other transmission parts. I was wondering if the mechanic can put the **** bike back together. The table was covered with parts. I was starting to lose confidence in keeping the bike. I have over 9,000 miles, and my warranty expires next month.
Aprilia sponsored a track day at COTA today. They offered test rides on the Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono. I took the Tuono out for a session. It was a fabulous bike. The Tuono was very fast, had a great quickshifter, and was very smooth. Of course, it was a demo bike, so I did not rev the engine high and did not want to wreck the bike.
When I got back on my SS for my next track session, I just felt at home. The SSS seemed lighter and more nimble and gave me more confidence. I can flat foot when sitting on bike and could not with the Tuono. I also like the riding position better.
I have ridden over 700 miles since the shift forks were replaced and completed two track days using the quickshifter extensively under hard breaking and acceleration. It has been absolutely flawless. When shift forks were replaced, I purchased the slip on Akrapovic exhaust system since it would be installed at no labor cost. Bike was in the shop a while. I can't say the exhaust sounds any different, but it looks good.
My 2014 Multistrada is due for its 15,000 valve service. I have had two fuel sending sensors go out- both were replaced under warranty. Ethanol fuel is the cause of the failure, and this is an issue on other bikes and also expands plastic type gas tanks. The Multistrada sending unit was updated with a new part number, and it has worked longer than previous ones. Otherwise, the bike has had no issues.
So even though I have had problems with the SSS, I am hoping everything is now sorted. I plan on keeping the SSS at least for now. I thought I would be wooed by the Tuono today. But the SSS is truly a fantastic bike.