Join Date: May 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon
The Aprilia RS models are purpose built sport bikes. For Aprilia I think the Tuono line is more of the same segment as the SS.
The RS660 is intended to compete with the R6, CBR650, etc. Small, light, nimble, race fairings. It's designed to be a class competitor middleweight/600CC sportbike.
I think that's what Ducati did wrong with the SS, it didn't slot it into an existing segment, so no-one knows what to compare it to - it's never as fast as the sport bikes, it's never as comfortable as the touring bikes, and all the dedicated sport-tourers outclass it in features, horsepower, carrying capacity and wind protection.
Don't get me wrong, if you could only have one motorcycle, I think the SS is hands down the best real-world, all around "riders" bike being made right now by any major manufacturer - because it's the best combination of the sport and sport-touring features out there. It's really that "one" bike that does everything you want really well. Almost as nimble as a dedicated 600CC sport bike, almost as comfortable as a dedicated sport-tourer, with enough carrying capacity to take you out for a week or more of travelling.
The Ducati engineers were given "free reign" in the parts bin to make their best bike and we got the SS. The problem is that motorcycle media has everyone convinced they want a class leading bike, or with class leading features, and the SS isn't in a class.
1994 900 SS/CR
2017 939 SuperSport S
It's Italian. If I can get it to start, it'll win.