THE SS FAM­ILY

How it all be­gan

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THE BEVEL-DRIVE 1973-1982 This Su­per­sport was the su­per­bike of its day, and in both 750 and 900 form is now one of the most col­lectable clas­sics around. It was spawned from the fa­mous Imola 200-win­ning Paul Smart bike of 1972. THE BEAU­TI­FUL ONE 1991-1998 Af­ter a short-lived model from 88- 91, the ’90s air/oil- cooled 2-valve SS range pro­vided an at­trac­tive sporty un­der­dog to the wa­ter- cooled superbikes. They’re an ex­er­cise in cor­ner speed and flat power delivery. THE UN­POP­U­LAR ONE 1999-2006 The Terblanche re­design left most peo­ple cold, but they are now gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity. The best was the 1000SS, but the early 750 and 900SS bikes had cooler 916-style clocks. THE NEW­EST ONE 2017- on­wards Spir­i­tu­ally clos­est to the 1990s SS fam­ily, the new bike has the looks of the flag­ship superbikes in the range, but with dulled­down per­for­mance and a mi­dlevel sports­bike price. See page 28 ARE COM­FORT­ABLE SPORTS­BIKES THE FU­TURE?

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