THE SS FAMILY
How it all began
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?