Ducati 900SS/MONSTER FI

The bike used for this development is a 1998 900SS. Personally , I love riding these bikes, and the shop demo we played with here I like even more. The dyno curves below will show you why.

The green line you see is the bike in standard trim. The most powerful standard 900 so far.

The blue line is the same bike fitted with some Staintune carbon fibre mufflers and an FIM remapped ECU. A very impressive improvement, particularly in this day where most standard mufflers give away very little hp. Most good aftermarket mufflers will give a similar result. It should be noted at this stage that the standard ECU will give the same power curve at full throttle, but not the same riding feel. This is due to the modifications to the ECU mapping for the different fuel requirements of the open exhaust.

The red line, though, is my favourite. The changes from the blue line are dialed cam timing, the Ducati Performance K&N air filter kit and a matching remapped ECU. With the increase in torque from 4,000 RPM all the way through to the revlimiter and a 14 tooth front sprocket, this bike is an absolute hoot to ride. Easy throttle wheelies in second are just one of the added benefits. Increased response all through the rev range and a much smoother low speed power delivery are the things you notice everyday. The noise coming from the open airbox lid combines with the exhaust to give a full throttle noise like a 996 or 851/888 SP. For those not so keen on the extra induction noise, leaving the standard airbox lid on, with the std filter, will only cost a couple of hp.

(dyno graph courtesy of DYNOBIKE, (03) 9553 0018)

For those who also like to see torque curves, look a little lower.

(dyno graph courtesy of DYNOBIKE, (03) 9553 0018)

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