Yeah I kinda got bit by the Ducati bug a few years back. In 1995 I bought a 900ss to go with my 907 and from then until a couple years ago it was all Ducati all the time.
The time came to simplify and everything in that picture except the 851 is gone now. The 996 is the only bike I regret selling, probably should have gotten rid of the 851 instead. I bought the 996 new in 2000. It was a love/hate bike. Low miles because on a lot of days when I walked into the garage planning to take it out, I'd change my mind and take something else instead.
I've also had a '95 900ss/cr and '97 900ss/sp. I came very close to buying a 900ss Superlight when they were new. I wish I would have, I'm sure I'd still own it.
Anyway, yeah, for real world use I liked the 900ss better than the 996 but for some reason I didn't keep either of the 900s all that long. The 996 was the worst street bike I've ever owned, but I still kept it for 17 years. When it was good it was SO good... but there were so many times it just was not the right bike to have.
After market clip ons with a slightly different angle made a huge difference in comfort. The seat a bit of difference. It was still never what I'd call comfy though.