Italy in­vents the ev­ery day ex­otic

BIKE (UK) - - NEW BIKES -

Take a Mon­ster, wrap in Pani­gale styling and voilà: Du­cati’s Su­per­sport, a friendly, ac­ces­si­ble bike with­out sac­ri­fic­ing Du­cati’s air of be­ing some­thing spe­cial. ‘Fun and ver­sa­tile with true Du­cati zest,’ froths the blurb. ‘The Su­per­sport makes riders feel like racers: ev­ery day, on any road.’ It’s re­mark­ably like the Mon­ster 1200’s chas­sis – steel trel­lis, sin­gle-sider, ad­justable fork, brakes, peg hang­ers and sub­frame are all fa­mil­iar. It uses the Hyper­mo­tard’s 937cc V-twin, with 113bhp at 9000rpm and 80% of max­i­mum torque from just 3000rpm. It’s a road bike, not a track toy. Ser­vic­ing is 9000 miles, valves at 18,000. Trac­tion con­trol, three modes and ad­justable ABS are stan­dard. A large dash car­ries info and will talk to your phone, and there’s a USB socket. The screen has two po­si­tions a cou­ple of inches apart, and the tank holds 16 litres. Pick red or white for £11,132 on the road – two grand less than a 959 Pani­gale. The S ver­sion (shown) has Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and beefier stop­pers for £12,432 ready to roll. In other news the Mul­tistrada has a new air­box and bet­ter midrange, and the 1299 Pani­gale has up­dated elec­tron­ics. There’s also 10% more torque for the Hyper­mo­tard.

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