Italy invents the every day exotic
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.