Boom­ing mar­vel­lous

A 320 mile day proves that Du­cati have sussed the er­gonomics of their new Su­per­sport. And when the road gets twisty it’s fun too

BIKE (UK) - - BIKE LIFE - Hugo Wil­son Edi­tor

YOU COULD SUG­GEST, and you’d have a point, that a Du­cati Su­per­sport isn’t a very ap­pro­pri­ate mo­tor­cy­cle for the 160-mile ride from Lincolnshire to West Sus­sex for the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed. The jour­ney works like this; A1 drudge 65 miles, M25 te­dium 45 miles, A3 drone 34 miles, bliss­ful B-road blast through Hamp­shire and Sus­sex 16 miles. So all but the last short stretch don’t re­ally need the Du­cati’s V-twin shove, in­tu­itive han­dling and ‘get a move on’ at­ti­tude, though the boom­ing ex­haust note is an ab­so­lute joy through the Hind­head tun­nel, es­pe­cially when you’re in com­pany with a V12 Fer­rari. We syn­chro­nised down­shifts for max­i­mum au­ral en­ter­tain­ment. Hope­fully none of the other tun­nel users has suf­fered per­ma­nent hear­ing dam­age. But here’s the thing. It’s comfy. I ar­rived at Lord March’s gaff feel­ing perky and fresh, spent the day in petrol­head heaven, then rode home through sta­tion­ary M25 traf­fic and felt suf­fi­ciently alert and ache free to en­joy din­ner and a trip to the cinema with Mrs W. You can make a case for ad­ven­ture bikes, and I of­ten do, but for this 320-mile day the nar­row bars, in­stant wal­lop and pre­cise steer­ing of the SS felt ideal. Why so comfy? The er­gonomics seem as good as an old VFR, the lean to the bars keeps my back in a perfect poise and the dual seat’s gen­tle bum stop cos­sets the back­side of a 5’10” rider per­fectly, so I’m sta­ble on the bike with­out hav­ing to tense arms or legs. I’m con­cerned about the ef­fect of ex­ces­sive heat on my nuts though. The rear cylin­der and the loop in the ex­haust sys­tem are di­rectly un­der the rider’s bum. Crawl­ing through traf­fic on a sum­mer’s day your rear end gets so hot that you have to stand. Or go faster. I’m pretty sure that ex­cuse won’t wash, so if the SS was mine I’d be in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to in­su­late the seat or get­ting some heat­proof pants. Fur­ther prac­ti­cal­ity is pro­vided by the fuel range, on this jour­ney it did 146.7 miles from fill-up to fuel light, then I con­tin­ued to 174 miles be­fore chick­en­ing out of a tense game of fuel light roulette. Re­fu­elling took 15.5 litres (Du­cati quote a tank ca­pac­ity of 16 litres), so it’s av­er­ag­ing 52mpg. There’s stuff I haven’t men­tioned. The screen’s ad­justable – I left it in the low­est set­ting and was im­pressed with how quiet it was. There are rid­ing modes – but I used it in Sport the whole time. And the mir­rors are use­less, but at least fold away neatly when I need to get the bike through my house’s front door. All of this sounds very wor­thy. All I’m say­ing is that for the 288 miles of this jour­ney that were on dull dual car­riage­ways the Su­per­sport is very good. Don’t worry. For the 32 miles that were on those fab­u­lous sweep­ing roads across and over the South Downs it’s bril­liant.

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