OF­TER OP­TION

Con­tin­ued over The mis­sion With de­tails of Du­cati’s new Su­pers­port 939 bike emerg­ing, MCN in­ves­ti­gates the best of the cur­rent op­tions for rid­ers who are look­ing for sports­bike per­for­mance from a bike that boasts slightly softer edges than the cur­rent cro

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - By Jon Urry MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR Jon Urry

e love the fact that bikes such as the Kawasaki ZX-10R, Yamaha YZF-R1 and Du­cati 1299 Pani­gale are essen­tially WSB rac­ers with lights. But with speed­ing penal­ties in­creas­ing and the preva­lence of dash cams and our Big Brother sur­veil­lance so­ci­ety, it’s be­com­ing far too risky to let a mod­ern superbike stretch its legs on the road.

Which begs the ques­tion: what’s the point of ac­tu­ally own­ing one? It’s like hav­ing a highly-strung race­horse but only us­ing it to trot around an en­closed pad­dock. But sports­bikes are still hugely pop­u­lar, mean­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers are now start­ing to look at ways of of­fer­ing them up in a more real-world pack­age that works at road, rather than race track, speeds.

Most re­cently it’s Du­cati blaz­ing a new trail, with the im­mi­nent of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of their new Su­pers­port 939 cre­at­ing the head­lines in this emerg­ing seg­ment – but don’t think that the Ital­ians have got in there first (al­beit

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