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
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