The de­tail

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when com­pared to the ex­cel­lent SX’S stop­pers and it all adds up to a fairly com­pro­mised real-road sport­ster that is nei­ther sporty nor prac­ti­cal – but most cer­tainly con­fused. In fact, the Suzuki doesn’t even have the abil­ity to add fixed pan­niers or come with an ad­justable screen, which makes me ques­tion even more its pur­pose in life. True, a few quid spent on a new fuel map and shock re­build would cure most of the Suzuki’s ills, but then you are still left with a bike that isn’t quite as good as the op­po­si­tion. So why not just buy the bet­ter bike in the first place?

A real-world fu­ture?

Do real-world sports­bikes have a fu­ture? On the ba­sis of these three bikes there is cer­tainly an ar­gu­ment for their ex­is­tence. A hard core of sports­bike fans will al­ways de­mand the ul­ti­mate in terms of per­for­mance, and good on them be­cause that is what drives fu­ture tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment, but the voices for sporty-yet-prac­ti­cal road bikes are get­ting in­creas­ingly loud and rid­ing these ma­chines you can see why. At road speeds they all of­fer enough thrills to sat­isfy with­out com­pro­mis­ing their day-to-day us­abil­ity. But none are per­fect and that means the door is wide open for the likes of Du­cati to jump in and take full ad­van­tage.

If the new Su­pers­port 939 man­ages to hit the right bal­ance be­tween per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity, while also look­ing good and be­ing com­pet­i­tively priced, it could prove to be a hit. All the ru­mours from Italy sug­gest it will, but we will have to wait un­til it ar­rives to find out for sure. Could 2017 be the year of the real-world sports­bike? A lot of rid­ers whose fo­cus is on the road rather than the track are hop­ing so and a well sorted, prop­erly de­vel­oped, real-world sports­bike could eas­ily prove the shin­ing star of 2017. Here’s hop­ing.

‘The voices for sporty and yet prac­ti­cal road bikes are get­ting in­creas­ingly loud’

Out on the open road, the GSX-S de­liv­ers, but get it in town and throt­tle re­sponse is a pain

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