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’