Ducati Supersport S
115bhp | 210kg | Seat height 810mm
O 937cc V-twin O Fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension O 3 riding modes, 8-stage traction control,
Ducati’s two new Supersport models mark a significant change of heart for the traditionally sportsbike-focused company. These bikes, according to the factory, “blend Ducati’s sporting side with road focused performance and accessibility.” What this means in practice is an everyday Ducati sportsbike.
To achieve this, Ducati have done something that other manufacturers have failed to do – they have designed a groundup new model rather than simply take the shortcut of sticking a fairing on an existing machine. So while on the face of it the Supersport models appear to share many components with the Hypermotard and Monster range, in actual fact very few items are common.
The engine’s internals are almost identical to the Hypermotard, however alterations to the intake and exhaust system have shifted the power lower in the rev range while longer final drive ratios have also been added. The Supersport makes 80% of its 71.3ftlb of torque at just 3000rpm while its peak power of 115bhp appears at 9000rpm. This is backed up by the same comprehensive electronics package as found on the Hypermotard with ABS, traction control and variable fuel modes while the S also becomes the first Ducati since the Panigale to come with a bidirectional quickshifter. And that’s not its only similarity.
The Supersport’s sporting credentials have been upheld with geometry that is similar to the Panigale’s, giving it agile handling, while a longer wheelbase adds stability. Both the trellis frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member, and the singlesided swingarm are unique to the Supersport bikes, and so are the wheels.
Ducati say this is a sporty all-rounder that won;t be scary Price £12,795