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New S model boasts ex­tra bling for a re­fined ride

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Michael Neeves SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

For £1500 over the stan­dard model you can plump for the Su­per­sport S. It has the same mo­tor, chas­sis, elec­tron­ics and Brembo brakes, but comes with fully-ad­justable Öh­lins forks and shock, a seat cowl and a quick­shifter/ au­to­blip­per, which you can also fit as an ac­ces­sory to the stan­dard ma­chine.

We got the chance to ride it at the Mon­te­blanco cir­cuit near Seville. The track was sop­ping wet, but Ducati fit­ted Pirelli wets and with such a grippy sur­face it was al­most like rid­ing in the dry any­way.

Hav­ing the Öh­lins not only gives you a fuzzy warm feel­ing in­side to look at, they give the Ducati an im­proved ride, help the tyres dig in harder and add to over­all sta­bil­ity. Even with spray stream­ing off my vi­sor the up­rated Öh­lins sus­pen­sion gave me lots of feel and con­fi­dence un­der hard brak­ing, cor­ner­ing and ac­cel­er­a­tion.

With the elec­tronic quick­shifter and au­to­blip­per fit­ted you only need to use the clutch when pulling away and stop­ping. Up­shifts are quicker (clue’s in the name) and hav­ing the bike do the en­gine blip­ping for you auto-mat­i­cally dur­ing down­changes saves you time and ef­fort. The au­to­blip­per only works be­low 9000rpm to stop you from over­stress­ing the en­gine.

There’s no ques­tion the S model’s fancy sus­pen­sion and gear­box elec­tron­ics will make the Su­per­sport S a nicer place to be on the road. But con­versely the stan­dard model will still make a de­cent track­day ma­chine for less ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers who don’t need 200bhp to play with, thanks to its easy power, safe elec­tron­ics, sup­ple chas­sis and gen­er­ous ground clear­ance.

‘The S model’s Öh­lins sus­pen­sion gives the Ducati an im­proved ride’

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