The glam­orous one

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Du­cati Su­per­sport S

Du­cati’s new Su­per­sport S is a friendly, mod­estly-pow­ered sports­bike that won’t con­tort you like a race replica. It only has one natural ri­val and that’s a bike that’s not even made any more: Honda’s pre-rr CBR600FS.

The Öh­lins sus­pen­sion on this S model trans­forms bumpy roads into velvet, the Mon­ster-de­rived chas­sis loads you with feed­back in the cor­ners and the sim­ple 113bhp L-twin mo­tor has just the right amount of power and char­ac­ter for the road… most of the time. How­ever, push it hard and you will reach the rev limiter all too soon in the higher gears and you wish Du­cati had given you an­other 20bhp to play with.

Built to the same eye-wa­ter­ingly beau­ti­ful stan­dard as a Pani­gale su­per­bike, the Su­per­sport has a de­li­cious paint fin­ish and fas­tid­i­ous at­ten­tion to de­tail. It comes with the full set of elec­tronic rider aids, in­clud­ing a quick­shifter and au­to­blip­per.

It works su­perbly as a sports­bike and a short-range tourer, but it can’t match the more tour­ing-fo­cused ri­vals after hours in the sad­dle. It’s a phys­i­cally small ma­chine with a long stretch to the bars, so wrists and knees take a bat­ter­ing after a while.

There isn’t a lot of screen or body­work to keep you clear of wind­blast and it will be too cramped for pil­lion and lug­gage. It also knocks out quite a lot of heat in traf­fic and the blurry mir­rors are next to hope­less at mo­tor­way speeds.

‘Push it hard in higher gears and you reach the rev limiter all too soon’

Stun­ning to be­hold, but it does feel like it’s lack­ing power and com­fort in this com­pany

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