A look at Bologna’s lat­est ma­chine from be­hind the scenes

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Zack Courts

FOR A BRIEF PE­RIOD (some­time in the early 1990s) Du­cati’s 900SS was ar­guably the pin­na­cle of Ital­ian two-wheel sex ap­peal. Soon the Mon­ster ar­rived, then the 916, and over the next 15 years a hand­ful of air­cooled ver­sions en­joyed var­ied suc­cess un­til the last model died off. It’s been 10 years now since Du­cati’s 1,000cc, dual-spark-pow­ered Su­per­sport stopped rolling off as­sem­bly lines in Bologna.

Du­cati’s 2017 Su­per­sport is not an evo­lu­tion of any pre­vi­ous model but rather a new take on the same con­cept of com­bin­ing sport prow­ess, prac­ti­cal­ity, and Ital­ian per­son­al­ity. The en­gine is taken from the Hyper­mo­tard 939, the frame is adapted from the Mon­ster 1200, and the body­work is made to em­u­late the Pani­gale’s sleek de­sign. Why th­ese parts? Why now? Su­per­sport Pro­ject Engineer Giuseppe Caprara talked us through—in a per­fectly heavy Ital­ian ac­cent—the think­ing be­hind Du­cati’s new­est it­er­a­tion of the gen­tle­man’s ex­press.

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