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