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The SuperSport – A Ducati Sportsbike That’s Not Totally Ridiculous

With enough horsepower to satisfy the most seasoned motorbike aficionados, the 937 cc heavy is also what one might call a “classic Ducati”.

Jun 22, 2018 | By Terence Poh

The Ducati Supersport is not simply a pretty red bike. With enough horsepower to satisfy the most seasoned motorbike aficionados, the 937 cc heavy is also what one might call a “classic Ducati”.

The SuperSport Is A Sportsbike That’s Not Totally Ridiculous For Everyday Road Riding

Ducati has been an imaginative, game-changer in their own right: consider the retro-futuristic Diavel cruisers, the limitlessly edgy Hypermotard supermotos, and the punchy Panigale superbikes that match the speed limits of one’s wildest dreams. After years of cranking out thousands after thousands of rugged Scramblers, long-haul globetrotting Multistradas, and the Naked Monster – who could miss the luxurious custom 24K Monster?

Then there is the SuperSport, which blends comfort with versatility without ever compromising its sporting spirit. Typical of Ducati sportsbikes, the SuperSport wears a single-sided swingarm, sculpted tank, and compact lateral silencer with two overlapping exits that leave the rear wheel “Y” spoke design fully visible. It is sporty yet elegant.

With a Ducati Testastretta 11° 937 cc engine, Ducati refreshed the versatile 937cc Testastretta 11’s V-Twin engine seen in the Monster 939, the Hypermotard 939, and the Multistrada 950, aiming for smoother power and a boosted bottom end. The result is a SuperSport that unleashes 110 HP at 9000 rpm. Ducati also updated the ride-by-wire system and redesigned the crankcase, cylinder heads, generator cover, and coils. A nice, torquey engine with a maximum torque of 9.5 kgm at 6500 rpm, of which 80% is already available at 3000 rpm, enhances comparability to a race-bred Panigale looks-wise without looking ridiculous in traffic. Its sophisticated electronic management ensures full-bodied supply and an immediate, easy to manage response for everyday riding.

The SuperSport is also introduced with a rich electronics package that increases the level of active safety. The Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), which includes Bosch 9MP ABS and Ducati Traction Control, enhances performance and optimises control even on surfaces that offer less grip, versatile no matter on city roads or craggier journeys.

It certainly doesn’t seem like the designers made a bike that looks cheaper than its higher end stablemates. An option of the feistier SuperSport S, available in beautiful Star Silk White, is even more sport, more design, and more technology to accentuate the sportiest side of the SuperSport. The SuperSport is a gorgeous sportsbike that can handle everyday life and the driver who loves blasting through the canyons during down time. Just throw in a nice exhaust and you’re all set.

The SuperSport retails from USD $12,995 and the SuperSport S from USD $14,995.


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