More Details On Ducati’s New Supersport!
After leaked photos emerged from the World Ducati Week unveiling, it has now been confirmed that the Ducati Supersport will be making a comeback for 2017, after almost a decade of retirement. You’ve probably seen the slightly disappointing picture doing the rounds, but now we’ve got some more important information: the details and the provisional specs. (A quick note about the image we used…that’s obviously an older model. Ducati have been very careful not to let anymore pictures of the 2017 Supersport leak, so we’ve put the older image up for reference.)
2017 will bring two Ducati Supersports models to the table, with both models bridging the gap between Ducati’s sportsbikes and cruiser orientated models. This isn’t a new Panigale. This isn’t a more sports focused Diavel either. And it’s not a more track focused Multistrada. It’s something we’ve been waiting to see for a long time. A truly versatile, sporty, and comfortable machine. It’s an exotic sports tourer (sort of).
The Supersport will be blessed with the very same 937cc Testastretta 11° engine that’s more commonly found in the Ducati Hypermotard 939, but will feature an iconic trellis frame that’s more usually associated with the Monster. The frame isn’t an exact copy of the Monster chassis, but it has a striking resemblance. The Supersport also comes with a neat front fairing, but it’s not quite a full bikini fairing, coming without a full belly pan. The exhaust looks very similar to the same one you’d find on the Monster 1200, although it’s a little shorter. Mechanically, the bike gets top marks from the Euro4 committee and meets the Euro4’s strict standards.
Back to the front, the front face of the Supersport has some serious Panigale influence, complete with the same LED headlight system. However, the Supersport comes with a larger style front screen that’s fully adjustable. The sitting position is slightly more Multistrada-esque than we expected, making it more of a cross between a “sport” riding position and an “upright” kind of ride, but it seems to work. The saddle itself is more than capable of accommodating two, which is great for this kind of machine.
If you want a dedicated touring machine, this probably won’t be the ideal choice; similarly, if you want a track orientated ride, then you’re probably best off with a Panigale. However, if you want the best of both worlds, this would be a smart purchase. Price wise, it’s likely to retail at around $14,000/$15,000 which will put it on par with the 959 Panigale – but whichever one you choose is entirely up to your riding preference.