Ducati has long been seen by many as the ultimate builder of motorcycles. While companies such as MV Agusta and Aprilia may be able to claim more exclusivity, the pop culture cachet of Ducati as a prestigious brand is 2nd to none. If there were a comparison to be made in the Automotive arena, Ducati is the Ferrari of motorcycles. Lamborghini and McLaren may be able to claim a certain level of ridiculousness that you won’t find in a Ferrari, but there is no doubt that for many across the globe the name Ferrari stands above all the rest.
Now, in 2017, Ducati is releasing the brand new SuperSport and SuperSport S. The models were first revealed at the 2016 EICMA. While this is not the first time Ducati has used the SuperSport name, it is safe to say that the newest machine bearing the SS moniker breaks new ground.
Interesting for Ducati, a company known for performance, the SuperSport S is trying to play the role of something a bit more dialed back. A blend between the Hypermotard 939, the Monster 1200, and Panigale-esque styling, this Frankenstein seeks to be the best of all worlds.
Ducati says the “SuperSport perfectly balances sport and comfort to guarantee excitement and riding pleasure.” The idea is to have a nice compromise between comfort, versatility, and performance. The wheelbase comes in at 1,478 mm, a steel-trellis frame that has dna from the Monster 1200 is mounted to the front of a 937cc engine. Although modified, it is the same Testastretta 11°, L-Twin, Desmodromic liquid cooled powerplant you find in the Hypermotard 939.
In the SuperSport and SuperSport S the engine has a new crankcase and new heads with different water passages. All of this comes together to produce 113hp @ 9,250rpm and 71.3 lb-ft @ 6,500. Ducati says that most of that torque (80%) is available when you hit 3,000rpm.
At the rear end of the engine is attached a new, cast-aluminum, single-sided swing arm. The SuperSport S comes with a fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins fork with Titanium Nitrate treatment to harden and protect the surface and a progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock in the rear. Stopping power comes in the form of Dual 320 mm floating discs, 4 pistons, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 calipers, and Bosch ABS system upfront and a 245 mm disc, 2 piston caliper in the rear. The entire package has a dry weight said to tip the scale at 403 lbs dry and 463 lbs wet.
The SuperSport S comes standard with 3 way adjustable riding modes (Urban, Touring, Sport) selectable from the left-hand switchgear. These modes can even be selected while driving and change the power output, sensitivity of the DTC and ABS systems, and the graphics on the TFT instrument panel.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC) monitors rear wheel slip and has eight different profiles that allow for different levels of intervention. DTC can be completely shut off for riders who like more control of their machine. Also included on the SuperSport S is a quick shifter with both up and down functioning and a 50mm adjustable windscreen.
Color options for the SuperSport S are Star White Silk or Ducati Red which include a seat cowl for the S. MSRP is $14,795 if you go Red and $14,995 if you go White. Either way, the SuperSport S should be a fun motorcycle to ride. Owners should know their Ducati will give them comfort, style, and performance, but likely not too much of either.