Hi all - got a sweet deal on a left over 2018 SuperSport S (in the indisputably faster white), and I'm finally back in the Ducati family!
I learned to ride on a 2002 Monster 900Sie - which was a fantastic bike, but for some reason I sold it and got into RallyMoto (KTM Sixdays 530XCW). Eventually picked up a Bonneville that I've been heavily modding for a while. Love the Bonnie, it's nice to have smooth power off idle - and that parallel twin just sounds mean. It's great around town, but it's too easy to hit its limits. I started looking at the baby Panigale, but then SuperSport seemed like a much better fit for my riding. Tested one, it fit perfectly - and showed me what I was missing. Saw how cheap the '18s were - and the rest is history.
500 miles in and loving the bike. It's typical Ducati. Sounds magnificent, handles great and looks gorgeous. It's also miserable under 3k - have to stay under 25 for the first mile in my neighborhood. The clutch is grabby, low speed fueling is snatchy, and the gearbox is tight. The mirrors suck, but I've learned to just pull the clutch and ease off the throttle to get a clear view. The cable clutch seems kind of cheap - and neutral is a challenge to find but I can usually get it rolling to a stop and occasionally from a stop. No worse than my KTM so I'm kind of used to it. All that, as soon as I open it up and don't care about any of it.
So far, I've only really done a few mods. Removed the rear pegs, installed a Motodynamic Tidy and Silverstar zXe bulbs. The tidy made a huge difference, and the bulbs are surprisingly close to the LED (you'll never get all the yellow out of halogens).
Next up is fitting the Termi pipe!