Thought i'd register onto here after lurking for a little while whilst researching the SS.
I have not long been in the saddle as only recently passed my mod tests although I have been riding a little 2017 Honda MSX/Grom for most of the summer - it's a great laugh and yes Im keeping it.
I have been searching for my unicorn which has been found under the guise of the SS! I wanted something I can use as a weekender, something I felt awesome on, didn't try to murder me the moment i twisted the throttle and have the ability for me to look back at a petrol station and go "**** thats a nice bike...oh yeah... it's mine!
" but I also want to tour europe once or twice a year in relative comfort (I'm 31, 6ft with a 32" leg)
Didn't want an all out sports bike as my left knee isn't fantastic and didn't want something I have to lay on constantly.
Bikes which were tested;
Honda CB650R Neo Sports
Ducati Monster 821
Ducati SuperSport - S
Triumph Street Triple (not tested yet)
Out of everything I tested the supersport has come up trumps time and time again. The only fault I found with it on my test ride was an ache in my right wrist, but in the bikes defence I was nervous gripping slightly and further into the ride it calmed down.
I must say that the guys down at Blade Group in Abingdon are fantastic, very informative. Pete knows a lot about Ducati and is definitely a credit to the company! They pulled out all the stops for me and my friend to test ride a few, including chucking a Kawasaki through the workshop on a saturday so we could test it.
Well worth the trip if anyone is in the area (Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki and Harley all in the same building)
(see below the test bike from Ducati Oxford - 2019 SS-S with Akra cans and italian vinyl
My plan is a year or two old standard supersport then add the quickshifter at the local dealer afterward. The deal I was offered on a new SS-S was very tempting (free panniers, tank bag and heated grips or an akrapovic exhaust system for a contribution of £700 fitted or £300 not) but it will take nearly all of my savings and I dont do finance.
Found a couple on the local sales sites for around £7500 and I have to allow cash to have crash protection put onto that also in the form of the R&G bobbins or similar, but still researching them and pf course a vinyl wrap of sorts (similar to the one tested as I fell in love with it)
The next step is I need to go back to Ducati to test the SS again but on a longer stint, hopefully a couple of hours instead of just the one just so I can get the feel for the wind blast, comfort at 70-80mph etc.
So in all you probably won't hear a lot from me yet as im still lurking without a bike but it's coming. Very soon.