Steeve, we all want to see MCN's opinions on the new SS, but we also know, given the carryover hardware on this bike, pretty much what it will be like to ride. Once I saw the look and accompanying specs I was sold. With all due respect, I'm not waiting for Mr. Neeves review to make my purchase decision.
Sorry I wasn't suggesting that what we read in any magazine would significantly affect the buying decision. All I was posting was a link to the MCN article announcing their press launch, as you should be able to clearly see. I'm unsure where you got that feeling from?
I just thought people would be interested that there is some 'new' news, good or bad, as it's all gone very quiet.
Personally I'm looking forward to reading their review, but sadly most testers are racers and or younger people who don't have trouble bending knees or being hunched up over a sports bike.
Like previous new bikes I've bought, I'll get hold of as many test reports as I can find and keep them. I find them interesting although not always relevant.
MCN or at least Andy Downes (senior reporter) has already pinned his opinions to the mast. He thinks the bike is an irrelevance and suggests if we want a 'sportsbike' we buy a Panigale and if we want to ride fast on the road or tour we buy a Multistarda. Wait until he's older he may change his opinions.
See a copy of his report below. Please note I do not support his views. To me the new Supersport is very much along the lines of the first VFR 750, a complete do it all bike.
AGAINST: MCN Senior Reporter Andy Downes:
"This is the first new Ducati I’ve looked at in recent years and thought ‘Huh? I don’t get it.’
"I do get the concept of a sportsbike for the road but I think the Ducati Multistrada 1200 range ticks that box. That is a bike that packs a superbike punch but keeps it comfy, keeps it practical but also adds a pillion-friendly riding capability. The Multistrada range is aimed directly at the blokes who used to ride superbikes but have got a bit older, a bit less willing to accept the comfort compromises, yet still want to keep on riding.
"And if you still really, really still want a sportsbike then there is a wide array of the nutty Panigales to choose from that includes the 959 through to the Panigale R. I’m not sure where that leaves a bike like the SuperSport 939 which doesn’t cover either base in a way that’s immediately obvious to me.
"I’ve talked to lots of Ducati owners about the return of a SuperSport badge on a modern Ducati and the bike they have told me they would be more interested in seeing was something that was a bit more of a modern retro-styled bike with about 120bhp, simple technology and minimal rider aids. Something that could take on the new Triumph Thurston R for example. This kind of Panigale ‘lite’ is not what they had in mind. And even at around £10,000 for the standard bike it feels a little pricey.
"Maybe I’m looking at this from the wrong end of the argument? Maybe offering an alternative to 195bhp, focussed and looney-tunes superbikes is the way sportsbikes can offer more to a greater number of people? Maybe this is a more authentic take on a modern SuperSport bike that harks back to the old SS models that ran alongside the 851/888 superbikes of the time rather than some retro bike offering?"