Sportbikes look amazing, there’s no denying that and they can tear it up on the track. But owners dread riding their sportbikes outside of the track, in the real world there are stop lights, pot holes, and general traffic that can take a toll on your wrists and back after a while.
There are more street friendly bikes like the Ninja 650 with better rider ergonomics, but in exchange for more comfort these bikes lose out in power. Ducati has an answer for this conundrum in the form of the new 2017 SuperSport and SuperSport S. They aimed to provide sportbike riders with a well-rounded bike that’s primarily aimed at the street.
Sitting inside a tubular steel trellis frame is the 937 cc Testastretta motor borrowed from the Hypermotard 939. Tuned to push out power in the lower rev ranges, Cycle World claims that 80% of the SuperSport’s 71.3 pound-feet of torque is accessible at a low 3,000 rpm. Ducati has also gone for longer final drive gear ratios.
For a more relaxed riding position, the footpeg position has been changed and it will be sporting high set clip ons. Nobody wants to have the wind beating against them at highway speeds so the SuperSport will come with a moveable windscreen where riders can adjust the height within 50 mm.
To make those less than perfect roads more bearable, Ducati has added a fully adjustable 41 mm Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock to the SuperSport. Unfortunately, it’ll only come in one color, two-tone Ducati Red and Saturn Grey. The SuperSport S will have two color options, Ducati Red and Star White Silk. Also, the sportier model will get a standard fully adjustable 48 mm Ohlins fork and fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock, color coordinated rear seat cowl, and auto up/down shift.
If you want even more comfort, buyers can get the Touring Pack which comes with a larger windscreen, heated grips, and semi-rigid side panniers. Or maybe the Sport Pack is more to your taste with its carbon front mud guard, carbon fuel tank cover, articulated racing lever kit, and billet aluminum covers.
We’re expecting to see the SuperSport go for $12,995 and $14,795 for the S model next year in April.