Nick Goddard from LaneSplitter test rode the 2017 Ducati SuperSport around the Monteblanco Circuit last month and he describes it as a “return to what you might call “classic Ducati.””
When Ducati is mentioned, the first thought some may have is of an aggressive track oriented motorcycle with a ridiculous amount of power. While the new SuperSport has plenty of torque and speed for track enthusiasts, it is still manageable for everyday use.
Though its body looks similar to the Panigale’s, ergonomically the SuperSport has a more upright riding position, higher bars, lower foot pegs, and a taller windscreen. Standard, adjustable Marzocchi fork and adjustable Sachs shock easily handled a stretch of broken pavement with the odd pothole; perfect for rural roads or the odd foray into the city.
It feels light and nimble when tackling corners at slow speeds and the 937cc V-Twin engine provides plenty of low end torque when a straight stretch of road opens up. In fact, 80% of its 56.5 ft-lb of torque is accessed from 3,000 rpm to 10,000 rpm.
On track, the SuperSport S’ Pirelli Diablo Rossi III tires may squirm a bit when exiting corners, but the traction control will keep them planted, giving riders and opportunity to consistently pull computer-controlled slides. Sure, the bike won’t be able to keep up with some of Ducati’s more powerful models in the straights, but the torquey engine is great for flicking through tight sections.
Overall, the 2017 Ducati SuperSport is a gorgeous bike that “can make any normal road enjoyable”.