Ducati unveiled the 2017 SuperSport last week at the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair (Intermot) and it’s a mix of sport and sports tourism. The SuperSport isn’t a full-blown Superbike, but it has more than enough power to go on track whilst still being agile enough for the city and comfortable enough for highway riding.
Dubbed the “Working Man’s Ducati” by Ultimate Motorcycling, the 2017 SuperSport will be powered by a 937cc liquid-cooled, Testastretta 11°, L-twin engine. It’s capable of cranking out 113 horsepower at 9500 rpm and 71 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm. Giving the SuperSport a nearly flat torque curve between 3,000 and 9,000 rpm is a 94 x 67.5mm bore and stroke with a 12.6:1 compression ratio.
The SuperSport will come in two variants, the base SuperSport and the SuperSport S. Both of them will share the same engine and the main differences can be found in the suspension area and electronics. Standard models will get 43mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs shock while S models will be equipped with a quickshifter, Öhlins and 48mm forks. Neither will have a hydraulic clutch or dual exhaust systems. Instead, they will be equipped with Euro 4 compliant stacked pipes.
To help keep riders safe, the 2017 SuperSport will come with adjustable ABS, ride by wire, traction control, and three ride modes; Sport, Touring, and Urban. For more stability, Ducati has increased the wheelbase by 1.6 inches compared to the Panigale for 24 degrees of rake and a 58.2-inch wheelbase. Also a beefy set of 320mm semi-floating rotors, with Brembo M4-32 calipers will give riders plenty of stopping power.
Design wise, the 2017 SuperSport will have the iconic trellis frame in red along with a steel, 4.2-gallon fuel tank. Once it goes on sale buyers can only choose between two paint options, red or white, and there’s bound to be plenty of accessories including seat options, Öhlins steering damper, Akrapovic titanium racing exhaust and more.
Once on sale, the base model 2017 Ducati SuperSport will have an MSRP of $12,995, and the SuperSport S model will have an MSRP of $14,795.