New to Ducati, pretty much always had Honda’s in the past although I’ve had lots of Ducati friends and have lusted after them since my 93 CBR 900rr days when one of my friends had a new 916. Honda doesn’t make a Sport touring bike any longer and neither does any other manufacturer except BMW, and Kawasaki. I considered a Ninja 1000 but it’s almost as heavy as my VFR 1200 with less hp, so in my search I found the Supersport, I have a VFR 1200f non DCT and a beautiful tricked out 2002 Honda RC51 in the stable. Brought a red Supersport S home from AMS in Dallas yesterday. It’s a beautiful work of art. It’s going to be my new Sport Touring bike. Got my insurance this am and just rode it 100 miles. Wow wow wow! So good to be back on a real light weight 450lb Sportbike and it doesn’t hurt me too bad. Right butt cheek gets hot from exhaust but nothing I can’t live with. Needs a higher windscreen. Wind was blowing about 30 mph and the stock screen makes it hit me in the neck even when in the higher position Pretty uncomfortable. It’s got pretty good ergos. Good wind protection from the fairing. Maybe not quite as comfortable as my VFR 1200 but close. So light and nimble. It has a recommended 6000 rpm limit for the first 600 miles. That’s 90mph. Felt like it could cruise at 90+ all day long. It’s faster than my old Superhawk/ Firestorm. Maybe just slightly slower than the VFR but really hard to tell as I haven’t gone past 6000 rpm. Makes a delicious intake howl and the stock exhaust sounds pretty good at lower speeds. Can’t really hear it at higher speeds. Doesn’t sound as good as my RC51 with its Two Bros titanium exhaust and gear driven cams but probably could come close with an exhaust. Feels lighter than the RC 51 and feels like a bicycle compared to the 600 lb 170 hp VFR. Probably not as fast as the RC 51 but even though I was taking it easy for break in, it was plenty for the street. Passes cars in the blink of an eye .Trip odo said I was getting 42 mpg so maybe 160 miles per tank but I wasn’t riding it hard. Very stable in a straight line and needs a pretty good push to get it to turn in. Doesn’t fall into turns like a race bike or the RC 51. More like the VFR in that regard The speedshifter works very well. Never had any issues selecting a gear or neutral. It going to spoil me and no more sore hand from working the clutch on a 500 mile day. Need to add a throttle lock because my 2 hour ride had me wanting to rest my throttle hand. Front brake feels different than any bike I’ve owned almost like there is air in the line for the initial squeeze but then it is rock hard, stopping power is great. Mirrors are buzzy but I can live with it . Pretty vibey engine at 50 to 55 mph in 6th gear, it likes higher revs. Ohlins suspension is very nice and does a good job adsorbing the bumps and washboard ripples from the crappy roads we have around here. Fit and finish is very very good and it’s beautiful to look at. It’s a great bike so far and I think I’m going to like it a lot. Very pleased so far. Waiting on my panniers from Ducati and have a 2000 + mile trip to western Arkansas planed for mid June. Should be very fun on this bike!