The Ducati SuperSport Returns
A classic blend of speed, comfort, and curves once again graces Ducati’s lineup.
Ducati’s early SuperSports are on every list of iconic motorcycles, and for many riders, they're the high point. The early bikes, the 750 and 900 SuperSports of the 70’s, were a perfect mix of ergonomics and engine. A sliver of fairing draped over a single, round headlight. A spindly trellis frame cradled a brilliant air-cooled engine with Desmodromic valves. It was a proper ripper, and in the hands of journalist Cook Neilson, the bike was fast enough to win Daytona in 1977.
The SuperSports of the 70’s were a joy to ride. And as they evolved into the 90’s they became surprisingly comfortable while staying absurdly rapid. Even today, the SuperSport series remains a benchmark—so it should come as no surprise that Ducati revived the nameplate at the annual Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, where the 2017 Ducati SuperSport, and SuperSport S were unveiled.
Boasting a re-tuned 937cc Testastretta motor, a more relaxed riding position, and all the looks of the high-strung Ducati Panigale, the SuperSport will occupy the athletic-yet-comfortable place in the lineup formerly occupied by the un-faired Monster. An adjustable windscreen keeps air moving smoothly over the rider, while adjustable suspension front and rear should keep the Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S ripping quickly over the road, regardless of the inconvenience of a passenger or luggage. The SuperSport comes equipped with a 41 mm Marzocchi fork and a Sachs shock, while upgrading to the SuperSport S buys Ohlins all around, with a 48mm fork up front.
Taken together, it’s a package that should appeal to all but the raciest of sport bike riders—and proof that it’s high time the SuperSport got back in business.