Engine: 937cc, liquid-cooled V-twin
Transmission: 6 speed, chain
Torque: 71.3 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
Curb weight: 210 kg
Fuel Capacity: 16 litres
Price: $17,990 ($19,990 for S)
Ducati has always been protective of their logo and obsessed with building the most exclusive (i.e. expensive) motorcycles known to man. A commoner straddling one of their untouchable specimens would be unheard of. But things have changed — slightly.
Suddenly needing the love of a broader audience, Ducati have created a rider-friendly, surprisingly comfortable sport bike called the Ducati SuperSport (no relation to the 90’s SuperSport).
The heart of this beast is a revised version of the 937cc Testastretta 11-degree engine from the Hypermotard — used because of its great low-end to mid-range power. The engine and frame are exposed, so you can marvel at the mechanics, while the upper cowling wraps around and under the handlebars, making the cockpit resemble that of an Audi supercar. The dash comes multimedia ready, so Ducati’s software can be plugged in and played with at will. Heavier than a Yamaha R1, but lighter than a Kawasaki Ninja 1000, the Italians have made it ‘visually light’, so when you go belting through those corners you’ll swear there’s helium in the tank.
It’s an entry level (affordable) Ducati that can handle the streets, track times, and is welcome in any garage. What more could a guy want? We’re struggling to find an answer.
BY BILL VARETIMIDIS
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