The Ducati SuperSport was elected as the most beautiful bike at the EICMA 2016. Nearly a year later, the motorcycle is all set to be launched officially in India on September 22nd, 2017. Ducati dealerships across the country have already started accepting bookings for this pretty looking Italian which packs punch and will bite but isn’t as hardcore as the Panigales.
Powered by a Testastretta 11° L-twin engine, the Ducati SuperSport is targeted towards those who want a sporty machine that also provides comfort and easy handling over everyday roads The SuperSport comes equipped with Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control) and a height-adjustable windscreen. The standard model gets fully adjustable 41 mm Marzocchi forks upfront and Sachs shock at the rear which is adjustable for spring pre-load and rebound damping. The SuperSport S, on the other hand, features fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, a Ducati Quick Shift up/down system and a rear seat cowl.
Powering the SuperSport duo is a twin-cylinder 937 cc Testastretta 11° engine which delivers 113 hp of power and 96Nm of torque. Ducati has tuned the motor in accordance with the character of the machine, where 80% of torque is available at a rather low 3,000 rpm. To suit changing moods, the motorcycle gets three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban). Backing genuinely versatile sports performance for the road is the screen (which can be raised by 50 mm to ensure better high-speed airflow protection), side pannier mounts and a long-range 16-litre fuel tank.
For looking like that and being an exotic Italian, Ducati has made it possible to lengthen the times between Desmo Service scheduled maintenance checkups (during which valve clearance is checked and adjusted as needed) to 30,000 km for the SuperSport. Simple checkups like the Oil Service have reached 15,000 km or 12 months. When launched, expect prices to start near the INR 12 lakh mark and this exotic piece of kit will go against products like the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 which retails for a lot less with its additional two cylinders.