Launched: Ducati Supersport and Supersport S
Italian manufacturer's stunning fully-faired 'every-day sportsbike' now available in India from Rs 12.08 lakh
Sport motorcycles are evolving into a smaller, faster and sharper breed of track weapons with every passing day - built to shave seconds off the previous model around the same course. And with a name like Supersport, coming from a company like Ducati, you wouldn't be wrong for assuming this motorcycle is its smallest, most powerful lightweight motorcycle yet. But it isn't. That privilege remains with the Panigale 959. Still, the Ducati Supersport launched today is a uniquely attractive sporty proposition.
The Supersport stole the spotlight at the EICMA last year, where it was first showcased, and seeing this bike in the flesh, you'll know exactly why. It's just so beautiful to look at. From all angles, from the X-shaped headlamp unit to the single-sided swingarm out back, and everything in between, the Supersport oozes flair and grandeur.
The Supersport is designed to be more comfortable on long rides than your average sportbike as well as capable of carving up fast corners at the drop of a hat. The Supersport isn't going to be as comfortable to ride long distance as a tourer nor will it promise to fold you in half like a full-fledged track munching machine. To make daily rides all the more comfortable, the SuperSport has raised clip-ons and lowered footpegs, and comes with a windscreen that can be raised or lowered. Ducati says that you can lean the 210kg kerb Supersport at 48° before sparks start to fly.
The 110bhp liquid-cooled 937cc V-twin is a retuned unit of theÂÂ Hypermotard 939 and most recent Multistrada 950 but with some new bits like a new crankcase, cylinder heads among others. The 93Nm motor sits nestled within a trellis frame that's based on Ducati's rock-solid Monster frame. Despite its modest power the big V-twin motor is tuned for sporty riding.
The Supersport comes with an informative all-digital display and comprises Ducati's Safety Pack, that includes an eight-level traction control system and three-level ABS. The sportier S version of the Supersport houses the same engine that produces the same amount of power, but it comes with a quick shifter which works for both up and down shifting, a rear seat cowl and a more sophisticated 48mm Ohlins fork and monoshock suspension. The bike gets three riding modes: Sport, Touring, and Urban.
The Supersport and Supersport S are priced at Rs 12.08 lakh and Rs 13.39 lakh (Ex-showroom, India) repsectively.