Ducati SuperSport S Spotted at World Ducati Week

07/01/2016 @ 12:57 pm, by Jensen Beeler30 COMMENTS


World Ducati Week is in full-swing right now, with Ducatisti from around the world gathering in Misano, Italy for two days of desmodromic fun.

Of the many attractions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Ducati is giving enthusiasts a chance to preview a new bike that will officially debut at the EICMA show in Milan (in addition to the two machines that will unveil tomorrow).

The affair is a strictly managed, no cellphones allowed, sort of sneak peak at the new machine – thus, it comes as no surprise that some fan has snapped a photo of the secret bike on a hidden phone. In case you were wondering, this is why we can’t have nice things.

You can’t put the cat back in the bag though, so get ready folks because we have good news: the Ducati SuperSport is coming back!

As you can see in the photo, the machine in question is called the Ducati Supersport S, an homage to the bikes of the same name that came almost 40 years before it.

The Ducati SuperSport S draws its lines from the Panigale, but it appears to be based off the Monster platform, with the trellis frame clearly visible.

We can also see what looks like a single-sided swingarm, Öhlins suspension, and lower spec Brembo calipers.

We would guess that the new Ducati Supersport S is based on the Monster 1200 chassis, judging from these elements, but the rumor in Misano is that the engine is displacing around 937cc, which may mean the 821-derived engine found on the Hypermotard 939.

We speculate on all this, as while I am personally at World Ducati Week right now, I have not been privy to seeing the machine in-person.

Regardless, the news should be exciting to long-time Ducatisti, who can remember venerable machines like the air-cooled two-valve Ducati 900 SuperSport SS.

Don’t let the name fool you, this was one of the original Sport-tourers (capital “S” / lowercase “t”) from Europe, and a popular machine for eating up miles of twisty road.

The motorcycle industry has moved away from bikes like the Ducati SuperSport line, so it is interesting to see Ducati reviving this idea. We would expect the ergonomics to be comfortable, the engine to be punchy, and of course the technology to be sophisticated.

Look for the Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S to drop later this year, likely at the EICMA show in November, but possibly at INTERMOT in October.

Thanks for the tips everyone, especially Anouschka for being quickest on the draw!

Source: MaxxMoto.be

  • Superlight

    I like it! Finally something that looks sporty, with wind protection and comfortable ergos.

  • Keith

    I think this is exactly the bike many people have been waiting for but didn’t know it until now…I hope they do well with it.

  • Timbo Baggins

    Kinda interesting that this is released the same week the Honda “discontinues” their supersport. I wonder if they had to reallocate some resources to their 2025 Honda Scrambler…

  • The Blue Rider

    If it’s affordable, I bet they sell a bunch. I’m about a day’s work from finishing up my resurrected Supersport project (an ’01 750SSie half-fairing), so this is well-timed news. May they sell a ton and make Honda look dumb.

  • Gary

    I still own my 900FE. Truly the consummate sport motorcycle. The 900SS line of the 1990’s were hugely popular in club racing and total exhilaration on a fast windy road. This was a real enthusiast’s machine.

    Great going Ducati, it’s about friggin time you brought a super sport back! Now, let’s see if it’s as good as the original formula.

  • imprezive

    Well I’m glad I didn’t pull the trigger on a Multistrada yet. I really hope this is a fully loaded bike with cruise, adaptive suspension, up/down quickshifter etc…

  • Mitchel Durnell

    Well, if this is a faired Monster, then it’s much closer in relation to the current CBR650F than an actual ‘supersport’.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    Well….. the 600RR is a competitor to the Pani 899/959, the CBR650F would be the competitor for this.

  • Jeram Mallis

    very interesting, could be a future replacement for my much loved superhawk/firestorm!

  • Superlight

    Yes, but the Honda, competent though it may be, is neither particularly handsome nor capable dynamically. This Ducati not only looks better, but should perform better as well, as befits its (likely) higher price.

  • Superlight

    I would expect this new SS to have the (now typical) ABS, ride modes and cruise, but the rest, probably not. The SS line was never known for its leading edge features – it was always a more of a “back to basics” machine.

  • Superlight

    This Ducati appears to be much more serious in its intent than the Honda and I’m sure its price will reflect that. The CBR650F is not a real competitor for this new entry.

  • Rob Evans

    All of the quotes from people who were there in person say 939cc, but that 6 bolt rear hub is only ever used on larger displacement Ducatis (1098cc+).

  • Liam

    Don’t think you can compare them really. A GSX-R 750 or MV F3 800 are the closest things to the baby Panigale, and even that is highly questionable now it’s 959cc. The CBR would be more comparable to a 750 twin than an almost liter twin.

  • PierreLaPierre

    Looks very interesting hoping it’s more SS than SPS…. with at least an 1100 or even 1200 motor. Please please tomorrow a new crazy Streetfighter with the 1199 or 1299 motor re-retuned for more lbs/ft ….

  • Jonn Dol

    Certainly a very good news! After years of Monsters and other naked Ducatis, finally the return of the SS lines -a proper faired entry level Ducati!

  • Superlight

    I’m not sure about “entry level”, but this is a bike designed for the street, not the racetrack. Thank goodness it appears to have a comfortable riding position and decent wind protection.

  • MikeD

    Grabs PopCorn and comfy recliner……..i’m watching, let’s see how this goes.

  • Jason

    No but the CBF1000 is. (Another great motorcycle not sold in the USA) Also the Interceptor and VFR1200

  • Superlight

    I agree on the Interceptor, but the VFR1200 doesn’t seem to know what it is (sportbike, standard, sport tourer), so it has been shunned by prospective buyers.

  • It is definitely a 937cc lump. Very similar to the one found in the new Hypermotard, but slightly different in setup.

  • SteaminSteven

    some parts of me kinda wish it had the old 1100 air cooled lump in it, or maybe a hotted up version of the scrambler 800cc motor…. I just like simple, but this works too :)

  • David Gasser

    Passenger foot pegs and a solo seat cowl? This motorcycle has an identity crisis.

  • Buellba Fett

    My 2000 VFR800 has passenger foot pegs and a solo seat cowl. It’s perfect!

  • David Gasser

    Sounds like a really comfortable pillion for your passenger, lol.

  • Buellba Fett

    Um, yah, the cowl is removable to accommodate passenger seating.

  • BBQdog

    I have been waiting for a new 900SS for ages. Owned several in de ’90.
    Had one of the first (1989?). Build me a ExtraLight special with magnesium Marvics because the official SuperLight wasn’t light enough. Still waiting for the SuperMono though.

    For me the 900SS is a sports bike with lots of torque but also comfortable enough for long trips.

  • JCB

    Another view…

  • Sunny Soral

    oh boy! If only Ducati prices it around $10000-11000 for the base at least (since this was ‘S’ version)..it would still mean that this bike would cost almost $15000 in India. Sad reality of my world :/

  • Jon Doe

    Looks like….one from 1998 or some crap