The start of “New Bike Season” is nearly here, with various brands getting their teaser campaigns ready for next week’s INTERMOT show. One of the best in the business at this, Ducati is ready to unveil its long-awaited Ducati SuperSport model.
The rebirth of one of Ducati’s more popular models in the past, the 2017 Ducati SuperSport works on the same idea of making a sporty street bike, which is not only good for spirited weekend rides, but also capable of doing some short-distance touring.
That’s a narrow gap to fill, especially with the SuperSport borrowing the Hyperstrada’s engine, the Monster’s chassis, and the Panigale’s front fairing. The bike is quite the mash-up, to be sure.
As we saw with the Ducati SuperSports of old though, the market for these bikes is small, but loyal, and it’s clear that Ducati wants to re-engage these hardcore enthusiasts. The price point will be key, with the SuperSport expected to be in the $14,000 range.
It should be interesting to see the reaction of riders – particularly of Ducatisti – when the 2017 Ducati SuperSport officially debuts in Germany on Tuesday.