Ducati Considering SuperSport Model

07/18/2011 @ 2:15 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

One of the cooler parts that comes from running Asphalt & Rubber is the feedback we get from our Bothan spy network that read the site. No sooner did we publish Luca Bar’s renders of his Ducati SuperSport concept, did we get tips that Ducati was actually currently considering such a model for its future model road map. There’s no doubt that the SS line had a cult following in its day, and the fact still remains that Ducati does not have a “tamer sport bike” in its line that would appeal to the veteran Ducatisti.

Sure, there’s the stripped-down 1098 superbike Streetfighter, but the streetfighter genre is a young man’s game, and the case can be made that an SS owner and a Streetfighter owner are two very different people. The same can be said for the Monster’s core constituency, which the SuperSport would likely share pieces with from the common parts bin. Ducati also has the Diavel and Multistrada 1200 as alternatives for the torture rack Superbike series, but again the issue is that the owners of those bikes are likely different buyers than the ones found in the SuperSport’s air-cooled sweet spot.

Likely to be based off the Monster’s two-valve air-cooled motor, we could see Ducati hot rodding the 100hp DesmoDue to a more stout spec…say 110hp or so, which thus also helps differentiate it from the Monster line, and emphasizing the sportiness of the bike. We doubt such a model will debut at EICMA this year, but we’ll be keeping our ears out as to whether this project gets some legs and enters the development stage.

  • Anon

    I’d be happy if they made a few more like the Paul Smart replica from a few years back

  • They will have to get a move on, as the time of the air cooled twin is going to get quickly eclipsed by the new EU pollution regs in 2013.

  • Ades

    I’d be happy to ride both those models in the pic…………..

  • 1198freak

    I would love a bike like this, one with the motor and power delivery of a Hypermotard in a sportbike chassis, but not a WSBK level chassis like the 1198 and all the Jap literbikes. The closest thing they have now is the new Monster 1100 Evo, just take that bike and give it a small fairing and suspension upgrades, I would buy it…

    It probably wont happen as I guess that this engine is going to be phased out soon due to new emissions regs, but it would be nice.

  • Bjorn

    The were a few hot-rods built with tuned belt-drive, air cooled motors slid into 916 chassis back in the day to get around the drawbacks of the very basic suspension of the Super Sport models.
    As a real world bike the Super Sport was a great unit with it’s light weight and gobs of torque. I’ve ridden belt-drive 900’s that on all but the fastest roads would out run a 4 valve in anything but the hands of an A grader. They were cheap to hot-rod too; flat slides, open up the top of the air box, a high flow filter element and a collector box modification was all it took.
    Bring on the new Super Sport.

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  • Looks cool. I’ll keep my Diavel and ride her

  • Tyler Sanborn

    I would consider the Hypermotard as a kick-ass “tamer” alternative to either the 1198 or the 848, no? It’s amazing on track & road, has race spec components, and weighs less than the rider the does (almost).

  • Gary

    Ducati needs to continue production of the 2-valve air-cooled Super Sport series alongside the similarly constructed Monster line, to round-out their model offering, but they need to proceed with caution. I know I’m not alone in my opinion that the aesthetics of the Monster were ruined through its last major revision (not to mention that you can’t even see the motor anymore). The SS/Monster series’ should have more of the pure, flowing, purposeful styling that Ducati was known for. They can experiment with (or follow the crowd on) clownish designs and superfluous features on bikes like the Diavel and Multistrada all they want, but the company should never disassociate itself from its core strengths – a unique engineering approach, exhilarating performance, and design-work that draws universal admiration, not mockery. Ducati, if you’re listening, please do not make the same mistake you did with the post-1999 (Terblanche) Super Sport series!

  • duxbros

    I’m with Gary. Ducatis used to scare potential buyers off with a reputation for questionable reliability and frequent maintenance. They’ve made vast improvements there but in the process compromised their other reputation–gorgeous design! It seems like they’ve chosen styling that has aggressive attitude over something that works aesthetically. At least the Superbike line still rocks. I’d buy a used S4RS or 888SPO over a new Monster without any hesitation.

  • Johndo

    God that SuperSport model is sexy. The bike doesnt look too bad either.

  • BikePilot

    Gary makes some good points. A 2 valve sporty-bike would be nice and the half-fairing suits it well. I suspect most street riders would be better off with the much easier to maintain, easy to use 2-valve motor anyway. Cost to produce the model should be minimal – same motor/frame as the Monsters, just bolt on a different tank and fairing, re-tune the suspension for the altered weight distribution and call it good.

  • Jaybond

    It’s about time Ducati should bring back the Ducati SS line-up. Not everyone is a fan of streetfighter/naked style bikes. This should bring back the interest in the air-cooled & faired bikes, which also could serve as an entry-level superbikes.

  • MikeD

    I like it…just don’t like the Desmo in it.

  • Jesse

    I rode my buddy’s 900 SS a few years back and really didn’t feel it was tamed down much, or even that streetable at all. It had so much torque that the front tire was tough to keep down, and standing-turning starts (turning at stop signs) was difficult to keep the rear tire under my rear-end. I guess it’s not my kind of bike (I ride a z1000) but it felt like it would be way more at home on a track. . . way too twitchy and untamed around town. Maybe that’s just how they are? Perhaps his wasn’t stock? I thought it was though.

    Luckily Ducati bodywork isn’t any more expensive to pay for patch and paint than any other bike. Crazy riding thing. It was all grunt and midrange. Once it got out on the open road, it felt exhausted by 100-110. (Closed circuit course with professional rider of course.)

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  • john

    she’s my sister.