When Ducati slap a Hypermotard 939 engine, a Monster 1200 frame, and Panigale-shaped bodywork, you will get a Ducati Supersport! There are 2 variant of Supersport launched a few weeks back just before MotoGP Sepang, standard base Supersport model and Supersport S. Suspension on the variant are Marzocchi 43mm fork and Sachs shock on the base model, and Ohlins shock and 48mm Ohlins fork on the SuperSport S. The Supersport S also gets a QuickShifter up and down. Both variant gets Ducati’s eight-level traction control system and Bosch’s three-level ABS.
First glace the Supersport doesn’t excites comparing to Panigale 959, looks a longer with 2070 mm, lower in horsepower, but Ducati didn’t designed to Supersport to challenge the Panigales but instead venturing to a unknown Sport Touring segment which Ducati in a long time has no presence, since Ducati 1000SS back in 2003.
Design with touring in the mind, the riding ergonomics is more up right but the Supersport could be a trackday bike anytime just get rid of the mirrors, tail and pillion foot peg, on the track the Supersport can be a fun ride in the circuit if you are not looking to cut your timing down.
Well we didn’t take the Supersport S to the track but rode it to our usual Sunday ride route via Ulu Yam and to Bukit Tinggi, handling of the Supersport was exceptionally great in Sport Mode, but for me feels very hard seems better for track and rev up to 5k rpm before I can use the quickshifter (not sure why, maybe the modes have a some preset for the Modes), the Supersport need to crank up the revs, half way through Ulu Yam change to Touring Mode, felt better and suspension felt softer compare to Sport Mode. I prefer the Touring Mode mapping.
The layback riding position can be turned to aggressive position just by getting closer to the tank and widening your elbows, still have the Panigale feel, especially for shorter riders like me. Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70-R17 up front and 180/55-R17rubber made me more comfortable with the Supersport as I know the character very well and didn’t really need any convincing to get my first knee down immediately from the first bend!
Braking is done by Brembo M4.32 callipers squeezing 320mm rotors with rear, and three levels of ABS. That’s not top-tier Brembo stuff, but for a 110-hp bike, the brakes are more than enough.
With 210kg wet weigh, I don’t really feel that the Supersport is heavy, daily rider, new riders and lady riders should feel very comfortable riding the Supersport whether in the city or twisty routes.
Priced at RM80,899, the SuperSport is available in Ducati Red with red frame and matte black wheels. The SuperSport S, which carries a price tag of RM88,899, can be had in either Ducati Red with red frame and matte black wheels, or Star White Silk with red frame and red wheels.