The World Ducati Week just wrapped up and Ducatisti from around the world congregated at Misano, Italy for two days to attend the event. Ducati gave enthusiasts a sneak peak of a new bike that will officially debut at the EICMA show in Milan. The preview is intended to be secretive, yet a photo of the bike has surfaced.
The picture reveals a 2017 Ducati SuperSport, which is making a return to the line-up after being absent for a long time. The 2017 Ducati Supersport S is a flashback to the bikes of the same name that were produced almost 40 years ago. The 2017 Ducati SuperSport S is inspired by the Panigale on the outside, but it appears to be based on the Monster platform internally, with the trellis frame clearly visible. A single-sided swingarm, Öhlins suspension, and lower spec Brembo calipers can also be noticed. The 2017 Ducati Supersport will use a 937cc Testastretta 11° engine – the same motor that currently is found on the Ducati Hypermotard 939.
The 2017 Ducati Supersport is without a full bellypan, as the exhaust pipe expansion chamber takes up a lot of space. The exhaust looks similar to the one found on the Monster 1200 – a shotgun style double pipe that is shorter in length. The front of the bike is very similar to the Panigale, and it uses the same LED headlight array. The windscreen looks like the one found on the Multistrada 1200 which is adjustable with one hand. The sitting position is fairly sporty, though the clip-ons rise a couple inches above the top of the fork tubes for comfort. The banana-style seat has a large surface area that cushions both rider and passenger.
The 2017 Ducati Supersport will mostly be available in red or white, and the pricing is said to be around €14,000 to €15,000 for the base model. This pricing strategy is going to put the Ducati Supersport on par with the Ducati 959 Panigale. Ducati may position the Supersport as the bike for road riders who want a sporty tourer, while the 959 Panigale will be positioned as a track-focused bike. This development means that the “Supersport” sport-touring line returns almost a decade later for the 2017 model year, with two bikes. The 2017 Ducati SuperSport and the 2017 Ducati SuperSport S will be launched later this year, likely at the EICMA show in November, but possibly also at the INTERMOT in October.