This past weekend, more than 81,000 Ducatisti congregated at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for World Ducati Week. While most of the event was a big red love-in, perhaps the biggest news to come from the weekend was the announcement of the limited edition 1299 Panigale S Anniversario and a special sneak peak at a brand new Ducati SuperSport model.
Much like it did at the previous WDW in 2014 with the Scrambler, Ducati let people see the SuperSport in a closed room with no cameras or cell phones allowed. Of course, that didn’t deter some people from trying, with one intrepid photographer managing to leak a photo of an S version of the SuperSport onto the internet.
From the photo, we can see a new fairing design covering what looks to be the chassis of the Monster 1200. The shape of the trellis and the laydown shock look like they came straight from the Monster, as does the swingarm. The engine, however, will be the four-valve 937cc Twin that also powers the Hyperstrada family.
At that displacement, the SuperSport comes just 18cc short of the 959 Panigale but Ducati makes it clear the two bikes fit different needs. While the mini-Panigale is a racebike that can be ridden on the road, Ducati describes the SuperSport as a sporty road bike that will be “accessible also to new comers to the Ducati world thanks to its easy riding, weight, performance and price.”
This Supersport’s taller seat, different exhaust design and apparently longer seat-to-peg distance just might cure everything MO didn’t like about the current Monster. A Ducati sportbike with relatively high bars and an unobstructed right footpeg area sounds like just what the doctor ordered, but judging from the dramatically scooped seating area we might not be getting the longer seat-to-peg distance for which we’re so desperately longing.
Ducati will reveal full details including specifications for the 2017 SuperSport and SuperSport S in November at the EICMA show in Milan.