2017 Ducati Supersport S Leaked

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

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.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • DAVID DAVID on Jul 08, 2016

    Now we have something here maybe, if someone can make a real sport touring motorcycle without weighting 600 lbs + which in this day is BS. To ALL the company's out there here's an idea say: 900-1100cc with 130-150 hp at the rear wheel and weight 460-480 lbs is that so HARD. Suzuki GSXR 750? or 1000? Would be great just change the fairing/bars/seat and gearing done without adding 50 lbs and decreasing the power by 40hp. Suzuki GSX-S 1000F is a good starter but for one person the tail end looks like a ski slope??? HINT modify the body work from your Hayabusa/ZX 14R. Thx

  • Trvlr Trvlr on Jul 12, 2016

    I like to go places on my motorcycles. Places far away from home. You might have guessed that from my handle. The closest I came to considering a Ducati was the ST3 and ST4 bikes and to say they were sales flops is being kind. This thing looks nice but it doesn't look like something I'd want to ride a 500-mile day, much less an Iron Butt. And where do I pack my tooth brush? I guess the wounds are still too raw for Ducati to think about building a sport-touring bike.

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    • ColoradoS14 ColoradoS14 on Jul 13, 2016

      Yep Ducati builds a sport touring bike, the Multi, CycleWorld named it their best sport touring bike for 2015. It may have the ADV looks but make no mistake it is a comfy sport bike, hell it holds the second fastest run ever at Pikes Peak...

      With that being said, if the seat on this is comfy I could see you doing back-to-back 500 mi. days with an over night no problem. I do that on my Aprilia Shiver with a Kriega R20 Backpack and a US10 Drypack and that gets me everything I need provided I pack light. That setup would work here too.