2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 First Look
New Panigale-inspired looks and six-axis IMU
Ducati has updated its SuperSport for 2021, giving it Panigale V4-inspired styling and a six-axis inertial measurement unit while bringing it in line with Euro 5 standards. Ducati also officially added “950” to the model’s name, which is interesting in that it suggests other displacements might be in the works, but at this point, the 2021 line-up will consist of the SuperSport 950 and the SuperSport 950 S.
The SuperSport 950 receives a new fairing design with the gill-shaped openings on either side that help vent air while also showing a peek at the red trellis frame. The bottom of the fairing now extends to cover the exhaust up until the silencer.
Up front, the LED daytime running light returns, but the redesigned headlights now follow its V-shaped curve, making it look a bit less like a “unibrow” than the previous design. The headlights are bracketed by new air intakes that funnel air through into fairing where it vents out on the rider’s legs for improved heat management.
The fairing now extends up under the windscreen and the new 4.3-inch TFT display to the front of the triple clamp, adding a bit more color to the rider’s point-of-view.
The engine remains a 937cc Ducati Testastretta 11° V-Twin. In regions where Euro 5 or equivalent standards apply, the engine claims 110 hp at 9000 rpm and 69 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm. Ducati hasn’t confirmed U.S. figures, but they’ll likely remain at the 2020 model’s claimed 113 hp and 71.3 lb-ft. For 2021, Ducati gave the slipper wet clutch a new hydraulic control including a self-bleeding radial pump.
Now equipped with a six-axis IMU, the 2021 SuperSport’s electronic package includes Bosch’s cornering ABS and gains the upgraded EVO versions of Ducati’s traction control, wheelie control and quick shift. The SuperSport conitnues to offer three ride modes, Sport, Touring and Urban.
The chassis remains similar to last year’s model, with a single-sided swingarm, trellis frame and the engine acting as a load-bearing element. The suspension is also unchanged, with the base model SuperSport 950 using a fully-adjustable 43 mm Marzocchi inverted fork and a preload and rebound damping adjustable Sachs rear shock. The S model gets a more premium package of a 48 mm inverted fork and rear shock from Öhlins, both offering full adjustability.
The dual Brembo M4-32 radially-mounted monoblock four-piston calipers with 320mm discs return as standard equipment for both SuperSport models, as do the 245 mm disc and two-piston caliper on the rear. In addition to the cornering ABS, the 2021 SuperSport models, the brake system also gets a self-bleeding radial pump, matching the clutch lever’s hydraulics.
Ergonomically, the SuperSport offers a sporty riding position, though the hand and foot positions are not quite as aggressive as you would find on the Panigale models. The seat height remains at the same 31.9 inches as the previous model, but Ducati revised the saddle’s padding to improve rider comfort.
The 2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 is available in Ducati Red with a matching trellis frame and glossy black wheels for $13,495. The SuperSport 950 S comes in a choice of Arctic White Silk or Ducati Red, and is priced at $16,195.
2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 Specifications
SuperSport 950 S
|Engine Type||Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled||Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled|
|Displacement||937 cc||937 cc|
|Bore x Stroke||94 x 67.5 mm||94 x 67.5 mm|
|Compression Ratio||12,6± 0.5 :1||12,6± 0.5 :1|
|Power||110 hp at 9.000 rpm (claimed)||110 hp at 9.000 rpm (claimed)|
|Torque||69 lb-ft. at 6.500 rpm (claimed)||69 lb-ft. at 6.500 rpm (claimed)|
|Fuel Injection||Electronic fuel injection system, 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride-by-Wire||Electronic fuel injection system, 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride-by-Wire|
|Exhaust||Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminum mufflers||Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminum mufflers|
|Gearbox||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO|
|Primary Drive||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1|
|Ratio||1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24||1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24|
|Final Drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43|
|Clutch||Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self bleeding master cylinder.||Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self bleeding master cylinder.|
|Frame||Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinder heads||Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinder heads|
|Front Suspension||Fully adjustable Æ 43 mm usd Marzocchi fork||Fully adjustable Æ 48 mm usd Öhlins fork with TiN treatment|
|Rear Suspension||Progressive linkage with adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm||Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm|
|Wheel Travel (Front/Rear)||130 mm (5.1 in)/144 mm (5.7 in)||130 mm (5.1 in)/144 mm (5.7 in)|
|Front Wheel||Y shaped, 3-spoke in light alloy 3.50″ x 17″||Y shaped, 3-spoke in light alloy 3.50″ x 17″|
|Front Tire||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70 ZR17||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Wheel||Y shaped, 3-spoke in light alloy 5.50″ x 17″||Y shaped, 3-spoke in light alloy 5.50″ x 17″|
|Rear Tire||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 180/55 ZR17||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 180/55 ZR17|
|Front Brake||2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 callipers, 4-piston, radial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS. Self bleeding master cylinder||3 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 callipers, 4-piston, radial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS. Self bleeding master cylinder|
|Rear Brake||245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper, Bosch Cornering ABS||245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper, BoschCornering ABS|
|Instrumentation||Full-TFT color display||Full-TFT color display|
|Dry Weight||184 kg (405 lb), claimed||184 kg (405 lb), claimed|
|Curb Weight||210 kg (463 lb), claimed||210 kg (463 lb), claimed|
|Seat Height||810 mm (31.9 in)||810 mm (31.9 in)|
|Wheelbase||1.478 mm (58.3 in)||1.478 mm (58.3 in)|
|Trail||91 mm (3.6 in)||91 mm (3.6 in)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.2 gallons||4.2 gallons|
|Number Of Seats||2||2|
|Safety Equipment||Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.||Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.|
|Standard Equipment||Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL)**, Full-TFT color display, Adjustable windscreen, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO,||Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL)**, Full-TFT color display, Adjustable windscreen, Öhlins suspension, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Passenger seat cowl|
|Ready For||Anti-theft system, Heated grips, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)||Anti-theft system, Heated grips, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)|
|Warranty||24 months unlimited mileage||24 months unlimited mileage|
|Maintenance Service Intervals||15.000 km – 9.000 mi/12 months||15.000 km – 9.000 mi/12 months|
|Desmoservice||30.000 km – 18.000 mi||30.000km – 18.000 mi|
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