Like they’ve done with the Ducati V2, the design team in Bologna are pushing all sporting Ducatis towards the design language of the V4 Panigale, and the new SuperSport 950 is the latest to get the treatment.
And that’s no bad thing. Looking more purposeful than ever, the 950 adds just the right amount of aggression in the fairings and layout while being sensible enough to still carry luggage for those longer sporting trips. It’s the amount of fairing coverage which also gives off Superbike vibes offering much more protection and aero than before. The rear seat also gets a single seat cover.
The new bike features full-LED headlights and new side air vents to enhance that aggressive look and bring it up to modern design standards.
Wrapped up in a classic trellis frame the 937 cc Testastretta 11° engine is now Euro 5 compliant but the power and torque remains: 110 hp at 9,000 rpm and 93 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
The single sided swingarm is so engrained within Ducati’s DNA it’s no surprise it continues on the 950. There’s fully adjustable 43 mm diameter Marzocchi forks up front while out back it’s a Sachs unit. But if your riding credentials demand more or you’re wanting to do some track work then Ducati are offering an S version with multi-adjustable 48 mm diameter Öhlins suspension with an Öhlins rear monoshock, fully adjustable and with an integrated gas tank.
The twin exit exhausts may not be quite as elegant as the big V4 Panigale’s underslung compact unit but it’s typical of Supersport machines.
The new bike weighs in at 210kg which is no featherweight but given its sports touring credentials and lower seat height than that of most dedicated Supersports bikes it shouldn’t be an issue.
Wearing a 180 section rear tyre it comes standard with Pirelli Diablo Rosso® IIIs.
The windshield matches the sporting look but is also adjustable to two positions protecting for more or less wind protection and a new colour 4.3” TFT dash. That dash will read detail from the huge range of electronic aids that you would normally find on more expensive bikes such as ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Riding Modes of Sport, Touring and Urban,
Customers can also spec the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) which connects your phone to the dash allowing for different functions such as the commands of the “music player”, and icons for headset connection status and incoming call and received message alerts.
Along with the V2, Ducati seem to be hitting the mark with offering consumers real alternatives to the hyper track focused Superbikes they are known for.
Prices (suggested ride away)
Supersport 950: $19,390 AUD ($13,495 USD / £12,295 GBP)
Supersport 950 S: $22,290 AUD ($16,195 USD / £14,095 GBP)
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