Ducati SuperSport S
Designed for those looking for maximum sport performance, the SuperSport S version gives the SuperSport an even feistier edge. The S version sees the already-complete SuperSport equipment upgraded to provide a passenger seat cover, 48 mm hlins TiN-treated forks and an hlins monoshock with integrated gas cartridge, both fully adjustable. Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down also comes as standard, the electronic system enabling clutch-free gear change, boosting the enjoyment of sports riding and lending a valuable hand in city traffic and on winding roads.
Eye-catching, fun and versatile, the SuperSport is a sport-road bike that, wherever its ridden, channels the energy and excitement of sport riding. From weekend roads to everyday roads, from city streets to twisting country highways. With a comfortable riding position, a dry weight of just 184 kg and the impressive performance of the Testastretta 11 engine, every ride becomes an opportunity to indulge your sporting instinct. Wherever, whenever, the SuperSport makes every motorcyclist a real rider: whichever road you take, get ready to experience it as never before.
The Ducati SuperSport is the bike for those eager to ride sports-style on everyday roads. Fun and versatile with true Ducati sports styling and zest, the SuperSport makes riders feel like racers: every day.
The Ducati Design Center has come up with a dynamic, polished, visually compact, light machine with strong Panigale superbike overtones: a Ducati to the core. A lean and mean road machine, the SuperSport has an approachable feel thanks to easy handling, the confidence-inspiring Ducati Safety Pack (ABS Bosch + Ducati Traction Control), the awesome price-quality ratio of the equipment and the long maintenance intervals.
Agile on city streets, comfortable on the motorway and superlative on out-of-town twisties, the SuperSport is super-versatile. Relaxed rider and passenger positions, good airflow deflection from the height-adjustable Plexiglas screen and the mileage provided by the 16-litre fuel tank also make the Ducati SuperSport a cool companion on medium-distance rides.
The SuperSport range includes a SuperSport S version with fully adjustable hlins suspension, the Ducati Quick Shift up/down system and a rear seat cover: the latter are also available as accessories for the SuperSport.
Powering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937 cm Testastretta 11 engine. This delivers 113 hp at 9,000 rpm and a full yet linear torque curve that peaks at 96.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), the SuperSports temperament can be adapted to ensure maximum enjoyment whatever the riding conditions. Each Riding Mode can, of course, be customised, allowing the bike to be set up quickly to suit personal preferences and riding skills.
The SuperSport frame is the latest development of the famous Trellis design that exploits the engine as a load-bearing element. Compact, light and rigid, it plays a pivotal role in making the SuperSport swift at the drop-in, yet also an instinctual machine that can be ridden by everyone. Intelligent frame configuration has played a key role in keeping wet weight down to around 210 kg. Superb chassis geometry, above all the 1,478 mm wheelbase and 180/55 rear tyre, makes the SuperSport easy to handle on both city streets and mountain hairpins, maximising stability on bends and at speed.
As one would expect from Ducati, the SuperSport can be fitted with a full range of Ducati Performance accessories (some are included in the Sport, Touring and Urban packages) that let owners configure the bike to suit personal wants and needs.
Expert riders will appreciate the true sports personality of the SuperSport, its excellent road performance and an evident penchant for journeying and everyday use. Riders approaching the Ducati sports world for the first time will discover dazzling versatility, easy handling and, above all, the very essence of sports riding as Ducati sees it.
Ducati SuperSport S Key Features
Ducati SuperSport S
Colours o Star White Silk fairing with Ducati Red frame and Glossy Red wheels
o Ducati Red fairing with Ducati Red frame and Matt Black wheels
Main equipment o 937 cm Testastretta 11 engine with 113 hp and 96.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm
o Euro 4 emissions
o 2-1-2 exhaust system with lower pre-silencer and lateral silencer with stacked pipes
o Trellis frame with load-bearing engine
o Height-adjustable 2-position Plexiglas screen with 50 mm of travel
o 3-spoke wheels with Y-shaped spokes
o Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres, 120/70 ZR17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear
o Fully adjustable 48 mm hlins TiN-treated fork (specific S version content)
o Fully adjustable hlins shock absorber (specific S version content)
o Brembo front braking system with two 320 mm discs and M4.32 calipers
o Brembo PR18/19 front radial brake pump
o 3 Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban)
o Ducati Safety Pack (ABS Bosch + Ducati Traction Control)
o Ducati Quick Shift up/down (specific S version content)
o Headlight with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
o Full-LCD instrumentation
o Under-seat waterproof USB port
o Colour-coordinated rear seat cover (specific S version content)
o Ready for Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
For the SuperSport, Ducati Performance has come up with a series of individually available packages and accessories to bring out the bikes full versatility and customise it to suit individual taste. Both SuperSport versions can be enhanced with the Sport, Touring and Urban packages, which can also be mounted together.
The Sport pack includes:
o Carbon front mudguard
o Carbon fuel tank cover
o Articulated racing lever kit
o Billet aluminium covers for front and rear brake fluid reservoirs
The Touring pack (available starting from mid-2017) includes:
o Pair of semi-rigid side panniers
o Larger touring screen
o Heated grips
The Urban pack includes:
o Tank bag
o Rubber-lined rider and passenger footpegs
Individually available accessories not in the packages include:
o Ducati Performance type-approved exhaust by Akrapovic?
o Titanium racing exhaust with twin under-seat pipes, Ducati Performance by Akrapovic?
o hlins adjustable steering damper
o Brake lever hand guard
o Billet aluminium rear view mirror plugs
o Seat range: high (+ 20 mm), low (-20 mm) and sport
o Ducati Quick Shift up/down (for SuperSport version only)
o Rear seat cover (for SuperSport version only)
o Rear LED indicators
o Bluetooth module for Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
o Range of carbon and billet aluminium components.
2018 Ducati SuperSport S Features and Benefits
The Ducati Design Center has come up with a dynamic, polished, visually compact, light machine that is Ducati to the core.
A front-on look shows it has a distinct family feel with the Panigale superbike. In addition to the highly distinctive LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), the headlights low and high beam parabolas are positioned in the shadows of the assembly, almost hiding them from direct frontal view: just like those mounted on the top Ducati sports models.
Low-set, streamlined and assertive, the SuperSport nose fairing flows naturally into the steel fuel tank structure, carrying the colour scheme all the way into the well-designed cockpit that houses the LCD instrument panel. A sports-style Plexiglas screen with two different height settings ensures aerodynamically efficient airflow protection.
Seen side-on, the lines, proportions and volumes are typical of Ducati sports bikes, with the streamlined tail and sculpted tank playing a pivotal role. The latter is coupled to both the main and nose fairings by beefy buttresses that enclose the Trellis frame. Cut to reveal exhaust manifold and engine, the lower fairing is designed to be easy on the eye, a must on a Ducati SuperSport.
Ducatis scrupulous attention to technical components is also seen in the compact, sports-style stacked dual-pipe side muffler. Shaping and low-slung design bring out the dynamism of the tail, leaving the rear wheel Y-spokes in clear view and providing plenty of room for side panniers (available as accessories).
The single seat, the rider and passenger areas of which are outlined by contrasting stitching and just a hint of a rider backrest, is comfortable for daily use yet also highly suited to sports riding. Seen from above, the tank and nose fairing form, together with seat shaping, that unmistakeable silhouette shared by the sportiest Ducati motorcycles.
Utmost attention to the ergonomic triangle, aerodynamic protection and the riders freedom of movement has resulted in comfort, versatility and jaw-dropping sports handling. The rider zone of the one-piece seat is just 810 mm off the ground, allowing feet to be placed firmly on the ground. Handlebar height does not place undue strain on the wrists and foot peg positioning prevents knees becoming tired while maximising control. The height-adjustable Plexiglas screen can be set to two different positions over 50 mm of travel, ensuring adequate airflow protection even at motorway speeds; enhanced protection can be had by fitting the larger Plexiglas touring screen, available as an accessory. Comfortably separated rider and passenger footpegs and a snugly compact lateral silencer ensure maximum freedom of movement.
The benefits of the riding position are evident during both everyday and medium-length journeys and also ensure fun-packed sports riding.
The passenger section of the seat is well separated from the footpegs and features comfy padding. Long-distance comfort levels can be given a further boost by choosing a seat with extra padding from the broad accessory range; the latter also offers external passenger grab rails that give a more ergonomic grip compared to the standard under-seat ones.
The SuperSport is powered by a specially adapted version of the already renowned and appreciated 937 cm3 twin-cylinder Ducati Testastretta 11. Euro 4-rated, it has four valves per cylinder, a secondary air system, liquid cooling, a 12.6:1 compression ratio and bore and stroke measurements of 94 and 67.5 mm respectively. Engine output amounts to a huge 113 hp at 9,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 96.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
On the SuperSport, the Testastretta 11 engine features crankcase and cylinder heads that have been redesigned to make the power unit a fully stressed part of the frame; further modifications include re-routing of the water through the heads and a specifically designed alternator cover to allow installation of the gear sensor. Large 53 mm throttle bodies smoothly controlled by the full Ride-by-Wire system allow the engine to gulp in the air-fuel mix. Moreover, this engine also features unprecedented control and injection systems.
Featuring ducts with an external diameter of 54 mm, the exhaust system has a 2-1-2 layout in which a lower pre-silencer is connected to a lateral silencer with two extremely compact stacked pipes.
Maintenance is as worry-free as it gets: the twin-cylinder engine has a service interval of 15,000 km (9,000 miles) or 12 months, with valve play inspection every 30,000 km (18,000 miles).
Engine power is transmitted via a 6-speed gearbox with a gear sensor specifically designed to enable the SuperSport range to be equipped with the cutting-edge Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down unit, offered as standard on the SuperSport S series and available as an accessory for the SuperSport.
Featuring low-effort wire control, the clutch is of the oil-bath slipper type. The slipper function cuts in when the rear wheel exerts back-torque, reducing pressure on the discs to ensure vehicle stability during the aggressive downshifting that is typical of competitive riding.
Power and torque curves
With a torque curve that creates pulling power right across the rev range, the twin-cylinder Ducati Testastretta 11 engine offers a secure response to every twist of the throttle: a must on a bike mainly intended for road use.
At 3,000 rpm, some 80% of maximum torque is already at the riders fingertips: higher revs are met with a decisive, linear increase in torque, peaking at 96.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Beyond that threshold the torque curve slopes down gradually yet still remains above 90% with the revs at 9,000 rpm; the maximum power of 113 hp is delivered at around the same point, at 9,000 rpm.
On the road, the Testastretta 11 guarantees plenty of power throughout the rev range, meaning whip-like acceleration out of the corners, fewer gear changes and unparalleled riding enjoyment. Even on the road, riders can make full use of the bikes 113 hp as the engine gives the reassuring sensation of total vehicle control.
Engine control and injection systems have been tweaked to make the most of the twin-cylinders innate characteristics, taking into account the likely usage of the SuperSport. Electronic throttle control ensures precise transmission of the riders wrist action to the engine; there follows a smooth, always-certain response that perfectly matches the SuperSports immense versatility.
The SuperSport makes excellent use of Trellis frame design developments that exploit the engine as a fully stressed element. Both cylinder heads are connected to the main steel frame: the seat sub-frame again made of steel is, instead, connected to only the vertical cylinder head. This configuration gives a highly compact, light frame of high torsional rigidity, just perfect for bringing out the SuperSports superb dynamic performance. Moreover, this frame-plus-engine load-bearing configuration helps keep wet weight down to around 210 kg
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