World Ducati Week 2016 (WDW)- Supersport and major updates
The World Ducati Week 2016 just concluded at Misano Italy, in what was a celebration of the Italian manufacturer’s 90th Anniversary.
The event saw hordes of Ducatisti from around the world participating, Casey stoner and Scott Redding race around the Misano Circuit, Troy Bayliss in the Scrambler Flat Track race and a number of other exciting events. If that wasn’t enough, there were two new Ducatis being announced.
Lets check out the updates:
Ducati SuperSport S- Sport-Touring Revival
Ducati is reviving their sport-touring segment with the Supersport showcased at the WDW ‘16
Its been almost a decade since the last Ducati Supersport was in production, now at the World Ducati Week we are seeing a revival of sorts.
But don’t let the word ‘Supersport’ and the Panigale inspired fairing give you any wrong ideas, its different from the conventional usage here. Instead the ‘Supersport’ has a very rich history in touring.
What a Ducati Supersport would really mean is a more comfortable Panigale, for people who use their bikes not just for the occasional stroll and track use. However most of the Panigale inspiration ends with the fairing. Underneath it is a red trellis frame similar to ones on the monster series.
Mechanically, I’m told that the engine is a 937cc Testastretta 11° unit from the Ducati Hypermotard 939. With only one spy shot (with Ducati having a very strict no camera rule) its hard to dwell in to further details.
Other features include an adjustable front windscreen similar to the Multistada 1200, banana-style seats which provides excellent comfort to both rider and pillion, higher placed clip-ons for less aggressive (but comfortable) seating and an exhaust which is shorter but visually similar to the Monster 1200.
Though intended for very different use, The Ducati Supersport and the Ducati 959 Panigale will most probably share space with each other. Thus Ducati will definitely give a clear distinction between the two, based on the customers road-track proficiency.
Price is expected to be near $15,000.
Talking about chances for Indian market, The Ducati Supersport will most likely reach here. India has very high touring potential and Ducati should take note of this. The better comfort and ergonomics will also impress potential customers. Price will be near the Rs. 14 Lakh range.
Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario- 90th anniversary superbike
Commemorating their 90th anniversary, Ducati has brought out a special edition Panigale, wrapped in new livery and some very exciting features. Only 500 units of the bike will be made.
Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario is what they call it and as you can see gets a special livery, gold-colored forged aluminium Marchesini wheels, gold-colored titanium Akrapovic exhaust, and limited edition laser-etched engraving.
Mechanically, EVO version of the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) makes debut on the Anniversari. The new tech will be seen in future(2017/2018) Ducati models and is aided by Panigale’s Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)- making better assessments. One interesting result of the new addition is ‘Slide Control’ which allows the rider to adjust the rear-wheel slide with the throttle, at Level 1 DTC.
The solid aluminium alloy top triple clamp and steering head inserts helps the front wheel of the motorcycle to lean forward by as much as 5mm. Weight reduction of 2.5 kgs is achieved with lithium ion battery, carbon fiber heel guards, rear mud guard, and shock absorber cover.
The Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario will be priced at $28,995