After its official world premiere at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, in October 2016, the 2017 Ducati SuperSport is now in Malaysia at a price of RM80,899, including GST but excluding road tax, insurance and registration, while the SuperSport S goes for RM88,899. The SuperSport is Ducati’s take on a road-going sports-tourer in the vein of the Ducati ST-series bikes from the early 2000s.

Carrying a Testastretta 11-degree V-twin with liquid-cooling and four-valves per cylinder with Desmodromic valve actuation displacing 937 cc, the SuperSport is claimed to put out 110 hp at 9,000 rpm and 93 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Twin Mikuni throttle bodies with ride-by-wire fuel the engine, and power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and wet clutch, with chain final drive.

The engine is a stressed member carried in the trellis frame attached by the cylinder heads, and suspension is with a pair of fully-adjustable 43 mm diameter Marzocchi upside-down forks, while the rear is propped up by an adjustable Sachs monoshock on a single-sided swingarm. Braking, as is customary for Ducati, is done by Brembo with a pair of radially-mounted M4-32 Monobloc callipers grabbing 320 mm brake discs.

Weighing in at 210 kg wet, the Supersport carries fuel inside a 16-litre tank, and seat height is set at 810 mm. Inside the cockpit is an LCD instrument panel, and Ducati’s Safety Pack with ABS and traction control is standard equipment, providing ride and power modes, suiting a sports-style motorcycle designed for use as a daily rider on normal roads.

An adjustable windscreen is also standard equipment, and there are two versions of the SuperSport available, the base model and the SuperSport S. The S version comes standard with fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension, Ducati up/down quickshifter, carbon-fibre parts, articulated racing levers and a pillion seat cover.

There are two option packs for the SuperSport machines – the Touring Pack with semi-rigid panniers, taller touring screen and heated grips while the Urban Pack includes a tank bag and rubber-lined footpegs, with pricing yet to be determined. Also available is a range of accessories from the Ducati Performance catalogue including Akrapovic exhaust, titanium racing exhaust, Ohlins steering damper and Bluetooth module for the Ducati Multimedia System.

The SuperSport comes in Ducati Red with red frame and matte black wheels while the SuperSport S comes either in Ducati Red as per the SuperSport or Star Silk White with red frame and gloss red wheels. Availability at authorised Ducati dealers is from next week and every 2017 Ducati SuperSport comes with a unlimited mileage or two-year warranty against manufacturing defects, with 30,000 km between Desmodromic valve service intervals and two-year Ducati Smart Service ownership programme where owners only pay service charges for scheduled maintenance.

GALLERY: 2017 Ducati SuperSport

GALLERY: 2017 Ducati SuperSport S