So I have heard some say that the inside line is that there will be no new supersport anytime soon ... or ever. The market is just not there. Has anyone heard anything different?
Alas people are fixated on horsepower they have neither the talent or the balls to use so, a sub-120bhp Supersport is unlikely to happen on the account that it won't sell.So I have heard some say that the inside line is that there will be no new supersport anytime soon ... or ever. The market is just not there. Has anyone heard anything different?
I'd love an 1100DS motor in a chassis with full Ohlins suspension, Brembo monoblock brakes, and the 90's slab-sided Supersport bodywork!So, what OTHER manufacturer has a machine that is in current production that could be considered as a worthy replacement for our beloved SS machines? I for one would jump on a "new" 1994 900ss in a heartbeat. What is sad is I know many many people who would do the same. I have beat this dead in the past, I LOVE the 90s 900ss machines, it is THE go to bike I ride all the time even though I have quite a few more Ducks in the pond here. Ducati and all other makers can keep the megawatt 5zillion h.p. whatever bikes, don't need it nor want it here.
I'm with you on all but the "90's slab-sided Supersport bodywork" - Ducati (and the rest of the world) has moved beyond that look. How about something fresh that communicates the "less is more" philosophy in the bodywork design?I'd love an 1100DS motor in a chassis with full Ohlins suspension, Brembo monoblock brakes, and the 90's slab-sided Supersport bodywork!
I have had two '90's SS/SP's that I rode cross-country some years back. I also owned an '04 Sprint RS that was a great allrounder. I agree though, as good as it was, it's no SS. Since then I've had two 998's that I absolutely love. But, IMHO, the SS is the best "real world" bike Ducati ever built. If I can find a SS1000DS this winter, I'll be back to my Ducati "roots." Shame on Ducati and the rest of the manufacturers for giving up on real bikes for the real streets.There is no other bike available out there that can replace it imo. I have a Triumph Sprint RS which, is another good bike with a blend of power/weight/handling/comfort. Alas it is made no more because no-one bought it...and it's still no Ducati anyway.
That's why the next new Ducati models will be a BMW GS-fighter (i.e. giant trailie) and perhaps even a scooter (again).Duc has way too many nakeds (SCs, HMs, Monters, SFs) and SBKs. Okay, not too many SBKs, but you get the point. There's a huge hole in their line up for an ST and an SS.
Mini pulled the wraps off the premium entry market; it's time for Duc to do the same. Hell, Vespa made small cool again.
I, and just about anyone else, could pull together a proper Duc lineup that keeps the demographic very happy with the same number of models they have now. WTF?
Have a good one.