Ducati SuperSport: Most Beautiful Bike of Show, EICMA 2017
There’s no denying Ducati style—especially since Miguel Galluzzi designed the Monster 900 that arrived on the scene for 1993. This naked sportbike was followed in 1994 by the 916, a superbike designed by Massimo Tamburini that changed the characteristics of superbikes. The 916 altered superbike history forever with its dual headlights, sharp bodywork, under-seat exhaust and single-sided swingarm.
Ducati continues to set the styling trends, and nowhere is this more evident than at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show). For the past 12 years, EICMA, through Italian motorcycle publication Motociclismo, has held a publicly voted “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” award. Out of 12, Ducati has won eight, including the past four-consecutive awards.
These four include the Monster 1200 in 2013, the Scrambler in 2014, the XDiavel in 2015, and at this year’s 74th EICMA the all-new SuperSport. When the “Vote and win the most beautiful bike of the show” survey was complete, 31.4% of of more than 12,000 participants at EICMA at Motociclismo website voted for the SuperSport to be “Queen” of the show.
The SuperSport received 13.2% more votes than the second-place finisher, the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC. Wrapping out the top five were the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR, Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and the Moto Guzzi MGX-21, respectively.
The Ducati SuperSport was unveiled in October at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany. As Ducati pushes into more and more markets, it wanted to offer a versatile sportbike that offered sportbike fun when pushed combined with everyday comfort. The SuperSport arrives with the 937cc Testastretta 11° engine found in the Hypermotard lineup, and a host of electronics, including Bosch ABS, Ducati Traction Control, and three riding modes.
In typical Ducati fashion, there is also an “S” version, which features Ohlins suspension, Ducati Quick Shift (up/down clutchless gear changes), and a passenger seat cover.
During EICMA, Ducati also unveiled six other models: Scrambler Desert Sled, Scrambler Cafe Racer, Multistrda 950, revamped Monster 1200, Monster 797, and the 1299 Superleggera.