Yes, Unfortunately This is The 2017 Ducati Supersport

So first off I have to say, in my opinion, there is no bike sexier than a Panigale. Be it an 899/959/1199/1299/R. They are hands down the most aesthetically pleasing to look at and heart achingly beautiful pieces of machinery I have ever laid my pauper eyes on. With that out of the way though, this new Supersport is the most atrocious thing I’ve ever seen come from the Italian brand.

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The mutated front end of a Panigale, the tail section and exhaust from a Monster and the silhouette from a humpback whale. In trying to create a new motorcycle from their greatest hits, they created a Frankenstein. Parts pilfered from popular models that don’t match well and held together with stitches resulting in an abomination.

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What about performance? I owned an 821 Hypermotard and have to say that this will be more than enough for intermediate and beginner riders to have a blast on. With that said, I’ve also heard its supposed to be a sport touring bike. People still sport tour? With ADV bikes like the Ducati Multistrada, KTM Super Duke GT and BMW S1000XR in existence?

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I do have to admit that in the span on writing this article, it doesn’t look as bad as my initial impression. When the new YZF-R1 first debuted I was similarly turned off but as time went on I came to appreciate and ultimately like its design. Will I feel the same way about Ducati’s newest offering? I don’t know but I’m willing to bet that fans of the brand will be polarized.

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I don’t want Ducati to think that we don’t appreciate them creating new products. We love that they took the risk. But if we’re not honest then they’ll congratulate themselves on a job well done when none is warranted. Hopefully they take these criticisms not as personal attacks but as words from a very impassioned audience and try again. The Internet will always eagerly anticipate anything the Bologna outfit releases and that’s something you can always bet on.

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David Chen

David Chen

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