Think of some motorcycle manufacturers, and you’ll tend to think of specific colours. If I say red, you’re probably already thinking of Ducati. Aside from special editions, the odds are you’re picturing either Rosso Red (pre-2001) or Anniversary Red (2001-on). The only exception one of my dream bikes. For some reason, the Ducati 748 has to be Giallo Yellow. But maybe that association will change in the future. For example, the 2018 Ducati SuperSport now comes only in Titanium Grey.
Yep, you can have any colour you like, as long as it’s grey. Unless you splash out the extra for a Supersport S which is still available in Ducati Red or Star White Silk. As for the reason? Well, Ducati say that it ‘combines a sporty style with an elegant look,’ and ‘is a reinterpretation of the colours that characterised some of Ducati’s most iconic sports models in the past’. And certainly the original 1970s Super Sport motorcycles featured a lot of silver for many paintschemes, including the iconic 1974 original.
Rather than a Paul Smart or Bruno Spaggiari replica, the 2018 Ducati SuperSport gets a modern matt finish for the Titanium Grey. And that’s contrasted by the red frame and wheel rims.
It’s reminiscent of the various Senna special editions released by Ducati over the years. The first tribute to the late Formula 1 racer was the 1995 Ducati 916 Senna, followed up in 1997, and 1998. And the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition was a Brazil-only release in 2014 to mark the 20th year since the death of Senna. All except the 1998 model featured grey bodywork and red rims.
Certainly the 2018 Ducati Supersport is a bit cheaper than the Senna models at £11,795.
While the 2018 Ducati SuperSport now comes only in Titanium Grey, it does stick to a bit of a naming tradition. As years went by, the SuperSport and SS name was used for bikes which could be sporty, but offered something a bit more relaxed than a hardcore sports bike. Models like the 2003 Ducati 800 SS are popular production racing machines, but weren’t sold to general consumers as the most radical Ducati on the market.
And that’s the case with the new Ducati SuperSport, introduced in 2017. You get 110hp and 69 lb-ft of torque from the 937cc Testastretta engine, in a package weighing 210kg. And coming with Marzocchi full adjustable 43mm forks at the front, a Sachs rear shock which can be tweaked for preload and rebound damping, 2 Brembo 320mm discs with four-piston radial calipers and a single 245mm at the rear with twin-piston caliper. Plus a 16 litre tank, and the Ducati electronics package including Bosch ABS, Ducati Traction Control, riding modes, and an LCD display packed with all the options to manage everything.
The aim of the 2018 Ducati Supersport is to be an everyday, practical sports bike which can do a bit of everything, and works best by maintaining momentum. And you can add various accessories and packages, including the touring panniers pictured in a design to match the Titanium Grey. The rear seat cover is also in the same colour for this model year. If you want a bit more performance, the 2018 Ducati Supersport S gives you Ohlins suspension, Ducati Quick Shift up and down, and includes a rear seat cover as standard.
The new Titanium Grey colour scheme for the Ducati SuperSport will be available in Ducati dealers from July, 2018.