2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 First Look

Ducati has updated its SuperSport for 2021, giving it Panigale V4-inspired styling and a six-axis inertial measurement unit while bringing it in line with Euro 5 standards. Ducati also officially added “950” to the model’s name, which is interesting in that it suggests other displacements might be in the works, but at this point, the 2021 line-up will consist of the SuperSport 950 and the SuperSport 950 S.

The SuperSport 950 receives a new fairing design with the gill-shaped openings on either side that help vent air while also showing a peek at the red trellis frame. The bottom of the fairing now extends to cover the exhaust up until the silencer.

Up front, the LED daytime running light returns, but the redesigned headlights now follow its V-shaped curve, making it look a bit less like a “unibrow” than the previous design. The headlights are bracketed by new air intakes that funnel air through into fairing where it vents out on the rider’s legs for improved heat management.

The fairing now extends up under the windscreen and the new 4.3-inch TFT display to the front of the triple clamp, adding a bit more color to the rider’s point-of-view.

The engine remains a 937cc Ducati Testastretta 11° V-Twin. In regions where Euro 5 or equivalent standards apply, the engine claims 110 hp at 9000 rpm and 69 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm. Ducati hasn’t confirmed U.S. figures, but they’ll likely remain at the 2020 model’s claimed 113 hp and 71.3 lb-ft. For 2021, Ducati gave the slipper wet clutch a new hydraulic control including a self-bleeding radial pump.

Now equipped with a six-axis IMU, the 2021 SuperSport’s electronic package includes Bosch’s cornering ABS and gains the upgraded EVO versions of Ducati’s traction control, wheelie control and quick shift. The SuperSport conitnues to offer three ride modes, Sport, Touring and Urban.

The chassis remains similar to last year’s model, with a single-sided swingarm, trellis frame and the engine acting as a load-bearing element. The suspension is also unchanged, with the base model SuperSport 950 using a fully-adjustable 43 mm Marzocchi inverted fork and a preload and rebound damping adjustable Sachs rear shock. The S model gets a more premium package of a 48 mm inverted fork and rear shock from Öhlins, both offering full adjustability.

The dual Brembo M4-32 radially-mounted monoblock four-piston calipers with 320mm discs return as standard equipment for both SuperSport models, as do the 245 mm disc and two-piston caliper on the rear. In addition to the cornering ABS, the 2021 SuperSport models, the brake system also gets a self-bleeding radial pump, matching the clutch lever’s hydraulics.

Ergonomically, the SuperSport offers a sporty riding position, though the hand and foot positions are not quite as aggressive as you would find on the Panigale models. The seat height remains at the same 31.9 inches as the previous model, but Ducati revised the saddle’s padding to improve rider comfort.

The 2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 is available in Ducati Red with a matching trellis frame and glossy black wheels for $13,495. The SuperSport 950 S comes in a choice of Arctic White Silk or Ducati Red, and is priced at $16,195.


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