2006 Ducati Supersport 1000 DS
Faithful to its perceived role as the essential link between the past and the future of motorcycling, the 1000 DS is essential and free from frills. Despite its purity, however, it is perfectly able to accommodate riders of all statures and offer an impressive level of aerodynamic protection, thanks to a fairing that only partly hides the beauty of the most modern of all air-cooled twin engines. The Supersport 1000 DS' powerplant belongs to the very latest series of highly evolved, twin spark engines originally designed to power the Multistrada. The resulting frame-engine combination is without a doubt one of the most balanced around. It typifies the ongoing evolution of the Supersport, which continues to transmit the sort of riding pleasure that only a red blooded sportster can. When you ride a Supersport, you just know that race-winning thrills and performance are yours to enjoy, but that safety is paramount.
Until model year 2005, the Supersport was available in a choice of colour schemes, some flashy, some elegant. Yet true Ducati fans, continued to demand the most classic of finishes for the bike they all recognised as the most authentic Ducati on the road. To satisfy popular demand, the 2006 Supersport will be a special edition. Its frame and body are finished in typical Ducati Racing Red, with the only element of contrast coming from the black Marchesini wheels. This is a style we simply cannot change if we are to remain faithful to the classic spirit of Ducati. The Supersport 1000 DS is sensuous and streamlined too, with a fuel tank shaped at the top to permit the rider to adopt a more aerodynamic position. Even the tail blends beautifully with the bike's overall styling. Thanks to clever design, the full fairing succeeds in the difficult task of combining classic style with wind protection that matches the bike's performance. In fact, everything about the new Supersport is intelligently made to ensure that the rider intuitively feels that at one with his machine. Complete and effective at speed, the fairing purposefully leaves some of the bike's most unmistakable features in view, including sections of the beautiful trellis frame, and the equally characteristic vertical cylinder of the engine that has become a living legend. Behind the compact upper fairing, the instrument panel typifies the contrasts that make up this unique Ducati. Two analog instruments incorporate digital displays that provide the rider with all the information he could possibly need.
The rigid tubular steel trellis frame is one of the most unmistakable signatures of Ducati motorcycles. The frame of the latest Supersport has evolved constantly over the years to become the reference point for motorcycle frame technology. It combines the benefits of exceptionally lightweight, indispensable for agility, with amazing rigidity and strength. And that is not all! In addition to satisfying a whole series of needs that are frequently difficult to reconcile, the Supersport's trellis frame is beautiful to behold too. No wonder that many experts consider it a work of art! The exceptional performance of this steel frame is further enhanced by the aluminium swingarm that guarantees rigidity and lightness in an area that is subjected to a great deal of stress. Suspension is provided by a super-sophisticated adjustable Ohlins rear single shock that permits easy modifications to damping characteristics, and can even be adjusted in length to raise or lower seat height without affecting spring preload. The 43 mm Showa upside down fork is also fully adjustable to suit riding style and road conditions.
Twin spark ignition and all aluminium clutch basket are the two most innovative aspects of the latest Ducati two-valve V twin, though many other improvements have also contributed to the impressive performance of this 992 cc powerplant. Delivering 95 HP at 7,750 rpm, with a torque of 9.7 kgm at 5,750 rpm, this sporty engine is enjoyable and easy to use on all types of road. Not only the biggest engine in the series, it is also the most advanced. Its smooth, controllable power is certainly maximised by the agility and lightness of the Supersport 1000 DS. That little bit of competitive edge that the Supersport concedes to more powerful machines on the straight is paid back with interest on winding roads, where the Supersport demonstrates an amazing ability to deliver smooth, controllable power on tap, even at low revs.
Engine Type - L twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement - 992 cc
Bore x Stroke - 94 x 71.5 mm
Compression Ratio - 10:1
*Power - 69.9 kW - 95 HP @ 7750 rpm
*Torque - 95.2 Nm - 9.7 Kgm @ 5750 rpm
Fuel Injection - Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust - 2 aluminium mufflers with catalytic converter (non-catalytic for USA)
Emissions - Euro 2 (except USA version)
Transmission - 6-speed
Gearbox Ratio - 1st: 37/15, 2nd: 30/17, 3rd: 27/20, 4th: 24/22, 5th: 23/24, 6th: 24/28
Primary drive - Straight cut gears; ratio 1.84
Final drive - Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
Clutch - Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase - 1395 mm / 54.9 in
Rake - 24░
Steering angle - 28░ right and left
Front suspension - Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down lightweight fork
Front wheel travel - 120 mm / 4.7 in
Front wheel - 5-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre - 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension - Progressive cantilever linkage with fully adjustable Íhlins monoshock, with length adjustment
Rear wheel travel - 145 mm / 5.7 in
Rear wheel - 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre - 180/55 ZR 17
Front brake - 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, fixed 4-piston calipers
Rear brake - 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
**Dry weight - 179,4 Kg / 396 lbs
Seat height - 820 mm / 32.3 in
Max height - 1110 mm / 43.7 in
Max length - 2030 mm / 79.9 in
Instruments - speedometer, rev counter, fuel reserve, clock and oil temperature, immobilizer
Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
Fuel capacity - 16 l (of which 4 l reserve) 4.2 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
*Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer. **The weight excludes battery, lubricants and coolant for liquid cooled models.
***The conditions of the warranty are described in the warranty booklet provided with each motorcycle.