Ducati SuperSport 950 (2021-on) Review | Owner & Expert Ratings

Highlights

  • More comfort
  • New colour dash and cleverer electronics
  • Perfect performance for the road

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
Power: 108 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Medium (463 lbs / 210 kg)

Prices

New £12,295
Used £12,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

For 2021 the Ducati SuperSport gets a host of upgrades and '950' added to its name. The changes are subtle, but its new seat is comfier, albeit at the expense of feel in corners, its quickshifter lets you pop through the gears and the new colour dash adds a splash of pizazz but could do with being bigger.

It’s still quick, crackles through its exhaust and steers, stops and excites like a sportsbike, but it’s always friendly. The Ducati SuperSport is quite pricey for the performance on tap and some might crave more power, but like the similarly aimed Aprilia RS660 the Ducati is still an exciting road-going alternative to an obscenely cramped and powerful pure race rep.

The 2021 model replaces the 2017 Ducati SuperSport and is available in £12,295 standard and £13,895 'S' trim. The model test here is the latter.

2024 Ducati SuperSport 950 livery updates

A side view of the 2024 Ducati SuperSport 950S, which comes with a red and silver stripe livery

Ducati have added new decals to the white livery found on their SuperSport 950 model for 2024. Featuring a red stripe that extends to along the side fairing and down to the front mudguard, the colour matches the red trellis frame peeking out under the front of the tank.

A thicker silver stripe follows the same direction running underneath the red line and features the 950S logo. The new colour scheme is almost identical to that found on the DesertX adventure model although orientated in a different direction.

Watch: Ducati SuperSport 950 video review

Michael Neeves takes the new 950 to task on UK roads to find out if the upgrades for 2021 change the game. Is the Ducati SuperSport now the saviour of sports bikes? Find out below...

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Mixing comfort and sportiness was always the point of the SuperSport, like Ducati’s 90s SS models. You can ride for longer with fewer aches and pains thanks to the 2021 model’s new, more plushily padded seat – something you always dream of when riding a race rep a long way, but its squidgy-ness absorbs some cornering feel.

The general layout is unchanged from the original bike, which is good news because there’s still lots of leg room, even for taller riders and the bar position is sporty without crunching your wrists. Wind protection is decent on a long run, too and the screen is two-way height adjustable.

Cornering on the 2021 Ducati SuperSport 950

There’s no change to the SuperSport's trellis frame, single sided swingarm, geometry or 210kg kerb weight for 2021. The delicate clip-ons and new self-bleeding master cylinders scream race bike, but like its calm engine, the Ducati is set up for road handling.

It’s never on the edge of a tank slapper and doesn’t change direction using telepathy, but instead it’s stable, reassuring, neutral and easy to hustle cross country. Öhlins suspension on the S version is trademark supple, ground clearance is plentiful, Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIIs ooze grip and Brembo M432 calipers have the power to put you through the screen with the lightest touch.

Watch: Learning to ride on track on a Ducati SuperSport

MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves lends his years of experience as a race and trackday instructor to teach new rider Gareth Evans the ropes of riding on a circuit for the first time.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Compared to the 2017 Ducati Supersport, the 2021 model has lost some oomph thanks to Euro5 exhaust and ECU tweaks. Power is down 5bhp to 108bhp @ 9000rpm and torque drops 2.3lb-ft to 69lb-ft @ 6500rpm. It's a proven lump and has also been used within the Multistrada 950Hypermotard 950, Hypermotard 939 and new-for-2021 Monster.

That doesn’t matter because the Ducati has always been more about delivering sparkling road performance and it still does. The 937cc V-twin booms on the throttle, pops off it, has a great throttle and chunky power through the revs.

Ducati SuperSport 950 V-twin engine

It’ll be quick enough for most and there’s also a 47bhp A2 licence version, but some might crave a little more performance and excitement. It returns 46mpg and desmo valve checks are set at generous 18,000-mile intervals.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Much like the original bike, the build quality is superb - backed up by by all the gushing owners’ reviews on our 2017 model review. The Ducati SuperSport won’t let you down.

There are lots of nice Ducati detailing touches too, like a milled ali top yoke and a repeat of the bike’s ‘face’ on the plastics surrounding the dash.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Aprilia’s RS660 is the closest to the Ducati SuperSport in spirit and it too is a 100-ish bhp sportsbike with great road handling, lots of tech and a sensible riding position. It’s also cheaper than the base SuperSport and with a kerb weight of just 183kg it’s lighter and more fun. Both are stylish and well built, but the Ducati just edges in the quality stakes.

You might also consider the less powerful but much cheaper Honda CBR650R which also has a less aggressive riding position than a traditional supersport. The Honda is less charismatic than the Ducati but is still a great bike in its own right. Check out 60 seconds with the 2021 Honda CBR650R below.

The Yamaha R7 will also join the practical middleweight sportsbike category when it arrives in the UK later in 2021.

If you want a more aggressive riding experience without having to go all the way up to a 200bhp superbike, a Ducati Panigale V2 could be the answer. The "middleweight" Panigale makes 153bhp from its V-twin engine and has a more aggressive set-up than the SuperSport.


Watch our in-depth Ducati Panigale V2 review video below:

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

For 2021 the Ducati SuperSport 950 gets a new nose, LED headlights and daytime running lights share the Panigale V4 superbike’s scowl. The fairing has extra cooling vents and a more enclosed bellypan.

Ducati SuperSport 950 TFT dash

In S trim the SuperSport 950 isn’t far short of superbike money, but you get Öhlins suspension, a rear seat cowl and build quality is what you’d expect from a Ducati with luxurious fixtures, fittings and paint finishes (it comes in red or satin white).

Mirrors are new but still vibrate so much you have to pull the clutch for them to clear. New red wheel stickers resemble the duct tape club racers use on their wheel weights.

Specs

Engine size 937cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 8v L-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension 43mm Marzocchi forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single Sachs rear shock, fully adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake 245mm single disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £250
New price £12,295
Used price £12,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 69 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 162 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2017: Ducati SuperSport introduced. It’s powered by the 113bhp 937cc V-twin taken from the Hypermotard 939 and Multistrada 950 of the day and uses a Mon-ster-based steel trellis frame. Rider modes, traction control and ABS.

2021: Updated for Euro 5 and making slightly less power at 108bhp. Chassis is un-changed but the SuperSport gets ‘950’ added to its name and a comfier new seat, fairing, mirrors, LED headlights, six axis IMU, cornering ABS and traction control, anti-wheelie and up/down quickshifter.

Other versions

  • Ducati SuperSport 950 S: As base model with 48mm Öhlins forks and shock and pillion seat cover.

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI SUPERSPORT (2021 - on)

3 owners have reviewed their DUCATI SUPERSPORT (2021 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI SUPERSPORT (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
5 out of 5 Happy biker
11 March 2024 by Mike Speller

Version: S

Year: 2023

For me in my sixty’s the riding position is spot on Suspension ( olins) and engine 110bhp power delivery make the bike easy and a pleasure to ride. On the negative side - the wing mirrors are a waste of time, need to be a bit longer so you can see behind you, also heavy vibration to mirrors Display screen could do with being a tad bigger

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Bike is at best when engine is running ! Have ridden 2 hrs without arse aching and only stopped for fuel Brembo do the job , nice and progressive

Engine 5 out of 5

Nice easy power delivery without ripping arms out of the sockets, and fun to ride

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Visited Bologna factory last June on route to Misano WSBK round (amazing trip) I was totally impressed at the quality control now at Ducati and decided to bring forward my purchase a year. Have treated bike with ACF 50 for winter no signs of rust- should not be anyway Bike running like a dream - just over thousand miles now. Engine has been properly run in and is loosening up a treat now !

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Service at 600 mils next service one year (basic) Desmo service not needed till 18,000 now

Equipment 5 out of 5

Got a deal of £2,000 extras at purchase from Ducati . Would deffo recommend heated grips Tail tidy Crash bungs protectors I got panniers as part of deal

Buying experience: Snell Ducati have been amazing. Bike was list price + £2,000 extras. Kept me up to date with process. Had all extras fitted for collection date After sales good as well All in all I see me Lee this bike for years to come. I have been planning my trip to Ducati World Week in July and will be riding my bike down there , can’t wait Ps I do not work or have any ties with Ducati I have just found & love the bike that works for me Safe riding all Best wishes Mike Speller

5 out of 5 Gorgeous sporty road bike
09 May 2023 by Floyd

Version: 950S

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £250

Looks great, handles very well, comfortable and plenty of performance for the road.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

As its the S version the suspension is superb. The overall ride is great, handles so well and i have to say the seat is so comfortable. Brakes are strong with plenty of feel.

Engine 5 out of 5

Performance is more than enough for me and on the road. This is a quick bike. Roll on power is lovely, in 3rd at 30mph will see you hit 70mph very quickly. Pulls nicely from 3k revs in all gears. Only thing to note is it can judder a bit when only doing 20ish around town.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality is excellent, nicely put together machine and although only done 1500 miles, no problems at all.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Only had first service and it was a bit steep, but they did fit a few extra accessories for me too. Fuel economy is average, getting 40-45mpg depending on how much town riding I do. The more you do the more it drinks. But take it out for a decent run and the higher figure is achieved.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The electronics are very good, all the settings you need. Mostly use Sport mode, but Touring too when necessary. Lights very powerful. Quickshifter is smooth and reliable. The Ohlins suspension is excellent. However, the mirrors are rubbish, vibrate and give just a blurry view behind. If Ducati fixed that, this would get 5 stars.

Buying experience: Riders in Bridgewater. Paid list price, but discount on accessories and free delivery. Overall good service from them, genuinely helpful.

5 out of 5 Sports Tourer ?
09 August 2021 by Mal

Year: 2021

Beautiful looks, awesome handling, comfortable, good fuel economy. Only bad point is the mirrors, useless and vibrate too much

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

So comfortable, it’s only my age that tells me to take a break every couple of hours.

Engine 5 out of 5

Lovely engine, smoother than I expected, quickshifter is awesome going up, not so good coming down. Bit lumpy through town

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Beautifully put together

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service cost £150 Getting 60 mpg

Equipment 5 out of 5

The only thing you NEED to change is the mirrors, everything else is personal choice

Buying experience: Bought from Seastar Norwich. Got a good deal with excellent service

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