sensible sportsbikes

Is there such a thing as a sensible sportsbike? Well, if there is, the Ducati Supersport S and Suzuki GSX-S1000F ought to be just that. Beano spent a fortnight with them to suss out whether they are sensible or nonsensical.

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I’ve never really found myself asking the question, ‘Do I really need a full-on sportsbike for everyday use?’ Of course I do. However, given most manufacturers all seem to offer sporty all-rounders in their line-ups, I was given the task of living with a couple of different examples for a few weeks to see if they do make more sense than race reps and, more importantly, if they are enough to keep a smile on my face.

Given that I am a bit older, a bit more substantial and definitely more decrepit than the rest of the FB team, the boys decided I was the ideal person for this test. My plan was to use the bikes daily for commuting and a bit of fun at weekends to find out if one bike can be all things to all men.

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The bikes we chose were very different takes on the same idea: Ducati’s all-new Supersport S priced at £13,395 (there is a standard version with a few less fancy bits for £11,995) ought to be a pretty stylish way to get to and from work, but could it be a match for Suzuki’s GSX-S1000F built from the parts bin and priced at £10,299. Most importantly though, would either of them be enough to tempt me to reconsider my normal choice of steed?

Read the rest of Beano’s feature in the June issue of Fast Bikes, in the shops NOW!

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