Ducati Touring Reboot

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It’s looking like Ducati’s gearing up to get back into the sport touring game with two new variants of its Supersport 950 on the way soon.

Recently filed registration documents suggest that we’re going to be treated to a couple of versions of Ducati’s Supersport 950 – and the suggestion is that they’re going to be set up for munching miles.

It’d make sense. There’s been an increased appetite for sport tourers of late, with bikes like Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT and Moto Guzzi’s V100 Mandello proving plenty popular in recent years. And then when you look at how the Supersport 950 sits in Ducati’s current line-up (probably a little too close to the Panigale V2 for comfort), it’s easy to imagine that it’s perfectly poised for reimagining.

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Although there’s been no official word from the factory, approval applications have been submitted to the California Air Resources Board for two new models: namely the Ducati Supersport 950 T and Ducati Supersport 950 ST.

It might seem a bit of a stretch to assume that these bikes are coming soon, and that they’re going to be touring models. But CARB filings are often an early indicator of future models, and applying a bit of commonsense means it’s not much of a leap to assume what they might end up looking like. The big question that remains is what the differences will be between the T and ST variants? It’s possible that one (likely the ST) will be a higher specification version of the T, but at this stage it’s mostly guesswork.

One thing’s for sure, the current 937cc v-twin motor will be carried over to the new models. And that’s only ever a good thing… it’s a lovely thing (despite being slightly stifled by Euro-5 regulations).

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Aside from that, we’re going to have to sit tight for the time being for Ducati to make it official.

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