Misnamed, but makes a lot of sense

A Ducati with panniers

A Ducati with panniers

I’m coming to you from the last long tour of the year, a week long loop with stayovers at Karlsruhe, Bourg en Bresse, Avignon, Bologna, Bolzano, Augsburg and then back home. And I’m on a new bike. A solution for the rather extensively damaged Panigale was found and I got a Ducati SuperSport S at the beginning of this month. I had to show it the world and bring it back to it’s birthplace while the riding weather is still good, hadn’t I?

Here are some impressions from this tour.

Crossing the Rhine on an old steel trellis bridge

Crossing the Rhine on an old steel trellis bridge

Artificial clouds from a nuclear plant cooling towers

Artificial clouds from a nuclear plant cooling towers

Going south in France, I had a bit of rain. The bespoke Ducati panniers stayed waterproof thanks to their covers. They are a bit of a giveaway, this is no Supersport machine, it’s a sport tourer.

Going south in France, I had a bit of rain. The bespoke Ducati panniers stayed waterproof thanks to their covers. They are a bit of a giveaway, this is no Supersport machine, it’s a sport tourer.

Spirited it is, though. 100 hp at the rear wheel are enough on the road and with it’s linear torque curve, it’s a joy to ride. Typical Desmo sound, but not as ear piercingly loud as with the Panigale.

Went through the Gorges de Ardeche, compulsory photo stop for the Pont d’Arc

Went through the Gorges de Ardeche, compulsory photo stop for the Pont d’Arc

Even a 770 km distance from Avignon to Bologna was doable, no autostrade. It is that quick and italian speed limits are barely seen as recommendations.

Even a 770 km distance from Avignon to Bologna was doable, no autostrade. It is that quick and italian speed limits are barely seen as recommendations.

Borgo Panigale near Bologna is home to the Ducati factory. I went to the museum and found curiosities like Mike Hailwood’s sponge

Borgo Panigale near Bologna is home to the Ducati factory. I went to the museum and found curiosities like Mike Hailwood’s sponge

The bike went to the shop to get a proper tank bag fitted

The bike went to the shop to get a proper tank bag fitted

Then it was the Lago di Garda. I had fun driving the curves, galleries and tunnels on it’s west coast

Then it was the Lago di Garda. I had fun driving the curves, galleries and tunnels on it’s west coast

So, here I am on my way back home and I’m getting on well with the new SuperSport. It is easier to ride than the Panigale and less stressful on the wrists with it’s raised handlebars. A sports bike for the roads, not the track.

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