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Sensible SPORTSBIKES

WORDS: BEANO, IMAGES: CHAPPO

Is there such a thing as a sensible sportsbike?

Well, if there is, the Ducati Supersport S and Suzuki GSXS1000F ought to be just that. Beano spent a fortnight with them to suss out whether they are sensible or nonsensical.

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. My daily commute to work is some 13 miles of varied road with all manner of bends, a couple of long straights and a few villages to potter through to test the ‘all-rounder-ness’ (did I just made a new word up?). Some saucy weekend blasts on my favourite roads were the perfect place to check their sporting credentials too, and in the name of completeness we also let Boothy loose for a while to do his general dicking-aboutability assessment. Spring isn’t really in full flow yet so mornings are still cold and a little bit damp, but evenings are getting lighter, drier and warmer by the day. 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?

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Welcome to Fast Bikes Magazine In this issue: Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory Launch Boothy went to Mugello to sample the delights of Aprilia’s new winged wonder. Sensible Sportsbikes Beano has been commuting on Ducati’s Supersport S and Suzuki’s GSX-S1000F. Triumph 765 on track We aren’t allowed to call it a Daytona 765… but everyone is. And much more!