The Supersport series, created by Ducati with the legendary 750 SS Desmo of 1973, has evolved continuously over the years.
In 1975 the Borgo Panigale company created an enhanced version, with an 860 cc engine. The 900 Supersport slowly replaced the 750 cc engine version. Furthermore, the success of the 900 with the Tourist Trophy in 1978 and the 24 Hours of Montjuic in 1973, 1975 and 1980, made the Borgo Panigale “super sport” even more legendary.
With the advent of the Pantah engine in 1979, Ducati slowly stopped producing the old conical twin cylinders, even for the Super Sport family; only the Mike Hailwood replica resisted until in 1985 when Ducati was sold to the Cagiva group and production of the first generation twin-cylinders ceased definitively. In 1988 Ducati decided to offer its fans a new edition of the Sport and Supersport series that was cheaper and more easily accessible for those customers who didn't want to give up Ducati sportsmanship, but who unfortunately couldn't afford an 851.
In 1991 the Supersport series became very popular, which was in part due to an aesthetic restyling that improved its appearance and rideability features, making it one of the most appreciated super sport vehicles of the era. But it was 1992 that saw the Supersport series protagonist on the motorbike market thanks to the introduction of a new model that was created with even more radical specifications than the “basic” model: the Ducati 900 Superlight.
The Superlight anticipated of over twenty years what could currently be defined as a Superleggera of that era. It was a new style, enriched with details that embellished its appearance and equipment. From the lightweight rims to the carbon, it was ultimately as new as possible to amaze and excite the customer.