The Ducati Unveiling: Scramblers, Monsters, Multistradas And A Superleggera!
Ducati have just unveiled a whole host of new machinery – and prepare yourself, because you’re going to be impressed. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has just unveiled the rest of Ducati’s 2017 range in front of a packed audience in Milan, along with over 400,000 online viewers. And in summary, this is what he had to offer: two new additions to the Scrambler range in the form of the Café Racer and Desert Sled, a brand new Ducati Multistrada 950, the all new Ducati Monster 1200 S (along with the standard model), the entry level Ducati Monster 797 and finally…”The Quintessence” – the incredible Ducati 1299 Superleggera.
Consider this article a quick summary, just so that you know what’s going on. Once we’ve fully read all of the relevant press information, we’ll bring you in depth looks at the new range. But for now, we’ll give you a quick glimpse at what we’ve seen.
Leading the charge came the two new additions to the Scrambler range: the Café Racer and the Desert Sled. We expected to see these two models, but thankfully, we’ve now got a better look at them. The last teaser trailers didn’t really show much off. In the interest of keeping the summary brief, here’s a few images with some details…
Next up, Mr. Domenicali was proud to introduce us to a new, smaller Multistrada. Called the Multistrada 950, the new configuration boasts a Testastretta 11 degree 937cc engine that produces 113 hp at 9000 rpm. Not only is it a wallet friendly alternative the bigger brother, it also comes with some very cool features, including four different types of accessories for ultimate riding pleasure: Sport, Urban, Touring, and Enduro. New customers can also benefit from the rest of the Multistrada goods available from the Ducati catalog, because they’re fully interchangeable.
The next bike on display was the all new Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S. Domenicali introduced us to the new “S” version first, but both versions have had a complete overhaul. Almost every component is brand new, in fact, from the headlight to the license plate holder. The aim of the game was about the Monster 1200 “coming back to its roots.” Now, it boasts 150 hp, which is 15 hp more than the last iteration, and 5 hp more for the S version. The engine has evolved, the seat, the headlights and the proportions have been altered, and the Monster now boasts a fully comprehensive electronic system
An up and down quickshifter will be fitted to the S version, but it will be available as an upgrade to the standard. The S version also gets some nifty upgrades, including a clever IMU, cornering ABS, Ohlins suspension and Brembo M50 calipers.
And then there was the Ducati Monster 797 – dubbed as the “entry” level Ducati. “A product for younger people to enter our world,” were some of the words used, as well as “not too aggressive, not too intimidating.” Based around the usual air-cooled 803cc powerplant, it’s capable of 75 hp, and weighs a mere 182 kg. “Undemanding fun….Easy and Performing” were the buzzwords for the product.
Then we saw the star attraction: the 1299 Superleggera. For this special machine, Casey Stoner was called in to unveil the bike in full. Dubbed “the Quintessence” this incredible motorcycle is the most powerful twin cylinder of all time. It’s as light as a feather, boasts 215 hp, and get this: it’s fully Euro4 compliant, and 100% street legal.
The frame weighs a measly 2.6 kg. The swing arm? Only 4.1 kg. Hell, the rear subframe doesn’t even make a kilo, weighing in at 0.9 kg. This is the world’s first fully carbon production bike, and it’s mental. It comes with all of the usual bells and whistles, but get this: by technicality, it has a more advanced traction control system than the current Ducati Desmocedici MotoGP bikes (thanks to a rule change, of course!)
You’ll also be pleased to hear that of the 500 units going into production, those sold for the US market will be a little different. Since they don’t have to conform to EU rules and regulations, there’s even MORE of a weight saving… And if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, Ducati will invite you to a full track day experience at a world class circuit, where you can learn how to ride the bike to its full potential…AND ride against Chaz Davies and the Ducati WSBK caliber Panigale. That’s a serious perk, eh?
Anyway, that’s just a quick round up. But don’t worry, we’ll bring you the real news and the in depth details as soon as we get them processed. Consider this nothing more than an appetizer…