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India: ‘Most Expensive Bike of the Year’ Goes To…

India’s just gotten a full list of dates on when they can expect Ducati’s 2023 World Premiere Debutantes – and the list includes India’s ‘most expensive bike of the year.’

Any guesses as to which model did the honors? 

You got it – the all-new Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini was officially logged as the priciest bike of 2022, with all units currently accounted for (including the ones coming to India). 

Ducati's Desert X, from their 2023 World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati's relevant press release.
Ducati’s Desert X, from their 2023 World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release.

According to LiveMint, Ducati’s spaced out their yoink-happy machines thus: 

  • Q1: Ducati DesertX
  • Q2: Monster SP & Panigale V4R
  • Q3: Streetfighter V4 SP2 & Diavel V4
  • Q4: Multistrada V4 Rally & Scrambler 2G range (Icon 2G, Throttle 2G and Nightshift 2G)

On top of a full lineup, India’s also getting two new Ducati dealerships to carry their pretty ponies; expect the first dealership to show up in Chandigarh (commencing operations in January), with the second being based in Ahmedabad (operations starting here n the first quarter of the year). 

Moto2 offerings twisting through a rainfall on the circuit. Media sourced from Motorcycle Sports.
Ducati's Multistrada V4 Rally, from their 2023 World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati's relevant press release.
Ducati’s Multistrada V4 Rally, from their 2023 World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release.

Both these showrooms will get 3S facilities and will provide sales, service and spares from the same units,” adds the report. 

Which bike was your favorite out of Ducati’s World Premiere?

Comment below, letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press releases on the Multistrada V4 Rally and Ducati Desert X*

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Simon Crafer Gets a Half Dozen Laps on the Insane Ducati Desmosedici GP22

Recently, a MotoGP commentator with a background in Grand Prix and WSBK got a leg over the winning hooner of MotoGP 2022 for a half-dozen laps around the circuit. 

Fancy a guess at his final thoughts? 

Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.
Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.

To clarify, the machine was the exact stellar model that Bagnaia straddled for the honors of Ducati’s recent Triple Crown – a delicately tuned beast, down to the obligatory 1000cc/250hp+ power, Michelin MotoGP-spec slicks and carbon disc brakes. 

“The timing of the valves, etc., on a MotoGP engine, are set to be most efficient in the rpm ranges used when racing – they simply won’t run at low rpm, the engine judders and ‘bunny hops,” recalls Crafer. 

“I nailed the take off and might have felt pleased with myself if I wasn’t so busy thinking that I had just experienced the most perfect clutch feel of my life!”

Crafer was treated to a total of six laps – three of which had Crafer behind the leading accompaniment, and three of which had the ex-racer in the front (his happy place). 

Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.
Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.

“If I had raced Misano the current direction I’d have suggested less laps with Michele leading, but I was not confident I could figure out the two corners after the fast turn at the end of the back straight, which don’t flow naturally to me, as they were designed to be used in the opposite direction as I had raced them,” comments Crafer 

Carbon brakes pumped and dragged for warmth, responsiveness mapped, and the man was soon in the twisties, marveling at the stability of GP22’s handling – particularly the bike’s ability to stay on a lean without putting up a fight. 

Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.
Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.

“I hate bike setups or tyre profiles that require input to stay on their side, because this takes energy and concentration when you need it free for other things, like feeling the edge of grip.”

“…it was nice to feel such a neutral-handling machine while I took small, hesitant steps toward the edge, without going over it.”

A bit of extra yoink on the straightaway, and Crafer’s front wheel raises, along with his eyebrows; apparently, the inner workings and tuning of the Desmosedici GP22 make her a maestro on one tyre, too.

Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.
Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.

“I don’t understand how the rear stayed so perfectly in line while off the ground…somehow the rear wheel speed matched perfectly with the surface so I felt no change, no rear wheel slide or stepping out,” anthuses the former racer. 

“I could then push on the right handlebar to enter the turn on the line I’d wanted with the same brake pressure – how the hell did the Ducati GP22 do that?!”

Bottom line, Ducati’s got a new fan for life…and he wants another round.

“It is the first motorcycle I’ve ever ridden on track that I did not want to change a single thing on – it was better than me in every area.”

“A true Masterpiece.”

Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.
Simon Crafer on his beloved ride with the Ducati Desmosedici GP22. Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22.

Stay tuned for updates as we continue toward 2023; drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and HAPPY AMERICAN THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!!

*Media sourced from Simon’s Youtube video on the GP22*

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2023 Ducati World Premiere, Episode Five: the New ‘Fight Formula’

Since Ducati’s debut of the Streetfighter in 2020, the supersport naked segment has exploded – and now, as of today, that genre has just grown to another level. 

In line with the Panigale V4’s improvements in Episode Four of Ducati’s World Premiere, the new Streetfighter V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2 show off a series of new and tweaked stuff. 

Ducati's new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.

For the Streetfighter V4, the Desmosedici Stradale now sports Full, High, Medium, and Low engine strategies. Low is the newest, with Ducati’s press release stating that this new move cuts the max power of the heart, allowing the rider to feel more secure on low-grip surfaces and “offering a softer and more manageable throttle response.” 

The versatility in power is complemented by a “calibration to match the larger diameter of the silencer outlet,” as well as the model’s biplane winglets and a new dash to make everything on the road a tad simpler. 

Would a Ducati bike be a Ducati bike without the electronics?

Ducati's new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.

We argue not; as such, Ducatisti has been given a revised Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), which works by reducing the ignition and cutting the injection to make the road’s travel smoother, too. 

(Should you go full throttle, that also means better stability on the twisties.)

The rest of the machine sports a higher swingarm pivot, and is dressed in a beautiful set of Öhlins suspension (an NIX30 upside-down 43 mm fork and TTX36 shock absorber, to be precise).

Now let’s look at what makes Ducati’s models more ‘sporty.’

It don’t get much closer to MotoGP than this (unless you have a fuller-fairinged Ducati beauty, of course). 

Ducati's new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.

For the 2023 Streetfighter V4 SP2, ‘premium’ is the word of the day, manifested in the shape of a swanky set of aluminum Marchesini rims, a pricey (and lighter) lithium-ion battery, Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers, 5 split-spoke carbon rims, an adjustable machined aluminum foot-pegs, and carbon everything – clutch cover, block-off covers, and front mudguard. 

Team Red has also added in there a STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, a unit in use today by the Ducati Factory WSBK teams as well as other National level moto-athletes around the good globe. 

Ducati's new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.

The Wet Riding Mode is nice, too, though it doesn’t add anything in the way of speed; instead, it makes sure you can still perform to a nuanced level of accuracy in slick conditions. 

New torque curves for each gear guarantee better smoothness and more manageable throttle response – a welcome addition, since sophistication is complemented best by easy control of your bike (and the city scoots will be that much easier to enjoy). 

Ducati's new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.

Expect the new Streetfighter range to land in the Western Hemisphere’s markets by early 2023 with the below pricing: 

A Damon Motors machine undergoing testing. Media sourced from Damon Motors.

2023Streetfighter V4 

Ducati Red – MSRP of $22,095

2023 Streetfighter V4 S 

Ducati Red – MSRP of $27,595

Grey and Nero – MSRP of $27,795

2023 Streetfighter SP2

Winter Test – MSRP of $37,995

Ducati's new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s new Streetfighter range, including the V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2. Media sourced from Ducati.

Stay tuned for updates; drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Ducati*

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2023 Ducati World Premiere, Episode Two: ‘Mad for Fun’

Ducati’s just given us Episode 2’s machine for the 2023 Ducati World Premiere – and it’s set to be an absolute monster on the track…

Literally. 

According to Ducati’s press release, the all-new Monster SP has been souped up to ‘SP’ (Sport Production) level, adding accoutrements to make the bike lighter, more responsive, and more versatile to Ducatisti (or should we say ‘Monsteristi’?…).

Ducati's all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati's relevant press release.
Ducati’s all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release.

The list of benefits to Ducati’s newest sporty offering includes a very nice set of Öhlins suspension (NIX30), Brembo Stylema® front calipers, a brilliant Termignoni-approved silencer, and the addition of Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV rubbers, a steering damper, and a quality lithium-ion battery. 

Ducati's all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati's relevant press release.
Ducati’s all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release.

All of this complements the bike’s solid, superbike-derived chassis and recalibrated electronics, which now offer ‘Wet’ Ride Mode, as well as Launch Control. 

The Monster SP still works off the trusty Testastretta 11° engine, complete with desmodromic distribution putting the push and yank at 111hp and 16ft-lbs, respectively. 

Suzuki's SV650. Media sourced from Medium.
Ducati's all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati's relevant press release.
Ducati’s all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release.

“The Ducati Monster SP will be available in U.S. dealerships in the Ducati network starting from February 2023 and in March 2023 for Canadian dealers, with a starting MSRP of $15,595 USD in the United States and $18,295 CAD in Canada,” adds the press release. 

What do you think?

Ducati's all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati's relevant press release.
Ducati’s all-new Monster SP, debuted for Episode 2 of the Ducati World Premiere. Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release.

Leave us a comment – we love hearing from you. Be sure also to check out the other episodes of Ducati’s World Premiere as they’re covered, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Ducati’s recent press release*

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Ducati Testing Reveals Potential 2023 Streetfighter V4

Ever since Ducati hinted to us that one of their bikes in the up-and-coming Ducati World Premiere was going to be a brand bew beastie, we’ve kept our ears low to the ground on anything to do with the upcoming 2023 debut – and thanks to an article from Motorcycle Sports, we appear to have what might be an addition to the Streetfighter range. 

Spy shows show Team Red in the final testing phase on a naked bike, covered in 3D-printed components showing grey for the familiar bits and black for the newer additions. 

Ducati testing out what appears to be a 2023 Streetfighter V4. Media sourced from Motorcycle Sports.
Ducati testing out what appears to be a 2023 Streetfighter V4. Media sourced from Motorcycle Sports.

Since the Streetfighter was originally taken from the blueprints of the Panigale, we know that it’s likely the 1,103cc engine will remain unchanged for this year (though we may as yet see more torque in the lower revs for the Streetfighter variant), along with the newer additions of a tank capacity increase of 1.1 litres, larger side fairing ‘wings’ (courtesy of the motorcycle industry’s advances in MotoGP), and an adjusted set of ergonomics. 

A view of the wings present in today's MotoGP circuit machines. Media sourced from Motorcycle Sports.
A view of the wings present in today’s MotoGP circuit machines. Media sourced from Motorcycle Sports.

“The Panigale’s gear ratios have also been changed for 2022, making the first gear to fifth shorter than before, while the sixth gear has been made longer to achieve a higher top speed,” adds the report. 

“It makes sense to share as many parts as possible with the Streetfighter, so these shares are expected to be adopted by the naked bike in 2023, albeit with a lower final gear ratio to focus on acceleration rather than top speed.”

We’ll keep you up to date as we hear further updates trickle down; be sure to stay tuned, drop a comment below if you’ve got time, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Motorcycle Sports*

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Get Ready for Ducati’s World Première 2023

With the year’s big announcements underway for Ducati (on the racetrack, in the lab, and on the collaboration podium), we’ve been prepped very nicely for our next iteration of the Ducati World Première – and we’re already getting the names of some of the models to be revealed. 

A Ducati Monster. Media sourced from FastestLaps.
A Ducati Monster. Media sourced from FastestLaps.

The report from Motorcycle.com states that 2023 will have seven episodes and will start in less than a month, with a September 2, 2022 start date. 

Based on the end date of the series (just three days before the start of EICMA 2022), we’re expecting Ducati to give us a few new models for their future lineups as the year rounds into Q1 2023; currently, we have the following for the episodes: 

Ducati’s World Première 2023 is right around the corner! Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s World Première 2023 is right around the corner! Media sourced from Ducati.

The 2023 Ducati World Première

Episode 1 | The Unexpected – Sept. 2, 2022
Episode 2 | Ready for More? – Sept. 15, 2022
Episode 3 | Unlock Earth – Sept. 29, 2022
Episode 4 | This is Racing – Oct. 7, 2022
Episode 5 | Push Forward – Oct. 20, 2022
Episode 6 | Dare to be Bold – Oct. 28, 2022
Episode 7 | Next Gen Freedom – Nov. 7, 2022
Ducati's Panigale. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s Panigale. Media sourced from Ducati.

“Apart from the episode titles, Ducati has offered one more clue: the final episode will be a model that was previewed for visitors at World Ducati Week,” hints the report. 

“Though Ducati has managed to prevent any photos of the WDW preview from going public, a report from Moto.it confirms the new model is the next-generation Ducati Scrambler.”

A frontal view of the Triumph Speed Triple RR
The Ducati Scrambler debuted last year, with hints coffee another to be unveiled soon. Media sourced from Motorbiscuit.
The Ducati Scrambler debuted last year, with hints coffee another to be unveiled soon. Media sourced from Motorbiscuit.

Since the Panigale V4 and V4 S were the models to get an update last year, we’re expecting the next in the range to be the V4R; and with the report also hinting at a Monster SP, the Italian marque has their work cut out for them as Q3 of this year comes to an end. 

For other related news, be sure to check back at our webpage, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from FastestLaps, Ducati, and MotorBiscuit*

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Ducati to Reveal New Scrambler at 2022 EICMA

Ducati’s about to reveal a new Scrambler at 2022 EICMA – and word is that the machine will be lighter, leaner and possibly even a tad meaner. 

The report from BikeAdvice states that loyal Ducatisti caught a look at the new bike during World Ducati Week, in a ‘secret room’ where the brand chucks new things for their close-lipped fans to ogle prior to the debut and consequential barrage of press releases.

A view of Ducati's secret room. Media sourced from Moto.it.
A view of Ducati’s secret room. Media sourced from Moto.it.

“The new Ducati Scrambler will weigh 5 kg lighter than the previous model,” states the report. 

“[It] could tip the scales at around 184 kg…some written reports hint at a slimmer & lighter construction and updated technology – sporting revisions to the frame, swingarm, and cast wheels which contribute to its slim silhouette.”

Images from Honda's recent patent application. Media sourced from MCN.
Ducati's 2021 Scrambler. Media sourced from Ducati Scrambler (the website).
Ducati’s 2021 Scrambler. Media sourced from Ducati Scrambler (the website).

A wider seat, LED lighting, and updated electronics (including a new dash) are also purportedly in store for the Scrambler, with a special emphasis on the potential for interchangeable gas tank covers (at least, based on the different tank that Moto.it caught a glimpse of when they were standing in front of it).

Whatever is in store for the red corner of EICMA, we’re here for it. Stay updated via our homepage, drop a comment down below, and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Moto.it, and Motorcycles R Us*

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The Bulgari Aluminum Ducati Special Edition chronograph

Ducati has partnered with Bulgari for the coolest matte / aluminum chronograph on the ticker market. The goal of both parties, apparently, is to “revolutionize the standards of luxury sports watches” – it’s a hefty goal, but c’mon – you have to admit there’s worse ways of going about raising standards than injecting motorcycles into an industry of choice (see Triumph’s pretty piece in collaboration with Breitling).

So let’s get into the details and see what the luxury Italian power couple gave us. 

A view of the Ducati X Bulgari Special Edition Chronograph, currently available on Bulgari's website

According to Ducati’s press release, the Bulgari Aluminum Ducati Special Edition chronograph ‘celebrates the partnership between the jewelry Maison and the iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer,’ with the Youtube debut video labelling this ticker as ‘The Best Bulgari Watch in History’ (and interesting ultimatum, given Bulgari’s offerings…but it’s Ducati, so we won’t judge). 

“The chronograph presents a stunning dial in Ducati red color and three subdials with a sporty style inspired by the Ducati rev counter graphics: black background, white indexes and red sphere,” states the press release. 

Ducati can also be found to have inspired the hour markers, with a 40 mm diameter aluminum case strapped to a black rubber bracelet. 

A view of the Ducati X Bulgari Special Edition Chronograph, currently available on Bulgari's website

Titanitum is the material of the day, with the versatile metal used to create the crown and chronograph pushers, as well as the case back (treated with anti-wear DLC).  

The entire watch is water-resistant to 100 meters, with the mechanical automatic movement guaranteeing tenth-of-a-second accuracy, thanks to the specifications of the self-wound BVL 130 beating @ 28,800 vibrations per hour.

(If nothing else convinces you that watches are made for collabs with motorcycle manufacturers, the mere fact that watches talk vibrations per hour – Vb/h – and bikes talk kilometers per hour – Km/h – should get you down and nerdy enough to look into your next moto-inspired ticker. Just saying.)

A view of the Ducati X Bulgari Special Edition Chronograph, currently available on Bulgari's website

A Ducati brand and production number is given to each one of these timepieces, with the package delivered in ‘a special anodized aluminum case with rubber interior and soft touch finish, bearing the signatures of the two brands Ducati and Bulgari.’

A view of the Ducati X Bulgari Special Edition Chronograph, currently available on Bulgari's website

You can imagine both parties involved are tickled pink at this collaboration; Andrea Ferraresi, Ducati Centro Stile Director, contributed the following: 

 “The quest for lightness, obsessive attention to detail, the use of fine materials and the creation of a distinctive and immediately recognizable design are the values that have inspired us in this project.”

“Working on this project with Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Bulgari’s Product Creation Executive Director, whom I have known for 15 years, was a way of bringing together our passions: motorbikes and high-end watchmaking.”

A view of the Ducati X Bulgari Special Edition Chronograph, currently available on Bulgari's website

As for Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Bulgari’s Product Creation Executive Director, the project was one he purportedly enjoyed…a lot: 

“I had a great pleasure to visit once again the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale in Italy and exchange with Andrea Ferraresi, discussing the many parallels between motorbikes and watches, our common passion for the beauty of the mechanics and the Italian design approach.”

“For this special collaboration the Bulgari Aluminum model was a natural choice due to its combination of materials, sporty character and iconic look.” 

A view of the Ducati X Bulgari Special Edition Chronograph, currently available on Bulgari's website

Be sure to check out the watch on Bulgari’s webpage, where the ticker is currently up for $5,000 USD – definitely an upper-end price tag, but with both brands being the luxury labels that they are, we expected something around that mark. 

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Drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Ducati’s relevant press release*

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Ducati joins furniture company for XDiavel Nera

Black paint and an Italian leather saddle made by an exclusive company that specialises in home furnishings as well as yachts and luxury cars makes the XDiavel Nera their most expensive power cruiser yet.

The handsome cruiser will be available in Australia and New Zealand in the third quarter of 2022. 

But the black colour scheme and opulent leather seat, available in a choice of five colours, will add about $7000 to the price.

Ducati Australia says the ride away price of the Nera will be $A44,900 ($NZ46,890).  But get in quick as the bike will be limited to 500 numbered units.

The most exclusive feature of the bike will be the seat which is leather wrapped seat by Poltrona Frau Interiors in Motion.

The company has been making luxury leather products since 1912.

It comes in a choice of Siam Red, Steel Blue, Cemento (grey), India (tan) and Selva (grey) with a matching key ring and document holder.

While the seats look opulent, there is debate about whether leather is better than vinyl.

Certainly, you must look after a leather seat more, dressing it regularly with lanolin or other oil, otherwise it will crack and discolour in the sun.

Apart from the opulent Italian leather seat and black paintwork, there are splashes of iconic Ducati red on the brake calipers and engine head covers and machine-forged black rims. 

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Six iconic Ducatis in Australian online auction

Six iconic Ducatis from noted Queensland and Sydney collectors – all offered with no reserve – are among 32 classic motorcycles in the Shannons upcoming Timed Online Summer Auction from February 22-March 1.

I’ve already got my tongue hanging out looking at these photos and wondering whether the increased equity in my home from rising house prices will allowed to get a bank loan to buy one!

However, be aware that prices have skyrocketed at auction for collectible vehicles since the Covid pandemic hit.

If you are still enticed by these bikes but it’s your first time buying at auction, we suggest you click here to read our top 10 tips first.

Now, to the Ducatis … There are “project condition” 1970s 900SS and 750S models and, not one, but two highly desirable and collectable 900 Mike Hailwood Replicas (MHR) from 1979 and 1981.

circa-1974 Ducati 750 Sport

The 750 Sport is one of Ducati’s most revered performance models, with the circa-1974 example being auctioned in its 1970s fashion colour combination of yellow-orange with black trim and alloy spoked-wheels.

It is in ‘project’ condition which means it requires some mechanical recommissioning to get back to running condition.

Shannons tips it sell in the $A30,000-$40,000 range.

For a similar investment there is a ‘survivor classic’ big-bore twin cylinder circa-1976 Ducati 900 Super Sport that comes to auction in very good original condition after being in storage since mid-2010.

circa-1976 Ducati 900 Super Sport

The current owner of the 1975 Ducati 900 Super Sport says that Brook Henry at V2 in Perth stripped, assessed and replaced the bike’s original engine with one rebuilt from a 1975 860 GT. 

A rare and fully-restored 1979 Ducati MHR 900 is estimated to fetch $48,000 – $58,000. It is a replica of the special chrome moly-framed Super Sport model with a highly-tuned 900cc engine that ‘Mike the Bike’ Hailwood rode to a sensational victory in the 1978 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy against more powerful Honda opposition.

Twelve months later, Ducati released a race replica based on the TT-winning Super Sport, complete with a stunning red and green fairing and reworked exhaust to extract more power from the big V-twin.

Just 4601 900 MHR bikes were made between 1979 and 1984, with each of the survivors now a blue-chip collector’s item.

1981 Ducati MHR 900

A second Ducati MHR in the auction is a very original 1981 ‘survivor’ that is being offered in ‘project’ condition – having not been started in recent years.

Listed on the Bevel Heaven registry, this MHR even has its original windscreen and crankcase seal in place, indicating the casings have never been apart, making it ideal for collectors.

Supplied with original registration certificates, some service history, and showing just 25,914km on its odometer, it is expected to be in demand at its projected ‘no reserve’ selling price of $25,000-$35,000.

Another appealing Ducati ‘project’ in the auction is a circa-1973 Ducati 750 GT that has been garaged since 2011 and is offered complete, but not running ($20,000-$25,000).

Another Italian collectable in the auction is a limited edition 2019 MV Agusta Brutale 800RR ‘Lewis Hamilton Edition’ offered with ‘no reserve’ and expected to sell in the $38,000 – $46,000 range.

2019 MV Agusta Brutale 800RR ‘Lewis Hamilton Edition

Build number 004 of just 144, this one-owner superbike has just 99km showing on its odometer.

Jimboomba Police rider survival course

The LH44 was first delivered to an enthusiast from Mount Vernon, NSW in December, 2019, and has remained in his collection ever since.  It comes with an MV Agusta trickle charger, electronic master key and full books.

British bike fans are not neglected in the auction with a super-rare 1988 Norton Commander P53 being offered.

1988 twin rotary-engined Norton Commander P53

Originally out of the UK, this big Norton tourer is powered by a twin-rotor 588cc Wankel rotary engine – one of just 253 Norton Commanders built with a rotary engine.

Its twin-rotor 588cc Wankel rotary engine produced 63kW at 9000rpm and 75Nm at 7000rpm and was mated to a five-speed gearbox, sitting on a 1486mm wheelbase.

In this configuration, the Commander was primarily a tourer with full bodywork and a tall windscreen, with its twin panniers integral with its fibreglass bodywork. 

Two types of Commander were produced, the P52 single-seat model for police use and the dual-seat P53 civilian tourer. Befitting its touring role, the Commander’s final-drive chain was protected by a full enclosure, while parts such as wheels, forks, switchgear, clocks and brakes were brought-in Yamaha items from its XJ900. 

Showing just 9900km on its odometer at the time of cataloguing in just over 30 years, the burgundy Commander P53 has a full fairing, dual panniers and black seat. It is expected to sell in the $24,000-$30,000 range.

The Commander is one of a diverse range of 33 motorcycles, scooters and three-wheelers in the Shannons Summer Online Auction – 18 offered with no reserve.

To view all auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au To talk to a Shannons Auction Team member directly, call the 1300 078 500.

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