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Ducati recalls XDiavel and Scrambler 1100

Ducati Australia has issued two separate recall notices this week for their XDiavel, XDiavel S and Scrambler 1100 models for issues with side stands and electrics.

In the first notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, X Diavel and XDiavel S models made from 2016 to 2018, the side stand mounting bracket may become damaged.

“The side stand may fail when the motorcycle is parked,” the notice says.

“If this occurs, the motorcycle may fall over, which could increase the risk of injury to the rider and passenger, or bystanders.”

That’s not good for a motorcycle costing more than $30,000.

Some 182 Scrambler 1100 models sold from April 2018 to January 2021, have an issue with the exhaust cable coming into contact with the battery positive cable, according to the official ACCC notice.

“If the two cables make contact with each other, there will be an electrical short causing a potential fire risk, increasing the risk of an accident and injury to the rider, passenger and/or bystanders,” it says.

“In the event of a serious accident, this may result in death.”

Owners of the above models will be notified in writing to contact their closest Ducati dealer or service agent and arrange an appointment for the respective cables to be rearranged, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact an authorised Ducati dealer or email [email protected]

Motorcycle paramedics


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

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Australia confirmed for limited edition Scrambler

Ducati Australia has confirmed we will get some of the 800 limited-edition and numbered edition Desert Sled Fasthouse model.

The motorcycle was created to celebrate the collaboration between Ducati Scrambler and the American clothing brand Fasthouse, which in 2020 took the rider Jordan Graham to victory in the Hooligan class of the Mint 400, the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America.

Despite the American connection, Ducati Australia confirms the Desert Sled Fasthouse will be available here in August and have a ride away price of $A20,290.

That’s $1000 more than the current white model, but it does look more racey and has a couple of extra features.

They include a non-slip coating on the seat and off-road inspired foot pegs with removable rubber pads.

The black spoked wheels measuring 19” at the front and 17” at the rear are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres in sizes 120/70 R 19 M/C 60V M+S TL front and 170/60 R 17 M/C 72V M+S TL rear. 

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

The collaboration with Fasthouse on this bike also includes the launch of a capsule collection of apparel consisting of short and long-sleeved t-shirts, jackets and caps.

They will be available from the end of April on Fasthouse’s sales channels, in Ducati network dealers and on the Ducati Online Shop.

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Recall: 2016-2018 Ducati XDiavel Side Stand Issue

There has officially been a recall announcement made by Ducati North America on two of the XDiavel trim levels because of a side stand related issue.

According to the NHTSA, only two percent of the 1,601 bikes involved in the recall should be impacted by this issue. The target models of this recall are the 2016-2018 Ducati XDiavel S and STD models.

Ducati specified that the side stand bracket could become deformed over time due to repeated use of holding the XDiavel up. Once the bracket deforms, the bike will sit on a much steeper angle when parked and in extreme circumstances, the bracket can break causing the motorcycle to fall to the ground. If the 500+lb bike were to fall, it could cause injury to anyone on or around the motorcycle. 

2018 Ducati XDiavel

The Italian-based company does not specify the actual cause for the potentially faulty bracket. It could be a design issue or it could be a quality issue, but I doubt Ducati wants to broadcast that information in either case. As of right now, there have been no injuries reported but Ducati has received multiple reports of downed XDiavels due to the side stand bracket. 

Tokyo Motor Show Yamaha Display

XDiavel owners will be receiving a notice in the mail welcoming them to have the side stand bracket replaced with a stronger one, free of charge. The official recall will begin on March 15, 2021, where XDiavel owners can reference safety recall number SRV-RCL-21-001. 

Owners who have already had the issue addressed or have incurred damages are eligible for a refund. Ducati owners who have questions, comments, or concerns are urged to contact Ducati customer service by calling 1-888-391-5446 (have your VIN on hand). As always, the NHTSA’s Safety Hotline service is available by calling 1-888-327-4236 or check www.safercar.gov for more information.

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LEGO® Teams Up With Ducati

Ducati and the LEGO Group present the latest model in the LEGO® Technic™ line: the Ducati Panigale V4 R. This release is the result of a licensing agreement signed by LEGO Group and Ducati Motor Holding. This is the first-ever brick reproduction of a Ducati motorcycle. Ducati wanted to ensure LEGO expressed and respected the values of ‘Style, Sophistication, and Performance’ that characterizes the brand, and LEGO did exactly that.

The Ducati Panigale V4 R is the most powerful and high-performance Ducati of all time, with 221 horsepower delivered at 15,250 rpm (234 hp / at 15,500 rpm) thanks to the 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R, an engine formulated to compete on the track in the WSBK championship.

Per Ducati’s website, the LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R measures 32 cm in length, 16 cm in height, and 8 cm in width and is the first motorcycle model in LEGO® Technic™ history to include a gearbox to simulate different speeds and riding techniques. 

LEGO Ducati Panigale V4 R

“We have all been children fond of LEGO bricks and I think it is easy to understand that this new licensing agreement between Ducati and the LEGO Group is like a dream come true. Two excellences that share the same values of dedication, passion, and attention to detail come together to give life to a unique experience” said Alessandro Cicognani, Ducati Licensing Director. “Our hope is that the Ducati Panigale V4 R LEGO® Technic™ can bring together, excite and entertain children and parents, but also all the fans who ride their motorbikes every day.”

“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant icon and a masterpiece of technology” states Aurélien Rouffiange, Senior Designer of LEGO Technic. “It was essential for me to include as many details and features as I could, to capture all the curves and the unique design of the Red icon, to create for the first time a functioning gearbox and steering as well as a V4 cylinder engine that spins. To me, riding is all about the sensation you feel in connection with the road on your motorcycle. I hope that building the LEGO TECHNIC Panigale V4R model brings you the same excitement. Not only a play experience but also a way to learn about mechanics, power, and technology. The beginning of a long journey with a lot of fun and passion.”

“Being one of the first to have built with bricks the model of an icon such as the Ducati Panigale V4 R was exciting”, stated Paolo Lazzarin, General Manager of LEGO Italia. “The set perfectly captures the spirit and design of the original thereby transforming the concept of performance: pure adrenalin racing and full control. This model is the brainchild of the partnership with Ducati Design Center and I am convinced that LEGO fans of all ages will appreciate the attention-to-detail in this amazing motorcycle replica created by LEGO Technic.”

The LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R model, created with 646 pieces, is designed for fans aged 10+ and will be available in Ducati dealerships, in the Ducati Online Shop, in LEGO Stores, in the LEGO Online Store, and in LEGO Brand Retail Stores priced at $69.99.

LEGO Ducati Panigale V4 R

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Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled gets new livery and a few tweaks for 2021

2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

The Scrambler Desert Sled is Ducati’s off-road interpretation of the Scrambler 800 model line, inspired by bikes of the ’60s and ’70s which appeared in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. Traditionally the machines that inspired this modern day Ducati were road machines over 500 cc, stripped of unnecessary components and fitted with off-road tyres and spoked wheels, with suspension and skid plates to suit unforgiving terrain.

2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

With a reinforced frame, aluminium swingarm, fork yokes, suspension and spoked rims (19″ at the front) the Scrambler Desert Sled is for those who might want to get a little off the beaten track. A headlight mesh guard, high mudguards and, of course, the engine skid plate add to the off-road chops and make this a bit more than just a styling exercise.

2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

A re-upholstered seat maintains a relatively low 860 mm, however a 20 mm lower version is available as an option.  Adjustable Kayaba suspension with 200 mm of travel.

Serrated off-road style foot-pegs with removable rubber pads will help your boots get purchase in the muddy stuff. Pillion pegs are removeable.

Long travel suspension is ideally suited to off-road adventures

The Desert Sled also features an Off-Road Riding Mode that allows disengagement of the cornering ABS.

Spoked wheels are also standard fitment

For 2021 the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled offers a new look with the adoption of the “Sparking Blue” livery enriched with red and white details on the fuel tank, mudguards and gold rims, a tribute to the Enduro bikes of the ‘80s. The dash remains an LCD unit, with LED lighting.

A headlight guard and tall mudguards are also off-road ready

The 2021 Scrambler Desert Sled weighs in at 209 kg with 13.5L of fuel, produces 66.2 Nm of torque at 5750 rpm and is Euro5 compliant.  It’s expected to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2021, and will be available for $19,500 Ride-Away.

The 2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled will arrive in Australia for $19,500 ride-away

2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled features

  • Colour: “Sparking Blue” with details in “Ducati Red” and “Iceberg White”, black frame and golden rims
  • Cornering ABS
  • Riding Mode Off Road
  • Exhaust with dual tailpipe and black covers
  • Reinforced off-road frame
  • Dedicated aluminium swingarm
  • Spoked wheels, 19in at the front and 17in at the rear,
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres
  • Dedicated seat with a height of 860 mm (low option available)
  • Tapered handlebars with reinforcement strut
  • Adjustable Kayaba upside down fork with 200 mm of travel
  • Adjustable Kayaba rear shock absorber with separate gas cartridge
  • Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable side panels
  • Front headlight with type-approved mesh guard
  • High front mudguard
  • Extended rear mudguard
  • High plate holder
  • Ready for DMS (Ducati Multimedia System)
  • Hydraulic clutch control

2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Specifications

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
Type L-Twin, Desmodromic Distribution, 2 Valves Per Cylinder, Air Cooled
Displacement 803 cc
Bore X Stroke 88 X 66 mm
Compression Ratio 11:1
Power 73 Hp (53,6 Kw) 8250rpm/min
Torque 48,8 Lb-Ft (66,2 Nm) @ 5750rpm
Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection, 50 Mm Throttle Body
Exhaust Stainless Steel Muffler With Catalytic Converter And 2 Lambda Probes, Aluminium Tail Pipes
Gearbox 6 Speed
Ratio 1=32/13  2=30/18  3=28/21  4=26/23  5=22/22  6=24/26
Primary Drive Straight Cut Gears, Ratio 1,85:1
Final Drive Chain, Front Spocket 15, Rear Sprocket 46
Clutch Hydraulically Controlled Slipper And Self-Servo Wet Multiplate Clutch
Frame Tubular Steel Trellis Frame
Front Suspension 46mm Fully Adjustable Usd Forks
Front Wheel Spoked Aluminium Wheel 3,00″ X 19″
Front Tyre Pirelli Scorpion™ Rally Str 120/70 R19
Rear Suspension Kayaba Rear Shock, Pre-Load And Rebound Adjustable. Aluminium Double-Sided Swingarm
Rear Wheel 200 Mm
Rear Tyre Spoked Aluminium Wheel 4,50″ X 17″
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear) Pirelli Scorpion™ Rally Str 170/60 R17
Front Brake Ø330 mm Disc, Radial 4-Piston Calliper With Bosch Cornering Abs As Standard Equipment
Rear Brake Ø245 mm Disc, 1-Piston Floating Calliper With Bosch Cornering Abs As Standard Equipment
Instrumentation LCD
Dimensions And Weights
Dry Weight 193 kg 
Kerb Weight* 209 kg 
Seat Height 860 mm – Low Seat 840 mm – Available as Accessory
Wheelbase 1.505 mm 
Rake/Trail 24° / 112 mm 
Fuel Tank Capacity 13,5 L
Number Of Seats Dual Seat
Standard Equipment Steel Tank With Interchangeable Aluminium Side Panels, Headlight With Drl By Led Light-Guide And Interchangeable Aluminium Cover, Led Rear Light With Diffusion-Light, Led Turn Indicator, Lcd Instruments With Gear And Fuel Level Indications And Interchangeable Aluminium Cover, Under-Seat Storage Compartment With Usb Socket, Abs Cornering, Machine-Finished Aluminium Belt Covers, Black Engine With Brushed Fins.
Dedicated Equipment Aluminium Handlebar With Cross-Strut, Front Stem Protectors, Seat With Specific Design, High Front Mudguard, Long Rear Mudguard And High Plate Support
Warranty And Maintenance 
Warranty 24 Months Unlimited Mileage
Maintenance Service Intervals 12,000 km (7.500 m) / 12 Months
Desmoservice 12,000 km (7.500 m)
Emissions And Consumption 
Standard Euro 5
Co2 Emissions Co2 124 G/km
Consumption 5,4 L/100 km

Source: MCNews.com.au

FOR SALE: 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport

$85k With 2 Days Left On Auction

Here’s your chance to own a wicked-expensive, fully restored 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport. This bike in particular is one of 401 total units boasting a green frame and was first owned by George Vincensi of the Berliner Motor Corporation.

This 750 Super Sport has been fully restored in the early 2000s and the 748cc round-case L-twin engine has been fully rebuilt by Guy Martin; ever heard of him? Yes, the legendary Isle of Man TT racer Guy Martin was the one that tried his hand at rebuilding this engine and restoring it to its former glory. Imagine owning a Ferrari that had its engine rebuilt by Michael Schumacher. The motorcycle also features new paint and chrome.

This motorcycle is packed with features for a bike of its time. This bike has clip-on handlebars, triple-disc brakes, Conti mufflers, smiths gauges, a steering damper, Dyna electronic ignition, and Ducati’s signature desmodromic bevel-driven camshafts.

On the visual side, this restored 750 Super Sport has seen a complete re-work of the paint to deliver us this beautiful two-tone green/blue and silver by Borella Enterprises located in Connecticut.

This bike comes included with all service and restoration records along with a carefully documented photo-journey of the engine rebuild process. The original owner’s manual, warranty card, took kit and stock hardware all come with the sale of this motorcycle.

At the time of writing, this legendary piece of Ducati history is on aucation over at bringatrailer.com with the bids currently sitting at an astounding $85,000 with two days left in auction. 

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Will all Ducati Monsters ditch the trellis frame?

The new Monster has ditched the steel trellis frame for a much lighter alloy frame to improve power-to-weight ratio, performance, fuel economy and emissions.

But the move seems to have upset some Ducatisti, causing concern that the iconic trellis frame may be destined for the scrap heap.

Some fans even go so far as to say the new Monster is ugly and have ridiculed it on internet chat forums.

The Queensland Italian Bike Addicts facebook page is even running a poll asking fans whether they prefer the design of the new Monster or a garbage truck … so far the garbage truck is winning!

Monster poll

The 2021 Ducati Monster has a 937cc L-twin engine, up from the 821cc, so it has a few extra ponies.

But the biggest performance boost is in the power-to-weight ratio thanks to a 188kg wet weight which is a whopping 18kg lighter than the 821. 

The new hybrid monocoque frame with a fibreglass-reinforced polymer subframe saves most of that weight.

But has it spoiled the iconic look of the Monster?

2002 Monster

A quarter of a century ago, the Monster took the motorcycle and design world by storm with its muscular naked looks, making a highlight of the frame and L-twin. 

It even featured in the landmark 1998 Guggenheim Museum exhibition in New York, ‘The Art of the Motorcycle’ and is included in the current one-off, world exclusive” Motorcycle: Design: Art, Desire exhibit at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) running until 26 April 2021.

In recent years the full trellis frame has been whittled down to a shorter frame attached to the cylinder head with a separate subframe.

Ducati Monster 1200 25° Anniversario
Ducati Monster 1200 with half trellis frame

Now that it has totally ditched the trellis frame, some Ducatisti say it is no longer a true Monster.

The other missing iconic ingredient is the L-twin shape defined by a protruding forward cylinder and the “L” cam covers.

It seems the designers have done all they could to turn the motor into a formless mass of black metal.

And with its sharp edges and origami styling, it now looks more like many Japanese naked bikes, particularly the popular Yamaha MT models.

Yamaha MT-10
Yamaha MT-10

If you are really kind, you could say it looks like the MV Agusta Brutale 800 (although it retains a trelllis frame).

I can understand the need to meet tough new emissions and economy targets without jeopardising performance, but when they take away iconic design elements and make it look like many other naked bikes, it loses its identity and its appeal.

Kawasaki Ninja 250 KRT

I would still love to ride the new Monster, but as the above FB admin says, this is a bike that is as much about style as it is function.

Let’s hope that when it comes to updating the Monster 1200, Ducati retains their iconic design elements.

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VIDEO: Youtuber ‘Cars With Luke’ Dailies Ducati A Hypermotard 950 SP Now!

Cars with Luke‘ a very popular supercar content-driven youtube channel breaks the proverbial motorcycle ice with this new video informing viewers that he has come back to his passion of riding motorcycles and is currently daily-driving this Ducati Hypermotard Demo bike.

He recently sold his Porsche 718 GT4, and is now left without a vehicle to commute on for the following few months until the weather in his area worsens. Moto77 hooked him up with this demo unit Hypermotard 950 SP after he spent a while on a Scrambler to get his riding chops back up as he hasn’t ridden a motorcycle in over five years.

The Ducati HM 950 SP is the crowned jewel of the motard world with its 937cc Testastretta L-twin engine producing 114 horsepower and 71 lb-ft of torque. Although you may think 114 ponies isn’t a lot in 2020 (where bikes frequent the 200hp range) when you pair that with the short wheelbase of the Hypermotard and take into account the extremely high riding position due to the saddle design you’re in a whole world of trouble. I would get a ticket twenty times faster on a bike like this than something like a Panigale. It’s built to have fun and wheelie, and that’s what I’m all about.

It’s great to see Luke getting back into motorcycles. He produces some of the highest quality car-content on the entire platform, so if he does intend to bring us some frequent motorcycle content in the future it would be much appreciated.

If you have some time, go over to this video and let him know how excited you are about seeing some motorcycle content on the channel and perhaps we can collectively shift his regular content outlook and get some new motorcycle content in the future. 

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Ducati Reveals the 950 Monster for 2021

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The Monster Is Ready for 2021

In the final Web reveal of the year for Ducati, the company showcased the new 950 Monster. This bike shares its engine with the latest Supersport 950 and should be one heck of a motorcycle.

The bike’s Testaretta 11-degree engine makes 111 hp and 69 lb-ft of torque, and Ducati did its best to make the most of that by making the Monster lightweight. The company said this is the lightest Monster yet. It managed to lose 40 pounds when compared to the outgoing 821 Monster.

The 2021 950 Monster gets a full-color TFT display, ABS, TC, launch control, wheelie control, three riding modes, and a quickshifter. There’s also a lighter and easier to use clutch.

Aprilia scooter

Suspension on this motorcycle is 43mm USD forks and a rear mono-shock. Stopping power comes by way of Brembo M4.32 monoblock 4-piston calipers and 320mm discs up front and 2-piston Brembo calipers in the rear with a 245mm disc.

Service intervals are every 15,000 km or every 12 months and you can get this bike with either a Ducati Red or a Dark Stealth paint job. The price of this model in Australia is $18,200 ride away.

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2021 Ducati 950 Monster reveal | 111 hp | 93 Nm | 166 kg

2021 Ducati Monster and Monster+

Ducati have unveiled the final new model for 2021 in their last web world premiere, with the new Monster breaking cover, fitted with a 111 hp Testastretta 11° engine, which it shares with the latest Supersport 950.

2021 Ducati Monster+

Ducati are calling this the lightest, most compact Monster yet, representing the epitome of the Monster line, even if it does feature a double-sided swingarm. Hence the name, just Ducati Monster, or Monster+ if you’re after the extras, with no number designation.

Euro5 homologated the engine boosts capacity over the outgoing 821, offering more power and torque while slimming down weight by 2.4 kg. The main gain is in torque which is up to 93 Nm from 85.4, while power is bumped up a couple of ponies and their should be some instant urge thanks to a high 13.3:1 compression ratio.  A slip and assist clutch is also fitted.

The new Monster runs the same powerplant as the SuperSport 950

The frame is based on the design of the Panigale V4, with an aluminium front frame attached directly to the heads, weighing only 3 kg, or 60 per cent less than the previous traditional trellis style unit.

The rims likewise have been shaved down to save 1.7 kg, while the swingarm loses 1.6 kg. The subframe uses Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer technology to save a further 1.9 kg, with a total of 18 kg saved over the Monster 821, bringing the 2021 Ducati Monster to just 166 kg dry.

Weight savings are seen in the new frame, rims, swingarm and sub-frame

The new Monster is suspended by 43 mm USD forks, while a progressive linkage and preload adjustable monoshock handle the rear of the bike via an aluminium double-sided swingarm.

Brakes are Brembo M4.32 monoblock four-piston units, with semi-floating 320 mm rotors, and a radial master cylinder. At the rear you’ll find a 245 mm rotor with Brembo two-piston floating caliper.

Brakes are Brembo M4.32 calipers

Seat height is now 820 mm with a narrow design between the legs, ensuring an easy reach to the ground. A lower 800 mm accessory seat is also available. For those who need the bike lower still Ducati offer a lowered suspension kit which can further lower the seat height to 775 mm in conjunction with the low seat, but that will of course have trade offs in suspension travel and compliance.

Standard seat height is 820 mm and narrow between the legs for the reach to the ground

The steering angle has been increased to 36°, up 7° compared to the 821, benefiting low speed maneuvering, with handlebars 70 mm closer to the rider and more upright for better control and comfort. The rider’s feet have also been moved, with Ducati stating ‘the legs are now less curled up’.

Lighting is LED with bars moved back towards the rider

An extensive electronics package includes cornering ABS, traction control and wheelie control as standard, alongside launch control. Ride modes include Sport, Urban and Touring, with electronics controlled via the switchblocks and current settings and speed viewed via a 4.3 TFT display that includes tacho and gear.

Other standard fitment tech includes the Ducati Quick Shift system, full LED lighting, including dynamic indicators and a USB socket for charging personal devices.

Electronics include rider modes, cornering ABS, TC, Launch Control and Wheelie Control

On the Monster+ we see a fly screen and passenger seat cover included.

Service intervals are 15,000 km or every 12 months, while Desmoservice is every 30,000 km.

2021 Ducati Monster+ in Ducati Red

The 2021 Ducati Monster will be available in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels, or in Aviator Grey with GP Red wheels. The Monster+ will be available in the same colours.

The new Monster will be available in Australia from June with a starting price of $18,200 Ride Away.

The Monster with personalised plastic covers

2021 Ducati Monster and Monster+ Specifications

Source: MCNews.com.au