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:
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
“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.
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.
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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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.’
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.”
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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Build number 004 of just 144, this one-owner superbike has just 99km showing on its odometer.
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.
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.
Just as well our borders are now open with Western Australia opening next month as Ducati Australia has announced a special track day held at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
It will be a great opportunity to blast your Panigale, Monster, Streetfighter, Multistrada or even Scrambler around the same tracks as Troy Bayliss and other Ducati MotGP and World Superbike stars.
The track day is on 4 March 2022 and prices start at $420.
That includes six 20-minute track sessions, a Ducati gift bag, a meet and greet session with the DesmoSport Ducati team rider Bryan Staring, a tour of his Panigale V4 R Australian Superbike Championship bike, a catered lunch, cold drinks and a pre-ride review with Bryan and crew chief Ben Henry about track lines, track position and more.
Ben says it’s a great opportunity not only for experienced riders, but also new riders to “benefit from their experience to improve their riding and discover the capabilities of their bikes”.
Ducati Owners Club members receive an additional Desmosport Ducati Merchandise Pack.
You can also pay an extra $174 for on-track riding tips with the DesmoSport Ducati Team, $100 for pro riding tips and $75 for suspension settings by the factory team, but all spaces are limited, so book quickly.
There will be three riding groups based on track riding ability from advanced to beginners.
Riders will need to remove or tape all glass and mirrors and bikes will be scrutineers for safety.
They can ride on any Motorcycling Australia licence or buy a one-event recreational licence.
For more info, click here. Bookings close on18 February 2022.
Ducati Australia has recorded the biggest rise in sales for the company worldwide in 2021 with a 50% increase.
Ducati sold 59,477 motorcycles globally which is a new record for the Italian company, up 24% on 2020 and 12% over 2019.
In 2021 Ducati’s growth came in all the main countries, starting with the United States, which regained the place of leading market for Ducati with 9007 units which corresponds to an increase of 32% on 2020.
It was followed by Italy with 8707 bikes (23% on 2020) and Germany with 6107 (11% on 2020).
The Chinese market also grew with 4901 motorcycles (21%), as well as the French with 4352 (12%) and the UK with 2941 (30%).
While the number of bikes sold in Australia has not been revealed, they say sales are up 50% which is the biggest growth for the company in any market last year.
It will be replaced by the Ducati in 2023 and it looks just as sporty and sexy!
The electric motorcycle prototype, code-named “V21L”, is the result of the joint work of the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers, led by Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director.
“We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment,” Roberto enthused.
“I find it hard to believe it is reality and still not a dream. The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only for its uniqueness but also for the type of undertaking: challenging both for its performance objectives and for its extremely short timescales.
“Precisely for this reason, the work of the whole team dedicated to the project has been incredible and today’s result repays us for the efforts made in recent months. We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid a first important ‘brick’.”
The V21L was piloted on track by Michele Pirro, professional rider and Ducati test rider since 2013.
“Testing the MotoE prototype on the circuit was a great thrill, because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history,” Michele says.
“The bike is light and already has a good balance. Furthermore, the throttle connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP bike. If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70% of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”
The most important challenges in the development of an electric racing motorcycle remain related to the size, weight and range of the batteries.
Ducati is also not changing its aims of making high-performance and lightweight motorcycles.
They say the focus of the MotoE project is to provide performance, light weight and consistency of power delivery during the race.
They hope to achieve this with an efficient cooling system.
The expertise they gain through the exercise will obviously trickle down to their future electric road and adventure bikes.
The inspiration for the styling is evident with the twin-pod LED headlights and relatively slim proportions. However, under all that new bodywork is a motorcycle that we’re pretty familiar with. At the heart of the new DesertX is the same 937cc Testastretta V-twin engine that powers multiple models in the Italian marquee’s lineup — like the Multistrada V2. That said, peak output figures at 110hp at 9,250rpm and 68lb-ft of torque at 6,500rpm are slightly lower than on the Multistrada. The DesertX also features shorter gearing, which should translate to better performance earlier on in the rev band — vital while off-roading.
While the Multistrada is a road-biased adventure tourer, the DesertX has been designed with the dirt in mind. Autocar India reports that the bike features a 21-inch/18-inch wire-spoke wheel setup that not even the Multistrada 1260 Enduro gets. Given its intentions, the DesertX also boasts of some seriously impressive off-road-centric figures; 230mm and 220mm of suspension travel at the front and rear, respectively, and 250mm of ground clearance.
Consequently, this is a tall motorcycle. A seat height that’s 875mm off the ground is going to deter less experienced riders from hopping on. There’s also the weight — with the 21-liter fuel tank topped up, the DesertX tips the scales at 223kg.
Like with every Ducati, this one features a host of electronics. There’s a total of six riding modes, including Enduro and Rally modes dedicated to off-road use. Riders also can choose from four power modes via a 5-inch TFT dash with optional Bluetooth connectivity.
You also have the option to choose from a wide range of add-on accessories that include panniers, heated grips, fog lamps, and even an 8-liter auxiliary fuel tank.
The DesertX will be available in North American dealerships from May 2022, with prices starting at $16,795.