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Ducati puts smile on Mona Lisa’s face

No wonder Mona Lisa is smiling!

“Ducati Mona Lisa” is the name of the work of art created by the French artist Jisbar (born Jean-Baptiste Launay) which will be auctioned on Thursday 16 July 2020 to raise funds for the #RaceAgainstCOVID.

The charity was organised by the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer in support of the rehabilitation programs that the Polyclinic of S. Orsola in Bologna has developed for patients in post Covid-19 convalescence.

It follows the recent release of the very limited-edition Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO with €500 from the sale of each going to help the recovery of Bologna COVID-19 patients.

Scrambler Ducati Club Italia
Limited edition Scrambler

Ducati Mona Lisa

The painting is part of the “Mona Lisa” series, where Jisbar reinterprets Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous masterpiece in different ways through his imaginative and colourful style, which is consecrating him as one of the most interesting emerging youngsters on the pop-art scene world.

In “Ducati Mona Lisa” the female figure in the centre of the picture is surrounded by visual and graphic elements that recall the history of Ducati, its models in the range and some of its most famous riders. The French artist created this work with great enthusiasm and has now made it available for free to support the #RaceAgainstCOVID initiative organised by Ducati.Ducati Mona Lisa aids COVID recovery

“Ducati Mona Lisa”, an acrylic on canvas of 141 x 106cm, will be put up for auction by Cambi Aste on the morning of Thursday 16 July 2020, during auction #481 dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography and comics, starting at 10am (Bologna time) until the end of the last batch. The auction will be streamed online and offers can be placed directly from the page of the site which can be accessed via a link obtained during the registration phase.

Registrations are already open on www.cambiaste.com. The site is available in Italian, English, French and Chinese, while the auctioneer’s live streaming will only be in Italian.

The proceeds from the sale of the work will be entirely donated to the Policlinico di S. Orsola in Bologna.

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Is a Ducati really a Ducati if it’s white and not red?

White is the new red at Ducati after last week unveiling a gorgeous White Rosso livery for the Panigale V2 and now a Multistrada 950 S in “GP White” livery.

To many, a Ducati is only a Ducati if it’s red. The same could be said for Kawasaki’s that are not green, Yamahas that are not blue and Harleys that are not black. But Ducati really “owns” the colour red!

However, I have owned three Ducatis and only one was red!

Which do you think looks most like a Ducati?

Of course red is faster, especially Ducati Red, and many great Ducatis have been red, but I do like the pearly white paint Ducati uses on their bikes.

White is more

Mind you, it will cost extra.

The white V2 is expected to be in European showrooms next month and in Australia in September.

Price in Australia will be $23,350 ride away which is $450 more than the red V2, although it does a few minor upgrades including a more comfy seat.

Ducati Panigale V2 in white
Ducati Panigale V2 in white

And, of course, there is Ducati Red in the rims, the front air intakes and the deflectors of the upper half-fairings.

The Multistrada 950 S “GP White”, both in the alloy wheels and spoked wheels versions, will be available in Ducati dealers within July and should be in Australia in September.

Ducati Multistrada 950 S white red
Ducati Multistrada 950 S in GP White

There is no word yet on the price of the Multistrada 950 S, but it also features Ducati Red in the frame and in the graphics on the alloy wheels.

To launch the Multistrada 950 S, Ducati released this video set among the unmistakable landscapes of the Motor Valley in Emilia-Romagna.

Multistrada 950 S comes with a suite of hi-tech components: electronic suspension with Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS) system, Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS), full-LED headlamp with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL), 5” colour TFT display, Hands Free system, Cruise Control and backlit handlebar controls, as well as Bosch ABS Cornering.Ducati Multistrada 950 S white red

For the 2021 model year, all Multistrada 950 models will be powered by the Testastretta 11° engine (937cc and 113hp) that comply with Euro 5 standard in all countries where it is in force.

On all models of the Multistrada family, Ducati offers a “4Ever Multistrada” warranty, valid for four years with unlimited mileage.

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Ducati unveils White Rosso Panigale V2

Ducati has unveiled a gorgeous White Rosso livery for the Panigale V2 which debuted at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last year in Ducati Red.

It is expected to be in showrooms in the next month.

Price has not yet been revealed, but the red V2 is $A22,900 ride away and if previous white editions are a guide, it should cost about $200-300 more.

Ducati says the White Rosso livery has “Star White Silk” as its main colour with Ducati Red colours the rims, the front air intakes and the deflectors of the upper half-fairings.Ducati Panigale V2 in white

This new livery is complemented by a large Panigale V2 logo on the lower half fairings, inspired by the graphics of Ducati Corse motorcycles.

To showcase the new livery, the bike in the photos was “modelled” by Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia of the Pramac Racing Team at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”.

Poetry in motion

Ducati Panigale in whitePecco with V2

As usual, the official Ducati press release has a lot of poetic description as well as some flowery “quotes” from Pecco:

“Since 2016, my personal motto has been #GoFree. For me it means living in a light-hearted and carefree way, having fun and giving priority to the things you love to do. I think the Panigale V2 fits well with this definition and reflects my way of being “, said Pecco Bagnaia after trying the Panigale V2.

“The new livery, so white, is very beautiful and different from the usual. Despite being a street bike, it surprised me how much speed it can have when cornering. It is a fun, very stable and very sincere bike that allows you to go fast, safely, without becoming tired, while having a very strong and decisive character and personality.”Ducati Panigale V2 in white

Panigale V2 power

Panigale V2 is Ducati’s entry model Panigale.

It is powered by the Euro5-compliant 955cc Superquadro twin-cylinder engine with 115kW of power (155hp) at 10,750rpm and 104Nm of torque at 9000rpm.

More than 70% of the maximum torque is available above 5500rpm, allowing riders to exit corners quickly.

The chassis is based on the monocoque frame inspired by the Panigale V4 with a single-sided swingarm and under-engine silencer.Ducati Panigale V2 in white

The electronic rider-aid package includes “cornering” Bosch ABS, an electronic gearbox with up/down quickshift and wheelie control.

All controls are integrated into the three Riding Modes (Race, Sport and Street) that can be modified via the 4.3” TFT colour dashboard.

It comes with fully-adjustable suspension with 43mm Showa Big Piston Forks and a Sachs shock absorber.

The V2 is shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II multi-compound tyres.

There is also a Sachs steering damper, Brembo brakes with M4.32 monobloc callipers activated by a radial brake master cylinder. The discs are 320mm at the front and single 245mm rear disc.

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Ducati Scrambler aids virus recovery

Ducati has built a limited-edition Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO with 500 Euros from the sale of each going to help the recovery of Bologna COVID-19 patients.

The problem is, the bike is only available to sell to the 80 members of the exclusive Scuderia Club Italia.

Ducati debut Scrambler 1100 ProsDucati Scrambler 1100 PRO models in January

The sports-cultural association was founded in 1989 by vintage/racing car drivers, connoisseurs and motoring enthusiasts who design and develop original versions of cars and motorcycles.

They worked with the Ducati Design Centre to develop the limited edition Scrambler in a similar partnership that also produced 36 Monster 900 Club Italia bikes in 1995. The bikes are now highlight sought after collectors’ items.

The Scrambler Scrambler Ducati Club Italia model features unique graphics, a red leather seat by Poltrona Frau with embroidered Club Italia logo and a metallic blue tank with bright red side panels, topped off by the Giugiaro-designed Ducati logo.Scrambler Ducati Club Italia aids COVID recovery

The frame has the same metallic blue finish as the tank, while the rear subframe comes in natural aluminium with an aluminium numbered plaque.

The front and rear fenders are in aluminium with a tricolour finish and the wheels have black spokes.Scrambler Ducati Club Italia aids COVID recovery

Of course, it has Termignoni titanium silencers and there is plenty of billet aluminium in the tank cap, LED indicator bodies, brake and clutch levers, brake and clutch fluid reservoir covers, frame plugs and footpegs.

Funds to COVID recovery

Ducati will donate 500 euros from each bike sold to the #raceagainstCovid, the Ducati charity to help the S. Orsola Hospital in Bologna for the recovery of Covid-19 patients.

Bike deliveries will begin in September. Each customer will also receive a personalised bike cover, a certificate of authenticity and a hand-crafted Bell helmet that matches the colour of the bike and features dedicated graphics.

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Lego fan builds life-size Ducati Panigale V4 R

A Lego fan has built a life-size Ducati Panigale V4 R to celebrate the European launch of the scale model version.

While the scale model is 32cm long, 16cm high and 8cm wide, this Lego model is the same size and almost the same weight at 180kg compared with 192kg for the V4 R.Lego fan builds life-size Ducati Panigale V4 R

The model is available for €59.99 (about $A102) but you can’t buy the life-size version.

It was built by “Lego certified professional” Riccardo Zangelmi in 400 hours using 15,000 bricks and no glue!

Life-size model

Riccardo says the life-size model build was “the most exciting professional challenge I’d ever faced”.

“It pushed me well beyond any limit and I succeeded by crossing the finishing line as part of a team,” he says.Lego fan builds life-size Ducati Panigale V4 R

“I approached the project as an official pilot of the Borgo Panigale Company, giving it my all on the track, looking for and overcoming new challenges.

“I was the first to look at the two motorbikes side by side, and I am happy to have captured the DNA that characterises both Lego Technic and Ducati, recreating with bricks the motorbike that is symbolic of Italian excellence.”

Lego bike models

Ducati joins Harley-Davidson and BMW as the only motorcycle companies with Lego models.

Lego Ducati Panigale V4 RBig boys’ toys!

The Lego Ducati Panigale V4 R is the first Lego motorcycle model to include a gearbox.

It joins the Harley Fat Boy ($A159.99) and BMW R 1200 GS ($A104) in the Lego world.

Todd's complete Lego bikesLego Harley and BMW

The Lego Duc is made up of 646 pieces which should take some time to put together.Lego Ducati Panigale V4 R

It will be available in Ducati dealerships and the Ducati Online Shop, as well as in Lego stores, retailers and online.

Toy maker Meccano has also joined the action with its licensed and generic motorcycle kits featuring the Ducati Monster 1200S and GP Desmo.

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New Ducati ANZ boss explains benefits

Now that Ducati has taken over the reigns of importing into Australia and New Zealand from NF Importers (Frasers), new subsidiary boss Sergi Canovas (above) has explained the benefits to customers and dealers.

We conducted an interview with Sergi where he answered not only our questions but those supplied by Ducati Owners Club members.


Sergi was born in Barcelona 47 years ago and has been a passionate rider form an early age, riding a Bultaco dirt bike alongside his father.

He joined the Piaggio Group in 2004 working in the sales team at Derbi Motorcycles, eventually becoming the manager for southern Spain before becoming the import manager for Europe.

In 2010, he moved to Vietnam to open Piaggio’s Asia-Pacific unit.

He joined his “dream manufacturer” in 2017 when he got the call from Ducati to become country manager in India.

The largest Ducati store in the world is in New Delhi - Thai - asian marketDucati’s New Delhi showroom is the second largest in the world

“Last year, I was lucky enough to receive the project to set up a subsidiary in Australia,” he says.

“It’s a fantastic country and I can’t wait to ride around it.”

However, his movements have since been curtailed by the pandemic.

“Australia is a special market for us,” he says.

“There is a very emotional connection between Bologna and Australia, especially with racing and Australia riders. We will continue that connection with Jack Miller next year. It couldn’t be a better time to come to Australia”.

Jack Miller Ducati MotoGPJack Miller rides for the Ducati factor team in 2021

When Sergie arrived, Frasers gave him a Scrambler 1100 Sport to ride around, but he is now waiting for Ducati’s press bike fleet to arrive and has his eye set on a Streetfighter V4.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 ready to brawlDucati Streetfighter V4

Here’s the Q&A with Sergi

Q: How tough has it been to arrive in the middle of a pandemic?

A: That’s a worldwide problem, but Australia has been very lucky as it hasn’t affected your heath much. In terms of the market there was a big downturn in numbers in March April, but May and now June seems to be coming back to normal. Let’s hope it continues.

Q: What is your priority?

A: First priority is to take sure that we have the network operating properly with training and communication. We also want to maximise our presence in the market using all our marketing tools in social media and PR.

Q: Will this Ducati import subsidiary mean cheaper bikes?

A: We try to maintain consistency in prices around countries. Prices are also based on the individual markets. (In other words, no change.)

Q: What can owners expect in terms of response from Ducati on bike issues?

A: We will be closer to customers and understand the needs of the market and be quicker with our response. It shortens the communication channel with the brand in Italy. Customers will notice this. Training will also be good, plus marketing, sales and product.

Q: What is the future for sportsbikes in the company?

A: Sportsbike is in our DNA and it will remain there forever. It’s part of our history. But the motorcycling market is a lot of different trends. Trends change, but we retain the Ducati style.

Q: How will Ducati seek new riders?

A: We recently launched the 950 Hypermotard which makes young people more attracted to biking. Sometimes it’s more aggressive bikes and sometimes more accessible bikes like the Scrambler. These make it possible for the customer to enter the Ducati world. Motivation to buy a Scrambler is different to buying a sportsbike and we need to explore that.

Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVEDucati Hypermotard 950 RVE

Q: How will you support the Desmo Owners Clubs?

A: We have a dedicated department in Italy that deals with DOCs and they have a meeting with all the presidents and try to understand what they need and we explain what we are doing. We also need to go out and visit them and understand their needs. I was supposed to be in New Zealand on a DOC ride in March but the pandemic stopped that, but I hope to get out soon.

Q: How can owners clubs support the relationship?

A: Just being loyal is a big asset to us. We want to leverage that. There will be more opportunities to ride.

Q: Will you bring back the inclusive Ducati Turismo event?

A: We have activities for different customers and potential customers around the world. We want Ducatisti to come but we also want to see others come. Grab a bike from a dealer and join in.

Q: Will Ducati move into the smaller displacement categories?

The Scrambler 62 helped us gain newcomers who we hope will upgrade to the next model. Definitely this segment is growing in India and it’s a good platform to bring in new riders. This would really benefit us. They would start the journey with us. But we don’t have small bikes in mind in the next few years.

Q: Will there be greater factory representation at events?

A: Of course. This is one of our biggest assets and why we work with Ducati to leverage on these amazing activities. Unfortunately we don’t have the MotoGP this year at Phillip Island, but we should have the World Superbikes in March.

Q: Will you increase the number of Ducati resellers and dealers?

A: Dealer coverage is good. We are where we have to be. What we need to do now is support dealers with training and support.

Ducati Owners Club of Victoria celebrate their 40th anniversary motorcyclesDucati Owners Club of Victoria

Q: How will you support the large contingent of classic Ducati owners in Australia and New Zealand in answering their questions, provenance inquiries and hard-to-find parts?

A: We support all Ducati customers. We are the best ones to ask and we now have better lines of communication with the experts at the factory.

Q: Will Ducati build more bikes in Thailand?

We currently bring in the Monster 659 and Scrambler from Thailand. We have the right sort of products from Italy. I don’t see anything to think about changing this mix.

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Ducati Superleggera V4 rolls off production line

The first Ducati Superleggera V4 has finally rolled off the Borgo Panigale production line after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 167kW (224hp) Superleggera V4 was unveiled in February just before the pandemic shut down the factory and put the project on ice.

In May, CEO Claudio Domenicali tweeted that their fastest and lightest bike yet was about to hit the production line.

A month later the bike has rolled out of the factory doors.

There is no price tag yet announced.  But as they say, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it. Probably more than $A150,000.

The bike will be coming to Australia in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Here is the official press release:Ducati Superleggera V4

This is the #001 of the 500 units scheduled in a limited and numbered series; the only motorcycle in the world approved for road use with a frame, swingarm and carbon fibre rims, is finally available. A masterpiece of mechanical engineering, technique and “made in Italy” design, which sets a new benchmark in terms of performance, style and attention to detail.

The exclusivity of the materials and technical solutions adopted on the Superleggera V4 are also reflected in the maximum number of motorcycles envisaged: 500 numbered units accompanied by a certificate of authenticity . The progressive numbering of the motorcycles (XXX/500), coinciding with the chassis number, is shown on the steering head, and on the ignition key.
The first of the lucky owners of this fantastic bike has been invited to Borgo Panigale for a delivery ceremony and, in the next few days, he will personally meet Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, to receive his Superleggera V4 001/500.

The uniqueness of the Superleggera V4 project is underlined by the experiences that Ducati together with Ducati Corse have exclusively reserved for the owners of the motorcycle: the “Superbike Experience” – the possibility for all fans who purchase a Superleggera V4 to be able to try out the Panigale V4 R that takes part in the SBK World Championship on track at Mugello. Even more incredible and exclusive is the opportunity – limited to 30 owners of the Superleggera V4 – to purchase access to the “MotoGP Experience “, thus realizing the dream of every sports motorcycle enthusiast. For the first time it will be possible to ride the Desmosedici GP on the circuit, followed directly by Ducati Corse technicians. Both “Experiences” have been confirmed for 2021.Ducati Superleggera V4

The attention that completes the purchase experience of the Superleggera V4, also includes the possibility of personalizing the Superleggera V4 leathers with air bags from the “SuMisura Ducati” line, as well as completing the look with a carbon helmet, both dedicated to this motorbike, whose colours and graphics they replicate.

Each motorcycle is equipped with a Racing kit: complete exhaust for Akrapovič racing track use in titanium; open clutch cover in carbon fibre; swingarm cover in carbon fibre with titanium “slider”; headlamp and light replacement kit; license plate holder removal kit; side stand removal kit; mirror replacement aluminium caps from billet; Ducati Data Analyzer + GPS (DDA + GPS); racing fuel cap, brake lever protection, motorcycle cover; front and rear stand and battery charger.

The bike is delivered inside a wooden crate with specially made customization for the transport of this “made in Borgo Panigale” masterpiece.
Finally, all customers receive a sculptural reproduction of the Superleggera V4 in 1:10 scale, modelled in futuristic aerodynamic shapes. A real collector’s item personalized with your motorbike number.

Superleggera V4Ducati Superleggera V4

The Superleggera V4 is the only motorcycle in the world, approved for road use, with the entire load-bearing structure of the chassis (frame, subframe, swingarm and rims), made of composite material, obtaining, for these components only, a weight saving of 6.7 kg compared to those of the Panigale V4 MY20. To ensure the highest quality and safety standards, these components are 100% controlled by the most sophisticated techniques borrowed from the aerospace industry, such as thermography, ultrasound checks, and tomography.
The specific set-up of the chassis gives an unparalleled deceleration capacity, an extraordinary speed of descent when cornering and a marked tendency of the bike to close the trajectories when exiting corners.

Many components are made of carbon fibre , modelled in advanced aerodynamic shapes. These include the fairing, which reaches efficiency levels higher than those of today’s MotoGP bikes, which are limited in this by the current technical regulations. Thanks to the aerodynamic biplane appendages inspired by Ducati’s 2016 MotoGP bike, the most highly-performing in this field, it is able to guarantee a vertical load of 50 kg of “downforce” at 270 km/h, 20 kg more than that produced by the wings of the Panigale V4 MY20 and V4R. This downforce improves acceleration by counteracting the tendency to wheelie and increases braking stability.

The carbon fairings are embellished with a livery inspired by the Desmosedici GP19, with an alternation of lines and depths between the red colour of the GP19 and the visible carbon that highlight the shapes, the materials and the technical details. The red continues on the coloured sides of the OEM Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, specifically developed in the construction for the Superleggera V4.

The most powerful and lightest Desmosedici Stradale R engine is hidden under the carbon skin. The 998 cc 90° V4 unit of the Superleggera V4 weighs 2.8 kg less than the 1,103 cc V4 and, thanks to the Akrapovič approved exhaust, produces 224 hp of power in road configuration(EU homologation value), which becomes 234 hp by mounting the titanium Akrapovič exhaust for track use, which is included in the Racing Kit supplied with the bike.

Ducati Superleggera V4The racing connotation of the engine is emphasized by the use of a dry clutch and by the timing of the Desmodromic system made manually by a specialist who, after checking, confirms the positive result by affixing his signature on the metal plate that embellishes the carbon cover of the rear cylinder bank.

Only on the Superleggera V4, by loading the engine calibration for the racing exhaust, is it possible to enable the display of the “RaceGP” dashboard. Intended for circuit use only, it derives from that of the Desmosedici GP20 dashboard designed on the indications of Andrea Dovizioso.

Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre, components made of titanium, magnesium and others from aluminium billet, the Superleggera V4 shows a dry weight of 159 kg on the scale (16 kg less than the Panigale V4), for a power/weight ratio of 1.41 hp/kg. A record value for a homologated sports bike. In track configuration, by mounting the Racing kit supplied with the bike, the power rises to 234 hp and the weight drops to 152.2 kg, with a power/weight ratio of 1.54 hp/kg.

The electronic controls have also been evolved in a purely racing perspective. By default, the operating parameters of these are associated with three reprogrammed Riding Modes with specific names (Race A, Race B and Sport). In addition, for the first time five Riding Modes can be added, customizable with your favourite settings. The rider can monitor lap times through the evolution of the Lap Timer, which now allows you to store the coordinates of the finish line and the split times of five favourite circuits, so as to recall them every time you go out on the track without having to repeat the data logging procedure. By default the system proposes the coordinates of the finish line and intermediates of Laguna Seca, Mugello, Jerez, Sepang and Losail.
Added to this is a latest-generation electronic package that includes EVO 2 strategies for DTC and DQS up/down.

Öhlins lightened suspensions with pressurized fork and lightened billet foot and shock absorber with titanium spring and GP-derived valves are part of the equipment, which improve the absorption of road roughness in the initial compression phase.Ducati Superleggera V4

The braking system is the best of Brembo production with an MCS radial pump equipped with a remote control for adjusting the distance of the lever and Stylema® R calipers, an exclusive of the Superleggera V4 that allows greater consistency of front brake travel in long runs on the track.

All this translates into a level of performance of absolute importance. Alessandro Valia, official Ducati tester, with Racing Kit and slick tyres, lapped the Mugello circuit in 1m52.45s , less than two seconds away from the time of the Panigale V4R SBK winner with Michele Pirro in CIV 2019.

An example of maximum attention to detail is the aluminium radiator cap machined from billet and the dedicated ignition key with aluminium insert on which the motorcycle number is indicated.

The Superleggera V4 is an extreme machine, devised and designed to achieve maximum performance on the circuit, but at the same time guaranteeing the reliability and ease of use requirements typical of a sports motorcycle homologated for road use. With this motorcycle Ducati pushes the limit even further. The technical competence and knowledge developed and continuously evolved in MotoGP is made available to fans of technique and performance on two wheels.

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Triumph launch Trekker GT e-bike

Triumph started in 1889 as a bicycle company and now they are returning to bicycles with an e-bike called the Trekker GT.

They are not the only motorcycle manufacturer looking to ebikes as a supplement to their motorcycle business.

Ducati and even Harley-Davidson are getting into the ebikes trend.

It all comes as some riders are calling for ebikes to be registered before they dominate bike lanes, chew up available parking space and lawless riders give all motorcycle and scooter riders a bad name.

The move to add ebikes also comes as Triumph Motorcycle recently announced it would slash 400 jobs globally, blaming the pandemic for falling sales.

Triumph also made bicycles in the 1970s, but this is a modern pedal-assisted electric model with some hi-tech features such as digital instruments.

Triumph Trekker GT ebikeTrekker GT weighs just 2.88kg and is powered by a 250w 60Nm Shimano Steps E6100 motor and Shimano E8035 504Wh battery, all neatly hidden in the front stem of the frame.Triumph Trekker GT ebike

It was designed in-house and will be available in Europe with other markets to follow.

There is no word yet on price.

Triumph Trekker GT E-bike tech specs


6061 Hydro-formed aluminium frame with integrated lockable battery


RockShox Paragon forks with 65mm travel


Shimano Steps E6100 250w motor

Fully integrated Shimano E8035 504Wh battery


Shimano hubs & Alex Volar rims 27.5”


Schwalbe Energizer Green Guard 27.5 x 2.0 tyres

Rear Mech

Super-silent Shimano Deore Shadow 10-speed rear mechanism


High-performance Shimano Deore M6000 180/160 brakes


Ultra-comfortable Selle Royal Vivo saddle


Triumph branded lock-on grips

Standard-fit Specification

LED lighting, full length mudguards, side stand,
pannier rack & ABUS Proshield lock

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Ducati gives Hypermotard airbrush look

Ducati has a launched the new Hypermotard 950 RVE with a “Graffiti” livery that includes an airbrush style of paintwork and required specially skilled labour.

It will be available in Australia and New Zealand in “very limited numbers” in September 2020 with pricing confirmed closer to the date of release.Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE

RVE price

As an indication of price, the RVE sits between the entry model Hypermotard 950 at $21,200 (ride away)and the flagship SP at $26,600.

The bike is based on the Hypermotard 950 Concept, customised by the company’s styling shop, Centro Stile Ducati.

It won first place in the Concept Bikes: New Design and Prototypes by Manufacturers and Independents category at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este held at Cernobbio on Lake Como, Italy, in May 2019.

Ducati naked Hypermotard 950 ConceptDucati Hypermotard 950 Concept Ducati naked Hypermotard 950 ConceptConcept red-and-black wheels

The concept featured a compact full LED projector plus styling and technology inspired by the MotoGP bike plus those gaudy red-and-black wheels which made it through to the limited-edition production model.

Airbrush paintwork

Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE airbrushAirbrush style paintwork

The most interesting facet of the RVE is the “Graffiti” airbrush style of paintwork which carries over from the concept bike.

Ducati describes the process:

It was necessary, in the painting phases, to employ highly skilled labour, use very low thickness decals and adopt a particularly long and complex process. The result is comparable to that of an airbrushed bodywork.

While it is difficult to see in the photos, we imagine the effect6 is t make it look like it was all the work of a talented airbrush painter.

Hopefully, this process will flow through to the rest of the models in future.

Extra kitDucati Hypermotard 950 RVE

Apart from airbrush style paint, the RVE also gets extra standard equipment.

The electronic package adds the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO,  to the standard version which has Bosch Cornering ABS with Slide by Brake function (in setting 1), Ducati Traction Control Evo (DTC EVO) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.

Hypermotard was introduced as a new Ducati family member in 2005 and has been through many iterations.

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Bike noise crackdown intensifies

The news just gets worse and worse for riders who enjoy a fruity exhaust note as the noise crackdown intensifies across Europe.

We recently reported on Germany’s crackdown with special noise cameras, no-go areas and an 80dB limit on motorcycle exhausts that could make all BMW motorcycles quieter.

Now Austria will ban specific motorcycles with exhaust noise over 95dB on a popular 100km motorcycle route through the Tyrol mountains after receiving complaints from residents.

Bike noise crackdown intensifiesTyrol mountains are popular among riders (Image: www.touring-italy.net)

Bikes that will be barred from this road include the Aprilia Tuono, Aprilia RSV4, BMW S 1000 RR, Ducati Hypermotard, Ducati Multistrada 1260, Ducati Diavel, Kawasaki Z900 and KTM 890 Duke.

Police will do spot checks on motorcycles and can hand out €220 (about $A350) on-the-spot fines.

Crackdown intensifies

We could appreciate a crackdown on exceedingly loud aftermarket exhausts, but these bikes are all legally allowed to have more than 95dB under European regulations.

Somehow Austria thinks this area is exempt from European laws.

And what is worse is that the ban only applies to motorcycles, not cars or trucks or buses! That’s discrimination, pure and simple.

Like the German example, this is a sobering precedent that could be picked up by safety and noise pollution Nazis across the world.

It follows moves by several other European countries to close roads to motorcycles because of noise and banning them from certain areas over weekends and public holidays.

Quieter roads

Call to challenge exhaust noise fines sign noise camerasPolice conduct roadside noise test at Mt Tamborine

While Australia is yet to introduce Draconian laws like the road bans in Europe, police and transport officers do occasionally operate noise monitoring checks on popular motorcycle routes.

It may seem heavy handed, discriminatory and ignoring the perceived safety benefits of “loud pipes save lives”, but it’s nothing compared with Indian police methods.

In India, police make a subjective assessment followed by smashing the offending exhaust pipe on the roadside.If you think the cops are tough on noisy aftermarket exhausts here, try India where they hammer them flat by the roadside, or confiscated them and flattened them with a backhoe.

They have also made an example of their crackdown by steam rolling confiscated pipes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com