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Live Your Dark Knight Fantasy With The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S’ New Dark Livery

A Motorcycle So Clean You Could Consider It ‘Filthy’

Fully black liveries are nothing new in the motorcycle world. Many riders love to pair their fully blacked-out bikes with a black racing outfit for the maximum ‘road intimidation factor’.

If you’re in the market for a Ducati Streetfighter V4 S and aren’t too keen on spending thousands of dollars blacking out the entire motorcycle yourself, Ducati is breaking free from their addiction to all things red and providing a full black livery option for the 2021 Streetfighter.

When I say “blacked out” I really mean it. Almost every piece possible on this motorcycle has joined the black team. You can still find a handful of parts adorned in silver; the exhaust, radiator, pegs, and steering stabilizer – but beyond that, every piece of the motorcycle has been shrouded in evil greatness.

Personally, I want my Ducati in the traditional red colour so anyone who sees me riding it will know I re-mortgaged my house to ride the Ferrari of the superbike world. But if you’re a modest adult – unlike myself – this is an absolutely beautiful colour option for the motorcycle.

This colour option will only be available on the S version of the Streetfighter V4, and comes with an additional $391 USD fee when buying the bike new.

The 2021 edition of the Streetfighter V4 includes some new engine upgrades to make it Euro5 compliant (sigh), but Ducati wants customers to be reassured that it still produces a neck-snapping 208 horsepower from its 1,103cc V4 engine. 

The motorcycle will get into the hands of dealers in November of this year, so let’s hope it comes winterized so you can enjoy your maiden-voyage ride come spring next year.

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Ducati Goes Dark on Scrambler 1100 PRO

Just a month after the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO models have arrived in showrooms, the Italian company is announced an entry-level Dark model with matte-black paint and a cheaper price tag.

The Italian company often charges more for different colours, but has for many years had entry-level models in matte black.

Early versions had trouble with the paint shining up where your legs rub the tank. However, they have now perfected the paintwork and it looks just great with a low sheen and a menacing demeanour.

They now call it Dark Stealth and it also features natural anodised aluminium parts.

2021 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 range includes the Scrambler 1100 PRO at $A18,400 ride away and the Sport PRO with hills suspension at $A21,100. There is no word yet n arrival and pricing for the new Dark model, but it should be cheaper.

The bikes are powered by a detuned version of the old Monster 1079cc engine. Changes from the previous 1100 model Scramblers are mainly cosmetic. The biggest difference is the 1960s-style looping throttle cable has been removed.

2021 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro

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The underseat exhausts are now twin-stacked side exhausts and the bars are not quite as wide.

All three models come with three riding modes (Active, Journey and City) ABS cornering tech and Ducati Traction Control which they say has been specially calibrated for the Dark.

We’re not are what that means, but perhaps there are only on and off positions and not three levels of control.

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VW Boss Tried to Quell Ducati Sale Rumor

VW and Ducati for Much Longer?

There have been numerous rumors that VW Group would like to sell Ducati, but now it seems that Herbert Diess is trying to make it clear that Ducati will stay under the VW umbrella. 

In the last general meeting, he made a note of how good Ducati and some other brands are doing. He said that luxury brands like Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Ducati are ‘weathering the crisis exceedingly well’ and that some of the others are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Visordown, he said that Ducati might be in its best position ever, being ‘significantly’ up year on year. As the publication points out, though, this could be a bunch of hooey. If Diess wants to keep the brand then he is obviously going to be happy that it’s doing well. However, if he wants to sell the brand, of course, he is going to say it’s doing well.

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Visordown also makes the good point that anything is for sale for the right price. If VW Group were offered a good price for Ducati, it’s within reason that it would sell it. However, Diess seems to try to make clear that he is not actively seeking out buyers for the brand. 

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Desmo Highlight in Shannons Bike Auction

A limited-edition 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Eight is a highlight of eight Ducatis spanning 37 years in the Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction from 11-18 November 2020.
They are part of a collection of 37 classic and collectible motorcycles and scooters in the Australian auction which has a total of 176 lots on offer.
The 200hp RR is a road-going replica of the MotoGP machine ridden to victory by Australia’s Casey Stoner in 2007.
It is powered by a liquid-cooled, D16 989cc V-four engine, with a 13,800rpm redline and 300km/h plus top speed and six-speed gearbox.
It is number 606 of the limited edition of 1500 units built worldwide, with the first reportedly going to Hollywood actor and motorcycle fan Tom Cruise.
Only 120 were allocated to Australian customers at more than $100,000 each.
Yet Shannons expects it will fetch a “bargain” price of $65,000-$75,000.
Another highlight of the eight Ducatis on offer is a 1997 Ducati 916 Senna II which has just 11km on the odometer and is number 92 of 300 built.
The model was released to commemorate Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna, an avid Ducati enthusiast and owner who endorsed its release shortly before his death in May 1994.
Ducati released three Senna editions in 1995, 1998 and 2001. Net proceeds of their sale were donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity.
It is expected to sell in the $45,000-$55,000 range.
Another collectible Ducati in the online auction is a 1986 Ducati Mike Hailwood 1000cc replica ‘Mille’, from the final year of production, regarded as one of the most collectible of these limited-edition bikes.
Introduced to celebrate the accomplishments of legendary motorcycle and F1 car race ace Mike Hailwood, the V-Twin 973cc MHR (Mike Hailwood Replica) arrived in 1984 as a replacement for the already potent 900 MHR.
The bike being auctioned is in original condition except for factory-optioned Conti mufflers.
Only 1100 Mille models were made in 1986, the final year of production. Shannons expects it to sell for $30,000-$38,000.
A Classic ‘Round Case’ 1974 Ducati 750 Sport Classic is expected to fetch a similar price.
Finished in the marque’s iconic yellow, the Ducati features Dellorto PHF32A carburettors, a steel fuel tank, Conti pipes, Borrani wheels and Brembo front brakes.
Last registered many years ago and stored for some time, the bike starts and runs well, but requires minor recommissioning.
There is also a 1973 classic bevel-drive Ducati 750 GT in original condition that comes to auction from a private collection.
About 823 were sold in Australia.
The 750 GT is expected to fetch $25,000-$30,000.
A potentially-cheaper alternative from the same era finished in period ‘orange’ is a 1978 Ducati 860 GT ‘Café Racer’ being offered with no reserve. It is expected to bring $15,000 – $18,000.
A late production 1988 750 F1 with updated spec is expected to sell for $20,000-$25,000.
Only 1801 of these bikes were produced from 1985-1986, plus 700 of the limited-edition versions.
The final bike in the Ducati lot is an original 1971 Ducati 450 Scrambler that inspired the modern range of Scramblers.
It comes in “excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition” and is expected to sell with no reserve in the $12,000 – $15,000 range.
The Sydney Auction showroom has re-opened under reduced hours of 10am-4pm, Monday – Friday; the Melbourne Auction showroom is closed due to Stage 4 restrictions.
For more details of all Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

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Designer Renders a Ducati and Italjet Collaboration

What This Crazy World Needs

The Ducati Panigale V2 is about as far from a scooter as you can get, but then Italjet doesn’t make just any scooters. So when designer Kar Lee put together a mashup of the two, the result is something that not only looks plausible but is something I desperately want in my shed.

Lee shared his recent rendering with his audience on Instagram, and it has the front end of the Ducati superbike and the stance and naked appeal of Italjet’s Dragster scooter. It’s a totally badass-looking machine, and I’d love to see this design turned into a reality.

As RideApart notes, the two companies—Italjet and Ducati—are both from the same region of Italy, and they’re actually only about a half-hour apart. This says to me that a Ducati-Italjet collaboration makes perfect sense.

The Italjet Dragster is offered in 125cc, 150cc, and 200cc displacements, and personally, I think you’d have to start with the 200cc bike as the base or go even higher with the displacement. A 400cc option would be the coolest. Keep the bike with the CTV, but otherwise, inject it with some Ducati influence beyond the bodywork. Some new wheels, suspension, higher-performance brakes. This could be a super-cool design.

I know the chances of this happening are slim, but a guy can dream, right? I love scooters and I love Ducati’s sportbikes. This odd mashup simply works, and for the right price, I could see it being a success.

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Ducati Multistrada V4 has Front/Rear Radar

Ducati announced in 2018 that by 2020 it would add front and rear radar sensors to warn riders of dangers.
Now they have announced the technology will be available in its upcoming Multistrada V4 which has just got into production at their Borgo Panigale factory.
The feature will add blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control, but Ducati calls their technology ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems).
The Multistrada V4 will be the first motorcycle to use front and rear radar technology, though we believe KTM and BMW are not far behind as they have also been working with Bosch to develop similar systems.
Ducati’s most powerful adventure tourer yet will be unveiled on 4 November 2020 and should hit Aussie showrooms in early 2021.
The official photos do not reveal the bike, only the radar sensors front and rear and the compact and lightweight Bosch controller module.
Each radar has compact dimensions (70 x 60 x 28 mm, similar to an action camera) and weighs only 190 grams.
Ducati has been working on radar tech since 216 when they collaborated with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano.
So how does it work?
The radar positioned in the front of the vehicle controls the operation of the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), which uses brakes and throttle to automatically adjust the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles when riding at a speed between 30-160km/h.
“This car-derived system has been evolved and developed according to the dynamics and ergonomics of a two-wheeled vehicle,” Ducati says.
“In particular, the authority of the system in terms of deceleration and acceleration has been limited in order to ensure the rider can maintain constant control of the vehicle in any situation.
“The system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on long motorway journeys.”
The rear radar detects vehicles in the blind spot and flashes a warning signal on the instruments.
Ducati filed a patent application in 2017 for the control algorithms.
The fourth-generation Multistrada will be powered by the same V4 engine as in the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter V4, although it will be substantially detuned for adventure riding.
The Panigale V4 has from 157.5kW (211.2hp) of power to 174.5kW (234hp) in the R version, while the Streetfighter is slightly detuned to 153kW (208hp).
The Multistrada V4 will have 126kW of output (179hp).
More engine details will be unveiled next week.

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Ducati Museum Officially Re-Opens to Public With Additional Virtual Option

A Ducati Museum Tour From Your Smartphone? Count Me In

Yesterday October 5th, 2020, marked day-one of the Ducati Museum re-opening to the public in Bologna, Italy, with new precautions in place to keep visitors safe during the pandemic.

The Ducati Museum is one of the most visited museums in Bologna and has seen over 650,000 visitors since opening in 1998. That’s around 30,000 people a year making this museum very important to the Ducati brand.

Since July 4th of this year, the museum has been only accessible to select individuals with very strict visitation hours to keep the COVID-19 issue at bay. Italy was one of the hardest-hit countries during the pandemic recording up to 900 deaths daily (per the BBC in March), so it was in Ducati’s best interest to proceed with great trepidation to ensure the safety of their die-hard fans seeking to visit the museum.

With the release of their new MyDucati app last month, Ducati is on a mission to provide smart options to engage with their brand so with this re-opening they have set up a virtual tour accessible by computer, smartphone, or tablet at the cost of $12 USD on the official Ducati Museum website.

These virtual tours will last approximately 45 minutes and will feature a Q&A chat for attendees to interact with their tour guides.

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In addition to their virtual tour, they have opened the doors to physical attendees as previously mentioned. From 9:15 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Sunday (with the exception of Wednesdays) visitors will be able to book tours by appointment with standards in place to keep everybody safe (masks, distancing, etc).

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Could Ducati Actually Get Sold?

A Change for the Italian Company

Right now, Ducati is owned by the VW Group. There have been rumors before about the brand being sold, and in November of this year, the group’s board will meet to discuss Ducati’s fate. 

There’s been a lot of discussion about VW Group’s assets. Lamborghini may go public, Bugatti could be sold to Rimac, and the group might consider selling off some of its brands to focus its efforts.

In a Reuter’s article, Herbert Deiss, VW Group’s chief executive, said the following:

We are constantly looking at our brand portfolio, this is particularly true during the phase of fundamental change in our industry. In view of the market disruption, we must focus and ask ourselves what the transformation means for the individual parts of the group.”

The article notes that VW want’s to get away from piston-engined vehicles and instead work more on electric vehicles. Ducati could fit into that, but at the moment VW seems to be focused on cars, not on motorcycles. 

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The real question is: does VW Group want to keep Ducati around, and if so, for how long? A secondary question is who will buy Ducati once it goes up for sale. KTM was rumored to be interested, but there’s surely other companies out there from India and China that would love to have the Ducati brand to work with.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Italian marque in the future. I’m hoping it stays European and possibly even becomes more Italian-based, but we live in a globalized world these days, and I don’t have high hopes that will happen.

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Video: The Panigale V2 vs R1 Shootout We All Have Been Waiting For

Brothers From Other Mothers?

When you’re in the market to drop $15,000+ on a liter bike there is pretty much a viable option from every major manufacturer. Liter bikes can be difficult to re-sell, and sometimes depreciate quite a bit due to the lack of buyers so making sure you take the time to research and compare is very important as this is typically the kind of investment you are going to want to hold onto for some time.

I felt like I outgrew my FJ09 within the first year of ownership and have been scouting for the perfect upgrade ever since. It’s been 2 years of searching and sitting on bikes at dealerships and I’m happy to say that I’m finally getting close to purchasing a bigger bike. Seeing as how $15,000 is an entire year worth of rent for me, there is quite a wall of anxiety behind the whole event and I’m sure many of you can relate.

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If you’re split between the Ducati Panigale V2 and the Yamaha R1, this is the perfect video for you! Yammie Noob can be quite the polarizing figure as he has totaled more bikes than you can count due to irresponsible riding, but out of all the moto-YouTubers he still provides the first videos I click in my subscription feed when sitting down to watch some new content.

Yammie’s channel has really matured as of late, and the new content he is putting out is A+. The boys go into great detail regarding both bikes, and all the information is communicated in a clear and easily relatable fashion. Both bikes are tested, compared, and judged against one another and I’m sure there is some new information for everyone.

I was under the impression the Panigale was going to be far more uncomfortable than the R1, but obviously, I was wrong when Yammie began speaking so highly of the ergonomics of the bike.

Currently, ‘Papa Yam’ is holding an event for you to win this same Panigale when you join the community on his website.

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Maurice Slaughter, Harley and Ducati Dealership Owner, Gifted $100k Ducati Superbike From Wife

I Think It’s Time for Me to Find a New Wife…

With a name like Maurice Slaughter, you’d think he’s some kind of Harley riding, dealership owning badass; which he is just exactly that. Maurice celebrated 20 years with Bayside Harley- Davidson/Ducati in Portsmouth this year and has been wheeling n’ dealing expensive bikes for quite some time now.

Now I’m not entirely sure what the occasion is, but his wife of 37 years, Cynthia, just gifted him a present that he will be chasing to out-do for decades to come. We can only dream of waking up to an early Christmas present like this. I’ve heard many Ducati owners joke on the internet about how their new superbike purchase almost led them to divorce, but this takes it to a whole new level.

What’s in the box you might ask? Of course, it’s a 220 horsepower 2020 Ducati Superleggera V4 retailing at $100k. After a 2-year purchasing process and $20,000 deposit, Cynthia has secured and delivered on the epitome of a Ducati enthusiast’s dream bike. The most powerful, most expensive, most extreme Ducati the company has ever set out to manufacture to date.

A 1 of 500, handcrafted Italian superbike. I don’t think this one would have fit under the Christmas tree, so he got it on September 16th. Michael Jordan always gets bike #23 (his jersey number), and Maurice #130. The bike will be displayed at his dealership for the following few weeks before reportedly taking Ducati up on their offer of taking it for a ride on the Ferrari race track.

Que the suspense soundtrack… “I can’t wait to see my Christmas gift,” said Cynthia after the whole opening process was completed. This is a prime example of Newton’s third law of motion, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Let’s cheers to Maurice’s new bike and pray he can figure out how he’s going to pull off gifts for his wife going forwards.

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