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Ducati DesertX coming to Aussie deserts

Australia with its 10 deserts and 70% arid landscape must surely be the new homeland for Ducati’s latest new model, the DesertX.

The bike, announced overnight, won’t be available in Australia and New Zealand until the third quarter of 2022, but Ducati Australia has already revealed the pricing.

In Australia, it will cost $A24,200 ride away, while in New Zealand the retail price is $NZ24,995.

We wonder what this will do to sales of the Multistrada 950 ($21,500) and S models ($24,000).

DesertX is powered by the 937cc Testastretta 11° engine from the SuperSport 950, new V2 and Multistrada 950.

Interestingly, Ducati hasn’t down-tuned the engine from its 81kW/92Nm output in the V2 and Multistrada 950, so it should be a lively performer in the toughest of conditions.

This bike is a dedicated off-roader suitable for Australia’s many sand dunes and arid landscapes.

Chief off-road characteristics are the 21” front spoked wheel and 18” rear, Kayaba long-travel suspension, generous ground clearance, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres and Dakar-style 21-litre fuel tank.

It looks like something you could race in the gruelling Dakar Rally with its big tank and twin headlights.

Perhaps we will see a few of these competing in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia next month.

Ducati backs the bike with a two-year warranty or four years if your country has Euro5 emissions standards.

It also features generous service intervals of 15,000km (9000 miles) or every two years with expensive valve clearance intervals of 30,000km.

On the downside, fuel economy is a thirsty 5.6 l/100km, possibly because it weighs 223kg when filled with fuel.

The DesertX also features a host of electronic rider aids such as corner traction control, riding and power modes, wheelie control, a two-direction quick shifter and cruise control.

It also has Brembo brakes, LED lights, USB and 12V sockets, self-canceling turn indicators and a steering damper.

The bike is set up to also accommodate their multimedia system, an antitheft system, turn-by-turn navigation app, fog lights and heated grips.

There’s even an auxiliary fuel tank you can add so you can compete in the Dakar Rally … or maybe the Hattah or Finke desert races in Australia.

Ducati DesertX

DESERTX

Ducati Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinders, Desmodromic valvetrain, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooled

DISPLACEMENT

BORE X STROKE

94 x 67.5mm

COMPRESSION RATIO

81kW (110hp) @ 9250rpm

92Nm (68lb-ft, 9.4 kgm) @ 6500rpm

FUEL INJECTION

Bosch electronic fuel injection system, 53mm throttle bodies with ride-by-wire system

Stainless steel single muffler, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes

PRIMARY DRIVE

Straight cut gears, ratio 1.85 : 1

1=38/14, 2=31/17, 28=28/20, 4=26/22, 5=24/23, 6=23/25

FINAL DRIVE

Chain, front sprocket Z15, rear sprocket Z49

Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control

Tubular steel trellis frame

FRONT SUSPENSION

KYB Ø 46mm upside-down fork, fully adjustable

FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL

230mm (9.06″)

FRONT WHEEL

Cross-spoked, tubeless, 2.15’’x21’’

FRONT TYRE

Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 90/90 – 21 M/C 54V M+S TL (A)

REAR SUSPENSION

KYB monoshock, fully adjustable, remote preload adjustment, aluminium double-sided swingarm

REAR WHEEL TRAVEL

220mm (8.66″)

REAR WHEEL

Cross-spoked, tubeless, 4.5’’x18’’

REAR TYRE

The Triumph Tiger line, complete with the GT, GT Explorer, Rally, Rally Explorer, and GT Pro

Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 150/70 R18 M/C 70V M+S TL

FRONT BRAKE

2 x  320mm aluminum flange semi-floating discs, Radial mount Brembo monobloc 4-pistons calipers, Bosch Cornering ABS

REAR BRAKE

265mm disc, Brembo floating 2 pistons caliper, Bosch Cornering ABS

INSTRUMENTATION

5’’ TFT colour display

DRY WEIGHT

202kg (445 lb)

KERB WEIGHT*

223kg (492 lb)

SEAT HEIGHT

875mm (34.4 in)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

21L (5.54 US gal)

NUMBER OF SEATS

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control)

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Engine Brake Control (EBC), Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS), Cruise control, full LED lighting system, DRL, Ducati brake light (DBL), USB power socket, 12V socket, self canceling turn indicators, Steering damper

Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Antitheft system, Turn by turn navigation via app, fog lights, heated grips, auxiliary fuel tank

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati to go harder in the adventure motorcycling space?

Ducati getting a little harder edged with soft-roaders

What comes next…?


Ducati have until recently never really played up the off-road chops of the Multistrada, they didn’t pretend that they were gunning for the sort of off-road ability BMW GS aficionados have come to expect. Instead Ducati concentrated on pushing the road performance and all-round touring ability and comfort provided by the Multistrada platform throughout much of the model’s history. Things do seem to be changing in this space though….

The original Multistrada was marketed as ‘a versatile, new-generation sport bike’

Ducati Multistrada History

That first 992 cc Multistrada in 2003 was a little half-baked in regards to its touring amenity (that seat!), and performance (84 hp), but the model started to hit the mark a little more accurately with the introduction of the S version complete with Ohlins suspension in 2005.

A 620cc version was also introduced at a much lower price point in 2005 and used an improved version of the 618 cc Monster engine and the by now discontinued 600 SS model. That year (2005), the Multistrada 1000 DS retailed for $18,995 while the 620 Multistrada was a much more affordable $14,495. The smaller bike had a 20 mm lower seat and weighed more than 13 kg less than big brother. A 15-litre fuel tank held five-litres less than big brother but both models sported improved seats (hallelujah) and taller screens. The 620 also had a conventional swing-arm while the larger capacity machines had always sported single-sided swing-arms.

A 620cc version was also introduced at a much lower price point in 2005.

2007 saw the engine grow to 1078 cc and longer service intervals start to be adopted by Ducati via engineering improvements that were aimed at changing Ducati’s reputation for high servicing costs. This factor was obviously very important for machines that would be expected to clock up plenty of touring kilometres.

2007 saw the engine grow to 1100 cc

These improvements signalled Ducati’s intention to evolve the Multistrada into a more up-market offering and the model continued to make leaps forward in all round performance and road manners. The model also took on more importance in the Ducati line-up with the discontinuation of the ST range of sports-tourers in 2007.

In 2010 the Multistrada grew to 1200 cc

With the arrival of a new decade the Multistrada grew to 1200 cc in 2010 and the option of electronically controlled suspension was adopted. This was the first time that Ducati even mentioned any semblance of ability away from sealed roads in regards to the Multistrada.

2013 saw the Gran Turismo model introduced.

2014 saw the arrival of the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine which then also gained variable valve timing. The Superbike derived engine was modified to be more malleable in its touring role but could still be a little recalcitrant in stop-start riding, it still begged to be flogged. Variable valve timing was the introduced to further tame the beast and make the engine much more flexible and more suitable for touring. It was now starting to become a much more polished performer.

Ducati Multistrada 1200S (2016)
Ducati Multistrada 1200S (2016)

In the most recent decade Ducati really started to put more significant resources and efforts into the robustness of the model and at 15,000 kilometres the service intervals are now equal to best in industry. Valve clearances are still a little more involved than required on conventional engines but are now required only every 30,000 kilometres.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Testrastretta DVT (2016)
Ducati Multistrada 1200 Testrastretta DVT (2016)

2016 saw Ducati start to put a little more of an off-road slant with the introduction of the ‘Multistrada 1200 Enduro’ variant that was much taller, offered much more ground clearance and sported a huge 30-litre fuel tank.

Ducati Multistrada Enduro (2016)
In 2016 the Ducati Multistrada Enduro was introduced and the marketing started to get a little more dirty

The rims were spoked and the front increased to 19-inches in diameter for more off-road stability. This was the first time Ducati really started to use more seriously off-road specific shots in their marketing for the Multistrada.

Ducati Multistrada Enduro (2016)
Ducati Multistrada Enduro (2016)

Marketing shots of the earlier models were pretty much all strictly on bitumen but the introduction of the Enduro model saw Ducati actually start to market the bike as being off-road capable.

Ducati Multistrada Enduro
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro

In recent years the sporting potential of the Multistrada has been pushed by Ducati through their involvement at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which they won in 2018 with Carlin Dunne victorious on a Multistrada 1260. Sadly, Dunne was killed the following year while trying to repeat that feat on the new Streetfighter V4.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak
2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

The latest off-road oriented version is dubbed the Multistrada 1260 Enduro and is powered by the full-monty 1262 cc Tesastretta DVT engine that puts down 158 horsepower and 128 Nm of torque. The semi-active Sachs suspension gains more travel compared to its road going siblings with 185 mm of stroke at both ends but in the market it is still not largely seen as a genuine off-road option in the adventure-touring segment.

Ducati Multistrada Enduro
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro

This year Ducati entered the 2850-kilometre Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro.  While the top places were predictably all taken by pure competition based 450 enduro bikes, with rally legends Xavier De Soultrait (Husqvarna FE450) and Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha WR450F) finishing first and second respectively, at the end of the seven-day competition the first larger capacity machine home was Rossi on the Multistrada 1260.

Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro

The Italian was ninth outright in what was a 25-rider field, somewhat lower in numbers than normal due to travel restrictions caused by the current global health crisis. Still, an impressive achievement, and the first twin-cylinder machine home after a serious week-long competition that is a true test of man and machine.

Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro

It would be interesting to know just how modified the machine was for the trek but Ducati did note that the bike sported options from their Performance Accessories range that included protection bars, radiator guards and higher muffler. Ducati also stated that ‘the configuration was standard with the exception of a high saddle more suitable for extreme off-road, suspensions adjusted according to the type of route and side number plates required by race regulations.‘ Thus it seems they are claiming that very limited modifications were made for the competition.

Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro

Since 2016 I started working with Ducati on the development of the Multistrada Enduro project, so I know very well its potential, its robustness and its countless qualities, which is why it was decided to participate in a demanding rally like the Transanatolia with a practically standard bike,” explained Andrea Rossi.

Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro

The rally proved to be even more challenging and complete than I thought. We had to tackle exhausting stages of slow, stony and technically punishing mountain, very fast stages on the Anatolian dirt tracks and stages on the sand of the Black Sea beaches. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro overcame all adversities in an excellent way. For me it was a great joy to take it to victory in the Twin-cylinder category and in the top 10 of the overall classification“.

Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro

Ducati now also run a DRE Enduro Academy in Europe, a riding course that helps riders refine their off-road riding technique on Multistrada models.

This more recent focus towards off-road performance and exhibiting that potential publicly could mean Ducati will take even more steps towards being more competitive in the harder side of the adventure segment.

Transanatolia Rally with factory test rider Andrea Rossi on a Multistrada 1260 Enduro

There are spoked rim versions of the Scrambler 800, including the retro styled Desert Sled that sports a 19-inch front and 200 mm of suspension travel. We are yet to see any real off-road styled or suspended variant of the new 1100 Scramber range though…

The White Mirage colour option for the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled continues into 2018
2018 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Could we see Ducati do a more hard-core version of the lighter 178-kilogram 950 Hypermotard complete long travel suspension and a 21-inch front…?

2020 Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE – Could we see a hard-core off-road adventure bike made from this?

The Hypermotard lay-out doesn’t exactly cosset the rider, but it does highlight how Ducati can do light.  The current 950 version of the Multistrada is only a few kilograms lighter than the 1260, thus it would seem that if they wanted to offer a more hard-core model in the adventure market then the chassis would have to be derived from something more minimalist.

Of course this recent focus towards the more off-road persona of the Multistrada, and Ducati pushing some Multistrada marketing along those lines could be, and probably is, simply an effort to promote the Multistrada brand as a whole. Still, the shift in marketing towards these aspects does fill me with hope that Ducati might indeed surprise us with something very dirty in due course.

Ducati Scrambler DesertX concept

And at EICMA last year they did show off this Scrambler DesertX concept bikes….

Ducati Scrambler DesertX concept

Stranger things have happened….

Did you know a Ducati engined bike won the 1990 Paris-Dakar…? Read about it here. They won Dakar again in 1994.

Or that another Ducati engined rally special was brought in to Australia to compete in the 1994 Australasian Safari…? The Cagiva 906 Elefant SP.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Ducati Multistrada 950 S gets the white treatment

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S

We recently showcased the new white coloured Panigale V2 and now we bring you the news that Ducati have also gone white with an updated livery adorning the 2021 Multistrada 950 S

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S

The new look adds a little more sporting flavour to the lines of the Multistrada, with a MotoGP-inspired graphic and a colour scheme that alternates white, grey and Ducati Red. The 950 S is also available in the classic Ducati Red.

The Multistrada 950, in its S version, bristles with technology: 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.

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S

With a nod to increased sure-footedness away from the black-top the 950 Multistrada rides on a 19-inch front for add stability off-road.

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S

The 2021 Multistrada 950 S “GP White”, both in the alloy and spoked wheels versions, will be available in Australian Ducati dealerships this September from $23,900 ride away.

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S Specifications

  • Engine – 937 cc, Testastretta L-Twin
  • Bore x Stroke – 94 x 67.5 mm
  • Compression Ratio – 12.6:1
  • Claimed Power – 113 hp at 9000 rpm
  • Claimed Torque – 96 Nm at 7750 rpm
  • Induction – EFI, 53 mm throttle bodies, RBW
  • Gears – Six-speed, two-way quick-shift
  • Clutch – Wet, hydraulic, multi-plate, slipper
  • Frame – Tubular steel trellis
  • Forks – 48 mm fully-adj electronic Skyhook Evo, 170 mm travel
  • Shock – Skyhook Evo electronic fully-adj, 170 mm travel
  • Tyres – 120/70-19 (F), 170/60-17 (R)
  • Front Brakes – 320 mm, Brembo M4.32 radial master cyl’
  • Rear Brake – 265 mm, twin-piston caliper
  • Electronics – Cornering ABS/Traction, Cruise, quick-shift
  • Instrumentation – 5″ colour TFT
  • Dry Weight – 207 kg
  • Kerb Weight – 230 kg
  • Seat Height – 840 mm
  • Wheelbase – 1594 mm
  • Rake / Trail – 25-degrees / 106 mm
  • Fuel Capacity – 20 litres
  • Service Intervals – 15,000 km (30,000 km valve clearances)
  • Warranty – Two years, unlimited kilometres
  • Available – September 2020
  • Price – From $23,900 ride away

2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S Images

Source: MCNews.com.au

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati to launch Scrambler Motard or Desert X

Ducati will add another Scrambler model to its fleet “in the coming months”, either an 803cc street motard or an 1100cc desert-racing Dakar model.

The vague announcement came in the company’s annual report on 2019 global sales which were fairly flat at 53,183, just 179 more than 2018.

There was no mention of Scrambler sales figures.

Maybe they have slipped, although Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali said as recently as last November that Scrambler is now the company’s biggest seller with more than 70,000 sales since launch in 2015.

At the end of the official press release, they say:

Last but not least, the Ducati Scrambler range – which saw the new 800 Dark presented at EICMA – will see the introduction of a new model in the coming months.

It doesn’t give much away, but we suspect it will be either the motard or Dakar model debuted at EICMA in Milan last November.

Meanwhile, the Dark will be the new entry level 803cc model. It will be €800 cheaper which should mean at least $A1000 off the current price of $A13,990.

It features a matt black frame, black engine with polished fin ends, black seat with grey trim and round black mirrors.

Motard Scrambler2020 Ducati Scrambler Motard

Claudio said at EICMA that their styling department was asked to create “something unprecedented but entirely possible”.

The results are the motard and scrambler.2020 Ducati Scrambler Motard

The Motard will be based on the 803cc Scrambler.

“This is a bike we are working on right now,” said Claudio, so the production version can’t be far away.2020 Ducati Scrambler Motard

Desert X Scrambler2020 Ducati Scrambler Desert X

The Desert X is based on the 1100cc Scrambler.

It celebrates the 1990 Paris-Dakar Rally victory by Italian rider Edi Orioli on the Ducati-powered Cagiva Elefant. That bike is in now in Ducati’s museum above their Bologna factory.

Ducati Scrambler Motard Desert XDakar-winning Cagiva

“We want to build the future without forgetting the past,” Claudio said.

Interestingly, Desert X is the name of a contemporary art exhibition held in the Coachella Valley in Southern California.2020 Ducati Scrambler Desert X

While Ducati already has an 803cc Desert Sled which is more off-road capable, the Desert X will be the 1100cc equivalent.

Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled country roadScrambler Ducati Desert Sled

Ducati global sales

Ducati says they sold 8304 Panigales last year, confirming its status as the “world’s best-selling superbike with a market share of 25%”.

Two new bikes introduced in 2019 – the Hypermotard 950 and Diavel 1260 – racked up sales of 4472 and 3129 respectively, doubling the overall volumes achieved in 2018 by previous versions.

The Multistrada family performed equally well, scoring a 3% increase compared with 2018 thanks also to the addition of the 950 S and a revamped 1260 Enduro. Deliveries totalled 12,160, the best sales performance since the Bologna-built bike made its debut 16 years ago.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati offers four-year Multistrada warranty

As Ducati offers a four-year warranty on 2020 Multistrada models in Europe only, most motorcycles in Australia come with just two-year warranties.

Meanwhile, the car industry is offering up to seven-year warranties.

Isn’t it about time motorcyclists were offered the same sort of cover as car drivers?

You may say that riders are tougher on their bikes than most car drivers, but it can be done.

Yamaha has offered a five-year warranty on its Star cruisers for some time and the axed Victory brand offered a five-year warranty for a limited period to move floor stock.

Last year, BMW Motorrad Australia increased its warranty to three years on all new bikes and offered discount package service deals on new and used bikes.

BMW service package Deal servicing maintenance brakes brake dsc
BMW three-year warranty

Varied warranties

Warranties can vary according to the type of bike. Dirt bikes, for example, cop a harder time from owners, so some offer warranties based on hours of operation or just a few months.

While it would be good to get a longer warranty on a motorcycle, the customer should be careful to read the manufacturer’s warranty in full because not all are the same.

The Ducati Europe-only warranty campaign is called 4Ever Multistrada and offers unlimited mileage for all models in their 2020 Multistrada range such as the new Multistrada Grand Tour.

2020 Ducati Multistrada Grand Tour warranty
2020 Ducati Multistrada Grand Tour has four-year warranty in Europe only

Fine print

Their fine print says is also offers free roadside assist, covers manufacturing defects (excluding wear parts, aesthetic defects, battery and accessories) and only if scheduled services are done.

Most warranties do not cover service items that need replacing due to general wear and tear such as brake pads, chains and sprockets.

Customers should also be aware that their warranty may be voided if they modify their bike from the manufacturer’s original specification or use it for training, hire, competition or racing.

There is also an onus on the customer to have the bike serviced at correct intervals and to alert the dealer as soon as a problem arises, rather than waiting until a little noise becomes a major problem.

You can have your bike serviced by a qualified mechanic who is not part of the manufacturer’s franchise network, but warranties may be voided if they use non-factory parts or parts that are not equal to manufacturer specification.

Motorcycle Checklist
Make sure you mechanic uses the right parts

Warranty purpose

The purpose of a warranty is to protect consumers against loss due to components that fail within an unreasonable period of time, or defects in vehicle assembly.

It has nothing to do with normal wear and tear, unless there is a fault with a component within a reasonable lifespan.

Manufacturers usually agree to replace or repair faulty parts at no cost to the owner. However, some don’t cover labour costs.

Warranty periods may also vary for the engine, and various parts such as tyres, battery, light bulbs, etc.

You can buy extended warranties from some manufacturers or insurance organisations.

However, you should think first about how long you want to keep the bike.

Also, check whether the warranty can be passed on to the next owner. If it can, that’s a good selling point.

Roadside assist

Manufacturer roadside assistance programs are becoming popular.

However, check whether you are paying for something that is already offered by your automobile association membership (RACV, NRMA, RACQ, etc).

Readers offered 15% roadside assist discount
Check the MBW discount deal on roadside assist

If not, it may be cheaper to add that to your club membership rather than buying a separate assistance program from the manufacturer.

Some roadside assistance packages offer a host of benefits that may not be related to the bike such as travel and insurance assistance and even medical advice.

Ensure you read the contract carefully and don’t pay for anything you think you may never need.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati unleashes 2020 models

Ducati unleashes its 2020 model line-up including the Streetfighter V4, more aerodynamic Panigale V4, Scrambler Dark, Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, all-red Diavel S and Panigale V2.

There was nothing new for Monster, Supersport or Hypermotard.

Despite talking about the importance of the Panigale V4 and race wins in the MotoGP, WSBK and BSB, boss Claudio Domenicali started his presentation with the launch of three e-bikes.

Claudio Domenicali and Ducati e-bikes
Claudio Domenicali and Ducati e-bikes

This stresses the future focus of the company on electric mobility.

The e-bikes are the MIG-RR limited edition on which you can have your name printed on the frame, the MIG-S mountain bike and the e-Scrambler for riding in the city.

Ducati Dark Scrambler cheapest yetClaudio Domenicali and Ducati Scrambler Dark

Speaking of Scramblers, which are now the company’s biggest seller with more than 70,000 sales since launch in 2015, Claudio unveiled their cheapest yet, the Scrambler Icon Dark.

IN fact, it will be €800 cheaper than the Icon on which is is based. that means it should be about $A1000 less than the current price of $A13,990 (plus on-road costs).

Like previous Ducati Dark models, it has a blacked out engine and is a cheaper model.

‘It strips away what was not necessary for the product,” Claudio says.Claudio Domenicali and Ducati Scrambler Dark

Yet it still features cornering ABS which was introduced last year, plus round rear mirrors and bulb blinkers.

Claudio also showed a future direction for Scrambler with two artist impressions for a Motard version and a Desert X with Dakar Rally styling and powered by the 1100ss engine.

While on the topic of black he also unveiled a Diavel 1260 matt black as well as an all-red 1260 S Red available from February 2020.

Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour

One of the highlights of the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, according to Claudio, is that it has an electric fuel cap with no need to use your key.

It also comes with new styling features and creature comforts for the long haul.

Claudio says that in the past 16 years they have sold more than 100,00 Multistradas.

Ducati unleashes Panigale V2

Claudio stressed the mid-weight sports bike section with the unveiling of the Panigale V2 in all red.

“You can see how lean and pure this bike is,” he says.

It features a low and short muffler, single sided swingarm and is powered by the V2 Superquadro engine with 115kW at 10,750rpm and 104Nm @ 9000rpm.

It also has the same electronics as the top Panigale, TFT colour dashboard, up and down quickshifter, engine brake control, traction control, ABS cornering control and wheelie control.

“It is the safety package that is the most developed we have in Ducati,” Claudio says.

Among the tech is “DTC Evo 2 with predictive strategy” which apparently regulates revs so you have better stability out of a corner even when aggressive on the throttle.

“It’s the perfect first track bike for young people; a springboard bike,” he says.

Panigale V4Claudio Domenicali and the Ducati Panigale V4

The updated V4 is now lighter and has upgraded aerodynamics with a wider side fairing, wider front fairing, racing screen and winglets.

The result is 30kg of downforce at 270km/h on the front wheel to reduce wheelie tendency and improve high-speed stability.

Claudio then went very techno as he rambled a= on about the “science of speed”, mentioning “higher centre of gravity”, “higher chain force angle” and the “new torque correlation law”.

And hallelujah, it now has softer springs to handle bumpy roads.

Streetfighter V4 and V4S

The highlight was the Streetfighter V4 and V4S which was unleashed the same day as Kawasaki unveiled their Z H2 with 147.1kW of power.

Ducati’s Steetfighter retains the Panigale’s 208hp (155kW), but only weighs 177kg dry.

Claudio Domenicali and the Ducati Streetfighter V4
Claudio Domenicali and the Ducati Streetfighter V4

To control all that power and keep the front wheel on the ground, it has an aero package that creates 28kg of downforce at 270km/h.

They will be available from March 2020 in a “base model” at €19,990 and an S version at €22990.

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Ducati blitz adds two Scrambler 1100 models

Ducati’s Scrambler 1100 is expected to have another couple of variants when the company unveils its blitz of 2020 models on 23 October 2019.

The company recently filed documents with the US emission agency for a “Scrambler 1100 Pro” and “Scrambler 1100 Pro Sport”.

They will have the same 1079cc, L-twin motor with 62kW and 88Nm.

Ducati already has a Scrambler 1100 Sport model (pictured above) with Ohlins suspension.

So the “Pro” addition could be off-road models like the 803cc Scrambler Desert Sled with taller suspension and knobby tyres. It could also feature electronic suspension adjustment.

It would be an obvious move to compete with the Triumph Scrambler 1200 with 66.2kW and 110Nm.

Ducati blitz

Ducati is set for a blitz of up to seven new 2020 models and variants in October.

They have already announced the Streetfighter V4 will be released as a 2020 model.

Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4 ranges model
Ducati Streetfighter V4

We’ve also seen spy photos of a Multistrada V4 and we suspect there might also be a Monster V4 in the works.

Ducati Multistrada V4 spy photo ranges blitz
Spy photo of what looks like a Multistrada V4

And last month a leaked document from the US Environmental Protection Agency listed the “Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour” and “Scrambler Icon Dark”.

Since the Multistrada GT will be powered by the 1262cc L-Twin engine as the name suggests, maybe the Multistrada V4 is on hold for another year.

Or they may be considering running two Multi ranges with twin and four-cylinder engines.

We also expect the Grand Tour will have luggage and a bigger windscreen.

As for the 803cc Scrambler Icon Dark, it is likely to have a blackened engine and matte-black paint instead of its iconic yellow.

Ducati Scrambler Icon ranges blitz
Ducati Scrambler Icon

Whatever their model blitz in October is composed of, every model will have blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control, as they announced in April 2018.

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Ducati adds to Multistrada and Scrambler ranges

Ducati is tipped to unveil its 2020 models on 23 October 2019 with a Streetfighter V4, Multistrada V4, Multistrada S GT and a Scrambler Icon Dark added to its ranges.

The Italian manufacturer has already confirmed the Streetfighter V4 will be released as a 2020 model.

Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4 ranges
Ducati Streetfighter V4

We’ve also seen spy photos of a Multistrada V4 and we suspect there might also be a Monster V4 in the works.

Ducati Multistrada V4 spy photo ranges
Spy photo of what looks like a Multistrada V4

And now a leaked document from the US Environmental Protection Agency lists the “Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour” and “Scrambler Icon Dark”.

Since the Multistrada GT will be powered by the 1262cc L-Twin engine as the name suggests, maybe the Multistrada V4 is on hold for another year.

Or they may be considering running two Multi ranges with twin and four-cylinder engines.

We also expect the Grand Tour will have luggage and a bigger windscreen.

As for the 803cc Scrambler Icon Dark, it is likely to have a blackened engine and matte-black paint instead of its iconic yellow.

Ducati Scrambler Icon ranges
Ducati Scrambler Icon

Whatever they release in October, Ducati announced in April 2018 that every model in their 2020 range will have blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control.

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Photo shows Ducati Multistrada V4 is coming

This spy photo from Motorrad  magazine seems to prove that Ducati is introducing a Multistrada V4 version as we tipped earlier this month.

The Multistrada V4 is expected to be unveiled on October 23 when Ducati will release its 2020 model range.

It comes hot on the heels of Ducati announcing a naked Streetfighter V4 will be unveiled in October as a 2020 model.

A prototype was recently raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

Sadly, four-time winner Carlin Dunne crashed and died on the final corner on his way to victory and a record time. Motorcycle races at the hillclimb have been suspended next year.

Carlin Dunne rides Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype at Pikes peak Multistrada V4
Carlin Dunn e on the Streetfighter V4 prototype

Multistrada V4

Now it seems the Streetfighter V4 street version may be accompanied by a Multistrada V4.

Earlier this month motorcycle magazine Motorrad claimed it had seen the bike out testing in Borgo Panigale, home of the Ducati factory in north-east Italy.

They did not have any images to prove their sighting, but they have now published iomages from this Facebook post by Luca Moncalieri, Managing Director of Ducatisti Integralisti,Pavia, Italy.

A Multistrada V4 makes a lot of sense as does a Monster version.

Will there be any L-twins left?

Streetfighter V4 is expected to have similar power to the Panigale V4’s 158kW (213hp).

It had been suggested the street production version may be a little tamer. However, it is likely to still be more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

The Multistrada is likely to be tuned for less top end and more low-down power and torque.

The current Multistrada 1260 has 117kW (158hp) output. 

Ducati Multistrada V4 coming?
Ducati Multistrada 1260

The new V4 models are likely to have front and rear radar for blind spot alerts and cornering ABS as Ducati has previously said it would add these features to its entire range in 2020.

The tech is part of the company’s joint development with Audi of safety technology to fit into an automated driving future.

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