My Top Electric Bike Picks From 2018 EICMA
The EICMA bike show is in full swing, and so far, fans of the burgeoning EV sector have a lot to be excited about. Besides its limited range, one of the biggest challenges for the EV bike builders is the lack of diversity, but this year at the Milan show, it’s clear that issue has been addressed. I’ve picked out six interesting models that cover three genres, so let’s get to it.
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Ducati’s "Land of Joy" updates the Icon for 2019
2014 was the year Ducati started rolling their Scrambler editions, and after almost half a decade, Scrambler is no longer just a model, but now it is a brand. Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused, but it pleased the urban way and masses, and hence they became glorified street bikes.
And the most successful model is receiving a much-needed update for the year 2019 ‘Scrambler Joyvolution’. The Ducati Scrambler Icon – will now come with modern equipment, revised riding ergonomics, new paint schemes, and better safety tech to keep both wheels planted in all situations.
Get ready for a new dream sequence: The Ducati Panigale V4
The wait is finally over folks. Ducati has officially opened up a new phase in motorcycling by launching the new Panigale out to the world that will be powered by their all-new Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine. Similar to the one running on their Desmosedici GP bike and with 214 hp and 91.5 lb-ft of torque, this will be the most powerful bike in its class.
Christened as the Panigale V4, Ducati calls it the ‘new symphony of all Italian performance and emotion.’ The cover outside remains seemingly same and so does the name but the story inside is an all-new thriller that is bound to scare the daylights off of anyone trying even to come close to this beast.
Ducati has had a busy year and is in Milan for the EICMA to show off the fruits of its labor. Duc always has a strong presence at this show, and who can blame them since the factory is in the same neck of the woods? Time is short, but so far the machinery unveiled at the show looks really good, and what I see certainly bodes well for the bike builders from Bologna.
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Ducati has never been shy about dropping teaser photos and videos for its new models. The company has found it to be a useful tool to drum up interest in its upcoming releases, including a mysterious new model that’s now the subject of Ducati’s new “This is Black” teaser campaign.
I don’t know a lot about this model, other than it’s going to make its debut at the 2015 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. But other than that, Ducati’s not saying a lot about it with the exception of this teaser video that frankly ends with more questions than answers. From the accompanying press release, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer did say that the “This is Black” campaign is a project that will open up an entirely new “universe” for Ducati, one that it has never ventured into before. From a timing perspective, it begs the question on whether this campaign is alluding to an all-new model for Ducati. The company, after all, has nine new models planned for 2016. What better way to kickstart interest in one of them than to make it a centrepiece of a campaign that will come to a head at the biggest motorcycle show of the year.
Hopefully, Ducati sheds more light on this new campaign before the EICMA Motor Show opens its doors on November 16, 2015. Otherwise, we’re all going to be left scratching and postulating theories on what this campaign is all about. Trust me, the latter scenario may be fun, but it gets a little tiring if there aren’t any clues around that can lead us to the right direction.
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Fresh off of the overwhelming success of the Ducati Scrambler, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has announced the company’s plans to introduce nine new models at the 2015 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan. Some of the new Ducati models that are scheduled to be at the EICMA have already been introduced, including the new Monster 1200 R. But there are also new models that are being kept under wraps until the show, including two models that will be slotted in segments that Ducati has yet to be in.
The arrival of these two new models is the latest indication of Ducati’s aggressive brand expansion as it tries to attract a group of new motorcyclists to the brand. Having new models in the fold will help in accomplishing that goal, but there’s still that issue of actually having a product that the market will appreciate. Besides, it also depends on what markets Ducati plans on entering. Based on past statements made by Domenicali about Ducati’s plans, a new scooter could be one of the nine new models that will make its debut at EICMA. Ducati could also unveil a new Scrambler variant, or maybe updated versions of the Diavel or Streetfighter.
There are a number of different possibilities here and a different directions that Ducati can go as it prepares its motorcycle lineup for 2016. Despite the mysteries surrounding some of these models, what’s clear is that the company is making an all-out push to become bigger and more popular to the mainstream motorcycle market. The days of the company treating itself as an exclusive brand that catered to an select group of riders is fading fast. Ducati’s going mainstream, as it should have a long time ago.
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Ducati has fully revealed its new 2014 Monster 1200. The motorcycle has an aggressive character and is propelled by the Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 1198.4cc. The engine delivers a maximum output of 100.7 kW (135 hp) @ 8,750 rpm and 118 Nm (87 lb-ft) of torque @ 7,250 rpm. The unit is fed by a 17.5 liters fuel tank and is mated to a six speed gearbox with slipper clutch.
The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 weighs 209 kg and its backbone is represented by a trellis frame which is directly attached to the engine.
Other features include Brembo brakes, hydraulic clutch, ride by wire and a TFT display. You also get an adjustable seat, Ducati’s Safety Pack (DSP), LED lights and a low mounted number plate.
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Ducati has revealed its new 2013 Hypermotard at the EICMA Motor Show. The new bike is powered by a 821 cc Testastretta 11° DS v-twin engine which features a longer stroke and a smaller bore than what you’d usually find among the 848 cc bikes. The unit cranks out 110 hp and 65.8 lbs.ft of torque at 7750 rpm and needs to deal with a weight of only 436.5 lbs, so you can expect to a mind-blowing speed and a groundbreaking acceleration.
The new Ducati Hypermotard is available in two trim levels, namely the base model and the SP. The standard version features Kayaba 43 mm USD forks with 6.7 inches of travel and Sachs rear shock with preload and rebound adjustments with 5.9 inches of travel.
On the other hand, the SP model comes with fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks with 7.3 inches of travel, and an Öhlins rear shock with 6.9 inches of travel. The SP also comes with forged Marchesini wheels, aluminum handlebars and a special paint job.
Both versions come with Brembo monobloc M4-32 brakes, three riding modes (Race, Sport, & Wet), ride-by-wire throttle control, ABS brakes and Ducati Traction Control (DTC).
The 2013 Ducati Hypermotard costs $11,995, while the SP version is priced at $14,695.
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In the now traditional survey attained by the Italian magazine Motociclismo at this year’s edition of the EICMA show in Milan, the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 turned out to be the audience’s favorite in what regards aspect, with a decent percentage in front of the new MV Agusta F4 superbike.
Multistrada 1200 occupies first place with 48.9% of the votes, followed by the MV Agusta F4 with 19.8%, Aprilia RSV4 R with 15.8%, BMW S 1000 RR on place four with just 4.5% and Kawasaki Z1000 with 2.4%. Last year, the most beautiful motorcycle voted by the EICMA visitors was the Ducati Streetfighter.
Although we are still traversing the global economic crisis, EICMA 2009 was very successful, more than 450.000 people participating at the 67th edition of the show, which registered a 30% raise of international public.
Ducati has finally made their much awaited move – go against the BMW R1200GS – and they did it in their own characteristic style. Not only the new Multistrada 1200 looks one-of-a-kind, but it is also backed up by a 150hp Italian engine.
During no less than two years, we’ve seen the new Ducati Multistrada being developed, rendered and tested until finally finding out that two versions will be available – a standard version with optional ABS and a high-spec S version (how does an Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension system sound to you?). This last ramifies into two editions – Sport and Touring.
The Sport Edition can be distinguished by the presence of carbon fiber parts such as the engine covers, front air intakes, rear mudguard and spoilers.
The Touring Edition’s distinguishing features are the panniers, heated grips and a center stand. More information as we have it.
Update: Press release is attached after the jump.
For 2010, Ducati changed the 1098R model name into 1198R, but displacement remains the same – 1198.4cc – which makes the change obvious and things clearer. What is fizically new to the bike compared to the previous 1098R Troy Bayliss LE is an aluminium fuel tank, Termignoni exhaust system and a paddock stand, but you’ll only spot that if you’re willing to look beyond the gorgeous Corse paint job.
Apart from looks, the price – although not yet announced – will be the other factor making the 2010 Ducati 1198R Corse exclusive. Still, models such as the 1198S Corse and 848 Dark Edition have the same build quality and should cost less.