2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way
Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.
Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.
Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:
Two new members arrive in the Ducati Multistrada 1200 stable for 2016: the Enduro and the Pike’s Peak. Breaking with tradition, Ducati jumps with both feet into the adventure market with a tried-and-true Multistrada base and gives us a truly off-road-capable performance machine in the Enduro and a nod to hill-climb racing success with the Pike’s Peak.
They might have the same DVT engine and the same basic chassis, but with so many updates and upgrades, these two 1200s are really in their own class. In short, these aren’t your dad’s Multistrada.
Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Endure and Multistrada 1200 Pike’s Peak.
Ducati takes safety to the Nth degree with its 2015 Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|air. Yeah, I realize that "motorcycle safety" is something of an oxymoron, but the features on this bike are almost enough to make one change how we think about that phrase. Road-sensing technology, variable engine mappings, lean-angle sensors and a wearable airbag system are just a few of the innovations that improve safety and reduce the amount of rider skill needed to handle this machine.
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When I see a brand-new bike glistening in all its shiny glory inside a dealership, I often get that awestruck look in my face, staring directly at it and wondering what I have to do to be able to own that bike. That’s my sentiment and I’m pretty confident that I’m not the only who feels that way. Sometimes, my mind trails longer than it should and I begin to wonder how that beautiful piece of machinery came to be. From lumps of metal to a two-wheeled vehicle of mass destruction, the evolution of a bike from creation to delivery is a long and meticulous process.
Fortunately, Ducati was kind of enough to let us in on the process, albeit in a rather quick and snappy way. The video the Italian bike maker released, called the “Birth of a Multistrada 1200”, takes us on a behind-the-scenes look inside its Borgo Panigale factory where the Multistrada is created. As expected, the video is fast-paced so you might have to watch it multiple times just to get an idea of what’s really happening as the Multistrada 1200 takes shape.
What I can tell you is the level of meticulousness displayed by employees and engineers of the bike is evident throughout the video. It kind of makes you appreciate these people more, knowing full well that what they build from scratch isn’t so much as a product as it is an artwork.
I don’t think I’m going to need to remind you guys to watch the video because it’s a pretty educational trip inside the inner workings of Ducati and see how masterpieces are created.
For those into adventure motorcycles, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is arguably one of the best in the market. As an outright street performer, there are only a handful of bikes that can match wits with the Multistrada 1200 S. I’m not just talking about its style and performance; the model also has some of the most sophisticated technology found on any motorcycle.
First introduced in the market in 2010, the Multistrada 1200 has laid claim to a handful of performance titles, including its victorious stint at Pikes Peak when it won the 1205 Division from 2010 to 2012.
It’s a testament to a bike that was built to be a conqueror in its segment, something the Multistrada 1200 can lay claim to without even batting an eyelash. The only downside to the model is that it’s going to cost you a pretty penny just to own one.
But if you can stomach that thought, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is as good a choice as any for an adventure motorcycle.
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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is a fun and comfortable motorcycle that can deal effortless with the requirements of the city traffic, but it also feels fairly comfortable on the open road.
At the heart of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 sits the Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic variable timing, L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, dual spark, liquid cooled, EFI engine with a displacement of 1198.4 cc. The engine e puts out a maximum output of 160 hp (117.7kw) at 9500 rpm and 136 Nm (100.3 Lb-Ft) of torque at 7,500 rpm. For enhanced versatility the motorcycle’s engine is equipped with an advanced technology which instantly adjusts according to riding conditions or rider choices.
The new Multistrada is offered with a choice of four different equipment packages including Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro.
Prices start from £12,995.
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The Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro is a modern motorcycle that deals great with the requirements of city riding, but also feels pretty comfortable on the open road.
As far as style is concerned, the Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro features a classy brown seat with a ribbed design, lined with technical fabrics, a big, round headlight protected by an old school grill and aluminum 10 spoke wheels that measure 3’’ x 18’’ up front and 5.5” x 17” at the rear.
The motorcycle is also equipped with a high mudguard made of plastic fibre, LED lights, an LCD dashboard and an off road handlebar with cross bar.
The Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro is propelled by an 803 cc, L-twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled engine which generates a maximum output of 55 KW (75 Hp) at 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm (50 Lb-Ft) of torque at 5,750 Rpm.
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The Ducati Multi Strada 1200 S Touring is one of the most wanted models in its class. And there is no wonder why, as it delivers first class performances, faultless ergonomics and is reliable to the core. Moreover, thanks to a long list of special features it is also perfectly suited for the long haul. Among them you’ll find panniers, heated grips and a useful centre stand.
Other features offered by the Ducati Multi Strada 1200 S touring include the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), an adjustable windscreen Marchesini forged wheel rims, LED headlights and the Ducati Traction Control (DTC).
The motorcycle is built around an 1198.4cc, Testastretta 11° L-Twin, liquid cooled engine with 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The unit puts out a maximum power of 110.3kW (150HP) at 9250rpm and 124.5 Nm (91.8 lb-ft) of torque at 7,500 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a six speed gearbox.
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The new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is an attractive replica of the Multistrada model that has been victorious in the PPIHC. The motorcycle features a sporty design language which combines a dynamic form with smart functions and superior performance.
At the heart of the bike is the Testastretta 11° introduced in 2010. The engine is based on the Superbike 1198 engine. Compared to its donor, has lost some power in favour of improved overall smoothness, especially in the mid-range.
The front brakes consist of Brembo radial callipers with four 32-mm pistons and 2 pads, radial cylinders with adjustable levers, and two 320-mm discs. At the back, you’ll find a single 245-mm disc, 5-mm thick, gripped by a Brembo calliper with a single 34-mm piston. It’s also worthy of being mentioned that the 2013 Multistrada 1200 comes with standard Bosch 9ME ABS.
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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is equipped with anything it needs to be a perfect tourer. The bike features the innovative DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) active suspension system and comes with different equipment depending on specific usage. There are three configurations available: S Touring, S Pikes Peak and S Granturismo.
The bike also offers the possibility to select from a choice of four pre-set Riding Modes programmed to change the engine’s performance according to your needs. These modifications are made using a series of innovative technologies such as the electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system and Ducati’s Traction Control system (DTC) which uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control by reducing wheel-spin.
The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is propelled by an L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Dual Spark, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 1198.4cc and maximum power output of 150 hp.
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Derived from the Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the Ducati Multi Strada S 1200 S Granturismo is ready to deal with any kind of trips and was especially designed to be both comfortable and practical. The bike features the DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) active suspension system which comes with three configurations including S Touring, S Pikes Peak and S Granturismo.
As far as practicality goes, the S Touring is equipped with spacious 58-litre side panniers, centre stand and heated grips. You’ll also find a large glove compartment with push-push lid up front in the right panel and a roomy (over 3-litre capacity) storage compartment under the passenger seat.
Power comes from an L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Dual Spark, liquid cooled, 1198.4cc engine that churns out 150hp @ 9250rpm and 124.5Nm of torque at 7500rpm. The engine is mated on a six speed gearbox with the final drive ratio being designed for fuel efficiency and increased comfort with less vibration.
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The Ducati Streetfigther 848 combines the 848 Testastretta 11° engine and a new Trellis frame with Superbike 848EVO-derived geometry. This mix assures a great handling and a rush of power which is kept in check by the advanced Ducati Traction Control system.
The engine is based on the Testastretta Evoluzione and delivers 132 hp at 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 9.5 kgm at 9,500 rpm. Compared to the Testastretta Evoluzione, the 848 Testastretta 11°’s overlap angle has been reduced from 37° to 11° to ensure a fluid power delivery, a wider power band and reduced consumption and emissions.
The engine is combined with a 2-1-2 exhaust system made from weight-saving 1mm thick steel with 58mm to 63.5mm diameter pipes. The system uses two lambda probes and an electronic valve in the mid-section to deliver increase performance and a wide spread of power.
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The new 2013 Ducati Streetfighter S naked has a lot to love. For the starters, it comes with a jaw dropping style, a comfortable riding position, new controls, Ducati’s Traction Control (DTC) and sharp design elements which enhance its sporty appearance.
Power comes from the popular 1098 Testastretta Evoluzione, a unit that made its debut in 2007 and represented the basis of the motor that helped Ducati win the Superstock and Superbike World titles. The engine delivers a massive 85lb-ft of torque and 155hp, and it gives both the best power-to-weight and the best torque-to-weight ratios in its class.
The 2013 Ducati Streetfighter S sits on lightweight Marchesini 5-Spoke wheels finished in black. The wheels are fitted with Brembo’s Monobloc caliper race technology which includes twin Monobloc callipers each with four 34mm pistons that grip huge 330mm discs.
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The Ducati 125 Scrambler was one of those period bikes from the Italian automaker that truly gained a sizable following. First born with a 125 cc SOHC narrow case engine, the model evolved into a 160 cc before topping out at 250 cc, which, incidentally, also came with Marzochi forks.
The 1970 125 Scrambler pictured here is particularly important because it is one of the models that came with a 160 cc SOHC single engine and mated to a four-speed transmission - all while continuing to use the "125" name. As a small and relatively lightweight machine, the 125 Scrambler’s appeal is that it’s one bike that you wouldn’t mind getting down and dirty with.
The particular 1970 Ducati 125 Scrambler that was auctioned at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco was an unrestored model that came with its original orange and black paint scheme. The estimated bid price for the bike was around €3,000 - €4,000, which is around $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $6,061.