2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 R
All the major sportbike players have an entry in the street-legal, racebike subgenre, and for Ducati, that distinction falls to the Monster 1200 R. The “R” brings liter-plus power to the table in combination with top-shelf suspension and ride-quality electronics that let you dial it right in, and of course, the Monster DNA is plain to see in the sparse sheet metal and exposed frame members. This machine is the ultimate iteration (so far) of an already aggressive family line with all the sex appeal you’d expect from this marque.
2018 - 2019 Ducati Monster 821
Newly revised in 2018, the Monster 821 from Ducati benefits from some trickle-down engineering from its big brother, the Monster 1200, and a host of new design touches all its own. A new tank, tail section, headlight and muffler gives it an all-new variation on the classic Monster look with due consideration for the original Monster 900. Duc’s Testastretta L-twin powerplant serves up streetfighter performance with 109 horsepower tucked away in the stable and a host of safety systems to aid the rider in keeping it all under control. Not an entry-level ride by any stretch of the imagination, the Monster 821 does offer an experienced rider a mercurial platform that can shift personalities at the touch of a button for a wide range of conditions and skill levels.
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth
The Ducati Monster can trace its heritage back to the ’93 Monster 900, and the new “Stealth” variant serves as what you might call a highly-functional tribute piece for that venerated machine. It totes the usual suite of electronic gadgets with Ducati’s Quick Shift feature added to the stock package, and it boasts 100-plus horsepower in a design that is, paradoxically, both sexy and stocky at the same time.
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 / 1260 S
Italian powerhouse Ducati hits MY2019 with an all-new pair of Diavel models for the sport-naked sector: the Diavel 1260 and 1260 S. Both toe the family line as far as aesthetics are concerned, and they even run the same exact Testastretta powerplant so the differences between the two essentially come down to the trim package and chassis features. Performance and safety go hand-in-hand with a number of top-shelf electronic goodies to help you keep all that power under control. This bike is truly a rolling tribute to Ducati’s ingenuity, and the best is under the hood hidden away from plain sight, so today I want to delve into this pair and see how it stacks up against some of the likely competition from Japan or maybe elsewhere in Europe.
2018 Ducati Monster 1200 25° Anniversario
In 1992, Ducati showcased the Ducati Monster 900 prototype at the Cologne Motor Show, and it became an instant icon. With its boundless personality and audacious nudity, it was a motorcycle that had revolutionized the "naked" bike category. Since then, the Monster range sold like hot cakes and played a major role in the expansion of the Ducati family.
Recently, the model celebrated its 25th anniversary since the original Monster 900 MY1993 hit the streets. And to commemorate the occasion, the chaps at the Borgo Panigale factory have produced a limited edition affair of the flagship Monster 1200 and given it a special color scheme, machined components, high-quality finishing, carbon fiber and a lot of technology. The Ducati Monster 1200 25° Anniversario.
2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 797 / 797 Plus
Ducati added to its “Monster” family in 2017 with the accessible and relatively rider-friendly “797” version of its popular naked bike. This ride uses the same 803 cc mill that drives the full-size Scramblers, so while it isn’t a net-new engine, it is a proven one. Dual front brakes with ABS, Pirelli tires and fat Kayaba forks are but some of the features included in what looks to be the closest to an “entry level” ride that the Monster family has managed to date. I was eager to take a look at this new ride ever since it was revealed at the Milan show, and what I see so far does not disappoint. In 2018, the Monster 797+ replaced the base model with some extra goodies added in.
2016 - 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939
Ducati updated its Hypermotard for the 2016 model year and carried that forward to 2018. Fairly fresh off a revamp in ’13, the new Hypermotard variant brings Ducati’s EURO 4-emissions compliant Testastretta to the range along with its increased, 937 cc displacement and 113-pony output. The factory also padded the range with a MotoGP-liveried, 939 SP that sports top-shelf racing suspension and is generally skewed toward track work, or riders who wish they were doing track work. Both rides benefit from Ducati’s rider-safety technology with onboard traction control, ABS and the like. Good thing too, since this is exactly the kind of bike that will allow you to get in trouble all three ways: quick, fast, and in-a-hurry.
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2015 - 2017 Ducati Monster 821
What does you do when you have a powerful and popular naked sportbike such as the Monster 1200 and a smaller, simplified version of same with an 803 cc powerplant? You simply add a third model, according to Ducati. Introducing the stop-gap Monster 821 siblings. The base model carries many of the genetic markers associated with the Monster range with a 112-horsepower engine and host of electronic gadgets that never made it onto the entry-level 797 model. This plugs a significant gap in its naked Monster lineup and gives us an entry-friendly model with a taste of the refinement typically enjoyed on the larger-displacement rides. Ducati followed up with the race-tastic “Stripe” version that pulls adjustable front-suspension components off the top shelf for another layer of ride-quality control. Something for everyone? Perhaps not, but a damn good compromise between the existing models within the range in many ways.
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Ducati introduced the Streetfighter 848 back in 2012 to plug a hole in its lineup. You see, Ducati had found itself in the enviable position of having created a naked streetbike — Streetfighter 1098 — that was really too powerful for most riders’ comfort and safety envelope, and they needed to tame the beast a little bit for polite company.
Enter the 848, a Testastretta-powered Streetfighter that retains much of the performance of its predecessor with even better side-to-side response from the frame-geometry changes that make it more appropriate for the streets, but still far from family-friendly. This bike enjoyed a short run, and was phased out after the 2015 model year as other models from Ducati’s lineup provided a bit of overlap that covered this particular niche. Join me whilst I dig into this ride, and discover what the factory did to move forward from the too-powerful Streetfighter 1098.
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2014 - 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S / 1200 R
Ducati delivers a winner in its 2016 Monster 1200 as well as the 1200 S and 1200 R variants. Equipped with the 1198 cc Testastretta 11-degree DS engine, the Monster 1200s have more power and torque on tap then previous gens and they come equipped with a suite of electronic fandanglery that includes, but isn’t limited to, RbW, ABS, Rider modes, and Power modes.
Back in 2011, Ducati released the Diavel as something of a “wish list” bike, embodying the personal desires of the engineering team. Since then, the factory has been polishing its pet project, and the 2016 Diavel Carbon represents the latest — and lightest — version of this rather unique-looking Italian power cruiser. Popular overseas, the Diavel has gained a foothold in the American market, mainly with more mature, experienced riders, and for reasons that are unclear to me, it is particularly popular among U.S. riders of the fairer sex. I love a good mystery, so let’s dive in and see what the Diavel has that gives it such curb appeal.
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Let your instinct drive you. Relish the superb performance, timeless design and cutting-edge technology of a motorcycle with even more aggressive looks thanks to the authentic Ducati Stripe livery and the high mounted Ducati Performance licence plate holder.
Just right to give vent to your real sporty attitude, the Monster 1200 S Stripe has the perfect personality to win each day’s challenges. For those who accept no compromise between style and performance, this is the one.
The model in the photo is equipped with an adjustable-position homologated licence plate holder. In the photo the license plate is mounted in a position that does not conform to current legislation for road riding.
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It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to call yourself a motard, let alone a hypermotard. But since 2007, that’s what Ducati has called this high-riding, lightweight, powerful, and dirtbike-like machine. It’s the Ducati Hypermotard, and yes, it still evokes the same childlike enthusiasm out of me now as it did eight years ago.
Since first breaking into the market in 2007, the Hypermotard has wrestled a specific niche motorcycle segment and has called it its own. It’s an impressive achievement for a bike considered to be young by Ducati standards, but the Hypermotard and its fellow offsprings - the Hypermotard SP and the Hyperstrada - have become fan favorites in their own right, thanks in large part to their seamless integration of a dirtbike’s elusive agility with the refined power and sporty characteristics of a sports bike.
It’s no wonder that the Hypermotard is still going strong to this day. Whether you’re a young rider looking to gain some experience on two wheels or you’re a grizzled vet looking for something fun and enjoyable, the Hypermotard has extended its reach far beyond Ducati’s original plans for the bike.
Then again, that’s what happens when you appeal across a broad spectrum of riders.
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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 Scrambler Full Throttle is one o the newest motorcycles designed by the Italian manufacturer. It features a retro look inspired by the classic motorcycles and is equipped with the latest technologies in the business.
Talking about technology, the motorcycle is powered by a potent 803 cc, L-Twin, Desmodromic, air cooled, Euro 3 engine with 2 valves per cylinder. The engine cranks out a maximum output of 55 KW (75 Hp) at 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm (50 Lb-Ft) of torque at 5,750 rpm. All this power is transferred to the rear wheel by means of a six speed transmission.
The bike also features a Termignoni racing exhaust homologated for road use, a sporty seat, a low tapered handlebar and a short front mudguard.
The Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle is offered with a starting price of $9,995.
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The Ducati Monster 821 Dark comes with a tasty black finish which gives it a pretty aggressive look.
The motorcycle is built on a compact Ducati trellis frame that draws inspiration from the racing models while the sub-frame has a classic tubular layout.
The stopping power is assured by a capable Brembo system which includes pump-activated Brembo monobloc M4-32 radial callipers, equipped with high-calibration multiple 9MP ABS as standard.
The Ducati Monster 821 Dark weighs only 205.5 Kg and is powered by a 821 cc, Testastretta, 11° L-twin, liquid cooled engine with 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The engine delivers a maximum output of 82.4 KW (112 Hp) at 9,250 rpm and 89.4 Nm (65.8 Lb-Ft) of torque at 7,750 Rpm.
The ride quality is assured by front inverted forks (Ø 43 mm), and a rear Sachs monoshock with adjustable compression and extension.
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The Ducati Monster 821 is one of the most iconic motorcycle that can still be found on today’s roads. During its long history, the Monster has been constantly improved and today we are looking at the most refined version of this model.
Built with power, versatility and agility in mind, the Ducati Monster 821 is a potent motorcycle that is ready for anything you might want to throw at it.
Comfortable, fast and practical, the Monster 821 is powered by a state of the art Testastretta 11° L-twin, liquid cooled engine with 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. Fire it up and it will crank out a maximum output of 82.4 KW (112 Hp) @ 9,250 Rpm with 89.4 Nm (65.8 Lb-Ft) of torque at 7,750 Rpm.
All this power is kept in check by a six speed transmission with APTC slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with control cable.
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Built with high speed agility in mind, the Ducati Streetfighter 848 is a fast motorcycle that rewards you with a unique riding experience every time you jump on its back. The bike also offers a pretty upright riding position which puts the rider in maximum control.
The Ducati Streetfighter 848 is propelled by a 849 cc, Testastretta 11° L-Twin, liquid cooled engine with 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The unit is fueled by a 16,5 liters (4.4 Gallon ) fuel tank and is paired with a six speed gearbox.
In terms of power, the 849 cc engine generates 132hp (97kW) at 10.000rpm and 93.5 Nm (69 Lb-Ft) of torque at 9,500 rpm.
The ride quality is kept in check by front Marzocchi 43mm fully adjustable USD forks and a rear progressive linkage suspension with fully adjustable monoshock.
The Ducati Streetfighter 949 is offered with a base price of $13,495.
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