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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Ducati created a new minimalist-bike niche when it released the 900 Monster prototype back in 1992, and it considers the Monster family of bikes to be their Italian ambassadors to the motorcycle world. Marketed as a bare-bones-basic bike, there is plenty of room for customization, so the Monster family is uniform only in its diversity. Ducati continues this tradition with the release of the 2015 Monster S2R, which could be called a little brother to the aggressive and powerful Monster S4R. The S2R shares the same frame geometry that you get on the S4R with many of the same superbike-inspired components, but Ducati tamed it a bit by opting for a smaller, air-cooled engine. This reduction in power while retaining the agile handling of the S4R makes this an ideal entry-level superbike, just without quite as much “super” as its looks suggest.
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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Bold and essential design. Advanced electronics to ensure greater riding pleasure. Styling as unmistakable as its history. The new Monster 821 Stripe is the epitome of the values of naked motorcycles by Ducati. A racing livery to inspire an even more sporty feel and a fully adjustable suspension for even more sophistication.
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The Ducati Scrambler has been a hot item in the bike world these days. With the bike’s popularity soaring, it was only fitting that Ducati presented the Scrambler in a totally different light at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. With that in mind, the Italian bike maker decided to enlist the help of three of Italy’s best aftermarket companies: Deus Ex Machina, Officine Mermaid, and Mr Martini.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what A-list casting looks like.
Each custom builder will be presenting three different iterations of the Scrambler based on the three variants of the bike. For its part, Ducati was clear on its instructions to the tree builders: do whatever you want with it. Naturally, the builders took that edict to heart.
Deus Ex Machina got the ball rolling by focusing on the Scrambler’s aluminum bodywork and working on adding a single-piece tail, number-plate support and a headlight inspired by speedway bikes. The bike also features an asymmetric mudguard and a number of repositioned equipment, including the filter within the frame, the disc brake and, the dedicated exhaust. The final piece of this puzzle was to give the bike an apt name, which Deus did by christening its creation “Hondo Grattan”, which is named after the horse that dominated on the Harold Park race track.
Next up was Mr. Martini, which opted to give the Scrambler an American-inspired design, turning the bike into an attractive cafe racer. Despite the evolutionary styling, the bike also has a slew of Scrambler details, including the high exhaust and the knobby tires, complementing the changes made to the nose fairing, the tail-piece, the exhaust, the foot peg, and the handlebar mountings. Appropriately enough, Mr. Martini decided to coin the nickname S.C.R for its creation. That’s an acronym for Scrambler Cafe Racer, the perfect name for a bike the embodies the qualities of both bike designs.
Finally, Officine Mermaid lived up to its reputation as a builder that makes the most of what it has. That’s exactly what it did with the its Scrambler, giving the bike a somewhat spartan, rough-and-tough look that imbibe the characteristics of the Ducati bike. It’s not the flashiest of bike builds, but that was intentionally done to give the Scrambler the look of a bike that’s been through a lot of wear and tear. From the paint-stripped fuel tank to the roughed up metal mudguards and the minimised exhaust, Officine Mermaid’s work on the Scrambler, dubbed “Scratch”, is the personification of a utilitarian build done exactly the way it should be.
The three Ducati Scrambler bikes will be in attendance at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy from January 23 to 25, 2015.
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 Scrambler Icon delivers a tasty mix, of comfort, agility and old school style. It was built with practicality in mind and features a wide handlebar, a round headlight with glass lens and LED guide-light, and Dual Sport wheels.
The motorcycle is propelled by an L-twin, Desmodromic, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled engine with a displacement of 803 cc which delivers a maximum power of 55 KW (75 Hp) at 8,250 Rpm and 68 Nm (50 Lb-Ft) of torque at 5,750 Rpm. The engine is housed by a tubular steel trellis frame and is mated on a six speed transmission with APTC wet multiplate clutch.
The ride quality is assured by a Kayaba suspension system which features a 41 mm upside down stanchion fork and a monoshock with adjustable spring preload.
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Meet the new Ducati Scrambler Classic. It features a stylish design inspired by the classic models of the ‘70s, but is fitted with all it needs to make you feel like you are ridging a contemporary motorcycle.
We especially like the aluminium front and rear mudguards, the spoke wheels, the 13.5 liters tear drop steel fuel tank with a capacity of 13.5 l and the brown seat with diamond-shaped inserts.
The stopping power is assured by semi-floating mono discs with 4-piston, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo calipers and ABS.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include a single Kayaba shock absorber with preload regulation, a passenger grab rail, Aluminum front/rear mudguards and an LCD dashboard with interchangeable aluminum cover.
The Ducati Scrambler Classic is offered with a starting price of $9,995.
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The Ducati Monster was always a great choice for naked-model lovers and the 1200 S is one of the most wanted models in this lineup.
Refined and strong, the Ducati Monster 1200 S is propelled by a Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which delivers a maximum output of 108.2 KW (145 Hp) at 8,750 Rpm and 124.5 Nm (91.8 Lb-Ft) of torque at 7,250 Rpm. The unit is fed by a 17.5 liters fuel tank and needs to deal with a wet weight of 209 kg.
To be able to delivers first class performances, the motorcycle needed a set of performance-oriented technologies. Therefore, Ducati packed its bike with a comprehensive list of features which includes Riding Modes, Power Modes, DSP Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC), Ride by Wire, Performance Package, passanger handles and seat cover, an anti-theft system and DDA.
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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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Here’s another interesting motorcycle sketch that has just emerged from the magic hands of Oberdan Bezzi, who not only sees the Ducati Desmotracker as just a new Duck, but an important part of a whole new lineup that is supposed to be called “single demo”. The other one would be the Desmoscrambler that we have recently seen.
Although Ducati didn’t quite seem an adept of the single-cylinder engine configuration lately, we have to admit that Obiboi’s concept looks plausible and very attractive, the kind of bike that Steve McQueen would have liked to ride. Click past the break for the official description (google translation).
Ducati has just introduced their 2010 Monster 796 and together with it a second episode of the Monster Art project. Called “Logomania”, this episode pays tribute to famous Ducati logos and colour schemes from the brand’s early days.
Ducati seems to know just how important it is for Monster owners to make a bike really theirs, so while last year they offered the posibility for riders to totally change the visual of their bikes with clip-on tanks, tail-pieces, fenders and bikini fairings, the Bologna company now makes sure everybody enjoys a factory customized model just like they would have ordered it to a custom painter themselves.
The whole idea behind the all-new Ducati Monster 796 is to increase the profit of the Monster lineup and the second Monster Art episode is just another way to help themselves achieve that. What’s best, owners love it. Click past the break for the Ducati Monster Logomania video as well as the list of color schemes available.
Ducati has just confirmed rumors related to the introduction of an all-new Italian naked by adding the Monster 796 to their 2010 model lineup. The big news follows Ducati’s poor Monster 1100 sells as the biggest Monster of them all gets close to the race-spec Streetfighter’s pricing range. Also taking in consideration the fact that the Monster 696 doesn’t have enough juice to keep the good stuff coming for more experienced riders, the need was felt for a middle solution, NOT a new middleweight model. So here it is.
The new bike came to life after Ducati combined the chassis of the big Monster with the 2010 Hypermotard 796 engine. We must say the Borgo Panigale manufacturer has great expectations from their in-between solution, which they claim being "the perfect synthesis between sports performances, aesthetics and daily riving pleasure."
While we cannot contradict them in any way, we’ll just have to let the numbers speak for themselves: 87hp and 58 lb-ft of torque coming from the 803cc, two-valve, air-cooled twin, all while weighing in at a 369 lbs dry. Optional ABS will add 4 lbs to the standard weight figure. Bodywork colors available for when the bike is supposed to hit Europe’s dealerships this April are Ducati Red, Arctic White, or Diamond Black Silk, all with the red frame and black wheels. Considering the €8990 European pricing, the 2010 Ducati Monster 796 shouldn’t start at more than $10K in the United States.
This new Duck has gone from rumor to fact in a very short time and it is all thanks to Ducati’s variety of “donor bikes” that helped put it together. This means little investment for the Italian company and more profit, definitely the theoretical way to rise up overall sales of the Monster lineup. Factual, we’ll just have to wait and see. Hit the jump for the official video and full specs.
Update: Press Release is also attached after the jump.
After enlarging their 2009 SportClassic range with the GT1000 Touring, Ducati gets the bike rid of its accessories, meaning the GT1000 roadster is the only classic bike featuring modern engineering you’ll find in 2010’s lineup. Reminiscent of the ‘70s, the bike addresses to those in love of the good old days when nakeds featured spoked wheels with classy fenders and a lot of chrome. And the fact that the 2010 model year also brings reliability on the scene couldn’t make this package better.
Ducati launched the new Monster 1100 and the 1100S version in a smart move that increased the Monster lineup to three members (if you count the Monster 696), each one offering a new kind of excitement. This was the first out of ten new models that Ducati announced to launch until 2010.
The TopSpeed team counts more than a few Ducati fans and we simply couldn’t abstain ourselves from seeing what the big Monsters are up to this year. Check them out.
Ducati can say they’ve introduced their latest generation middleweight Monster with the 696 not more than a year ago, but there are always founds ways to upgrade the nimble Italian legend and for 2010 they offer optional ABS. So it was about time to reconnect with the Monster’s versatile character in order to come up with a report and the fact that the 2010 model year is a very light and powerful naked only spices things up a little bit.
Retaining the very essence of a Monster, the 696 blends beauty with comfort and practicability. The result is an overall better performing and more attractive looking Italian naked with a famous name that is better than any possible commercial.
We often hear people saying that, looked from above, the Ducati Monster has the general shape of a woman. Although, we didn’t go the whole way with the investigation, de decided to add a few “interesting” photos so that you can make your own and best idea about the bike and that possible resemblance with the shape of the sinuous woman body.
To be honest, this is no more or less than a reason to add these cool sexy pics, so enjoy the photo gallery!
Christian Audigier has teamed up with Rever Corsa to create a special edition Ducati Monster 1100. The bike’s choice is anything but random. Given the fact that the fashion designer worked at a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Ferrari F430 Calavera in the past, the bike simply had to be made in Italy and what better choice than a new, big and red Monster model on which the dragon-tiger and gold paint to be applied.
The few but stylish touches of magic radically enhance the already consecrated Monster looks and show how unique style always comes at a cost. In this case, we’re talking about a $55,000 price tag for the limited edition Italian piece of motoring.
Italian designer Oberdan Bezzi has been busy stripping down the Desmosedici RR and turning it in what appears to be the sharpest looking and most powerful European naked motorcycle ever seen, even in form of concept – the Ducati 989 R Desmofighter.
Supposed to benefit of 200 horsepower while weighing only 160 kg, the Desmofighter might just establish new power-to-weight standards for the naked category if Ducati decides to produce it.