Ducati’s Color Therapy project, the first in the “Monster Art” series has come to offer owners the possibility to customize their Ducati Monster 696 before even buying it. By offering the painted body parts available in a range of lively new colors, they’re set to suit every taste and even make the bike look like a brand new version. Just what the Monster needed.
A Ducati dealer in France was inspired by the Australian World Superbike Championship to create a limited edition Monster Bayliss Replica. Apart from the special paintjob, features such as the Termignoni carbon silencers and the multitude of carbon fiber units are there to enhance the racy look of the still naked bike. The price rises to as much as 15,900 euros or $20,600 because exclusivity always comes at a high price.
Ducati’s latest streetfighter model, a 155bhp and 114Nm motorcycle that was unveiled at the 2008 EICMA show in Milan is scheduled to hit US dealerships in May. The Italian naked style apparently starts to catch on to riders in America. We couldn’t be surprised as the Ducati Streetfighter S gets a new subframe, a redesigned cooling system that reduces width, fully digital instrumentation and 1098-derived features such as the 25.6 degree rake (24.5 degrees on the 1098), and the 35mm longer swingarm.
Also, units such as the 43mm Öhlins USD fork, fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock, five-spoke forged alloy Marchesini wheels couldn’t have missed from any high-spec Ducati and neither the Ducati Data Analysis system and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) which are aimed at harnessing the loads of horsepower and torque moving the 167 kg mass (dry).
In what Ducati is concerned, where there is an “S” model, a standard bike must be around somewhere and this case makes no exception. There is the Streetfighter S available either Red or Black painted, but featuring bronze-painted chassis and wheels and the standard Streetfighter available in Red and White and featuring black wheels or dark-grey wheels. The difference between the two bikes is also made by $4,000 as the Streetfighter S starts at $18,995 and the standard Streetfighter model starts at $14,995. This last is expected to be available in the US by August.
Ducati has long been planning to replace the Multistrada 1100 go anywhere, do anything bike and by what this spy picture shows, this is the model that will substitute Pierre Terblanche’s creation.
The bike was spotted during tests in Italy and it seems that Ducati is close to giving a green light for the new model. By what we’re able to see in the picture, the sport tires and a thick single-sided swingarm will keep it on the streets and – if it is to listen to the rumors – it will very much belong there.
No wonder, as insiders “leak” that the Multistrada replacement will feature the 1099cc engine that currently powers the Ducati 1098.Just to spice things up, I’ll mention that the DTC traction control won’t be excluded, but that’s all we know for now.
Fans are eagerly waiting to see this bike at the Milan show in November and, later, in their garages as 2010 model years.
We’ll be back with more information on this future model as soon as we have it, hopefully, together with some better spy pics.
The Ducati StreetFighter, a naked bike that is expected to be launched tomorrow night at the EICMA show in Milan, now features official photos and website.
This big bike gets the 1098 engine so there will be plenty of power to deal with the competition as the L-twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder Desmodromic; liquid cooled engine is capable of 155 hp at 9.500 rpm.
Italy’s new favorite naked features a Monster-like exhaust for retuning the engine, but that’s just a detail considering the bike’s aggressive looks and matched Black color.
Just imagine how you’ll be doing wheelies on this thing as it only weighs 167 kg. You do the math and get to one hell of a power to ratio!
The friends from Pro Italia are raffling a new 2009 Ducati M696 to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Tickets are $25 each (or buy 5 chances for $100) and limited to 500 total. Tickets are available in their online store or in their Los Angeles showroom.
Tickets are available now until October 24th. The winner will be announced on the 26th of October at the annual Love Ride in Pomona. The first prize winner will win a 2009 Ducati Monster 696 (MSRP $8,995) and the second prize winner will receive an America leather jacket from Vanson (a $550.00 value).
For more information go to —> http://www.proitalia.com
Having released the official photos of the 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 only a few days ago, the Italian house now launches the first official video in order to keep fans hooked in expectancy of the Intermot show in Cologne a week from now.
The bike is expected to be a huge success in Europe and, as you can see, the action takes place on winding roads of the old continent.
It is now confirmed. Ducati will present an all-new naked model featuring the engine on the 1098 at the EICMA show this November.
The 2009 Ducati Fighter has already been presented last week to authorized dealers under a strict confidentiality regime and despite all previous controversy, it is now a fact that its price will hire it just between next year’s Monster 1100 and the Ducati 1098 models.
A future fierce competitor for the MV Agusta Brutale, Aprilia Tuono and the Benelli TNT, the Ducati Fighter is yet another great way of exploiting the mighty 1099cc water cooled V-Twin powering the Ducati 1098 though it is expected that the engine will be retuned for low-and-mid rpm fun. Also, the gearbox is expected to undergo the same treatment.
Apart from the engine, the Ducati 1098 will also donate the frame and rear end to this future naked cousin, but no more as the Ducati Fighter drifts away from the super sports bike by featuring a shotgun-style exhaust and, possibly (hopefully, if you ask me), a single-sided swingarm.
In expectancy of the EICMA show on the 3rd or 4th of November, this is all the info we have on the bike, but be sure that this won’t be the last you hear of it.
This summer we presented to you the “Best way to run for your life”, but this new post is not about running, but all about camouflaging and easily making your way through the urban jungle.
A feline among motorcycles, this unique approach towards a Ducati Monster can seem the result of inspiring paintjob, but taking a look closer you’ll notice how the gummy gas tank stands for the chest and the rear end for the butt. Everything in between is also meant to copy the shape of a tiger. The nicest touch is indeed the long tail, but I also like to think that the dual exhaust system is meant to look like the beast’s feet in full stretch in a chase for prey. Even the sidestand has the shape of a paw!
By this time you must be wondering if the bike’s name isn’t by any chance Shere Khan and the lucky owner is Mowgli, but I would have to disappoint you by saying that it was simply called the Ducati Tiger and the lucky owner is named Steve Metz.
Is the Ducati range about to add another member to the already impressive number? Apparently, the Italian maker prepares an ultimate version of the Monster, one that will be powered by a 1098cc twin-cylinder engine and blow everything away with its extreme design. Colors will be Red, Black and White but, more important, Marchesini provides the forks and Brembo the brakes. Wait and see what happens, but we already know that nothing can go wrong with such a project. At least, there are no clues to reflect that.
Ducati will dedicate a whole week to its new Monster 696 model starting the 10th of May and ending on the 17th. As it was named, the “Open Week”, plans on being the best opportunity for fans to try the new naked bike, going from the nearest dealer among those members.
Even though completely redesigned and reengineered, the Monster 696 manages to retain its unique look, character and feel that have had the defining role in its great presence on the world’s market along these years.
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