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 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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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.