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2020 Ducati Panigale V2

2020 Ducati Panigale V2

Goodbye Ducati Panigale 959, Hello Panigale V2

Ducati heads into MY2020 with a revamped, low-displacement Panigale that the factory rebranded from the Panigale 959 to the Panigale V2. It’s a mixture of old and new with new body fairings over a modified monocoque frame, upgraded suspension components, and six-axis ride-quality controls to deliver extra safety on the road. Power comes from the Superquadro V-twin plant with over 150 ponies on tap to serve as the icing on the cake.

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2017 - 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S

2017 - 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S

The Monster 1200 Has Sleek New Looks And 11 Percent More Horsepower

Ducati spruced up its Monster 1200 and 1200 S ahead of MY2017, and it looks as though the Italian giant is carrying over those new models at least through 2020. Both bikes sport new fuel tanks on top of updates to the subframe and swingarm that shorten the wheelbase and change the overall look, however slightly; but in the bigger picture, it adds to agility. The electronics suite delivers all the safety and ride-quality control features you can reasonably expect; it’s especially true now that items that were considered top-shelf have become ubiquitous enough to be part of the expected gear package.

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2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 R

2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 R

The Most Monster Of The Monster Family

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.

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2017 - 2019 Ducati SuperSport / SuperSport S

2017 - 2019 Ducati SuperSport / SuperSport S

Panigale Flavor Without Superbike Danger

It was four years in the making, but Ducati finally released the revamped SuperSport family for the 2017 model year. This range brings sportbike handling and performance to the table with its race-inspired “Monster” frame and over 100 ponies on tap, but in a package meant to be less intimidating to prospective ’Ducatisti’ than some of their, shall we say, spicier models. The factory touts the new line as “versatile and accessible,” and while the base SuperSport is meant to appeal to riders who want a sportbike that’s a little light on the “sportier aspects,” the “S” model takes on some of the trappings of a proper racebike for a decidedly more sport-tastic nature

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2018 - 2019 Ducati Monster 821

2018 - 2019 Ducati Monster 821

The Epitome Of What A Naked Sportbike Should Be

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.

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2016 - 2019 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

2016 - 2019 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

The Sport-Cruiser That Really Is A Cruiser Sportbike

It’s safe to say that “cruiser” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when I think of Ducati, or even the third, yet here we are with the XDiavel and its slightly dressier, “S” trim package that carries the brand into uncharted waters. The “X” is meant to signify the cross and blending of the two worlds — cruiser and sport — and the end result is what the factory calls a “Techno-cruiser” due to its melding of Italian performance DNA and a more cruise-tastic rider triangle than you normally see from this brand. Powered by a 1,262 cc Testastretta engine, the XDiavel duo put the “sport” in “sport-cruiser” and opens the performance field to folks that ordinarily wouldn’t have such an option.

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2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth

2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth

A Highly Functional Tribute to the ’93 Monster 900

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.

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2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse

2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse

New livery, lighter battery and exhausts, and top of the line suspension setup

Launched back in 2016 as a replacement model of the Euro-III 899 Panigale, the Euro-IV compliant 959 Panigale became the most affordable superbike in the international lineup of Ducati until the brand launched the 939 Supersport last year. It came with a longer stroked 955cc engine, a tweaked chassis and styling, new side-mount exhausts and a weight increase.

With high spec Brembos’, Showas’, a quickshifter, traction control and ABS, the standard 959 was running great. But the folks at the Italian company had a greater vision. For 2018, the 959 just got checked by the folks who run the team’s MotoGP stunts. Better equipped and a fresh new paint job that was seen similarly with the 848 EVO Corse edition in 2013.

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2016 - 2018 Ducati Diavel

2016 - 2018 Ducati Diavel

What The Offspring Of A Sportbike And A Cruiser Would Be

The Diavel is Ducati’s second venture into the cruiser market — the Indiana being the first — but I’m not sure the designers have the same idea of what a cruiser is as the American motorcycling public thinks about a cruiser. Powered by a 1198 cc engine packing 152 horsepower and 91 pound-feet of torque, the Diavel is more of a power-cruiser-sportbike and might appeal to riders from either market.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Diavel.

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2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 797 / 797 Plus

2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 797 / 797 Plus

An Approachable Naked Monster

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.

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2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Marking the end of the greatest show ever played by Ducati, the Panigale.

Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.

And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, and Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes.

Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro powerhouse that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.

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2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera

2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera

Limited Edition StupidFast

Ducati raises the bar for semi-production race bikes with its limited-edition 1299 Superleggera. A space-age, carbon-fiber frame, swingarm and wheels carry Ducati’s most powerful twin-cylinder mill to date with 215 horsepower on tap to push a mere 368 pounds. Yeah, that’s right. The good news is that Ducati installed everything it could as far as electronic features go to help riders control all that power and keep the thing dirty-side down. I’m talking a veritable alphabet soup of gadgetry here, so let’s dig in and start deciphering it.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati 1299 Superleggera.

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2014 - 2015 Ducati Streetfighter 848

2014 - 2015 Ducati Streetfighter 848

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.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Streetfighter 848.

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2014 - 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S / 1200 R

2014 - 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S / 1200 R

Ducati’s Frankenstein Bike That Turned Out To Be A Hit

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.

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2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon

2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon

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.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon.

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2015 Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale

2015 Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale

Ducati continues to push the envelope in the superbike category with the release of the 2015 1299 Panigale. This machine was built to succeed the 1199, and it boasts several improvements over its predecessor, not the least of which is the 10-percent increase in power up to a whopping total of 205 horsepower! It almost beggars belief that one could squeeze that many horses out of a two-cylinder engine, and it really speaks to the innovative engineering hidden behind the fairings. Sophisticated electronics tame the engine, brakes and suspension, and transform the bike from new-user friendly to race-ready at the touch of a button.

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2015 Ducati Monster 1200 S Stripe

2015 Ducati Monster 1200 S Stripe

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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2015 Ducati Diavel

2015 Ducati Diavel

The Ducati Diavel was first introduced in 2011 as the Italian manufacturer’s second cruiser, following in the footsteps of the Indiana, which went out of commission in 1990.

My, how times have changed.

These days, the Diavel is widely considered as part cruiser, part sportsbike, a distinction that has made it one of Ducati’s most controversial machines. A lot of people didn’t like the Diavel at first and Ducati was bombarded with complaints that such a bike - a cruiser!?! - betrayed everything that Ducati stood for.

But that’s precisely why the Diavel was controversial. For all the flogging it received, a lot of people who ended up buying the bike came away impressed with its uncompromising combination of style and power, two things that Ducatis is also known for.

The arrival of the 2015 model represents the next evolution of the Diavel. Oh, and in case you don’t know, this bad boy is littered with all sorts of new features and components. It’s hard to name another bike that has been talked about more in the past four years than the Diavel. The fact that it’s only been around since 2011 only adds to its growing legacy.

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2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

Ducati has revealed the all-new 899 Panigale at the IAA Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany. The fresh 899 Panigale shares a lot of common features with the 1199 model so you can expect to first class riding performances.

The motorcycle weighs only 169 kg and is built on a modern monocoque frame that uses the Superquatro engine as a stressed member. In terms of power, the L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled unit delivers a maximum output of 109 kW 148 hp @ 10.750 rpm and 99 Nm (73 lb-ft) of torque at 9.000 rpm.

As far as technologies are concerned, the new Ducati 988 Panigale features triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Engine Brake Control and ride-by-wire throttle. You also get Ducati’s Quick Shift, fully-integrated riding modes that can be switched using the handlebar mounted buttons.

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2012 Ducati Diavel Carbon

2012 Ducati Diavel Carbon

Searching for a versatile, yet sporty motorcycle which is able to cope great with race tracks, city streets and highway? Then you should take a closer look at the Ducati Diavel Carbon.

“The challenge of building a muscular silhouette over a pure-bred competition motor had to be met with determination and a delicate touch, and the result is a frontal area that looks like a power athlete on the starting blocks,” explains the team at Ducati Design responsible for the project. “With the front wheel kept close to the Diavel’s body and using the short tail of a sport bike, we were able to blend this muscular design with a chassis that matched.”

Apart from its attractive design the 2012 Ducati Diavel Carbon is equipped with a strong 1198.4cc heart. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission and puts out 162hp (119kW) @ 9500rpm and 94lb-ft (127.5Nm) @ 8000rpm.

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