At the biggest two-wheel exhibition, the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Ducati kicked off its “More than Red: Evolution never stops” theme as a tribute to the Ducati World Première 2017.
Taking center-stage at the Ducati World Première 2017 were the new motorcycles that complete and extend the Ducati range for 2017. Of the eight new motorcycles set to join Model Year 2017, no less than six are unveiled on the eve of EICMA. The eighth and last new bike, instead, will arrive in January 2017. Also at the Ducati World Premiere, the brand revealed the new Diesel clothing line, which come in line with the new Diavel Diesel.
For 2017 the Ducati Monster range is being renewed and extended with the arrival of the new 1200 and a fresh 797. The Monster 1200 is packed with new design and content, but retains that pure Monster essence. Shaping, silhouettes, fuel tank and headlight are faithful to the lines of the motorcycle that came out in 1993. Available also as a higher-performance S version, the Monster 1200 has a sleeker tank, a fully redesigned sports-style tail, an all-new, technologically advanced headlight and a first-rate electronics package derived from the one on the 1299 Panigale.
Sporty, compact, essential yet incredibly stylish and up to date, the Monster 797 embodies all the allure of the Monster and represents the gateway to the Ducati world. Everything on the Monster 797 recalls the iconic ’90s bike but with cutting-edge modernity: from tank to Trellis frame, from air-cooled L-twin engine to the round headlight.
Another major new unveiling at the Ducati World Première 2017 regards the new Multistrada 950, the Bologna-based bike manufacturer’s smallest “multibike”, designed to provide all the excitement of the Multistrada in a more accessible, versatile way. Designed to put great performance within everyone’s grasp, the Multistrada 950 is for those who want to get in some touring (and perhaps enjoy the company of a passenger) and those who want an agile fun bike that’s ideal for everyday use.
Ducati Scrambler will be at EICMA with two great new bikes, further extending the range of the new Ducati brand. The first is the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer, an interpretation of the legendary ’60s bikes that triggered a motorcycling revolution. Free spirit and style: with its “Black Coffee” color scheme, the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer takes us from the 1960s all the way to today’s Land of Joy. With 17-inch wheels and “racer” handlebars, the bike has also been given a complete rear-end re-design in pure Cafe Racer style.
The second exciting addition to the 2017 range is the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled. A bike that evokes the spirit of the off-road American bikes of the ’70s and ’80s and extends the Scrambler range even further. Thanks to the modified frame and suspension, the spoked wheels (19-inch at the front) and alluring, ground-breaking lines, this bike is simply perfect for those who want to be able to get off the asphalt and take a less-beaten track, but always in that unique “Land of Joy” spirit. The off-road capability of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is also evident in the type-approved headlight mesh guard, the off-road style footpegs with removable rubber pads, the high mudguards (specially designed for this version) and, of course, the engine skid plate.
The “grand finale” of the Ducati World Première 2017 came with the arrival on stage of the 1299 Superleggera, ridden by Casey Stoner, esteemed ambassador of this gem of design and technology. With the 1299 Superleggera, Ducati takes road sport bikes to unprecedented levels: it’s the first road bike to feature carbon fiber frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. It’s a concentrate of engineering, technology and performance. And underneath that carbon fiber skin lies the highest-performing version of the Superquadro. Thanks to its 215 hp (EURO 4), the desmodromic engine on the 1299 Superleggera is the most powerful factory twin-cylinder ever built; it incorporates the very highest levels of Ducati technology. The Ducati 1299 Superleggera is limited to just 500 units in the world.