If one had to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, the message is clear: Ducati is that name synonymous with Italian precision and prestige where premium bikery is concerned. Deborah Joy Peter steals a spin.
Moving beyond the guarantee of engineering genius and casting aside the marque’s time-tested longevity, the brand has made it its heartfelt mission to steep its heritage in the sheer experience of hitting the open road and becoming one with the wind. Its continued innovation is approached with such delicacy that the portfolio’s legacy to this day remains set in stone. To capture the strength behind its stealth is to understand the nature of this beast.
Once again stamping its signature footprint across the globe to exert its prodigious flair, Ducati in concert with its exclusive Malaysian importer and distributor, Next Bikes, is kicking up the dirt to create cause for impact with the debut of two new entry-level variants on local soil in conjunction with the Naza Merdeka Autofair 2017 currently in motion and scheduled to run until 13 August. The first from the fresh line-up is the iconic Monster 797.
Ciao Monster 797
A sporty alternative for the everyday rider, the model exudes the pizzazz of a stylistic contender, while packed to the brim with nothing short of brilliant design and tasteful performance. The most accessible of Ducati nakeds, the masterfully constructed machine stays true to its devilishly daring title with the delivery of an illustrious appearance, tapered tail, and beefy tank—elements which lend the make its bionic charms and fiendishly good looks.
Furthermore, infusing contemporary sophistication into its overall ideation, the cleverly-executed invention welcomes both first- and old-timers into the burgeoning world of motorcycling, all the while promising for the trail ahead to be one of vivacious colour and exhilarating animation. A landmark re-imagination of a 90s original, the modernity of the vehicle is drawn from the insertion of a Desmodue air-cooled L-twin engine cradled inside a Trellis frame.
With a dapper headlight, low seat, and wide handlebars to boot, the bike is designed to both inspire confidence and stimulate a carefree on-the-road encounter. Whether lost in a labyrinth of reckless abandon along country roads or navigating the bustling hops and heaves of city streets, contained weight and agile chassis geometry strap operators in with unsurpassed control and superb handling, regardless of what a person’s level of experience may be.
Euro 4 compliant and revving up 8,250 rpm with a torque capacity of 75 horsepower at maximum speed, there’s no need to be shy when propped into place and aching for the ultimate buzz. With optimum safety on the rider’s side, thanks to a highly-efficient as-standard automatic braking system from Bosch, speed is the fun one gets to peddle when neatly positioned on a Monster 797. It is the perfect beginning to an endless journey through discovery.
The model is priced at RM55,900 including GST as a starting point.
Enter Multistrada 950
The Bologna-based manufacturer’s smallest multibike, the Multistrada 950 prides itself on versality. A clean concept distinctly built around excitement, ownership of one of these bad boys is its own reward. A bespoke selection as far as Ducati excellence goes, the motorcycle glorifies one’s penchant for the outdoors and quenches that thirst for exploration when ready to roll. Planned or on the fly, either manoeuvre will prove equally gratifying.
Ideal for touring with a passenger in tow or taking the show on the road as a solo participant, the dynamism of the vehicle is best depicted with the turn of the key followed by proof of action. From sound to style to strut, the new entrant serves as a technological marvel in that the offering boasts four riding modes—Touring, Sport, Urban, and Enduro. The enviable four-bikes-in-one capability renders the model a top choice for pleasure-seekers.
Lighter than the Multistrada 1200, with a seat height of 840 millimeters alongside a 19-inch alloy front wheel, the 950 is the epitome of cruising comfort. The bike’s ability to brave even the trickiest of terrains is evidence of its show-stopping prowess while on the prowl for obstacles to obliterate. Suspension-savvy, the model provides a generous 170 mm of travel and twin-sided swingarm, reinforcing its devotion to dauntlessness.
As an added luxury, upkeep is worry-free with this intelligent pick. Its 937 cm³ Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder motor is backed by a maintenance interval of 15,000 kilometers or 12 months, with valve clearance inspection available at every 30,000 km. Meanwhile, the Ducati Safety Pack comes with eight levels of traction control and safety interventions, allowing users to personalise their riding mode based on their individual needs and skills.
The model is priced at RM85,900 including GST as a starting point.
About Next Bike
A company under the Naza Group of Companies, Next Bike is the sole importer and distributor of Ducati goods in Malaysia, and has held said designation since November 2000. From superbikes to dual-purpose bikes to touring bikes to street and classic bikes, the business has in its stable a comprehensive product line-up curated to meet the ever-evolving needs of its local clientele. Key collections under the aforementioned banner include the Scrambler, Monster, Hypermotard, Streetfighter, Multistrada, Diavel, and 1199 Panigale.
The corporation also provides such lifestyle solutions as merchandising offerings and services in conjunction with the Ducati and Ducati Corse portfolios. The brand’s centres are situated at key Naza Auto Mall locations to include Petaling Jaya, Hartamas, Sungai Buloh, Penang, and Johor. The Auto Mall Centre is the largest certified 4S facility, and comes complete with a premier club lounge for existing customers and enthusiasts alike. Bike accessories are also available on demand to more than 2,000 Ducati owners countrywide.
Part of Naza Group is helmed by Group Executive Chairman, Datuk Wira Haji SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin. Since its inception in 1975, the group has evolved into a diversified conglomerate specialised in multiple automotive sectors, which include retailing, importing, distribution, and dealership for numerous international marquees.