What’s Better Than a New Ducati? How ‘Bout Six Of ‘Em.

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November 10, 2016 9:00 am

When Ducati releases a new bike, the automotive world stops, shuts up, about faces and listens.

When Ducati releases six new bikes, well, we’re not sure what follows. Because it’s never happened before.

At the recent EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori), the Italian maker made its biggest reveal to date, unveiling six new rides. Among the collection, entitled “More Than Red: Evolution Never Stops,” are two full revamps, two tweaked iterations and one humdinger of a newcomer. And to boot, there’s another newbie to be revealed on the foreseeable horizon.

First up: the quickly identifiable Monster design, here spruced up with a 797 and 1200 edition (above, respectively). They’ve still got that pure beastly essence, but with a reshaped silhouette, a fully redesigned, sportier tail and a top-notch electric package a la the 1299 Panigale.

The Scrambler Desert Sled and the Scrambler Café Racer are a diversion from Ducati’s normal path, but welcome additions that round out the portfolio. The Café Racer is an interpretation of the iconic ’60s rides: notice the 17” wheels, racer bars and a complete rear-end redesign, all hallmarks of that era. It’s not a Triumph by any means, but it is a sign that Ducati is keeping its finger on the pulse. The Desert Sled, meanwhile, pays homage to the ’70s and ’80s and the off-roading set. Good for carving your own path.

The Multistrada 950 is the most compact but versatile of the releases. An agile “multibike,” it’s good for touring, but still an exciting enough ride for everyday fun.

And the grande finale comes with the arrival of the 1299 Superleggera, which will be limited to a run of 500 bikes. Ducati went off the rails with it’s first road bike sporting a carbon fiber frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. Underneath, it’s all thunder, with a high-performing version of the Superquadro engine. Churning out 215 HP, it’s the most advanced factory twin-cylinder they’ve ever built.

They’re showin’ off a little with this one — and we like it.

via Gear Patrol

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