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New Bikes Unveiled at the Ducati World Premiere 2019


By C! Magazine Staff Photos by Maynard M. Marcelo

 

Milan, 4 November 2018 – 2 days before the opening of EICMA 2018, the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer gave its dealers a glimpse of their new models during the Ducati World Première 2019 held at the Linear Ciak Theatre in Milan, Italy. The event was attended by key Ducati dealers from 91 countries. Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, unveiled the new 2019 range personally, illustrating company goals and celebrating a thrilling 2018 race season.

 

“Ducati has achieved a striking degree of maturity”, stated Claudio Domenicali on opening the Ducati World Premiere 2019. “It is a global flag bearer of some of the best aspects of Made in Italy excellence. Based on core values of Style, Sophistication and Performance, our company now offers a range as broad as it is state-of-the-art. This year sees the first major overhaul of the entire Scrambler range since its inception, plus a complete renewal of the Diavel and Hypermotard, two bikes that are firm favorites with Ducatisti . Today, safety and rider-friendliness have hit new heights, yet the brand’s sporting soul is as evident as it has ever been. The Panigale V4 R, in fact, is the most powerful factory motorcycle ever built by Ducati. We’re also delighted with our on-line presence, an area that has enjoyed excellent growth, thus confirming the extraordinary appeal of the entire Ducati product range.”

 

First to be unveiled was the new Ducati Scrambler range; the new Icon, the more distinctive Cafè Racer, Full Throttle and Desert Sled, followed by the Multistrada 1260 Enduro.

The next bike to be unveiled is not actually a motorcycle, but an e-bike. The new Ducati e-mountain bike, the MIG-RR , is a collaboration between Ducati and Thok Ebikes, the Italian company that specialize in electric assisted bicycles. The Mig-RR will have its own special area on the Ducati stand at EICMA 2018.

 

First seen at WDW2018, the new Monster 821 stealth features matte black livery and red graphics, quick shift system, adjustable fork and nose fairing was also unveiled. Joining the 2019 lineup include the Monster 25th Anniversary.

 

The Multistrada 950 gets a major upgrade for 2019. The Multistrada 950 S features cutting-edge technology to boost safety and riding enjoyment: Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS), full-LED headlight, 5″ color TFT display, Hands Free system, Cruise Control and backlit switchgear controls. From a styling viewpoint, the new Multistrada 950 inherits the side ‘wings’ of its bigger 1260 counterpart, making the front even cleaner and more streamlined. It also features hydraulic control and Bosch cornering ABS, which enhances active safety.

The first of the all-new motorcycles in the Ducati 2019 range is the Hypermotard 950, now racier, more adrenaline-packed and rider-friendly. The Ducati ‘fun bike’ par excellence has been given a full-blown makeover: the new look takes its cue from the supermotard race world, the completely overhauled ergonomics ramps up the fun and riders can now count on an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package.

The new Hypermotard 950 is a full 4 kg lighter than the previous model and now uses an updated 937cc Testastretta 11° engine that pumps out a more powerful 114 hp. The Hypermotard 950 electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function, Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950). The Hypermotard 950 SP features a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension to ensure an acuter lean angle (+3°), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO.

Also unveiled during the Ducati World Première 2019 is the new Diavel 1260. The second-generation Diavel 1260 remains faithful to the original concept, but it now offers more assertive outlines and higher performance. Its sport naked soul is evident in the Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, capable of delivering 159 hp at 9500 rpm and 95.13 lb-ft of torque at 7500 rpm. That fat torque curve ensures breath-taking acceleration and a low-rev smoothness that’s ideal for everyday riding and also for touring. An upgraded chassis set-up makes the Diavel 1260 more responsive,  while top-drawer electronics provide braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike. A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 is also available: features include fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both front and rear, dedicated wheels and an even higher-performance braking system. Moreover, the S version mounts Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.

 

Perhaps the most anticipated model to be unveiled this year was the new Panigale V4 R. Compared to previous R versions, the Panigale V4 R bristles with technology taken directly from MotoGP and is now even more specialized. The modifications extend far beyond the engine and suspension set-up: they also include the fairing, designed and developed by Ducati Corse in close collaboration with the Ducati Style Centerto improve aerodynamic efficiency. The new fairing also incorporates the aerofoil appendages developed for the MotoGP prototypes. These carbon fiber aerofoils increase stability throughout the ride and reduces reliance on electronic controls; boosting confidence to help riders achieve the pinnacle of performance.

The Panigale V4 R is, to all intents and purposes, a road-legal WSBK category competition bike and constitutes the technical foundation for the official Ducati Superbikes that will compete in the 2019 World Championship season.