EICMA 2018: DUCATI HITS HARD WITH NEW MODELS
With EICMA being an Italian affair and Italy being Ducati’s domestic market, Ducati sure did “go big” with a plethora of new and updated models.
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950S
On the eve of EICMA 2018 in Milan, Ducati showed their latest version of the Multistrada 950 during its press conference, the Multistrada 950S. The 950S is equipped with LED lighting, an up / down quickshifter, a TFT screen, cruise control and the Ducati Skyhook Electronic Suspension system (DSS). In addition, a version with tubeless spoked wheels will also be available. The heart of the machine has been left unchanged; it’s the same 937 cc L-twin engine with 113 hp at 9,000 rpm and 95 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm, a dry weight of 207 kg and maintenance intervals of 30,000 km. The Ducati 950S comes in two different colours, a white and a red version. Furthermore, Ducati says that they will offer the baby-Multistrada in different packages: Touring, Sport, Urban, and Enduro. Each kit fitting to the rider’s personal needs. Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.
DUCATI MONSTER 821 STEALTH
A dark name for an even darker bike: the improved Ducati Monster 821 Stealth. The Ducati Monster 821 Stealth is immediately recognizable by its striking color scheme with black, silver and red as main colours.
The Monster 821 Stealth is powered by the well-known 821 Testastretta 11 ° L-Twin with a power output of 109 hp at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 86 Nm at 7,750 rpm. The throttle response can be adjusted with three different driving modes. Finally, the traction control system has eight positions. What’s more? In any case, an adjustable 43 mm front fork from Kayaba and the DQS Ducati Quick Shift system. Also unique is the small headlight cowl.
As the saying goes: why change a winning team? That must have been on Ducati’s mind when planning for the 821 Stealth. A lot has been taken over from the regular Ducati Monster 821. At the front we have the 320 mm large brake discs with Brembo M4-32 monobloc brake callipers and Bosch ABS for superior braking power. Finally, the Italian stallion also has a TFT colour display and an adjustable rear shock absorber.
DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 950 & 950 SP
Ducati announced the new Hypermotard 950 and Hypermotard 950 SP at EICMA. The successor to the current Hypermotard 939 gets a renewed 937cc Testastretta 11 ° engine with 114 hp. This makes the Hypermotard 950 produce 4 hp more than the previous model. The weight of the new 950 has also decreased by 4 kg and the engine is equipped with many new electronic tools such as cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control and an up and down quickshifter. The quickshifter is standard on the SP model and available as an option on the standard model. In addition to the quickshifter, the Hypermotard 950 SP is equipped with a special racing seat, Öhlins suspension and Marchesini forged rims for a lower unsprung weight.
DUCATI DIAVEL 1260
In 2010, the first Diavel was presented at the EICMAS and Ducati shocked friend and enemy with this powercruiser titan. Eight years later, on the night before EICMA 2018, Ducati presented for 2019 the new and improved Diavel 1260. The 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 has a Testastretta 1262 DVT engine that delivers 159 hp and has 129 Nm of torque. The trellis frame has been adjusted for better driving characteristics and Bosch cornering ABS has been added for extra safety. In addition to the ordinary Diavel, there will also be a Diavel S for 2019, a sportier version with fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, upgraded brakes, special wheels and the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) clutchless gear changes. Prices of the Diavel and the Diavel S have yet to be determined.