Ducati to Unveil Nine New Bikes at EICMA. Let the Speculation Begin!

A press release from Ducati today states that the Italian manufacturer will release nine new models at this years EICMA show in Milan in November. One of those will be the just announced Monster 1200 R, but the other eight are unknown at this point. But the most interesting thing about the announcement is that two of the bikes to be unveiled will be in segments Ducati currently does not have a presence in.

That means two brand new bikes and not just upgraded bikes like the Monster 1200 R will be released. And what about the other six bikes? We know that Ducati is working on a heavily reworked Diavel which will no doubt be shown in November. Could we see some love for the 848 Streetfighter or perhaps an S or R version of the 899 Panigale?

The other big possibility is a Ducati scooter. Parent company, the Volkswagen Group would no doubt love to see a volume selling commuter option from Ducati and there’s no doubt that if done right, it would become a huge brand winner for the company just like the Scrambler has been. A Ducati scooter has long been rumored and given that Ducati’s sales volume has continued to rise over the past few years, a scooter may just be what is needed to continue that momentum.

So, here’s our predictions/guesses/wild hopes for Ducati’s EICMA lineup – feel free to post your thoughts too.

  • Monster 1200 R
  • Ducati Scooter
  • Brand new Diavel
  • 899 Panigale S and/or R
  • Brand new Streetfighter
  • Larger or smaller capacity Scrambler

Here’s the full press release:

Ducati 2016: taking the market by storm
  • Nine new models for the Ducati 2016 range to be presented at EICMA 2015 (17-22 November, Rho/Milan)
  • New Monster 1200 R wins public and media acclaim after its unveiling at the Frankfurt IAA
  • Positive growth trend continues for the made-in-Bologna bike brand: before the end of the year the symbolic figure of 50,000 sales will be exceeded

Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 17 September 2015 – The first of a major series of new bikes that will join the Ducati 2016 range has been presented at the Frankfurt-held IAA (Internationale Automobil Ausstellung). The new Monster 1200 R, the most powerful supernaked ever built by Ducati, made its official debut at this prestigious international showcase where it was immediately given a warm welcome by the public and media alike.

With its 160 hp, a new, even sportier look and an array of components worthy of a real “superbike”, this latest Ducati is just the first in a long, exciting series of new models to join the “made in Bologna” 2016 range – a range that represents, beyond any shadow of doubt, the biggest, most decisive attack on the market ever to have been launched by Ducati.

The year 2016 will see continued growth at Ducati,” stated Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, at the Frankfurt fair. “No less than nine new models, including the just-unveiled Monster 1200 R, will be joining the 2016 range. Never before has Ducati presented so many new bikes and EICMA will provide the perfect platform on which to show them to all to our enthusiastic customers.

Two of these will take us into segments in which we’re currently not present and this is going to be one of the greatest challenges of 2016: to extend the Ducati hallmarks of style and performance to motorcyclists who were – until now – beyond our reach.

Following a highly positive 2015, we look to the future with optimism and confidence. Given the results achieved during the first six months of the year, with 22% growth and 32,600 bikes delivered, we can already state that 2015 will see us attain another absolute record as we expect – for the very first time in our company’s history – to break through the symbolic barrier of 50,000 bikes sold before the end of the year.

Nevertheless, our main goal is not so much the pursuit of ever-greater volumes but, rather, to keep on surprising our customers with awe-inspiring bikes. The increase in sales is simply a consequence of just how incredibly well-received our products are – products that stem from implementing strategies that are in keeping with our identity, looking to new markets and taking on tough new challenges every day”.

Ducati Set to Release Their Most Powerful Naked Model Yet, the 2016 Ducati Monster R

A few months ago there were rumblings about what Ducati had in store with most thinking a heavily upgraded Ducati Streetfighter was on its way. Those rumours were in the right direction as it is a naked that’s being released, albeit an upgraded version of the Ducati Monster 1200 in ‘R’ trim.

The Ducati Monster 1200 R is the first bike to be announced for Ducati’s 2016 range and according to the Italian manufacturer it will be the most powerful naked motorcycle they’ve ever released. How much more powerful? That will be known next Monday when Ducati provides a full press release on the bike. All we have at the moment is the teaser picture below.

The current top of the range Monster is the 1200 S Stripe which produces 106.6 kW (145 hp) @ 8,750 rpm and 124.5 Nm (91.8 lb-ft) @ 7,250 rpm (the standard Monster 1200 produces 99.3 kW and 118 Nm). Any noteworthy increase in power from the upcoming Monster 1200 R would make it more powerful than the Ducati 899 Panigale. The Monster S Stripe also gets fully adjustable Ohlins suspension and top of the line Brembo brakes which we imagine would carry across to this new halo model.

Ducati Set to Release Their Most Powerful Naked Model Yet

 

G2 P51 Combat Fighter – Confederate’s Latest Assault

Confederate Motorcycles are perhaps the most bespoke custom builders in the world. Unlike other talented individuals and companies that tend to use existing engines or frames to begin their work, Confederate build from scratch. Frame, engine, even the suspension is propriety and their latest machine is both a work of art and a technical masterpiece too – the G2 P51 Combat Fighter.

Confederate describes the P51 Combat Fighter as their magnum opus and at the heart of the P51 is big block V-twin producing over 200 horsepower and an absolutely insane 170 ft lbs of torque. That’s power is transferred to a massive 240/45-ZR17 rear tire. Weight is 500 pounds.

The new bike’s chassis incorporates a structural intake box that ties directly into a CNC billet aluminum structural downdraft intake manifold, an industry first. The fuel tank is structural; huge billet blocks are machined and masterfully welded to create the bridge that connects the induction system to the massive swing arm pivot machined into the unitized billet engine cases. Each front suspension girder and the rear swing arm are hewn from huge blocks of solid, as well, via five axis machining technology, to optimize structural integrity and fatigue resistance while minimizing un-sprung weight.

So, interested? Only 61 examples of the bike will be built;  31 will be designated blonde and presented as raw machined billet; 30 will be designated black and presented as raw machined billet anodized black. MSRP for the blonde is $113,900 USD; MSRP for the black is $119,500 USD. Time to up the mortgage on the house.

Source: Confederate

 

New 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR

Just one day out from EICMA and new images and specifications have made their way online for the new 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR, a new model superseding the Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC ABS. We’ve previously reviewed the Tuono V4R and absolutely loved it, save for it’s rather unsightly looks and shocking fuel mileage. With this update, the former has been improved while we’ll have to wait and see if it’s thirst has as well.

That may be unlikely given the new Tuono V4 1100 has had a capacity increase from 999 cc to 1100 cc. That has come about by an increase in bore size (from 78 mm to 81 mm) and provides a 5hp increase in power (175hp up from 170hp) and torque now at 88.5 lb-ft (from 84.8 lb-ft). And that’s all from a dry weight of only 403 lb. But while that may not sound like much of an improvement for a 100 cc increase in displacement, it actually translates to an increase of up to 18hp over much of the power band – a significant amount for an already manic bike.

Appearance wise, the previous Tuono wasn’t exactly appreciated for it’s looks and the new front is kinder on the eyes. It loses it’s uniqueness though as the front is now very similar to it’s superbike brother, the Aprilia RSV4. The Tuono V4 1100 also receives the same pillion seat and wheels as the 2014 RSV4. Given it’s appearance and how it also has plenty of front fairing, Aprilia is definitely pushing the boundaries of what a streetfighter should look like.

Electronics (which are among the best in the business), suspension and brakes remain the same. No word on pricing or release date yet, but seeing as the updated 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC ABS only hit US dealerships in September, the new Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR will probably be around six months away. We’ll update this post once we have the final dates and figures.