Ducati might tie the knot with an Indian brand
Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off true bloody special motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit.
Now, according to Economic Times, this iconic motorcycle manufacturer are planning to enter into a partnership with companies like Hero MotoCorp or Royal Enfield to have a new dig at possible engine manufacturing or strategic technology sharing capabilities.
2017 Ducati Multistrada 950
We all know that Ducati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Each and every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. One such revolutionary step was taken by Ducati when it first previewed the Multistrada in front of the world. Out of all the motorcycles from Ducati, the Multistrada proved out to be the most practical motorcycle which still doesn’t miss out on the specific Ducati principles.
However, the current generation Multistrada 1200 is a bit intimidating and out-of-reach for a majority of buyers, due to its big 1200cc engine and large dimensions, especially for riders who are new to the big bike world. It seems that Ducati has understood this fact, which is why it has come up with the all-new Multistrada 950, the all-new model in the family of adventure motorcycles from Ducati.
Introduced as an entry level adventure motorcycle from Ducati, the Multistrada 950 is the most affordable and smallest motorcycle in Multistrada family, which is aimed at those riders who are new to two wheeler adventure motoring. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all-new Ducati Multistrada 950:-
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
There is a thing with Ducati and its naked streetfighters. While someone will reckon Ducati for giving us some exciting and legendary faired superbikes like the 999, 1098 and Panigale, it is the range of its streetfighters which have been the easily accessible fun tools for most of the Ducati fans across the world. In the past, the Monster range and Streetfighter sold like hot cakes and played a major role in the expansion of the Ducati family.
Now, as the Streetfighter series has made its way in the books of history, the expectations from the Monster sub-brand have naturally reached a new height. Which is why Ducati refurbished its Monster range by launching an all new middle-weight variant of the motorcycle in the face of Monster 797 as well as a range-topping version in the form of the Monster 1200. But in order to make its roadster platform even more aggressive, Ducati did come up with a fiercer avatar of the Monster 1200. Dubbed as Monster 1200 S, the motorcycle is positioned between the standard Monster 1200 and the most powerful roadster from Ducati ever, the Monster 1200R.
Now, as a periodic ritual of refreshing its models, Ducati recently gave the Monster 1200 S a minor facelift, which has enhanced both the aesthetic appeal as well as performance while on the go. Here’s our take on what all changes make the new Monster 1200 S different from the older one:-
2017 Ducati Diavel by Diesel
You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel.
Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.
This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and is going to be showcased at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo Italy from 20 to 22 January 2017.
In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali - “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.
2017 Ducati Monster 797
If there is one range of motorcycles which has made the brand ‘Ducati’ accessible to most of its fans, it is the ‘Monster’. With the Monster series of motorcycles, Ducati has managed to churn out huge volumes and increase its sales. The Monster was Ducati’s first attempt at making proper streetfighters, apart from fascinating the enthusiasts with its fully faired motorcycles.
Years have passed, and Ducati, in order to expand its global presence, came with Monster 795 a few years back. The Monster 795 was specifically crafted keeping the emerging markets of developing nations in mind, including that of India. In Ducati’s previous stint in the Indian market, the Monster 795 was pegged as the most significant model of its lineup, primarily due to its affordable pricing.
Now, as we all know that the Monster 795 has departed into the history books as one of the most successful entry-level Ducati in its entire history, the Italian manufacturer has filled the void left by the Monster 795 with the all new Monster 797. Touted to be the spiritual successor of the Monster 795, the Monster 797 has replaced the Monster 821 as the most affordable model of the Monster family and will co-exist with the Scrambler series to act as the perfect gateway to be a part of the Ducati family.
Premiered for the very first time at the INTERMOT 20916, the Monster 797, needless to say, has its eyes on the Indian market as well, as it will serve as the aptest model for the positively growing middleweight segment, a huge share of which Ducati intends to grab. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Ducati Monster 797:-
2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Ducati always have had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.
And this time we are talking about a 215 bhp of carbon fibre, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Which by the name itself means “simply light”. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first factory built superbike that is equipped with frame, swingarm, subframe, bodywork and the wheels built out of carbon fibre.
Ducati tells the world that ‘The 1299 Superleggera is the greatest expression of engineering, technology and performance ever put into mass production by a motorcycle manufacturer‘. It is a reminiscence of the legendary 1199 Superleggera.
Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro power house that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new naked roadster and adventure tourer motorcycle launches in the middleweight and liter class segments of the Indian two wheeler market, which do form niche categories on their own, but then have seen a tremendous growth in terms of sales in recent years. Following are those all new naked roadster and adventure tourer launches meant for the niche buyers who have prime focus on design and performance, with the criteria being 500-1200cc category and above the price point of Rs. 6 lakh:-
Time to know which is the best Two Wheeler in the Country this year
The year 2016 is coming towards an end and what a year it has been for the automotive industry in India. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. People have started investing in higher range of motorcycles that are lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. It just didn’t stop there. Players in India also fired all their pistons to go head to head with their foreign counterparts.
Since 1955, the year when the first batch of motorcycles in India were manufactured by Royal Enfield of United Kingdom, put together in Madras (Chennai), the motorcycle industry in the country has grown mountains with its own share of valleys. And somewhere in between promising players emerged within and managed to live up to the expectations and more. Today they are capable of producing motorcycles that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.
The CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards have been one of the few coveted award ceremonies where every manufacturer wants to grab top honours. This has been the way since the beginning of this century and is the only one held in association with all the apex industry bodies (CII, SIAM and ACMA). Every year these awards recognise achievements in multiple categories across the automotive galaxy. For things having two wheels, there are six categories of awards and the process of identifying these awards includes a jury consisting of members of the media house and experts in their respective fields.
Ducati is celebrating its 90th anniversary
90 years of passion, emotions and excellence. This is what Ducati has created since its inception in 1926 from its Borgo Panigale factory in Italy. The history of Ducati is driven by a unique engineering talent that has always generated motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit.
These years have a long tale of events and facts making the brand one of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturer history will ever know. Although it only started making motorcycles in 1946, it soon caught up to acquire its own characteristic racing nature - featuring exclusive Desmodromic timing engines, innovative design and state-of-the-art technology, as well as a strong commitment to competitive racing. Winning awards after awards in the highly competitive world including the MotoGP Championship and many other world titles.
In 2012, it entered the Audi AG Group and continued its upward trend and it also went on to mark its record sales of 54,800 new motorcycles delivered to customers world-wide in 2015.
Hero Motorcycles will now make gears for Ducati
The Italian manufacturer has given the responsibility to make their gears to the Hero MotoCorp courtesy to its experienced manufacturing and quality control. With this new development with Ducati, Hero is now in a position to make a bold statement to its image as a long standing specialist in quality manufacturing.
Echoing this idea is Hero group CMD, Pankaj Munjal who said, “This definitely is a big leap for us and we are quite excited about this new development. With this win, we are not only forging a strong relationship with a global two-wheeler leader but also reaffirming Hero’s proficiency and expertise in specialised manufacturing. We look forward to a long-term association with our patrons.”
It could be surprising to know that Hero’s client list includes German and American customers as well with BMW and Harley Davidson using products of their transmission division. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of Hero’s business is with global market leaders in the two wheeler industry.
All this could have been achieved only with the manufacturing unit that has seen investments of ₹150 crores able to produce the highest grade of products. Following systems that have resulted in zero parts per million (PPM) ensures high quality standards amongst global competitors.
2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
2016 EICMA Milan saw a lot of revelations that is going to change the way we bike. Modern and sophisticated packages that is one above the other. Ducati’s stable was also a busy bee with it showcasing the lineup for 2017 and included are two models that will join their badass Scrambler series that add the missing pieces to the puzzle. A gleaming and stylish Café-Racer and an off-road capable Desert Sled that we couldn’t help but get obsessed with them already. "Scrambler is no longer just a model, but now it is a brand," announced Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali.
Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused but it pleased the urban way and masses and hence they became glorified street bikes. With five models in the lineup, this Desert Sled is finally the machine that is ready to get its feet properly dirty. Reinforced for off-road duty, this Desert Sled is most certainly a Scrambler-esque iteration of the South-West California and the Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s. They were fitted with engines displacing upwards of 500cc and stripped off anything that is nonsensical to run on roads or no roads. Featured on these were off-road tyres, wheels and spokes and were given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates; a trademark indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones and the unforgiving desert terrain – that gave the Desert Sled its name.
In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.
2017 Ducati Scrambler Café Racer
In the last couple of years, the Indian market has witnessed the arrival and introduction of many new motorcycles and concepts which have broken the conventional norms of motorcycling in India, of being a place of only two kinds of motorcycles- naked commuters and faired sportsbikes. Many new segments have been born and have broken the monotony, with one such concept of that of café racers.
Much popular in European countries, the café racers are purely for those who have the passion of letting loose and ride with all of their hearts open, thanks to their focus only on design and performance. It is the purest and simplest form of café racers, which have made them a bit of niche segments when compared to other categories of bikes.
For now, there are only a handful of café racers available in the country, which will soon be joined by the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer. Joining the lineup of fun yet affordable Scramblers from Ducati, the Scrambler Café Racer is the first ever café racer motorcycle introduced by Ducati in 21st century. Here’s our quick and comprehensive review of the all new Ducati Scrambler Café Racer:-