The Ducati Multistrada. Connected like never before.
At the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, Ducati played up the nostalgia to celebrate the long-awaited homecoming of an old veteran, the new Scrambler. The only thing missing was a band playing “Volare,” the famous Italian song that was from the same era as the original Scrambler. Guys like me would have reached for their tissues.
But Ducati used the EICMA show in Milan to pull out its heavy artillery: a significantly updated Multistrada and the terrific new Panigale 1299, which both have their own stories posted elsewhere on cycleworld.com. Without further ado, here are two tasty appetizers Ducati served at EICMA 2014: the Diavel Titanium and the Monster Stripe.
DUCATI DIAVEL TITANIUM
It’s clear that Ducati aims to conquer an ever-larger share of the premium motorcycle market with its core models, while giving the new Scrambler the task of attracting new recruits to the desmo team. The new Diavel Titanium, the most expensive version of Ducati’s power cruiser, features titanium tank covers, Alcantara trim on the seat, and carbon fiber galore. What’s more, the exhaust features a Zircotech black ceramic coating, and the carbon-fiber air intakes flanking the headlight have been given an aggressive new design.
The Diavel Titanium is powered by the latest evolution of the 1198 Testastretta 11 Degrees V-twin, fitted with twin-spark ignition and secondary air supply. Claimed power is 162 hp at 9,250 rpm, complemented by 96.2 pound-feet of torque at 8,000 rpm. All new Diavels for 2015 will be powered by this latest engine, which is teamed with Ducati’s latest electronics suite for added safety and extra comfort. All Diavels, for the record, have an inverted 50mm Marzocchi fork and a Sachs shock absorber.
DUCATI MONSTER STRIPE
This new premium Monster, the Stripe, has revised styling and a slightly larger fuel tank that’s more neatly designed and thinner at the junction with the seat for a more comfortable and solid man/machine interface. The Stripe comes in two displacements and three power levels. The V-twin engine of the Monster 821 Stripe, with a claimed 112 hp and 65.9 pound-feet of torque, attaches to the frame Panigale style. Consequently, the frame has been slightly altered to make it stiffer. The 821 engine is a significant evolution of the traditional eight-valve desmo powerplant in that it features a new crankshaft that spins on plain bearings at the main ends, in place of the traditional “angular contact ball bearings” that served all of Ducati’s 90-degree V-twins since 1971 (and still do in the 1198 Testastretta).
The Monster 821 comes in the basic Dark edition and as the new and richer Stripe model. Both feature an inverted 43mm Kayaba fork and a conventional two-sided swingarm actuating a Sachs monoshock.
The Monster 1200 is available in Base, S, and Stripe versions. The Base is powered by a smooth version of the dual-spark 1198 Testastretta 11 degrees engine, which puts out a claimed 135 hp and 86.8 pound-feet of torque. Stripe and S versions of the Monster 1200 have the same basic engine, but bumped to 145 hp and 92 pound-feet.
Worth noting: The base model of the Monster 1200 has the same suspension hardware as the 821, but with a single sided rear swingarm. Upmarket S and Strip models profit from a 48mm Öhlins fork and an Öhlins shock, plus twin 330mm brake rotors with the latest Brembo M50 calipers. Also, the Monster 1200 has a slightly longer wheelbase than the 821—59.5 inches versus 58.3.
From our friends at Cycle World
The Road Starts Here
With its groundbreaking Testastretta DVT engine, the new Multistrada 1200 is the only motorcycle in the world with variable timing on all cylinder valves.
An unprecedented combination of breathtaking torque, responsive 160hp, ultra-smooth ride and low fuel consumption. Let cutting-edge electronics inspire your two-wheeled dreams.
Mulholland Drive – Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles may be a town best viewed from a distance, but you’ll have little time to take in the sight of the sprawling metropolis below while tackling Mulholland. The road offers up 21 miles of constricting two-lane that courses along the spines of the hills that split Van Nuys and Hollywood. Made famous by deadly and very illegal street racing in the ‘80s, the road remains one the best riding challenges in LA. Daytime sees a flood of motorcyclists and bicyclists take to the hills, and local police love nothing more than to sit and wait for visitors to exercise their right to stupidity.
From our friends at Road & Track