Rumors regarding Ducati’s new-for-2007 Multistrada 1100 have been doing the rounds for some time, and now they’ve been confirmed – the new bike has been officially announced. The chassis remains unchanged, but the air-cooled V-twin has grown to 1078cc (up from 992cc of the Multistrada 1000), and power is up from 92bhp to 95bhp.
Since other models in the Ducati lineup, including the Monster, also used the earlier 992cc engine, they should also be getting the 1078cc engine sometime soon. The company anyway seems to be on a new model spree, with the new Monster S4R Testastretta having been announced very recently, and rumours of a new 1200cc V-twin superbike still doing the rounds.
In an unrelated bit of news, Ducati also plan to build 150 road-going replicas of the Parts Unlimited Ducati Team AMA Superbikes. If Neil Hodgson's AMA Superbike is what you always wanted, the replica should be just the thing for you, but note that these bikes will only be sold in the US. These bikes are pegged at US$19,999 so you also need to be rich to buy one of these, but not as rich as you’d need to be to buy a Desmosedici RR…
Update (22.12.2006): Ducati are now also working on updating the Multistrada's styling to try and make it more appealing to a wider range of motorcycle owners and riders.
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