Friday, January 30, 2009

All-new dual-purpose Ducati for 2010?


A Ducati dual-purpose adventure bike? Er... well, yeah, why not...
Pic: InfoMotori

According to various European motorcycle magazines and websites, Ducati are working on an all-new dual-purpose bike for 2010. An ‘adventure-type’ bike, the new Ducati could be fitted with the 1098 engine and would be positioned in the BMW R1200GS space.

While the Multistrada and Hypermotard are definitely street-oriented, the 2010 Ducati dual-purpose adventure bike would be optimised for on and off-road use and could use a host of new technologies that would make it lighter, more powerful and more capable than similar machines from BMW, KTM, Moto Morini, Moto Guzzi and others.

Nobody knows what the new Ducati would ultimately look like, but most people expect the bike to use design elements from the 1198 and the Streetfighter, and would be fitted with a single-side rear swingarm. We’ll post more details on this bike as they become available, but don’t expect to see the actual production version of the bike before the EICMA show this year…

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1 comment:

Willis24 said...

I hope that all of the spy shots and drawing are completely off base. If Ducati do plan to SERIOUSLY challenge the adventure bike establishment, they will need to loose the watercooling, un-necessary bodywork, cast wheels.

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