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Ducati Brings Back the SuperSport for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 Ducati SuperSport S

The SuperSport name is an important part of Ducati’s history. As a tribute to the 750cc prototype that won the 1972 Imola 200, Ducati unveiled the 750 SuperSport Desmo at the Milan motorcycle show in November 1973, and the model went into production the following year. It was the first Ducati production motorcycle powered by an L-twin with the desmodromic ...

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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro – First Ride Review

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

With its 17-inch wheels, short wheelbase and superbike-derived engine, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has, since the platform debuted for 2010, occupied the sporty end of the adventure-touring spectrum. Numerous updates over time, everything from Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo and Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) to better wind protection and more comfortable ergonomics, have made the Multistrada a more well-rounded machine. And riding ...

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Retrospective: Ducati Monza Junior 160: 1964-1970

Year/Model: 1964 Ducati Monza Junior 160; Owner: Fritz Buehner, Lubec, Maine.

You can credit the Berliner brothers with this one. Joe and Mike had decided to make their fortunes by importing European (including British) motorcycles, beginning with Zundapp back in 1951. They picked up the Ducati distributorship in 1958, which had several nice lightweight machines at lightweight prices. Beautiful little 98cc and 125cc overhead-camshaft singles, creations of a brilliant engineer called ...

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2016 Ducati XDiavel S – First Ride Review

2016 Ducati XDiavel S

No one expected Ducati, a company largely defined by its sexy red superbikes, to build a cruiser. Even Ducati avoided use of the ‘C’ word when it introduced the Diavel for 2011, but with a long-and-low stance, heavy-metal styling and a massive 240mm rear tire, it had more in common with power cruisers like Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod and Star’s Vmax than ...

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Retrospective: Ducati 860 GT and GTE: 1974-1975

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When descriptions of a motorcycle run like this: “exceedingly ugly,” “slab-sided ugly duckling,” “Stateside reception…barely rose to lukewarm,” “judged a disaster,” it might well be expected that this was a sales flop. Which the Ducati GT, and the electric-start GTE version, were. As one current observer notes, not many stock GTs are around, because the original was just too unattractive ...

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Ducati Rolls Out 9 More New Bikes for 2016

There have been a lot of late, espresso-fueled nights in Borgo Panigale. In addition to the Monster 1200 R introduced in September (click here to read our 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R review), Ducati is rolling out nine more new models for 2016. The Multistrada 1200/S, which was updated for 2015 with a 160-horsepower, Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) version of ...

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2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R – First Ride Review

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Photography by Milagro Few motorcycles have been as successful, iconic and diverse as the Ducati Monster. Over its 23-year history, Il Mostro has come in a range of sizes, from the diminutive 398cc M400 available only in certain license-restricted markets to the 145-horsepower, 1,198cc Monster 1200 S that debuted for 2014. The 1200 S was the most powerful Monster ever ...

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