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2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale – First Look Review

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Named after Borgo Panigale, the manufacturing district of Bologna, Italy, where Ducati is headquartered, the 1199 Panigale superbike made a huge splash when it debuted at EICMA in 2011. It featured a 195-horsepower (claimed), 1,198cc Superquadro L-twin engine that served as a stressed member of the aluminum monocoque frame, as well as integrated Riding Modes, Öhlins Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati ...

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Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero


Held in Cologne, Germany, the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair, known as Intermot, is the first big international motorcycle show of the fall season, giving many manufacturers a chance to unveil new models for the upcoming model year. The 2015 crop of new bikes was a big one, with all-new or significantly updated models from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, ...

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2015 Ducati Diavel—Ridden & Rated


Since its introduction in 2011, Ducati’s Diavel has been a genre-bender: too sporty to be a cruiser, too long and upright to be a sportbike. It was most often lumped into the “power cruiser” category, but was so idiosyncratic as to have only one real rival, Star’s Vmax (and we recently compared touring versions of the bikes in the March ...

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2015 Ducati Monster 821 – First Ride Review


It’s hard to believe the Ducati Monster has been with us for over two decades. The Italian manufacturer continues to evolve the machine, creating a multi-displacement lineup that speaks to a wide range of enthusiasts’ tastes and needs. The newest incarnation—following on the heels of the 1200 launched last November—is the 821. The 821 slides perfectly into the middleweight slot, ...

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Ducati Announces Scrambler for 2015


Employees at Ducati’s factory in Bologna, Italy, got a sneak peek at the company’s prototype Scrambler, which is slated for launch in early 2015. Setting the tone for the new model, workers arrived to discover surf music playing and a beach scene on display, including tiki umbrellas, surfboards, street food and a yellow shipping container in which they were able ...

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2015 Ducati Monster 821 – First Look


Ducati has announced the latest addition to its iconic, best-selling Monster family, the brand new Monster 821. Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the new model maintains its stylish character using the chassis and muscular styling of the new-for-2014 Monster 1200. Read our 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S road test Powered by ...

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2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon – First Ride Review


“You are the luckiest man in the world.” When those words came over the phone telling me I’d be road testing a new bike in Europe, I certainly couldn’t disagree. But it wasn’t until weeks later when, blissfully slicing switchbacks aboard a 2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon, high above the Mediterranean Sea on the cliffs above Monte Carlo, I realized exactly ...

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2015 Ducati Diavel – First Look Review


When the Ducati Diavel debuted for 2011, it made a splash. It was the most over-the-top power cruiser since the Yamaha/Star Vmax, making a claimed 162 horsepower from its 1,198cc Testastretta 11˚ L-twin, a rowdy engine derived from the 1198 superbike. The Diavel, which means “devil” in a Bolognese dialect, had a cruiserish riding position and a fat 240-section rear ...

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2014 Ducati Diavel Strada vs. 2014 Star Vmax Comparison Road Test

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Without a doubt, the Ducati Diavel and Star Vmax are two of the meanest, most rambunctious motorcycles in production. Sure, most liter-class sportbikes send as much or more horsepower to the rear wheel (though only one—Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-14R—beats the Vmax), but those plastic-clad repli-racers are elegant and almost dainty by comparison, like sinewy ballerinas. These freaks of engineering are thick-necked, ...

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