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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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2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S – First Ride Review

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Now in its early twenties, the Ducati Monster is truly in the prime of its life. Like a star tennis player, the Monster’s winning combination of raw performance, athletic build and ample sex appeal has helped it succeed in a way that few naked bikes have here in the U.S. For 2014, Ducati offers four versions of the Monster—the 696, ...

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2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S – First Look Review

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For the past 20 years, Monsters have been roaming the streets, striking fear in the hearts of commonfolk and stoking lusty fires in the hearts of Ducatisti. To kick off the Monster line’s third decade, Ducati has introduced the biggest and baddest beasts yet—the Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S. Replacing the previous heavyweight in the Monster family, the 1100EVO, ...

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2014 Ducati 899 Panigale – First Look Review

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Two years ago Ducati unveiled the 1199 Panigale superbike, a technological tour de force featuring the all-new Superquadro L-twin engine (claimed 195 horsepower at the crank), an aluminum monocoque chassis with the steering head and rear subframe attached directly to the engine and a full slate of electronics, including throttle-by-wire, riding and engine modes, ABS, traction control, electronically adjustable suspension, ...

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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo | Road Test Review

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If, as the saying goes, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul, then the Ducati Multistrada 1200—a snarling, sexy, technological tour de force—gives my soul whiplash. Among the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve ridden over the past few years, it’s one of a select few endowed with a game-elevating, mojo-maximizing X-factor that makes riding a transcendent experience. ...

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2013 Ducati Hyperstrada – First Ride Review

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Three new-for-2013 Ducatis have strada, the Italian word for “road,” in their model names, each offering a different take on high-performance touring. The Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer, the Diavel Strada muscle cruiser and the Hyperstrada, a new touring version of the Hypermotard supermoto, differ in style and intent. But all have torquey engines, riding modes, traction control and ABS, as ...

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Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982

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The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company. Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early ’70s and, in the typical Italian way, the government stepped in ...

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2013 Ducati Monster 696 ABS – Road Test Review

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All of these bikes have at least some claim to icon status, in terms of both styling and longevity. The first Triumph Bonneville dates back to 1959, the first Moto Guzzi V7 to 1967, and the first BMW GS to 1980. The Ducati Monster, which debuted in 1993, is the baby of the bunch. Ducati’s popular line of air-cooled L-twin-powered ...

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Ducati Expands Its Lineup for 2013

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At the EICMA show in Milan, not far from Ducati’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy, the company unveiled a slate of new-for-2013 models. The success of the Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer in growing its customer base (Rider, January 2013) seems to have motivated Ducati to put more emphasis on touring-ready models, while also upping the ante in the superbike segment. Ducati’s ...

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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring – First Ride Review

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Since its 2010 revamp, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 has been busy. It became king of Pikes Peak (spawning an eponymous model version), it helped keep the lights on during the economic downturn (thanks to sales of 20,500 units) and it grew the ranks of Ducatisti. Four out of five Multistrada buyers are first-time Ducati owners, and they tend to be ...

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