On the other hand, to me, Autumn is a "great expectations" period. The motorcycle exhibition in Cologne, Milan and Tokio, will reveal the bikes that we will ride tomorrow. And what is even better than new motorbikes unveiling?
The unveil expectation, of course.
Ducati has officially announced 9 new motorbikes to be unveiled in Milan’s EICMA international motorcycle exhibition. An aura of mystery wraps 8 of them, but heard some rumors and seen some spy shots, we started connecting the dots!
- The new Monster 1200 R has been already introduced. A super-naked bike technically upgraded, breeded with vitamins and steroids, will deliver 160 horse power in a rider friendly way. Few, unnecessary slight style changes in tail's design and new exhaust pipes.
- A new cruiser bike will be unveiled. Is the new Diavel? Maybe….not. The Diavel promo pay off was like “don’t call me cruiser”! The new bike is 100% a cruiser bike by Ducati: features belt final transmission and the footpegs have been swept forward. A new dedicated, trellis frame is directly linked to the engine, like happens for the current Monsters and for the superbikes models. Moreover, compared to the Diavel, the lines are much more clean and the headlamp seem now more attractive. For sure, if will be unveiled at EICMA 2015, will simply mate the Diavel, if will be unveiled in 2016 will be the next generation Diavel.
- The 899cc Panigale will receive a technical and aesthetical upgrade. The progress never stops. Due to this and probably to the Euro 4 regulations, ladies and gentleman, please wellcome the (955cc) 959 Panigale.
- We have seen the Scrambler 800 storming the market since its debut. Currently, the Scrambler family seems yet ready to grow and gain even larger commercial success. A smaller 400cc V-twin will be the entry level model for young ducatisti, and will be of course the choice for Asian and in particular Japanese customers (due to a legal limitation to 400cc displacement) .
- A bigger (1.200cc displacement) Scrambler could also be scheduled. This big bore Scrambler, featuring the classic Ducati 2 valve air cooled engine will be out for the blood of the upcoming Bmw scrambler (due in 2015 fall…we already spoke of it, here).
- A new Multistrada featuring much off road attitude and spoked rims, could also join the roster in order to give to the BMW GS Adventure a run for its money.
- Hypermotard (7) and Hyperstrada (8) will be revamped...
- ...these bikes are too good to not receive a better look in order to have more commercial success. Point of fact, the personality of the original Hyprmotard model signed by Pierre Terblanche has been lost with the current version. The new model will switch from the 821cc engine to a 937cc version, named for marketing reasons, 939.
- Last but not least, and covered by a huge halo of mystery, is the 9th model. Rumors pointed out a new superbike featuring V4 engine and perimetral aluminium frame. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali reassured the ducatisti, denying this speculation without foundation –and cancelling in the same speech, the rumors about a possible Ducati scooter (for God’s sake)-. But if not a new superbike, it is possible that will be unveiled a new GP Replica like the Desmodedici RR? The Honda RC213V-S are already sold out, even if the Honda in street legal version features 160 HP, “only”. KTM announced that will deliver a Moto Gp Replica when they will officially make return to Moto Gp in 2017. The Ducati Desmosedici results aren't anymore stunning like during the Stoner’s age…but the Ducati Reparto Corse will likely deliver a street legal mill with more than 200 hp. A good point in order to sign a bank check.