As many you may have noticed, there has been quite a bit of activity in
the past few weeks surrounding a supposed new Ducati model. I wanted to
take this opportunity and send you a note saying indeed we do have a
surprise in store for this year's EICMA show. Our R&D department is
working around the clock to complete development of this radical new
motorcycle, for which time to complete final design and engineering
elements will surely come down to the wire.
I'm sending this letter today in order to inform you of our
communication plan. Since many details of the bike (big and small) are
still being sorted out; I have elected not to forward information or
photography until the rolling prototypes come close to resembling what
the final product will look like.
Stay tuned for further information from the Ducati Press Department; and
I can assure you the final bike will impress all with the design,
performance and technology everyone has come to expect from Ducati.
Looking at these new pictures, we see a bike that more closely resembles
the inflated proportions of bikes like the Suzuki B-King or Yamaha VMAX
than it does raked out cruisers, but despite looking like a Monster
that ate too many burgers, there's still some serious rake in that fork. The engine
will be the 155bhp 1198cc v-twin that's used in the Ducati
Multistrada 1200, possibly in a different state of tune. Will that be huge enough to satisfy the
overcompensation crowd? We'll see at EICMA in November.