The Hypermoto is Ducati's most desireable and exciting new bike in years. It will be available in 2007 in both the Base viersion shown here and a hotter S Performance model with full Ohlins Suspension. This is the origional Show prototype Hypermoto 1000S introduced in 2005.

Ducati New Bikes 2007 continued

Ducati Hypermotard
Prototype voted the best design trophy winner
by the Motorcycle Design Association and EICMA International Motorcycle Show

The Motorcycle Design Association, a group of designers and professionals from within the two-wheel industry worldwide, has voted the Ducati Hypermotard, designed by Pierre Terblanche, as the best overall motorcycle design trophy winner for 2005.

This award follows on from the 'Best of Show' award that was given to the Hypermotard during the Eicma Show in Milan last November, one of the most important shows worldwide for the motorcycle sector.

The Design Trophy was awarded for the first time in September 2001; since then, every year, over 70 top professionals from the worldwide design sector are called upon to vote for the best motorcycle design. The jury, made up of designers as well as representatives of the press and the main motorcycle manufacturers, gather to chose the winners in five categories, and then nominate the Motorcycle Design Trophy for the best overall motorbike design.

Ducati Hypermotard takes the power, the pleasure and the performance of a supermotard bike to a new extreme and interprets it in Ducati's unmistakeable style. With 100 horsepower and just 175 kg (385 lbs.) of dry weight.

The Hypermoto's release date is March 2007 in both Base and S-Models. Pricing is expected to be around $11,995 for the Base Model and $13,995 for the S-Model with full Ohlins suspension.

Below: Final production version of the 2007 Hypermoto 1078cc base model with Sachs rear shock, cast wheels, lower spec Brembo 2-piece front brake calipers.

Early Release 2007 Ducati Monster base model S4R Testastretta
The Monster 2007 range is now bigger and better with the new S4R Testastretta. This new bike gains the famous 130 Hp Testastretta low sump L-twin Superbike engine, previously introduce this past spring in just the top higher proced version S4R S model Testastretta with Ohlins suspension.

Founder of the SR family, this bike takes upon a very important role, coming up alongside the S4R S Testastretta which represents the current performance and equipment apotheosis. The S4R develops and increases in power going from 117 Hp of the previous engine, to the 130 Hp of the Testastretta, maintaining its’ very important role in the SR family: its two sided mufflers, the aluminium trellis single-sided swingarm, the small fairing, the exclusive paint schemes, the high quality suspensions, joined together with the powerful low sump Testastretta engine, is a milestone in the development of the Monster S4R Testastretta.
A bike that, in the new Ducati 2007 range, has a very important role, catching the attention of the most exigent performance –oriented “ducatista”.

The S4R Testastretta is different from the “S” version due to the suspension. The front forks are now fully adjustable upside- down Showa’s, giving the customer the possibility of a perfectly balanced bike. The rear is fully adjustable with piggy back shock absorbers by Sachs, allowing modification of suspension settings. The height of the rear of the bike is adjustable too by the modification of the length of the push rod. Whilst respecting the previous version, the S4R MY ’07, has, like the S4RS, the prestigious Brembo front brake system too. The front has now a prettier look thanks to the new front fork bottom end, purposely created to fit the Brembo radial callipers.

The new S4R Testastretta is now available in two new colour schemes Titanium with central black stripe, and in the traditional Ducati red with central white stripe. Both colour versions have the red frame with the black painted swingarm, just like the new Showa front fork bottom end. A lot of the other components are black painted: the headlamp support, the steering plates, the risers, the footrests and the water cooler side covers.

The bike will be available in the early October. All 2007 Ducati models require less frequent service, less parts and labour during each service and, as a result, greatly reduced scheduled maintenance costs – by as much as 50%.

Above and below, the S4Rs Testastretta Monster is simaialr to the newly introduced lower cost S4R, but does have the better performance ohlins front forks.

The styling is that of a spectacular, custom, the sort of bike we could previously only dream of. Yet the Monster S4Rs Testastretta is impressively real. The sensation of power oozes from every pore. In addition to the common features shared by all Ducati Monsters with single sided swingarms, like the small upper fairing, vertically stacked twin exhausts and longitudinal stripe (bigger and centrally positioned on the S4Rs), the S4Rs also incorporates a large number of eye-catching racing components.

The S4Rs features new graphics and colour schemes to enhance the 999-derived front end and the Y-spoke wheels that recall the racing origins of this naked superbike. In fact, Ducati Corse has contributed a large number of small but important details to this Monster, details that might not be noticed under a full fairing but that cry out for attention on this meanest of all Monsters, like the triangular oil cooler for example. Add to that a long list of carbon fibre parts, plus the stunning twin aluminium exhausts and the performance first priority of the S4Rs is obvious. The Monster S4Rs looks aggressive and stunningly essential. It tells you in no uncertain terms what sort of performance, technology, design and passion lies in front of you.In short, the S4Rs Testastretta is a dream machine, with a look and feel that satisfies even before you twist the throttle." - so the press release ends..

Essentialy the S4RS is a parts bin special, employing as many exhisting components as possible from both the Monster and Superbikes line to keep the cost low, but the desireability high. One unnerving compromise of this is the old Monster frame which does not extend down at the rear of the engine with a 3rd mounting point to reinforce the chassis at the engine swimagrm pivot like it has does on all of Ducati's Superbike models, and does so again on newer Multistradas and Hypermoto prototype. Here the single sided swingarm is left hanging off the rear of the engine cases, an application which has proven to be fully reliable with less powerful Monster engine installations in previous applications. But for serious sport riding the S4Rs could be a Flexi Flyer.

Along with a Superbike spec frame, we would be excited to see the 10 year old Monster design updated with more modern styling in the S4R. Certainly a more contemporary gas tank, front headlight cowling, and plastic front side covers to enclose a higher placed oil cooler and water radiator radiators -something similar in style to the newer Ducati Multistrada and Hypermoto prototype.

Availability of the Monster S4S at US Dealers is May 2006 with a bargain basement List Price of just $14,995, some $4,000 to $8,000 less than a comparibly spec'ed Yamaha R1, Aprilia Mille R or Ducatii 999S. Getting naked has its advantages.

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Hypermoto / Hypermoto S
Technical Specs

Typr: L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement: 1078cc
Bore x Stroke: 98 x 71.5
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Power: 95hp - 70kw@7750pm
Torque: 10.5kgm - 102.9Nm @ 4750rpm
Fuel Injection: Marelli electronic Fuel Injection, 45mm throttle body
Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe
Transmission: 6-Speed
Ratios: 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28
Primary Drive: Straight Cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Final Drive: Chain, Front Sprocket 15T, Rear Sprocket: 42T
Clutch: Dry Multipplate with hydraulic control

Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase: 144mm / 56.25 ins
Rake: 24 degrees
Steerling Angle: 32 degrees right/left
Front Suspension: Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable upside down fork / TIN coated on S
Front Travel: 165mm / 6.4 in
Front Wheel:5-spoke in light alloy 3.50x17 / 5-spoke in forged light alloy
Front Tire: 120/70 R 17

Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm / Fully adjustable Ohlins monoshock
Rear Wheel travel: 141mm / 5.6 ins
Rear Wheel: 5.50 x 17 / 5-spoke light alloy / 5.50 x 17 / 5-spoke forged light alloy
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR x 17
Front Brake: 2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo calipers 4-piston, 2-pad / Brembo monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Fuel tank Capacity: 11.5 lte
Dry Weight: 180kg / 396 lbs
Seat Height: 845mm / 33.26 ins
Overall Height: 1155mm / 45.11 ins
Maximum Length: 2120mm / 82.81 ins.

Ducati Desmosedici
4-Cylinder MotoGP Bike

The scheduled delivery of the 200 bike limited production Ducati Desmosedici 4-cylinder 990cc MotoGP bikes for the street is expected to begin in May/June 2007, a year later than origionally promised.

The bike was first announced to the world at World Ducati Week in May 2004 with a retail price of US $50,000 with the first bike to be delived this May at World Ducati Week 2006, which unfortunately was postponed until 2007. The price has also now increased to $65,000

Another reason production of the Desmosedici may have been postponed until 2007, this would certainly disqualifed the factory Ducati MotoGP team from running or earning points in the 2006 MotoGP Championship which is restricted to prototype bikes only.
With MotoGP changing to a 800cc engine limit in 2007, there is no longer a conflict with puilding a selling a limited production version to the public.

But looking ahead to 2007 when MotoGP rules will drop engine displacement to 800cc, necessitating all the top teams to change to a newer, more compact engine design, the current Desmosedici 4-cylinder 1000cc will no longer be needed for MotoGP, however it could bemade eligible for SBK World Superbike having meet the homoligation requirement of 200 production bikes.

At the end of the 2006 SBK World Superbike season, should Ducati find its stalwart 999F V-twin superbike no longer capable of performing on par with the Japanese 4-cylinder superbikes, you can bet a new Desmosedici Superbike will be rolled out of the race shop, with lower than $50,000 cost full-on production roadbike examples soon to follow.

When that happens, the Japanese factory superbikes will be decimated. The reason being, as already proven in MotoGP, is the Ducati's desmodromic valve gear gives their engine a much higher RPM limit and with it, the ability to make much more peak power (250hp? than a Japanese engine running traditional valve springs (200hp?). The power difference is not as noticeable in MotoGP since since the Desmosedici is racing against prototpe GP engines (240hp?), but in a production engine Superbike class the power difference could be as much as 30-50 horsepower!

The reason the current 999 V-twin desmo design can't match the Japanese in-line 4 cylinders for peak power is the simple fact a big 500cc piston / rod / crank assembly can't spin as high to make as much horsepower as a much smaller 250cc picton / crank / rod. But once on an equal playing field with the same number of 4-cylinders, the Ducati desmos will dominate.

However, Ducati will want to delay any (inevitable?) change to the 4-cylinder Desmosedici as a Superbike and stick with the 999 V-Twin as long as possible, as long as they can still win some races. The 999 is the flagship leader of their entire V-twin line of Ducati production street bikes and they will champion it as long as possible for marketing purposes. We'd expect, though, to see Ducati Corse running a mixed team of the V-twin and the V-four Superbikes in 2007.

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Championship Racers

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Ducati Riding Experience features 2 top Grand Prix Tracks
The popular Ducati factory produced Ducati Riding Experience held in Europe now includes the Mugello GP track in Spain, together with Imola in italy. The DRE courses are aim both at those wanting to increase their streetbike riding skills, and for those who want to improve their racing skills. The courses consist of a full day of riding sessions combined with classroom time.

Eleven the appointments for this year;  nine of them will take place on Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack in Imola, while the other two will be hosted at the International Mugello circuit, famous worldwide because it’s where every year the MotoGp Championship takes place as the unique Italian round.

The 2005 edition of Ducati Riding Experience saw a massive influx of attendees, both male and female: women average it’s been increased ( 43% women and 57% men,  vs. 38% women and 62% men in 2004). Another interesting figure is that 15% of people was foreigner. The possibility to rent the gear has been a great success: in 2005 edition has been rented 1.100 technical gear items.
The DRE school presents an impressive line-up of instructors including World, European and National champions and features five different classes for all skill levels.

The following courses are available:

Women's Basic Riding CourseAimed at women without riding experience who would like to get involved in the motorcycle world. The course will take place in the paddock using reduced power Monster 620 i.e. motorcycles.
Price: 225 Euro, taxes included.

Men's Basic Riding
Aimed at men without riding experience who would like to get involved in the motorcycle world. The course will take place in the paddock using Multistrada 620 motorcycles.
Price: 225 Euro, taxes included.

Intermediate Riding Course
This course is aimed at men and women who already have some riding experience but want to improve their skills. Monster S2R and Multistrada 1000 motorcycles will be used for this course.
Price: 294 Euro taxes included.

Basic Racing Course
Aimed at expert motorcyclists (men and women) who have the desire to increase their knowledge of riding technique on the track. 999 Superbikes will be used for this course and students will be divided into groups based on experience (declared by rider).
Price: 750 Euro, taxes included.

Master Racing Course
This master course is aimed at riders who have already participate a racing course. 999 Superbikes will be used and, in order to ensure the best possible learning environment, student groups will not exceed three per instructor. Lessons will focus on improving circuit riding techniques and maximising each rider's overall performance riding a motorcycle with a 2D acquisition data system, as well as on one equipped with an on board camera. At the end of the course they will receive a graphic reporting their performance, and a DVD with their track riding recorded.
Price: 999 Euro, taxes included.

The cost of the course includes: the use of motorcycle, lunch and the open cafè area, welcome kit, the presence of a photographer and special rates at nearby hotels. It does not includes any type of insurance.
This year's edition of the DRE also introduces an opportunity to rent riding gear (leathers, helmets, gloves, boots) at the time of registration on
It would be also possible to present on line the course to someone else. Takes the DRE Racing School.
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