The new generation Monster is all new, starting with a 696cc engine and a big tube lightweight birdcage chassis with a cantilever rear monnoshock. However, we know Ducati fans will mourn the loss of the single sided swingarm.
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2008 Ducati New Motorcycles
65th International Motorcycle Exhibition, Milan
A New Generation Gets Naked
Ducati Introduces an All New Generation Monster, new 848cc Superbike
and the World Superbike Homoligation Model 1198R
with 186hp and Traction Control!
Milan, Italy Nov. 6-11th 2007 - The entire world of motorcycling is in attendance at the 65th edition of the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan from November 6th ñ 11th. New bikes, new accessories and a new line of apparel all form part of the innovative 2008 line-up for the Bologna manufacturer, which is also celebrating its recent world title victory in MotoGP.
In a press conference held before the exhibition officially opened, Gabriele Del Torchio, Ducati Motor CEO, met representatives from international media to illustrate the Bologna-based companyís fantastic results on a sporting and commercial level - a confirmation of its recent unprecedented success.
ìThe continuous growth that Ducati is experiencing is confirmed by positive economic and financial results for the third successive quarter, which we have presented to our investorsî, declared Del Torchio at the press conference. ìThe new products that we have brought to EICMA represent the result of the research and the technological development that Ducati is offering with this new range. They also confirm that Ducati is a company which is based on product and will make up our sales target for the next few years. Our future plans are clear and precise: Ducati will continue to be the leader in the premium bike sector, confirming the passion, the Italian style, the unrivalled design and the superior track-honed performance that make up our DNAî.
New Generation Monster 696
The undisputed star of the Milan Show is the new Ducati Monster 696. Refined style and design are the clear motivations behind the new Monster and the continued perfection of the Desmo engine ensures that its ësaint and sinnerí image will impress any rider. A comfortable and confidence-inspiring chassis combine with the famously smooth and powerful Ducati L-Twin engine to provide the most enjoyable riding experience. The balance of new technologies expressed in stylishly finished materials is shaped around the original cool Monster heritage.
Maintaining its traditional Monster silhouette, the 696 now looks more muscular than ever. Its wide tank tapers to the thin waistline of a comfortable narrow seat ensuring sure-footed confidence when at the traffic lights. The large diameter Hybrid Trellis frame blends stylishly into an aluminium sub-frame and swingarm while minimalist instrumentation and simple controls at the front of the Monster contrast with twin, bold, Ducati-style mufflers at the rear to enhance its urban-ready image.
The chassis of the new Monster is made up of a new Hybrid Trellis frame with larger diameter tubes directly inspired by the 2007 World MotoGP title-winning Desmosedici GP7 machine. Attached to this is a rear aluminium sub-frame. The front brake system is the envy of its class and becomes the new benchmark for the category with two 320 mm discs and four-piston radial calipers.
At the rear, the dual-sided aluminium swingarm draws inspiration from Ducati Corseís finest racing products in this area. The dash instrumentation is now totally digital and continues the tradition of all Ducatiís latest-generation sport models, guaranteeing lightness, ease of use and a wealth of information. The new exhaust system stands out with its re-routed downpipes that now give the underside of the Monster a cleaner appearance and terminate with twin, bold Ducati-style mufflers. The headlamp unit is characterized by a new triple arc main beam, while the rear light uses modern LED technology.
The engine of the new 696 is an evolution of the previous 695 version. Measuring 696 cc, it boasts a series of updates and refinements. Power output gets a 9% boost to 80 hp (59 kW) and an 11% increase in torque to 50.6 lb-ft. This new engine continues to have the best horsepower per litre ratio of all Ducatiís air-cooled units, and it ensures a smooth and powerful delivery for a relaxed but thrilling ride in all conditions.
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For 2008, the Superbike family features two important additions: the introduction of a mid-engine size version, the light and nimble 848, and an extreme ëracingí version for all those who demand the maximum performance, the 1098 R, which will take part in the 2008 World Superbike Championship.
Aimed at the 600 Supersport Class, The new Ducati 848 Superbike enjoys all the performance advancements of the entire Superbike family, while adding its own innovations to redefine the middleweight sport bike class. The words ëagileí and ërefinedí aptly describe the 848. At 168 kg (369 lbs), the 848 is an amazing 20 kg (44 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, and a significant 5 kg (11 lbs) lighter than its larger capacity brother, the 1098.
The highly advanced 848 engine uses an improved method of engine case production in which cases are vacuum die-cast formed. While providing significant weight savings of more than 3 kg (6.5 lbs), this method also ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. Further refinements include a sophisticated wet clutch that offers 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less weight, a much longer service interval, improved clutch feel and quiet operation. With the first twist of the wrist, the powerful rush of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine confirms that the rules have changed. The 848ís 134 hp is not only 30% more powerful than its predecessor, but it provides a power-to-weight ratio even better than the potent 999.
Note the electronic wheel speed sensor pickup at the front Brembo brake for the Computer Traction Control. Click to go BIG.
Superbike 1098R (1198cc)
The new Superbike 1098R has a street legal power output of 180hp (132.4 kW) at 9750 rpm and a torque value of 13.7 kgm (134Nm) at 7750 rpm to place the 1098 R at the very top of its category. It is the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine in history and fitting reward to the continued ingenuity of Borgo Panigale engineers. Created after close collaboration between engineers from Ducati’s production and racing departments, this new engine is fitted with the same components powering the 1098 F08 that will take on the Japanese opposition in the 2008 World Superbike Championship.
The R version of the 1098 has been boosted to an engine displacement of 1198cc. A bore increase from 104mm to 106mm and a stroke value of 67.9mm, producing a remarkable 1.56 ratio, complete the ‘over-square’ layout of the engine. Special components include extra strong sand cast engine cases, titanium rods and valves, and a dry Slipper Clutch.
The new 1098 R is the most powerful and lightest twin-cylinder bike ever produced by the Borgo Panigale factory, with the highest torque/weight ratio of any sport bike available. A total of 180 hp is on tap for this new Superbike, together with an amazing torque value of 13.7 kgm. The weight figure also confirms the racing origins of the 1098 R: 165 kg / 363 lbs. puts the bike at the forefront of this category.
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The 1098 R is supplied with a racing kit for track use. This is made up of a pair of 102dB carbon mufflers and dedicated ECU, which boost the already exceptional performance of this new twin-cylinder Ducati from 180hp to 186hp. With this kit the rider can also activate dialog between the ECU and the DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system, which is fitted to a production bike for the first time ever.
A massive new 200x17 Pirelli rear tire helps get the full 186hp to the pavement. Click to go BIG.
The initial presses release on the 1098 (actually 1198cc) R does not mention if the new 1098R has carbon fibre bodywork like previous Superbike R models.
Or if the he 1098R returns with an adjustable steering head (left off as a cost cuter and a major flaw on the base 1098 1098S models). While a Ducati corse press photo of the test mule 1098F 08 superbike a few months ago shows the bike with an adjustable steering head. Does the R model get the very necessary adjustable steering head or not????? With the 1098R priced at $39,000 - that's $22,000 more that the 1098S, we hope we get more than slip-on carbon fibre mufflers ($1,200) and a slipper clutch ($900) with the 1198's bigger bore and stroke.
We put a call into Ducati Press manager John Canton, who did confirme to us that the R model does have full carbon fibre bodywork to bring the dry weight down to a 363 lbs. The bike will return to the adjustable 23.5 / 24.5 degree steering head. The Ohlins street suspension shown on the prototype press bike pictured here IS NOT the suspension customers will get on the actual R model, but rather the bike will come with full MotoGP spec Ohlins Ttx also being being used as on the Desmosedici RR.
And the Street Exhaust system shown here is just that - a street pipe. The 1098/1198R will also come with the full Titanium Ducati Corse 70mm Termigoni Exhaust System the factory team is currently running on their works bikes.
At $39,000 the Ducati 1098R is not cheap, but under the new 1200cc homologation rules for V-Twins in World Superbike which require the bikes to be much closer to stock, Ducati is giving us the closest thing to a full factory works bike than ever before.
The production 1098R is suposed to get this massive 70mm Termignoni Ti Exhaust and the Ohlins MotoGP suspension and Slipper Clutch as shown on this factory Corse SBK test mule.
The massive influx of motorbike fans and Ducati ìtifosiî expected at EICMA will also get a chance to see the definitive version of the Desmosedici RR, derived from the MotoGP bike, of which 1500 will be produced and the special Tricolore version of the Monster S4R S, which features a front fairing, seat cover and fuel tank in the red, white and green colours of the Italian flag together with gold frame and wheel rims.
The new 2008 range is completed by the black version of the Hypermotard 1100 S and the new two-colour grey-liveried version of the GT 1000, as well as numerous new accessories, special components and a new collection of Ducati clothing. An area of the stand is also dedicated to Ducati Corse to celebrate Casey Stonerís victory in the MotoGP World Championship, but also the titles won by NicolÚ Canepa in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup on the 1098 and by the Womenís Team in the European 1000 Superstock and Italian 600 Superstock championships.
The International Motorcycle Exhibition will be open to the general public until Sunday, November 11th. Ducati is present in Pavilion 18 ñ Stand D65.
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