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Ducati SA ushers in a new era


MANY people are not aware that one of the Volkswagen group’s latest acquisitions is the Italian motorcycle firm, Ducati. In line with its new ownership, Ducati South Africa has announced a change in import and retail structure with the opening of a Ducati Brand Centre in Randburg.

This new facility is situated at 190 Bram Fischer Drive and will serve as Ducati motorcycle sales (both new and pre-owned), service, apparel, accessory outlet and coffee shop.

Ducati South Africa offers a three-year/90 000km Ride Plan included with each new Ducati purchase which covers all maintenance but excludes accident repairs and tyres.

New Ducati models will be making their way to SA too with the 2014 Monster 1200 and 1200 S powered by the 1198 Testastretta 11° DS engine. The new model features an entirely new chassis and styling.

The Monster produces 100kW/118Nm while the S model produces 107kW/125Nm and weighs in at 182kg. The benefit of this engine, according to its makers, is that there’s 30 000km between major services. There will also be a bit of time between fuel stops with the 17.5-litre steel fuel tank.

Both models get Ducati’s Riding Mode technology to incorporate three-level ABS and eight-level DTC into the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP).

There’s also the Ducati Traction Control, which detects and then controls rear-wheel-spin. The system offers eight levels of sensitivity, each programmed with a level of rear-wheel-spin tolerance in line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level One is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction while Level Eight uses the most amount of interaction.

These two machines feature a host of technologies including Ducati’s industry-changing Riding Modes.

An electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system uses Ducati’s innovative e-Grip throttle to administer different mappings to regulate power delivery, while the Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) uses eight levels of system interaction.

Joining these two bikes is the new Ducati Diavel, the highly awarded sport cruiser, which includes a new engine and exhaust system and styling refinements that combine the model’s muscular and assertive look.

With its laid-back street ergonomics, blistering performance and commanding style, the new Diavel now rolls out dressed in stylish dark stealth livery, a black trellis frame and black wheels. The Diavel Carbon offers the choice of traditional Ducati red over matte carbon with red frame, or the stunning new star white over matte carbon with white frame, both with black forged wheels by Marchesini, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminium.

The pricing for the entire Ducati range is as follows:

Monster  Monster 696+ ABS R 99 000
  Monster 796 ABS   R 120 000
  Monster 1200  R 168 000
  Monster 1200 S  R 198 000
Hypermotard Hypermotard  R 130 000
  Hyperstrada   R 139 000
  Hypermotard SP   R 149 000
Streetfighter  Streetfighter 848 R 139 000
Diavel  Diavel Dark   R 218 000
  Diavel Carbon    R 258 000
Multistrada  Multistrada 1200 ABS  R 179 000
  Multistrada 1200 S Touring   R 215 000
  Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo R 235 000
  Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak R 239 000
Panigale    Superbike 899 Panigale    R 179 000
  Superbike 1199 Panigale ABS  R 219 000
  Superbike 1199 Panigale S   R 259 000
  Superbike 1199 Panigale R Special R 335 000
  Superbike 1199 Panigale Superleggera R 898 000


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