Ducati BengaluruThe theft came to light following several complaints from customers stating their inability to register their bikes with the RTORakesh, a 38 year old ex-employee of the Ducati Bengaluru Showroom has been arrested on charges of having cheated the company to the tune of Rs 5 crores. Rakesh, a resident of Kukatpally at Ranga Reddy district in Andhra Pradesh, worked at the VST Ducati bike showroom for 5 years holding a post of Head of Operations. He had resigned on October 20th, just 3 weeks prior to his arrest.Fraud Comes to Light during Customer Complaints and AuditAs per the complaint registered, Rakesh has embezzled the company of Rs 5 crores. He sold a total of 21 bikes during the period July 2019 and September 2022. However, none of the sales were recorded in the company record books and nor was the amount collected from the sale of these bikes, collectively priced at around Rs 5.2 crores, deposited in company bank accounts.In his complaint, CN Mahesh, General Manager of the company stated that Rakesh had collected the amount from 21 customers and deposited the same in various bank accounts which also included one in the name of ‘Office Facility Suppliers’.The fraud was discovered following complaints from several buyers who brought their bikes back to the showroom on complaints that they could not get them registered with the RTO. An audit also brought to light the fact that there were a total of 21 such Ducati bikes sold by Rakesh, collected money from the buyers but deposited only a part of it in the company’s account while diverting the rest.The audit conducted by the company found that these included 9 Ducati Panigale, 3 Multistrada, 4 Diavel, 2 Monster, a Desert X, a Scrambler and a Streetfighter. Each of these bikes carry a price tag between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 40 lakh.Suspect Arrested but Insiders could also be involvedThough a complaint was registered and the suspect has been arrested, the police are also looking at another angle wherein some other insiders could be involved in the scam. The company should have followed certain procedures of sale such as inventory of bikes received, sales and delivery notes along with invoice details which should have been sent to the RTO. An inquiry is also being conducted into verifying authenticity of invoices while Mukesh the General Manager of VST Ducati bike showroom was not available for comment.Ducati offers 22 bikes in India which are categories into sports, cruiser, sport-naked, café racers and adventure tourers. The company is also planning launch of new models Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro, Scrambler 800 Urban Motard and V21 L. More recently, Ducati introduced the world’s most powerful and highest revving single-cylinder engine. This 659cc, single-cylinder engine has been named the Superquadro which means the super square. More
Ducati Hypermotard 698 MonoThe 659cc single-cylinder engine on Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono generates up to 84.5 bhp pf peak power with a race-only Termignoni exhaustUsually not the name that springs while conversing single-cylinder motorcycles, Ducati has stepped into this arena after more than half a century. The motorcycle Ducati’s new 659cc single-cylinder unit will debut is the Hypermotard 698 Mono. Ahead of launch, specs and details of this highly-anticipated launch have surfaced on the internet.Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono unveiledCurrently known for its slew of V2s and V4s, the Italian marque is stepping into single-cylinder production motorcycle realm with Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono. The last single-cylinder motorcycle that Ducati ever made was Supermano in 1993, which was a race-only machine.With Hypermotard 698 Mono, Ducati’s portfolio turns much more profound and diverse, including both single and multi-cylinder machines. On the surface, Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono will primarily rival KTM 690 SMCR and its Swedish counterpart Husqvarna 701 Supermoto along with GasGas SM700.Ducati’s new 659cc single-cylinder engine features squarish proportions. Hence the name Superquadro Mono. Lightness and compactness were among Ducati’s primary objectives. It features tech like horizontal cylinders and Desmodromic valve operation, 116mm piston from 1299 Panigale’s V-twin motor.Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono wheelieAll of these have allowed Ducati’s new 659cc single-cylinder engine to eke out a peak power output of 77.5 bhp at 9,750 RPM. The engine redlines all the way to 10,250 RPM. With a track-only Termignoni exhaust, peak power can go till 84.5 bhp as well. These power figures can easily dwarf rival single-cylinder machines.Hardware and componentryA lighter engine is mated to a lighter frame to keep the overall weight low. Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono comes equipped with a steel trellis frame that only weighs 7.2 kg. With rest of the componentry on board, Hypermotard 698 Mono weighs 151 kg dry and 162 kg with a full tank. Low weight ensures a high power-to-weight ratio too.Overall appeal and stance of the motorcycle are quintessentially Hypermotard but shrunk to slightly smaller proportions. Up front, we can see a handsome headlight unit with fang-like LED DRLs along with a functional beak, LED turn indicators and knuckle guards. Suspension duties are handled by Marzocchi 45mm fully adjustable USD telescopic forks with 215 mm travel and a Sachs rear mono-shock unit with 240 mm travel.Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono drifting17-inch cast alloy wheels get 120/70 front and 160/60 rear tyres from Pirelli. These are Diablo Rosso IV, known for their grip, traction and track performance. Dropping anchor on Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono is Brembo’s hardware with M4.32 calipers at the front biting into a single 330 mm disc and at the rear, there is a single 240 mm disc.The bike even gets Ducati’s extensive rider aids with an advanced IMU. These include launch control, engine brake control, adjustable wheelie control, traction control, 4-level ABS, cornering ABS along with wheelie assist function on optional Ducati Performance software patch. There is a bi-directional quick-shifter and a 3.8-inch TFT dashboard as well.There will be another version of Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono for riders with a restricted license in select markets. This version will pack a friendlier 43.5 bhp and 49 Nm. More
New Ducati Single Cylinder EngineDucati’s new single-cylinder engine can be used for multiple new bikes, one of which will be a motard-style machineAlso known as the ‘thumpers’, single-cylinder engines are popular for their affordability and low maintenance. These are the most widely used engines for entry-level motorcycles and are available in both two-stroke and four-stroke formats. However, single-cylinder engines have their limitations. As if to push this architecture to its limits, Ducati has come up with the world’s most powerful and highest revving single-cylinder engine.Ducati Superquadro Mono – The complete storyIt’s been almost three decades since Ducati last produced a single-cylinder bike. It was in 1993 that Supermono 550 race bikes were in production. These too had quite a reputation, generating 75 hp at 10,000 rpm. The bikes used borrowed hardware such as the horizontal cylinder and desmodromics from an 888 Racing V-twin.[embedded content]Now, thirty years later, Ducati has come up with an even better version of the Supermono. There’s a human connection as well, with Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali actively involved in both projects. Thirty years earlier, Domenicali was the project leader of the Supermono project. Now working as the CEO, he has played a key role in ensuring the success of the world’s most powerful single-cylinder engine.Ducati Superquadro Mono – tech specsDucati’s new 659cc, single-cylinder engine is being claimed as the world’s most powerful and highest revving road-going unit ever produced. It borrows the 116 mm piston from the 1285c V-twin ‘Superquadro’, which has been used on the 1299 Panigale. The stroke is 62.4 mm, which is only 1.6 mm longer in comparison to that of the superbike. Due to this, the engine has huge oversquare dimensions and high revs. It also explains why the engine has been named the Superquadro. It essentially means the super square.New Ducati Single Cylinder EngineAt max RPM, the piston of Superquadro can move 21 meters per second. The engine borrows various other components from the 1299 Panigale. It includes the combustion chamber, valves and desmo timing control. However, around 80% of the Superquadro engine is entirely new. In standard configuration, the engine generates 76.4 bhp. This can be increased to 83.4 bhp in track-ready configuration. With a desmodromic top end, the top rev range is an impressive 10,250 rpm.New Ducati Single Cylinder EngineChallenges for the Superquadro projectWhile it was easy to imagine the Superquadro, developing the engine was not an easy task. To make it practical, it was necessary to keep the engine as compact and lightweight as possible. And without compromising on the targeted performance figures. Every gram of metal had to be wisely used to ensure a lightweight profile and achieve higher power-to-weight ratio.To make it possible, a number of tweaks and innovations have been implemented. For example, the cam profile has been completely redesigned. A smaller throttle body diameter has been used for the intake duct and the length has also been changed. Design and length of the exhaust pipe were also tweaked accordingly. All these changes helped achieve a robust torque curve. More
Ducati single cylinder motorcycleDucati single cylinder motorcycle features Hypermotard 950’s overall design and aesthetics – With a smaller engineThe Italian marque, Ducati, has been one of the pinnacles in sensational and premium motorcycles. From the past couple of decades, Ducati has produced a multitude of multi-cylinder engine motorcycles. However, recent revelations suggest Ducati is developing a single-cylinder powered Hypermotard that could potentially take on the likes of KTM 690 SMC R.Ducati Single Cylinder Motorcycle – Hypermotard 650?Test mule was spotted abroad and featured a Ducati Hypermotord-like bike in camouflage. A keen look reveals that there is some size deficit in the engine department, while the motorcycle around it looks huge. At first glance, it looks like this test mule has the same chassis and body as the bigger Hypermotard 950, testing a new single-cylinder engine.This might be true as well because similarities in design and size with bigger Hypermotard are uncanny. However, there are changes that might be categorised as downgrades when compared to full-fat Hypermotard 950. Headlights, rear subframe, USD telescopic front forks, and rear mono-shock placement look similar.These are the elements that give it a typical Hypermotard look. On closer inspection, this particular test mule carries certain downgrades. These are a single disc setup at the front, skinnier tyres, a double-sided swingarm as opposed to single-sided on Hypermotard and a few elements more. Front beak looks thinner, but longer.Ducati Hypermotard 650 engine bayRadiator’s positioning and the cowl around it look similar to that of Hypermotard 950. Looking at the engine bay, it generally feels a lot empty on this test mule. We feel like this engine bay was designed to accommodate a much bigger engine. Like the twin-cylinder 937cc unit on Hypermotard 950.Same 659cc single-cylinder homologated by NHTSA in USA?When the recent spy shots of a single-cylinder Ducati motorcycle went viral, it sheds light on a single-cylinder powered motorcycle that Ducati registered with NHTSA. According to that registration, this single-cylinder engine will be a 659cc unit and has a 4V head. It seems to have a SOHC setup and a liquid-cooling jacket. Power may be around 75 bhp.This engine looks to the a stressed unit in the frame. Rear swingarm seems to be directly connected to the engine too. These are weight-saving measures and Ducati’s upcoming single-cylinder bike could sport impressive kerb weight numbers. Ducati might be eyeing KTM 690 SMC R with this upcoming Hypermotard 650 (name not confirmed).Ducati Hypermotard stylingConsidering that this is the first-ever sighting of this motorcycle, launch could be further in the future. India launch is less likely, though. But not completely impossible. When launched, Ducati Hypermotard 650 will mark the return of iconic Italian marque to single-cylinder space. Last known single-cylinder Ducati was race-only Supermano in 1993.Source More
In India, Ducati Scrambler 800 Urban Motard rivals the likes of Triumph Street Scrambler, BMW R nineT Scrambler and Harley Davidson Sportster S2022 Ducati Scrambler 800 Urban MotardDucati has expanded its India lineup by introducing a new entry-level model in the form of Scrambler 800 Urban Motard. As the name suggests, Urban Motard is the latest entrant to the 800cc Scrambler range of Ducati which already comprises multiple models like Icon, Icon Dark, Nightshift and Desert Sled.The 800cc range of Scrambler is positioned below the 1100cc Scrambler lineup from Ducati which consists of models like Sport Pro, Dark Pro and Tribute Pro. Prices of the new Scrambler 800 Urban Motard start at Rs 11.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The Italian superbike brand recently teased the scrambler on its social media handles.Urban Motard made its global debut back in October last year and along with the bigger 1100 Tribute Pro. The new model comes with cosmetic models over the existing motorcycles of the Scrambler range. Urban Motard is being offered a solitary dual-tone shade featuring a graffiti paint job by combining Star Silk White and Ducati GP 2019 Red in energetic graphics.2022 Ducati 800 Scrambler Urban Motard- DesignIn terms of design, Urban Motard gets a signature high-mounted beak-like front mudguard finished in red colour similar to Hypermotard. The fuel tank also flaunts graffiti-inspired graphics. Other visual highlights typical of the Ducati Scrambler range include a flat seat, a low aluminium handlebar and a side number plate.2022 Ducati Scrambler 800 Urban MotardThe wide handlebar in combination with a flat seat design appears to be inspired by Supermoto style bikes. A round headlamp adds a retro charm to the scrambler. Seat height is accessible at 196kg and for an 800cc bike, Urban Motard is fairly nimble at 196 kilos. It rides on 17-inch wire-spoked wheels which adds to the rugged appeal of a scrambler.Features & Hardware SpecsIn terms of equipment, Ducati has laced Urban Motard with features like an LED headlight, taillight, and turn indicators; an offset LCD instrument cluster with gear and fuel level indications, an under-seat storage compartment and a USB charging port. Urban Motard also comes with the option of interchangeable aluminium side panels.As far as cycle parts are concerned, Urban Motard is based on a tubular steel trellis frame which is suspended on 41mm Kayaba USD forks up front and a Kayaba mono-shock at rear. Anchorage duties are handled by a single 330mm disc in front with a four-piston calliper and a 245mm disc at rear aided by a dual-channel ABS. In addition, cornering ABS from Bosch is a standard part of the package.2022 Ducati Scrambler 800 Urban MotardPowertrain SpecsThe bike rolls on Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres with the front being a 120/70 section and the rear being a 180/55 section. Powering Scrambler 800 Urban Motard is an 803cc L-Twin, air-cooled engine that dishes out 72 hp at 8,250rpm and a peak torque of 66.2 Nm at 5,750rpm. This unit is paired with a 6-speed transmission via a hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multi-plate clutch. More
The new Ducati Multistrada V2 is a direct rival to other flagship ADVs like BMW F 850 GS and Tiger 900 GTDucati Multistrada V2 SDucati has launched the 2022 Multistrada V2 in India at a starting price of Rs 14.65 lakh (ex-showroom). It is available in two variants- standard and S, the latter priced at Rs Rs 16.65 lakh (ex-showroom). The adventure tourer made its global debut in September last year and replaces the outgoing Multistrada 950.However, Multistrada was only offered in fully-loaded S trim in India priced at Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom), thus making the new Multistrada V2 more accessible. The adventure bike comes with a series of upgrades and improvements over its predecessor.Ducati Multistrada V2 ErgonomicsThe new Multi V2 doesn’t stray away from the older Multi 950 as far as looks are concerned. It gets new body graphics and colour options with the updated palette comprising “Ducati Red” colour with black rims as standard for both trims. The top-spec S variant can also be had with a new “Street Grey” livery with a black frame and GP Red wheel rims through special order.Ergonomics of the ADV have been tweaked to improve in order to make the bike more accessible for all purposes including touring, off-roading and urban commutes. Shape of the seat has been modified and seat height has been reduced by 10mm to 830mm making it easier to place one’s feet on the ground. The new bike also weighs 5kg lighter than its predecessor achieved thanks to a lighter engine, wheels and other components.Ducati Multistrada V2 SPowertrain Specs & FeaturesMajor updates have been made to the powertrain setup that now features a 937 cc Ducati Testastretta twin-cylinder unit with Desmodromic distribution. This mill dishes out 113 bhp at 9000rpm and 94 Nm at 6750rpm and is paired with a new 6-speed gearbox. It also receives a new 8-disc, hydraulic, slip and assist clutch along with a new engine cover.Coming to features, Multistrada V2 is offered with four riding modes namely Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro. It is laced with an electronics suite comparing traction control, a hill-hold function, an LCD instrument console and cornering ABS. The top-spec S variant is loaded with additional techs like a full-LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) system, a 5.0-inch TFT dash, backlit switches, a hands-free system, cruise control and a bi-directional quick-shifter.Hardware SpecsHardware configurations of Multistrada V2 haven’t been touched. It is underpinned by a trellis frame with a double-sided aluminium swingarm which is identical to Multistrada 950. In the standard variant, this frame sits on 48mm upside-down front forks and a mono-shock at the rear. For the S variant, it receives Ducati Skyhook Suspension EVO semi-active suspension system.Suspension setup on both variants is fully adjustable but on the standard bike, it is adjusted manually whereas in the S variant it is done electronically. Anchorage is handled by 320mm discs up front and a single 265mm disc at the rear chewed by Brembo monobloc callipers at both ends and aided by a dual-channel ABS. More
2021 Ducati MonsterDeliveries of the new Ducati Monster are expected to begin soon – It is available in two trims of Monster and Monster Plus
After launching the SuperSport 950 in India, Ducati has now announced the launch of its naked iteration – the new 2021 Monster. Price starts from Rs 10.99 lakhs while Monster Plus is priced from Rs 11.24 lakhs. All prices are ex-sh.
2021 Ducati Monster Prices
Interested buyers can book the upcoming Monster at a token amount of Rs 1.0 lakh at their nearest Ducati dealerships till the current stocks last. The new generation Monster has been on sale internationally since its global debut last year.
– Monster Red with Black Wheels – Rs 10, 99,000– Monster Dark Stealth with Black Wheels – Rs 11, 09,000– Monster Aviator Grey with GP Red Wheels – Rs 11, 09,000– Monster Plus Red with Black Wheels – Rs 11, 24,000– Monster Plus Dark Stealth with Black Wheels – Rs 11, 34,000– Monster Plus Aviator Grey with GP Red Wheels – Rs 11, 34,000
The new-gen Monster features a plethora of changes over its predecessor which not only involves cosmetic overhaul but also mechanical upgrades. The 2021 Monster is underpinned by a new, lightweight frame and powered by a new engine.
2021 Ducati Monster
The new-gen Monster gets serious aesthetic updates over the discontinued Monster 821 which makes it look more menacing. This is thanks to an oval-shaped LED headlight, rear panel, a muscular fuel tank design and a multi-barrel upswept exhaust with a slash-cut design. The integrated LED DRL is reminiscent of the outgoing Monster. The single-piece narrow seat widens the rear to meet the side panels, inspired by Panigale V4.
All colour options receive a dual-tone theme with the lower portion including the engine bay completely blacked out, accentuating its sporty characteristics. As mentioned earlier, the new-gen Monster is underpinned by a short aluminium frame from the Panigale V4 which is attached directly to engine heads. It is supported by a glass fibre reinforced polymer sub-frame at rear. This results in an extremely nimble kerb weight of 166kg which is a whopping 18 kilos lighter than the previous-gen model.
Features & New Powertrain
Equipment on the new-gen Monster is packed with features consisting of full-LED lighting and a 4.3-inch TFT digital instrument display that is compatible with Bluetooth. It gets three riding modes including- Urban, Touring, and Sport. The naked motorcycle is packed with rider-aided electronics which comprise features such as traction control cornering ABS, ride-by-wire, wheelie control, a bi-directional quick-shifter and more.
Powering this Monster is a 937cc Testastretta L-twin, liquid-cooled engine which also propels SuperSport 950. This motor cranks out 111 bhp at 9,250rpm and 93Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. The motorcycle will be on display across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata, and Chennai in the next few days. More
Ducati Streetfighter V4Ducati is working proactively to expand its footprint in the Indian market
After adding three new scramblers earlier this year in January, Ducati has launched Streetfighter V4 at a starting price of 19.99 lakh. Top-spec V4 S variant is also on offer at a starting price of Rs 22.99 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom India.
These new bikes are part of the company’s plan to introduce around 12 new products in the Indian market in 2021. The company is trying its best to speed up things at a time when operations remain affected due to the pandemic.
Ducati Streetfighter V4
Ducati Streetfighter V4 design and features
Streetfighter V4 comes across as an ominous predator, ready to dominate the streets. Some key features include full-LED headlight, V-shaped DRL, 5-inch TFT instrument panel, and sculpted fuel tank. The bike is equipped with advanced aerodynamics such as biplane wings, which ensure a range of benefits. Some of these include agile handling and better control at high speed. The risk of wheel-up during acceleration is also reduced significantly.
Talking about difference between Streetfighter V4 and V4S, the latter gets additional colour option of Dark Stealth. It’s a combo of dark grey frame and black wheels. The Ducati Red colour option is common for both variants. For a snazzier look, V4 S variant has been equipped with golden coloured USD front forks.
Ducati Streetfighter V4
In terms of functionality, Streetfighter V4 S gets 43mm Öhlins NIX30 event-based forks and Öhlins TTX36 event-based rear suspension. Steering damper is also from Öhlins. In comparison, the base V4 variant comes with 43 mm Showa BPF fork and Sachs rear suspension. Steering damper is from Sachs as well.
Another difference can be seen in the wheels, with V4 S getting Marchesini aluminium forged units whereas V4 has aluminium alloy casted wheels. With the changes in equipment, V4 S variant is 2kg lighter than V4 variant.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 engine
Powering Streetfighter V4 is a 1,103 cc motor that is capable of generating 208 hp of max power at 13,000 rpm and 123 Nm of peak torque at 9,500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine complies with Euro 5 / BS6 emission norms. This has been achieved through the use of advanced catalytic converter and a new technique that involves insertion of noble metals.
Ducati Streetfighter V4
The engine integrates advanced features such as slipper clutch, which ensures smooth operations and better control during sudden downshifts and hard braking. The bike also has Ducati Quick Shift EVO (DQS EVO), which allows the rider to change gears with the throttle open. DQS EVO works in combination with engine brake control and slipper clutch to ensure optimal performance.
Bookings for 2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S have already started. Deliveries are expected to commence soon. However, there may be delays due to lockdown restrictions. More