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Stop the press! Pedrosa spotted on new Ducati. #motogp #pedrosa #ducati

Really poor advert for the new monster.

So we have a new Monster 1200 and 1200s (top). There’s no denying it’s a beast of a machine but I’m not sure if I like it as much as I liked the 1100 EVO when that was first released. The most notable difference, other than the tank shape change, is the far smaller frame needed due to the engine being a stressed member. 

Ducati Scrambler making a comeback?

Throughout the 60s and 70s Ducati had a Scrambler as part of its line-up and with the appearance of a trademark submission it appears that the Bologna firm looks to be bringing back their stripped-down off-roaders.

In the trademark application Ducati has applied to use ‘Ducati Scrambler’ in a variety of areas that include clothing, gear and accessories. What makes this appealing is the request for the use of the name in the vehicle category, which would see the Italian manufacturer adding another model to the existing model line-up that includes: Superbike, Monster, Hypermotard, Diavel, Multistrada and Streetfighter.

The original Scrambler series were four-stroke singles ranging from 250, 350 and 450cc. It’s unlikely that the Italian marque would build a new engine for a modern Scrambler, rather dipping into their engine pool.

Of the available V-twin powerplants that Ducati could adapt into a Scrambler, the favourites would be either the Monster 696 or 796 motors, as these would allow the bike to be lightweight and useable with enough power coming from the air-cooled twin.

There has been a rise in custom builders transforming Ducati Monsters into Scramblers (check Google for evidence) and Ducati’s own interpretation will no doubt be inspired by the past with the character of desert racers with wide knobbly tires – filling the void that the Husqvarna Moab concept left – and much like the Diavel redefining cruisers with a more hot-rod mentality, expect the same from their Scrambler offering with an entertaining street-tracker.

The Ducati Scrambler will no doubt make some appearances in the coming months before a complete unveiling at EICMA at the end of the year.

Ducati Superlight site

Tim from Spirit nudged me in the direction of this site and now I spend too much time trawling their facebook pages. Nice to chat to other FE owners and there are some lovely bikes on the site. Well worth a gander if you have a hankering for Ducati Superlights.

Ever since the original 916, Ducati’s flagship superbike has sported an underseat exhaust. With the new 1199 Panigale, this was all changed, as the Italian manufacturer changed the rooting of the exhaust to sit underneath the engine, in a bid to centralise the mass.

But an option has emerged for purists of the old style, as Zard have released an underseat exhaust. The pipe company boasts a 23bhp increase on the midrange and 5bhp at high revs.

This scorched Ducati 1199 Panigale is the result of a huge highside by Alstare rider Ayrton Badovini at Lukey Heights, turning the Italian superbike into a flaming wreckage.

The Italian has been forced to sit out the testing at Phillip Island.

This is the 1199 Panigale that will be ridden by Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini in the newly formed Ducati Alstare squad.

"Join the pack" - French Superbike rider Brice Nunnari demonstrates how to cut a badass sponsorship promo for his 2013 campaign on a Ducati Panigale 1199, with a stylish video featuring a wolf.

Ducati has unveiled the new Desmosedici that Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden will campaign in 2013.

Apart from the smart livery update for the new season, which features white lines trailing along the fairings above the usual white block, its hard to tell if anything has changed on the bike.

In what is being heralded as a ‘fresh start’ for the Italian manufacturer, following the difficult two years with Valentino Rossi, it will be interesting to see where the prototype goes now that it is in the hands of Ducati Corse’s new General Manager, Bernhard Gobmeier.

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