Ducati has made a yearly habit of releasing their next generation of motorcycles at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. This year is no different, as the Bologna based manufacturer has released their 2013 model lineup just days before the show opens to the public.
Headlining the 2013 release, Ducati’s Hypermotard family gets a substantial redesign and a new model. The family now contains three models, the Hypermotard, the Hypermotard SP, and the Hyperstrada. All three bikes are powered by an all-new 821cc Testastretta 11° engine making (according to Ducati) 110 hp. The bikes also feature a new Trellis frame and top of the line suspension components. The Hypermotard and Hypermotard SP are aimed at commuters and weekend racers and maintain the sleek, Supermotard look, while the Hyperstrada is a factory accessorized mid-size touring machine aimed at distance riders. Ducati’s Safety Pack is standard on all three machines and includes 3-level ABS, 8-level Ducati Traction Control, and selectable riding modes. Pricing for the 2013 Hypermotards is $11,995 for the Hypermotard, $14,695 for the Hypermotard SP, and $13,295 for the Hyperstrada.
Ducati’s superbike, the 1199 Panigale also adds a model for 2013. The 1199 Panigale R will supersede the 1199 Panigale S as the flagship of the Ducati line. The new R features a host of incremental improvements over the S including titanium connecting rods and a lighter crankshaft flywheel, which save a combined 2.92 pounds. Ducati has also managed to increase the Superquadro engine’s redline by 500 rpm to an even 12,000 by adding DLC-coated rocker-arms and remapping the ECU. Ducati’s new king of the hill also adds a four-point adjustable swingarm pivot for precise set up, a racing screen, and machined alloy mirror caps. A full Termignoni exhaust with a dedicated racetrack only ECU map results in a three-percent gain in top end power and a fifteen-percent increase in mid-range power. Other modifications include a number of carbon-fiber components, which bring the superbike’s dry weight down to a claimed 363.7 pounds. The bike also gets a GPS-enhanced Ducati Data Acquisition system, which records lap times and other racing circuit data. The 1199 Panigale R ABS will be available in Ducati red for $29,995.
Last, but not least, the new for 2013 models include an addition to the Diavel family. When Ducati’s power cruiser first came out, we had little doubts about its performance prowess, but lots of doubts about its touring credentials. These concerns seem to have been addressed with the new Diavel Strada. The existing Diavel has been extensively modified to improve comfort with better wind protection, more comfortable seats, higher handlebars, and heated grips. The Diavel Strada also adds a passenger backrest, grab rails, rear lighting, and new passenger foot pegs along with standard side luggage and a more powerful generator with two auxiliary power outlets. Ducati’s new power tourer will be available with a race titanium color scheme for $19,495.
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