Ducati – Vendetta

The Ducati 1098/1198 has turned into somewhat of an icon, a turning point for Ducati, and they have carried with success after success. One thing Ducati has managed that others haven’t is to cross different segments of riding without alienating their fan base and a majority of people are still insanely hardcore about Ducati. Now this is where the Vendetta comes in a little differently, Radicall Ducati & Dragon TT teamed up to create a new face to the 848/1098/1198. Taking the route that Ducati wouldn’t, a path down the darkside for an edgier, meaner looking machine. This is a body kit for the 848/1098/1198 with the same fittings, so something so menacing designed with simplicity in mind.

This might not be for everyone’s taste but thats probably why it is made by a speciality company. I’m tempted to get another Ducati 1098 and fit it with this kit, it is already a fine piece of machinery but its intimidating with this look.

The full Vendetta kit includes the following:

  • Aluminum front bracket
  • Front fairing with 2 high beam and 2 low beam ellipsoidal lights , windshield
  • Left and right sidepanels with incorporated blinkers.
  • Race type bellypan
  • Fuel tank
  • Solo seat with leds rear light incorporated
  • Solo seat under-tray
  • Air funnels
  • Two silencers adaptors

Link: Asphalt&Rubber


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New Ducati Streetfighter 848

Its been a in the works for a little while now, smaller spunkier Streetfighter from Ducati. I have always been a fan of the Streetfighter, its very agile and I like the aggressive looks of the machine. Now they have come up with Superbike 848’s sibling with this new machine, and they have gone with Ducati yellow for its premiere, personally I’m a big fan of the red. This bike would be very nice on some twisty roads, I wonder if it has shrunken in size as well, I hope not.

Ducati has brought over the Testastretta 11° engine configuration for the smaller Streetfighter, meaning not only will the Streetfighter 848 have a wet-clutch, but also a 15,000 mile valve service interval. While Ducati is mum on many of the new SF 848′s details, the Bologna brand says the bike will come with the Ducati Traction Control system (DTC), and from what we can see in the photos, unsurprisingly lower-spec Brembo brakes and Marzoochi forks, instead of the Superbike 848′s monoblocs and Sachs units.

Link: Asphalt&Rubber

Ducati By The Autodrome

This is the first time I pass by the new Ducati store by the Autodrome, and its right next to the Autodrome and one hell of a dealership. I walked in thinking that I was at the candy store, I kept looking at each machine. The new Monster 796 looks really good, and I loved the 1198R they had up on the second level. The design of the store is fantastic with so many bikes to look at, I just couldn’t get enough. If I wasn’t wearing a dishdasha I would have had my leg over each and every bike.

There was even an 848 Evo in the back, and that looked like a beautiful machine that I couldn’t get enough of. Those beauties kept teasing me every time I look at one of them, now to wait for the Ducati Diavel coming out in a few months, based on what the sales guy said it will be on the show room floor sometime between February to March.


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Ducati 848EVO – The Evil Twin

Ducati has went ahead with a more sinister looking 848, the EVO version is that and it’s as mean as it looks. They have overhauled the engine with lots of upgrades to make it more aggressive and more race oriented while upgrading it from 134 bhp to 140 bhp which does have an affect for a bike that’s so light. Even with all the upgrades this machine remains at 370lbs which is pretty light, making it the most powerful machine in its class. The best part about the whole upgrade is that the Dark version is cheaper then the base version 848, so it’s been upgraded, looks meaner, and its about $1000, I like what Ducati is doing.

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Ducati 1198/1198S

It seems the 1198/1198S are getting rave reviews, I think Ducati has another gem on their hand with this one. The new 1198S comes with the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) which is featured on the more expensive 1098R. There is increase of torque on this engine, I can’t imagine how more torque would feel since I do love my 1098S, and the claimed 170 bhp is just amazing.

Link: MCN