Over the past 10 years, the number of motorcycle in the country has increased significantly. From 4.3-million riders recorded by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in 2013, we are expecting to have doubled-growth in terms of numbers with an estimated 8-million motorcycle users. No doubt as the industry breached its target after reaching 1-million sales last year. So it won’t be surprise anymore if we see bunch of motorcycles on our streets with different kind of pedigree. One of them is the Italian brand Ducati.
Through its official distributor, Access Plus, the company recently previewed its latest models for 2017—the Scrambler Desert Sled, Scrambler Cafe Racer, and the SuperSport S—at the UP Town Center in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
SCRAMBLER DESERT SLED: A Modern Scrambler
If you’re in a retro off-road type of person, this bike is definitely for you! We might say this is a new trend in the marketplace putting a “Scrambler” retro-form. Since it was launch in the end of 2014, slowly the company is shifting into a dirt machine bikes. Quite noticeable are the new headlamp grill, mudguards front and rear, and new exhaust system. The Desert Sled has a new larger 19-inch front wheels (designed for Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires) and an updated triple clamps and inter-fork clearance.
In terms of power, the Desert Sled is equipped with 803-cc L-twin engine which can produced 75 hp and 50-lb feet of torque. As per suspension, Ducati replaces with all-new KYB suspension systems and reinforced frame for smoother ride. As per price, the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled sells retails at P805,000.
SCRAMBLER CAFE RACER: An Icon Bike
Of all the Ducati Scrambler lineup, the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is one of the unique bike with distinct personality. Most visible are the short flyscreen, clip-on handlebars, and seats. Its like a blasts from the past when you sit on this bike. Standard are the upright fork and rear shock found in all Scrambler variant.
Similar to the Desert Sled variant, the Cafe Racer is also powered by 803-cc, air-cooled twin engine that provides peak power of 75 hp at 8750 rpm, enough power to muscle you down in every corner. What’s nice about this bike is that you’ll feel the sportier ambiance once you sit and ride. The Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is priced at P805,000.
SUPER SPORT S: An everyday sports bike
Designed for speed addicts, the SuperSport S version gives the SuperSport an more livelier appearance. The “S” version sees the already-complete SuperSport equipment upgraded to provide a passenger seat cover, 48 mm Öhlins TiN-treated forks, and an Öhlins monoshock with integrated gas cartridge—both are fully adjustable.
Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up-down also comes as standard, the electronic system enabling clutch-free gear change, boosting the enjoyment of sports riding and lending a valuable hand in city traffic and on winding roads. Power comes from the 113-bhp liquid-cooled 937cc V-twin engine. The Super Sport S is priced at P999,000.
Text by Mike Eijansantos, Managing Director of Caferacer.ph / Photo Credits: Author and Ducati.