As a run up to the 2016 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix scheduled at the Sepang International Circuit from next week on 28 to 30 October, Next Bike Sdn. Bhd, the sole importer and distributor of Ducati motorcycles in Malaysia had announced the launch of five new 2016 models to the local market – the Ducati Superbike 959 Panigale, the Ducati Hypermotard 939, the Ducati Monster 1200 R, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the Ducati XDiavel.
The event is part of the local celebration for Ducati’s 90th Anniversary which started off at the symbolic Sala Rossa of the City Hall of Bologna, Italy, followed by the opening of the newly renovated Ducati Museum, a ‘Globetrotter 90’ motorcycle world tour on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, a special-edition of the World Ducati Week (WDW) and a dedicated Ducati 90 line of accessories and apparel.
“Although skeptics might say that the current automotive market is facing a slow down in sales, Next Bike believes a brand as premium as Ducati will always have a steady following. Launching five new models concurrently is proof that Next Bike is adamant in ensuring the ownership experience for any Ducati owner will be as superior as the brand suggests,” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman, NAZA World Group of Companies.
DUCATI SUPERBIKE 959 PANIGALE
This year, Ducati’s 959 Panigale becomes a capacity, even more versatile “Supermid” model. The Ducati Superbike 959 Panigale shares the same innovative stylistic features that characterise its ‘bigger brother’, the 1299 Panigale – but with an engine designed for a more enjoyable everyday riding experience and more thrills on the race track. The new 955 cm3 twin-cylinder power unit, the first Superquadro to have obtained Euro 4 type-approval, comes with a new stroke length and other innovations that have given rise to an even more impressive torque curve and increased maximum power, now 157 hp at 10,500 rpm. The increased torque and maximum power values do not imply shorter service intervals, therefore, valve clearance inspections are still only required every 24,000 kilometres.
The super-smooth engine continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative monocoque frame, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing response and agility with a dry weight of only 176 kg – while still ensuring full compliance with the structural limitations required by Euro 4 standards. The unmistakable 1299 Panigale-derived silhouette of this bike, even with a redesigned nose fairing, headlight and tailpiece, underlines the family DNA: the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Riding Mode technology including Ride-by-Wire, triple-stage Bosch ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) featured by the Panigale are in line with Ducati’s very own standards of technological excellence.
Every last detail of the 959 Panigale pays tribute to Ducati’s legendary racing heritage. The wider nose fairing and screen improve aerodynamic performance adds to the aggressive look of the new front end, also enhanced by larger-section front air intakes. The split tailpiece design is the final touch to a real work of art: the 959 Panigale fairing, now with redesigned lateral air intakes and new rear view mirrors. The new bike is also equipped with aluminium billet-machined footrests for enhanced boot grip while riding.
The 959 Panigale is available in traditional Ducati red with black wheels or a stunning Arctic White Silk with contrasting red wheels, with the OTR retail price without insurance with 6% GST is RM99,999.
DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 939
The Hypermotard 939, also available in the Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939 versions, renews and confirms the success of the Ducati range that has thrilled the motorcycling world for almost ten years. A unique blend of Desmo power and minimalist style, thanks to a nimble chassis and upright riding position. The Hypermotard 939 family offers pure excitement and an incredible riding experience on any terrain. The new Hypermotard 939’s inspiration and design originate in the Supermotard world, with an extra dose of high performance and versatility.
The three versions available in the 2016 range of the Hypermotard 939 family meet the requirements of even the most demanding riders. The Hypermotard 939 is the perfect combination of sports character and versatility. Lightweight and user-friendly for daily use. With its top-class components and performance, the Hypermotard 939 SP offers an adrenaline-packed sports riding experience – especially on race tracks. The Hyperstrada 939 Tourer, with its impressive standard equipment, is highly practical for the daily commute and versatile and fun for medium-distance trips.
Shared by each of the Hypermotard 939 models and a major novelty for 2016, the new Euro 4 certified 937 cm3 Ducati Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder engine will be equipping the entire range. From the moment it was first presented as a concept bike at the Milan show in late 2005, the Hypermotard prototype was an immediate success. Production began in 2007 with the 1100 and 1100 S models and in 2013 the Hypermotard underwent a major change. A whole family was born from the one bike, powered by the 821 cm3 Testastretta twin-cylinder which has now grown to 937 cm3.
The new 937 cm3 Ducati Testastretta 11° engine guarantees a maximum power of 113 hp and most of all a 10% increase in torque compared to the previous version. The new top-end improves the torque throughout the rev range: it is now up to 18% at medium speeds, highlighting the racing nature of the family. This twin-cylinder engine, with the oil cooler guaranteeing top performance even in the most demanding conditions, is encased in the iconic Hypermotard signature steel tube Trellis frame. The whole range is equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack which includes a 2-level ABS (Hypermotard 939 and Hyperstrada 939) and a 3-level ABS (Hypermotard 939 SP), 8 levels of Ducati Traction Control and 3 Riding Modes. Each Riding Mode has different electronic settings in order to provide the Hypermotard 939 with three different personalities.
The new Hypermotard 939 combines agile, precise and lively performance with a compact design. These features ensure excellent versatility and exciting performance. The perfect model to tackle urban traffic, it is a genuinely fun bike for the daily commute – thanks to its 937 hp 11° engine, long-stroke suspension and top-level performance and safety ensured by its advanced technology. The Hypermotard 939 suspensions have a 43 mm diameter upside-down Kayaba fork with 170 mm travel and a Sachs shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping, providing 150 mm wheel travel. The Hypermotard 939 has a dry weight of 181 kg and a ride height of 870 mm. A raised comfort saddle with 20 mm of extra padding is also available as a Ducati Performance accessory. The Hypermotard 939 uses Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. Hypermotard 939 is available in the typical Ducati Red colouring as well as the elegant “Star White Silk”, both paired with a red frame.
The Hypermotard 939 SP has a livery inspired by the MotoGP, a weight of 178 kg and at the front a fully adjustable 48 mm diameter upside-down Öhlins fork with 185 mm travel. The rear suspension uses a fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber which allows for 175 mm rear wheel travel. With three dedicated riding modes (Race, Sport and Wet), ABS and DTC, the new Hypermotard 939 SP is ready to face any challenge. The raised ride height of the SP version allows for a 47.5° lean angle, essential for extreme race-track riding. These specifications take the ride height of the Hypermotard 939 SP to 890 mm. A 20 mm lower saddle is available as a Ducati accessory on request. An uncompromising sports bike, proudly showing off its racing nature with a new SP colour scheme featuring a red Trellis frame, magnesium valve covers and carbon fibre parts and also comes in with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.
The Hyperstrada 939 is sold only in the Ducati Red tone but with an elegant grey coloured frame. Designed for riding in non-urban contexts, it comes equipped with 50 litre semi-rigid removable bags and a centre stand. For increased comfort, the Hyperstrada 939 has handlebars raised by 20 mm and a touring windshield. There are also two 12V power sockets, designed to power navigation instruments or thermal clothing. The Hyperstrada 939 is equipped with a wider saddle for increased comfort. In addition there are passenger grab handles designed for safe and comfortable use. The saddle, at a height of just 810 mm, allows for optimum footing even with a full load and a passenger. Another saddle that’s even more comfortable with 20 mm of extra foam can be ordered. The Hyperstrada 939 suspensions rely on a 43 mm upside-down Kayaba with 130 mm travel while at the rear there’s a Sachs shock absorber with easily adjustable rebound damping and remote spring pre-load which allows for 133 mm travel of the rear wheel. The Hyperstrada 939 has a dry weight of 187 kg and uses Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres.
The on-the-road (OTR) retail price of the Ducati Hypermotard 939 without insurance with 6% GST is RM70,999.
DUCATI MONSTER 1200 R
Meet the Monster 1200 R, the most powerful and sophisticated new addition to the Monster family. The new Monster 1200 R has been designed for all those who make sports performance their lifestyle and wish to turn each ride into an adrenaline-packed experience without forgoing the essential, practical appeal of a naked model.
Equipped with a 1200 cc Testastretta 11° DS “R” version twin-cylinder engine, the Monster 1200 R takes the Ducati naked sports bike concept to the extreme. Compared to the Monster 1200 S engine, the twincylinder “R” version delivers 10% more power and 5.5% more torque. Its 160 hp and 13.4 kgm (97 lb-ft) torque turn the Monster 1200 R into a naked supersport bike able to show its true colours on a race track while making the rider feel perfectly comfortable during daily commutes – thanks to a full-bodied, smooth delivery at low and medium RPM.
The “R” spirit that inspired the new Monster 1200 is immediately recognisable in its completely redesigned, compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike set-up and technical features are in line with the power rating of its “R” twin-cylinder engine. The latest naked model out of the Ducati factory features a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S, for more extreme lean angles and to make the most of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. At the rear end, grip is guaranteed by the 200/55xZR17 size tyres.
The Monster 1200 R is equipped with new suspensions and Öhlins steering damper, and separate rider and passenger footpegs to enhance its racing-inspired riding experience. The new naked sports model by Ducati is even lighter than the S version thanks to the new tailpiece, forged wheels, and carbon fibre components – bringing the total dry weight down to 180 kg. The nose fairing, radiator trim with engraved “R” logo, and the two available colour schemes – Ducati Red and Thrilling Black – give this bike the unmistakable, sophisticated, sport-inspired Ducati touch.
The Monster 1200 R is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack including the ABS and Ducati Traction Control systems to enhance vehicle performance, optimise control and improve overall riding safety. This package is managed by three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban): three different Monster R ‘souls’ delivered by different settings of the power mode, the ABS and Traction Control systems.
The on-the-road (OTR) retail price of the Ducati Monster 1200 R without insurance with 6% GST is RM139,999.
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro completes the multi-bike concept introduced by Ducati in 2010. Born to be unstoppable on any terrain, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is a full-optional bike designed to satisfy even the most demanding globetrotter. Moreover, this maxi-enduro has specifically been developed and built to handle the stress and strain of off-road riding. Ducati test riders have put the Multistrada 1200 Enduro through its paces under the most extreme riding conditions to ensure reliability in any situation, while maintaining the ride quality and fun one expects from a Ducati.
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro marks Ducati’s entry into a new market segment, that of the maxi-enduro tourers; however there’s been no compromising on Ducati style and technology. The smart, sports look has been renewed and upgraded with numerous off-road features. The electronics package is everything a rider could wish for, thanks to the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) developed by Bosch, which dynamically measures pitch and roll angles and acceleration along the 3 axes, raising performance and safety standards even further.
Thanks to spoked wheels – 19′ at the front and 17′ at the rear – the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is perfect for long-distance adventures. Featuring electronic semi-active Sachs suspension (front and rear) and a 30litre fuel tank, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is unstoppable on any terrain and has a range that can exceed 450 kilometres (280 miles). Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights (DCL), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system with 200 mm of wheel travel all come as standard. Moreover, for the very first time on a Ducati, Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) has been introduced to aid uphill starts.
Tested and developed under the most extreme conditions, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro features the excellent, hard-wearing Multistrada 1200 frame together with a new twin-sided swingarm. The bike is powered by the tried and tested 160 hp Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine with EURO 4 type approval, now equipped with a new exhaust system. Thanks to Riding Mode technology (Enduro, Touring, Sport and Urban), the Multistrada 1200 Enduro offers that same four- bikes-in-one spirit that has made the Ducati multibike such a winner.
Other as-standard features on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro include electronic speed control and the Bluetooth module; the latter, via the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via the switchgear and display information on the TFT dashboard.
Furthermore, thanks to the standard Bluetooth connection on the Multistrada Enduro, the new Multistrada Link App, available for iOS and soon also for Android, allows to connect your smartphone and record data of the bike and road itineraries. Data such as speed, lean angle, power and consumption can be displayed directly on the map and riding diary, allowing you to relive all your riding emotions, turn after turn.
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro comes in three different colours (Ducati Red, Phantom Grey and Star White Silk) and can be personalised with items from the comprehensive Ducati Performance accessory catalogue by Touratech which includes the four Enduro, Touring, Sport and Urban packages, and retails at RM129,999 without insurance with 6% GST.
Ducati enters the Cruiser domain and does so in its own inimitable way, presenting a true Cruiser with all the design, technology and performance one expects from a Ducati thoroughbred. Called the XDiavel, it brings together two worlds: the Cruiser world – low speeds, relaxed riding, long journeys and feet forward ergonomics – and the Ducati world, characterised by Italian style, refined engineering and unparalleled performance.
The XDiavel ensures the “low speed excitement” typical of a Cruiser and the adrenaline rush of sports riding that Ducati has made its own. That’s what the X in XDiavel stands for: the merging of two apparently separate, distant worlds on one bike, a superb combination where both are accomplished without compromise. With the numbers 5,000, 60, and 40, these three values serve to sum up the XDiavel concept.
5,000 as in the rpm at which the twin-cylinder engine achieves maximum torque (13.1 kgm). Extremely low revs for a Ducati engine but perfect for a Cruiser. Moreover, at 2,100 rpm the XDiavel power unit already ensures a torque of over 10 kgm, with an extremely flat curve all the way to the rev-limiter. Yet the engine remains a Ducati engine through and through, with a maximum power of 156 hp and thrilling performance across the rev range.
To obtain that performance Ducati engineers pushed the Testastretta engine through its ultimate development phase to create the Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262. Increased engine displacement, together with the DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) system, results in delivery of full yet fluid torque at low revs, but ensures sports bike performance when the throttle is twisted wide open. Moreover, the design work on the Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 has been meticulous: for example, relocation of the water pump inside the intra-cylinder V means the cooling system pipes are no longer visible on the left.
60, as in the number of different ergonomic configurations for the rider. The XDiavel provides vast scope for personalisation thanks to 4 different footrest positions, 5 different seats and three different handlebars. Furthermore the passenger has the option to choose between a regular seat and a comfort seat with backrest, both as standard equipment. All this, then, because comfortable riding means full “low speed excitement”.
Lastly, 40, as in the maximum attainable lean angle. The XDiavel is a Ducati and as such ensures dynamic performance and the thrill of a sports bike, but only when you really want to push it to the limit. Frame, suspension, brakes and the chassis set-up have been designed to maximise sports-style riding fun, but without compromising on the comfort and easy handling that are essential when exploring the highways at a more relaxed pace.
The XDiavel is also the first Ducati to use belt-type final transmission. A must within the Cruiser world, this system has been developed for the XDiavel by Ducati engineers to ensure reliable, secure transmission of the power provided by the Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262. Belt drive offers the advantages of more silent running, cleanliness, reduced maintenance and the fluid throttle response one wants from a Cruiser.
Design and technology merge again on the Full LED light assemblies, which play a key role in the styling of the XDiavel. Like all latest-generation Ducati bikes the XDiavel features the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which dynamically measures pitch and roll angles plus the speed of relative variations in attitude, thus raising performance and safety standards even further. This system, together with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS, Cruise Control and the innovative Ducati Power Launch (DPL) make the XDiavel a technological gem offering high performance and, above all, safety.
Available also as an S version, the XDiavel features a black-only colour scheme (on the S version the matt black becomes gloss). The bike also has the innovative DRL (Daytime Running Light) at the front, forks with DLC coating, Brembo M50 front brake callipers, a special seat and parts with machine-finished highlights. These include eye-catching alloy wheels and aluminium engine belt covers, given even greater allure thanks to the gloss black paintwork. With this, on-the-road (OTR) retail price of the Ducati XDiavel without insurance with 6% GST is RM135,999.
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