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Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso may have been quickest out the box at Qatar, yet the fastest man at the end of the first track action at Losail International Circuit was Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales, with the Spaniard continuing his blistering pace pre-season testing.
With 67% humidity and a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius greeting the grid on Day 1, the riders had just a single practice session on Thursday at the Grand Prix of Qatar due to the altered timetable, but this was enough for the Viñalesto relegate Repsol Honda Team’s reigning Champion Marc Marquez to second, 0.596 off P1.
Viñales’ stunning chart topper of a lap was a 1:54.316 on a new tyre – only four tenths off the pole lap record set by then-rookie Jorge Lorenzo on his MotoGP debut in 2008, making a record-breaking weekend...
This is my second RX-7V and I have nothing but praise for it.
This is my sole lid, and it’s the exact same helmet that you see top racers such as Pedrosa, Crutchlow, Vinales and Rea wearing each weekend.
I love this helmet and with good reason too – it’s truly all-day comfortable, and the non-itch lining does a good job of keeping my scalp dry and sweat free. Its performed faultlessly on a three-day trackday at Jerez and the brilliant combination of powerful and effective visor vents and Pinlock means you’ll never suffer with misting, and the retractable chin spoiler is a neat, well-thought out touch.
This lid features Arai’s new visor change mechanism, which is far easier to master than the old system, and I know this lid will look after me in the worst case scenario – I threw my...
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“I love BSB for the sheer enjoyment of watching close racing. There are a handful of riders who are capable of fighting for a win, and there will be five or six riders who will win at least one race, but Shakey Byrne will start as the title favourite for many. He’s experienced, the bike is quick and the PBM team is experienced and proven.
“However, Leon Haslam will also be there. He ran Shakey close last year, and may even have won the title if it wasn’t for the technical gremlins which plagued his season. He’s fit, he has a point to prove and...
1) A 749S Ducati gets mullered on the straights
2) But claws the lost time back in the corners
3) The track takes about two hours to dry
4) A 2008/2009 Blade can still hold its own against the very newest Panigales, ZX10s, S1000RRs
5) Turn 5 can be taken in fourth...may be even fifth
6) Duct tape is THE essential garage accessory – it can fix almost everything
7) It's not prudent to take a bike on track that's not been checked for three years
8) Half a second matters to grown men – it's enough to make them cry
9) A&P Plant stickers are rarer than rocking horse shit...proper factory
10) Six bricks is the hourly rate for brickies in the Telford area
It’s the first session of the fast group and the sky around Jerez deep in rural Spain is reverberating to the sound of bikes being ridden hard. We’re waiting in the paddock for the call to form up in the pitlane, a ragtag army of first timers, road riders, commuters, Sunday scratchers, hardened European veterans and trackday addicts.
The circuit is 2.75 miles of gloriously fast straights, late apex technical twists and turns, and its 13 corners demand respect. MotoGP and WSBK both race here, and this is the track of choice for teams from both series for pre-season testing.
Soon a deep feral roar enters the paddock and pulls up. It’s a brand new Yamaha R1 and its owner has run on in Turn One and binned it in the kitty litter. Pretty soon the fast group’s first session is over and the...
Roads ace Ivan Lintin, 31, from Bardney in Lincolnshire, has bikes running through his blood.
He cut his teeth competing in speedway and sand racing before switching to the British Supermoto Championship at 19. It was a baptism of fire, and in his first season the young Lintin broke his collarbone three times.
After a period of recovery, 2006 saw Lintin turn his attention to circuit racing, and he won his first race after just two races, eventually finishing second in one championship, and third in another.
The following season saw him win his first pure road race championship – the Irish 250cc - 400cc support class – and that led to him signing for a factory supported team, RC Express Racing, where he competes on the national and international road racing circuit.
He won his first...
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales completed his royal flush of incredible preseason form by the end of the Qatar test, topping the time sheets once again on the final day of testing.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was the closest challenger after also having gone quickest on Day 1, with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completing the top three on Day 3.
Viñales’ quickest was a 1:54.330 – the fastest lap on Day 3 and overall – leading ‘Desmo Dovi’ by just 0.071 on the final day. The gap back to Pedrosa was smaller again, 0.068, with P4 closer still and only 0.050 in arrears. The man in P4 was new Ducati factory pilot Jorge Lorenzo.
After the Borgo Panigale factory unveiled its radical new aero package on day two, which was first tested by Andrea Dovizioso, it was Lorenzo’s turn on the third and...
Ducati has debuted its new-look aero fairing during the second day of MotoGP testing at Losail.
Both Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso have tested the design, finishing eighth and 13th quickest.
Similar in appearance to a whale shark, the new fairing is Ducati’s attempt to replicate its wing aero package in a design which complies with the new regulations.
Speaking after the second day of testing, Dovizioso said. "In the evening I did a couple of exits with the new fairing, and in my opinion our engineers have done a great job because it wasn't easy to create a certain aerodynamic downforce without using the winglets.
"Now we are weighing up the pros and cons of the design before we take a decision and also work out the tracks where this solution can give the biggest advantages."
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea continued his perfect start to the 2017 WSBK campaign by taking his second win of the weekend today, and his fourth in succession.
After taking pole position and the first race win at the Chang International Circuit, Rea had to make two race starts today, just like his peer group. In the only race finish that mattered the Ulsterman stayed at the front and scored his fourth win in a row, giving him a perfect score of 100 points so far and a championship lead of 30 over Ducati's Chaz Davies.
Rea said: “This is the best start to a season ever in my career. It is important to maximise these points when we can because it is how I built my championships in the past. When we can win, make sure we win, and then we can try and consolidate. These four victories are...
Defending champion Jonathan Rea secured his third race win in succession on the ZX-10RR this season after a front-running display from pole position at the Chang International Circuit.
From the very beginning of the first Thai race, in the full heat of the afternoon, Superpole winner Rea was in determined mood, making a clear gap after just one lap of the 4.554km circuit. He eventually finished the 6.279 seconds clear of Ducati's Chaz Davies who crossed the line in second.
Rea also set a new lap record to add to his new track best from Superpole 2. He reduced the lap record to 1’33.436 on lap five and in Superpole he had made a 1’32.957 - on race tyres - as there were no qualifying tyres available at this round.
Rea said: “I did not know what my pace would be. I know it was...
Top Gun Maverick Viñales was second on the first day of the #QatarTest, but the fastest man in Valencia, Sepang and Phillip Island struck back in style to top the timesheets on Day 2 – edging Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi with a lap quicker than Andrea Dovizioso's Friday best. The 2016 Silverstone winner did a best of 1:54.455 after 49 laps, with a much-improved Rossi 0.277 in arrears. The nine-time World Champion also crashed on Day 2; suffering ‘holes to his fingers’.
Despite the timesheets being dominated by blue, it was Ducati's new "aero-fairing" that stole the headlines – with a drastic new design unveiled in the latter stages of the second day on track. Similar in appearance to a whale shark, with wide mouth and open gills to the side, it was Andrea Dovizioso...
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso took first blood as the third and final preseason test got underway at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, setting the fastest lap of the night and quicker than new teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2016 race lap record.
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the top three.
There were a number of high profile crashers – including reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda, Pol Espargaro on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing RC16 and Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki – and a Red Flag late in the session following a number of falls in succession at Turn 2.
At the front was ‘DesmoDovi’, who has been on the podium at Losail for the last two years and set a best lap of 1:54.819 to get under the race lap record of 1:54.927. The Italian put in...
Winter and the cold weather are beginning to loosen their grip and unless you are the type of person that enjoys winter bike trips and rallies, the chances are that your bike has been snoozing the time away on a bike stand in the garage. No problem though: those night-time trips to the garage to lift the bike cover and make sure that everything is alright are about to come to an end.
If you have followed the rules for proper winter garaging, all you need to do now to get back on the road is to take care of a few basic but important things.
Tyres: The tyres are two of the most important components of your motorcycle and if they are in excellent condition your trips will also be excellent. However, if you overlook tyre pressure and wear checks, your trips will soon become a...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea celebrated his 39th and 40th career WSBK wins after winning both races from the season opener at Phillip Island.
Rea claimed pole, and in a dramatic race, the defending champion was part of the leading pack of seven riders which saw the lead change hands almost every lap until tyre wear and performance came into play in the closing stages.
The final lap saw Rea in a scintillating battle with Ducati’s Chaz Davies, with the Ulsterman taking the flag by the narrowest of margins.
The second Phillip Island race saw a small piece of history being made on two main fronts. Firstly, race one front row winner Rea, second placed man Davies and third placed Tom Sykes had to start Race Two from the third row under the new championship regulations – Sykes took over seventh...
Michael Dunlop is set to race the all-new GSX-R1000 in 2017, with the 13-time Isle of Man TT winner signing for the new-look Bennetts Suzuki team for the forthcoming season.
Dunlop will race the new machine at the TT, the North West 200, the Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix road races, as well as contesting the opening round of the BSB championship at Donington Park in April.
The 2016 Superbike and Senior TT winner and current out-right lap-record holder has already tested the bike at shakedown test at the team’s Mallory Park, and heads to Spain for more tests at Cartagena and Almeria.
Dunlop said: “I was chatting with team manager Steve Hicken for a while, and obviously we’ve worked together a lot before. With the new bike coming it’s been a bit different and we had to gather...
New kid on the Yamaha block Maverick Viñales has done it again at Phillip Island, going even faster on Day 3 to top the timesheets once more.
Fastest on Day 2 and fastest during testing at Sepang and Valencia, the Spaniard has hit the ground running on the Factory Yamaha – ending the Australia test ahead of the Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in second and Dani Pedrosa in third.
Viñales put in a 1:28.549 early in his impressive day’s work; a time unthreatened until the final flag. Completing 101 laps and able to put in 1:28 laps in a row, the Spaniard also managed to rake in the laptimes in the 1:29 bracket in another ominous show of form.
His teammate – nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi – ended Day 3 in P11 and 0.921s in arrears. The “Doctor” did a best of 1:29.470 in the third...
The second official MotoGP test of 2017 saw blue skies greet the riders at Phillip Island, and by the end of Day One Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez topped the timesheets, with the Spaniard posting a 1:29.497 lap.
Marquez spent the day working with the engine specification chosen in Sepang alongside teammate Dani Pedrosa, and the reigning Champion put in 68 laps and set his best on his 53rd. Pedrosa, who spent most of the day in P4 before a late charge from some others in the top ten, ended the first session in seventh on a 1:30.281, after 55 laps.
The Factory Yamaha squad held second on the timesheets for most of the latter part of Day 1, first with Maverick Viñales and later with Valentino Rossi, with the Italian finishing the day in P2 on a 1:29.683. The rider from Tavullia also...
Guy Martin has joined Team Mugen for the 2017 Isle of Man TT Zero race.
The Lincolnshire maverick will partner up with 23-time TT winner John McGuinness, his teammate in the Factory Honda road racing outfit, and replaces last year’s TT Zero race winner Bruce Anstey.
Both John McGuinness and Guy Martin will fly out to Tokyo in April to check out the bike and get it set-up.
Team Mugen wants to smash the TT Zero lap record and break the 120mph barrier, and with martin looking to land his maiden TT win,this could possibly his best chance of that.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin might share the name and its styling DNA with the original 57bhp Honda XRV650 of 1988, but the reality is that the new bike is a completely different animal.
There are two versions – one with Honda’s DCT automatic gearbox, complete with 80 mode settings controlling everything from traction control and power delivery to levels of gear selection and hill control. The second, the more basic manual version, costs some £1,000 less.
The bike we’re testing today is the no-frills manual, and initial impressions are positive; it’s a well finished bike. The attention to detail is superb, and Honda has obviously spent a lot of time getting the rugged off-road looks ‘just so’.
Both bikes use same CRF450 Rally bike inspired frame design and that fluid, linear twin...
Honda’s WSBK assault has got wings this season, with the Red Bull backed Ten Kate team unveiling its 2017 livery.
This is the first time that Red Bull has been a title sponsor in the series, and with the new Fireblade beneath riders Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl, the team looks capable of taking a podium or even a win.
Former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden. “I’m really glad to get back together with Red Bull, who I have represented in the past, and it’s a great opportunity for me. We have to focus now on the job ahead and work as hard as we can in order to be ready for the season opener. The level of the competition is higher than ever and we have a big job ahead of us, but everybody is really motivated and I cannot wait to get started.”
Joining Hayden in the garage is former Moto2...
“This season promises to be a classic. Last year, the class was dominated by the best rider on the best bike. Johnny Rea was a class above his rivals, and he had a bike under him that matched his talent, even if there were a few issues with the gearbox.
“This year the already-strong Kawasaki has been upgraded, and I expectit to be leading from the front again. He’s fast, consistent and doesn’t make many mistakes.
“But he won’t have it all own way, and Chaz Davies finished the second half of last season in the form of his life. He’s kept the momentum going into testing and the Ducati Panigale R is a just gets better and better. His new team-mate Marco Melandri has also looked fast in testing, and I can’t wait to see how Chaz deals with the threat.”
“There’s also the news Honda...
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“I’m really excited about this season. Last year was the best season I can ever remember and we hand nine different race winners.
“Marquez played the long game and showed a maturity we’d not seen before, happy to take points instead of pushing hard for the win. This consistency saw him take the title, on a bike many claimed was ‘unrideable’, and he’s still the man to beat.
“Vinales has been the fastest man in pre-season testing and he’s adjusted quickly to the Yamaha. He’ll be oozing confidence, and it will be fascinating to see the...
Quick mooch around the Springfield Bike Show in Spalding at the weekend. Loved the Matchless, the tidy KR1S and the Suzuki SV650 in the MotoGP colours, courtesy of Wheels.
In fact Wheels were the only dealership exhibiting – shame really when you’ve got Ducati, Webbs, and Balderston on your doorstep. Same with clothing – Branded Biker was the only retailer there…
What was positive was the amount of people in the halls, the atmosphere and the number of bikes in the car park.
The fastest man to never win a TT has signed to race a new Fireblade for the Factory Honda outfit.
Martin was in talks with Neil Tuxworth to ride for Honda last year, with Honda desperate to see Martin on their machinery in 2016. Sources close to Martin revealed that the star was told he could name his price, but it isn't money that drives Martin and he told Tuxworth so. Instead of a fat pay cheque, Martin said he’d race for nothing, so long as he could race the RCV, the road-going version of Marc Marquez’s bike.
Tuxworth left and contacted HRC, but the answer from the Japanese factory was that a road racing RCV wasn’t a possibility. And thus the talks between Tuxworth and Martin broke down....
Norton is set to field two Aussie riders at the 2017 TT after attracting the signature of Aussie Josh Brookes to the factory team.
Brookes joins compatriot David Johnson, and both riders will compete on the all-new SG6, derived from the recently launched V4 SS road bike.
Brookes returns to the TT following a year racing in World Superbikes and is no stranger to the TT. He claimed fastest newcomer at the TT in 2013 finishing a best place of seventh in the 2014 Senior race with his fastest ever TT lap, a staggering 129.859mph, set in only his second year at the Island.
After a two-year absence on the challenging 37.73-mile Mountain Course, Brookes is looking to build on his TT success on the new 230bhp Norton.
Speaking from his home in Australia, Brookes said: “Firstly I want to come...
Guy Martin is making a shock return to the roads after signing a deal to ride the all-new Fireblade for Honda.
Honda had offered a ‘name your price’ contract last year, but the Lincolnshire maverick refused the offer, asking instead for a RCV213. Honda UK asked Japan but were unable to come to an agreement and the deal was dead in the water.
Or so we thought. Now it seems Guy has agreed terms to ride a 2017 Fireblade at the TT, although no details have been revealed about which team he’s riding for – the Honda TT Legends team or the Wilson Craig team.
And after sitting out last season altogether he’s got a point to prove.
KTM continued its Dakar Rally dominance with a 16th consecutive win and an all-KTM podium on Saturday (January 14) when Red Bull KTM factory racers Sam Sunderland of Great Britain and Matthias Walkner of Austria completed the 2017 event with a 1-2 finish, while Spain’s Gerard Farres Guell rounded out the top three.
It’s known as the toughest, most unpredictable race in the world, and Sunderland, who is the first British racer to win the Dakar in any category, went into the final 64 km timed special with a 33-minute advantage aboard his KTM.
Having led the race from stage 5, the 27-year-old held his nerve to take victory after almost 9,000 km travelled through Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina while battling with incredibly challenging conditions and difficult navigation.
Motor Sport Vision has added Donington Park to its portfolio after signing a deal to the Donington Park Estate for an initial 21-year period.
MSV, already owns Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Bedford Aerodrome, and the move could signal a huge investment programme in the Leicestershire track, building on the work of the Wheatcroft family who initially developed the circuit into an iconic British motorsport venue that has hosted F1 and MotoGP.
MSV currently holds the commercial and running rights for the British Superbike championship and the BRDC British Formula 3 championship, while Donington Park currently hosts the British round of the World Superbike championship as well as BSB and BTCC.
Triumph’s 2017 Street Triple has broken cover, and the new bike promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The big news is its 765cc engine, with the increase coming as a result of increases in the bore and stroke on the iconic three-cylinder motor, with Triumph using a new crank, pistons, and barrels in its construction.
Three versions will be available – S, R and RS.
The R and RS get a TFT dash and slipper clutch as standard, while the RS also quickshifter and premium components, including fully adjustable Showa big-piston forks, a Öhlins TTX 40 shock, Brembo M50 four-piston caliper brakes and five riding modes.
The Street Triple R gets four riding modes and features separate-function Showa big-piston forks, a Showa rear shock and Brembo M4.32 four-piston calipers.
Josh Brookes is making a spectacular return to the BSB grid this year gunning for a second title as he is reunited with Yamaha in Anvil Hire TAG Racing colours.
Brookes celebrated a debut MCE BSB title in 2015 claiming an incredible 13 wins and a further ten podium finishes in his title-winning campaign with Yamaha against arch rival Shane Byrne before moving to the World Championship.
However, a move to the WSBK paddock and a jump to BMW machinery saw the Australian struggle to gel with the S1000RR and he jumped at the chance to return to Yamaha.
Brookes said: “I am happy to be back in BSB; it is all really positive for me as I have probably raced more years in this championship than any other so it is my most familiar territory. I am looking forward to coming back, racing on the...
Irish road racer Lee Johnston will line up for Jackson Racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, with the diminutive Irishman riding Nicky Hayden’s 2016 WSBK Honda CBR1000RR.
The 27-year-old will ride the Ten Kate prepared Fireblade that carried the 2006 MotoGP world champion to a World Superbike Race win last season at Malaysia and fifth overall in the Championship, in the Superbike Senior TT Races.
He said: “I want to be back at the front again, winning races and I think this is the bike that can help me to do that. I had plenty of offers for this year and in the end it was all of the little things coming together that sealed the deal.
“We are getting help from Honda but with Alan and his team I can run my own choice of kit, bring some of my own people to work on the bikes and...
Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW has signed 29-year-old Peter Hickman for the 2017 roads and BSB season.
Lincolnshire lad Hickman will be riding alongside fellow Yellowbelly Lee Jackson, who will also be racing a Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR in BSB.
Hickman said: “I have another new challenge to look forward to again this season and I’m relishing it aboard the Smiths Racing BMW. All the dealings I’ve had with the team so far have been fantastic and they are very easy to work with. I know the BMW well having ridden it in the past and we’ve been promised the right support from the factory in Germany, which will make a difference. I’m pleased to be bringing my own crew into the team which is a massive bonus so I’m really looking forward to the season in both BSB and on the roads with...
Cadwell Park is a spectacular 2.2-mile circuit carved into the sides of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The ‘Mini-Nürgring may well be the narrowest track on the BSB calendar, but it’s also the most memorable – its striking mix of slow and fast corners, cambers, bumps and elevation changes produce sensational racing, while the Mountain sees the bikes getting massively airborne (google Jonny rea or Josh Brookes Cadwell).
The track’s unique character is what makes it so suited to rider training, and that’s why we hold our biannual Performance Plus days there – it’s very much like a road.
Improving your road skills on a track? Sounds mad doesn’t it? But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cadwell is the ideal place to improve your skills – there’s no roadside furniture, plenty of run off,...
Contributor Nathan Millward was living close by and needed a lift for four weeks while he was doing some work for RiDE. No problem I thought, I’ll take him on the back of a BMW S1000XR test bike on my commute. How difficult could it be?
I’d never had anyone on the back of any bike before, and I underestimated just what a difference it made to everything – brakes, acceleration, cornering, gear changes, comfort and practicality.
The first couple of trips were horrible – to accommodate Nathan I was forced to ride far closer to the tank than I normally would, and my legs and feet were cramped, so much so that I was struggling to use the pegs. Then there was the riding dynamic to deal with – Nathan holding on for dear life while I did my best to stop us clashing heads with every clumsily...
One of the most eagerly-awaited sportsbikes of recent years has finally broken cover – the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR.
Honda has released two versions, the Fireblade, and the SP.
The new Blade isn’t the revolution we were expecting, think of it more as an evolution designed to bring the bike back on an equal footing with its rivals, which means there’s no new engine configuration (V4), ground-breaking technology or mindblowing performance figures.
However, the bike has been radically overhauled – power is up by 11bhp to 190bhp and a massive 15kg has been lopped off the bike’s weight, and this has led to a 14% increase in the Honda CBR1000RR’s power-to-weight ratio. The engine itself is a relatively unworked version of the existing unit, and the power hike is as a result of a higher...
Meet the Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the latest word in desirable, two-wheeled exotica.
The bike is a limited edition version of Ducati’s superbike, and its engineers have gone to town breathing their magic on the bike – this is the lightest and most powerful, street-legal machine that the Borgo Panigale factory can produce.
The quest for lightness has been relentless and this bike uses a carbon fibre chassis (frame, swingarm, wheels, and bodywork) to make it as lights as possible – it weighs just 162kg wet.
Then there’s the Akrapovic race exhaust, which mirrors the system used on Chaz Davies’ WSBK winning bike.
In race trim the bike makes 220bhp, and this has been achieved through titanium valves, a crankshaft with tungsten inserts, and lighter con-rods.
Suspension is handled by...
The Ducati SuperSport is the bike Ducati hopes will cater to those looking for a sports-inspired bike while still having a machine which provides comfort and easy handling on everyday roads.
This is a bike which promises to be versatile and accessible, with the style and soul of a true Ducati thoroughbred – it proved to be very popular at Motorcycle live with many showgoers praising its ergonomics and comfort.
There are two versions to choose from – the SuperSport base model and a higher-spec SuperSport S model.
Both bikes use the 937cc, water-cooled, 113hp v-twin engine that’s found in the Ducati Hypermotard 939, and the steel trellis frame looks very similar to the one used on the current Monster line.
The styling apes that of the Panigale superbike, but this isn’t a sportsbike –...
An eclectic mix of funky retro and contemporary design, the Scrambler Desert Sled is the most ‘scrambler’ model in the Scrambler range.
The bike uses the same 803cc air-cooled Desmodue L-twin motor as the rest of the range, but it has a gold 19in front and 17in rear with both wearing Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR rubber.
The steel trellis frame has been strengthened to cope with off-road work, and the Desert Sled also has a bashplate and bear-claw footpegs with removable rubber inserts.
Up front there’s fully-adjustable 46KYB forks, while the rear is also fully-adjustable.
The 2017 Monster gets more power, concerning ABS and a new, sleeker tail and tank.
The new aesthetics bring the new bike ever closer to the original Monster in terms of looks, and there are three versions to choose from – the 1200, the 1200S and the R.
The entry-level 1200 sees the latest version of the Testastretta breathed on, and the engine now pumps out 150bhp at 9250rpm – a 25bhp boost over the outgoing model.
The 1200S receives upgraded Brembo M50 calipers and 330mm discs, fully adjustable Öhlins forks and rear monoschock, three Y-spoke wheels, a carbon front fender and LED front indicators.
The R has a further 10bhp to enjoy and a wider rear tyre.
All versions still sport Ducati’s comprehensive electronics package including cornering ABS and Ducati Wheelie Control.
Ducati’s new Multistrada 950 is the lighter, smaller touring bike in Ducati’s brilliant Multistrada range.
Featuring a 937cc Testastretta engine taken straight from the Ducati Hypermotard and putting out a claimed 113bhp and 71lb.ft of torque, the bike should have character in spades.
The styling combines elements from the Multistrada 1200 and 1200 Enduro, but with seat height of 840mm, there’s nothing small about this bike.
It’s a proper Multistrada bitsa – the front is from the Multistrada 1200 front-end, as is the adjustable screen and fuel tank, while the seat, passenger seat, rear grab rail and exhaust and swingarm are all taken from the Multistrada Enduro.
There’s also a set of alloy wheels – 17in front and a 19in rear – 48m upsidedown Kayaba front forks and Brembo Monobloc...
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