Of all the major motorcycle manufacturers, Ducati have one of the most exciting model line-ups for 2015 and at the Motorcycle Live 2014 show at the NEC in Birmingham this week, Bike Social got up close to the 1299 Panigale S, Multistrada 1200 and the heavily-marketed Scrambler range with Ducati UK's PR Manager, Alan Jones, as our guide.
1299 Panigale S: looks very similar to the 1199 Panigale but has a redesigned front fairing, screen and tail unit. It also joins the 200+bhp club, 205 bhp to be precise, up 10 on the previous version. Other new features include semi-active suspension, wheelie control, traction control and engine braking control. Jones tells us the bike will be available in the UK in March 2015 at £20,795 for the S model.
Multistrada 1200: redesigned front end, narrower and adjustable seat (with a further low seat option), redesigned panniers, new switchgear which includes cruise control. Its also got traction crontorl with corenring abs and connectivity on the screen with your smart phone (S model only). The main new feature is the all- new DVT engine is far smoother, economic and an extra 10bhp. Available from March and at £15,995 for the S model.
The Scrambler is a completely new model and very much a contemporary version of the original 60's/70's model. The Icon will be available in February for £6,895.
According to Jones, the other three versions, Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Trottle are coming "a couple of months later". They are "all about lifestyle, enjoyment, personalisation and being an individual. Seats, wheels, exhausts are all interchangable", says Jones.
Which of the Scramblers woud you choose? Opinion is split here at Bike Social HQ! or !