Ducati has announced additions and changes in its 2017 lineup. The big news out of Bolgona is the reintroduction of the SuperSport, but those weren’t the only happenings revealed at Intermot. Aside from the all-new SuperSport, we’re seeing some important updates to the 1299 Panigale, and Multistrada, as well as a couple noteworthy facts about the XDiavel and Monster 821. Things can get pretty flustered at these big international motorcycle shows, so to help you wade through the information, we’ll hit you with the Fast Facts.1. After ten years, a new Ducati SuperSport is born. It’s been just about a decade since the SuperSport was last seen gracing Ducati showrooms. That’s all changing in 2017, and while we’d love to tell you all about it in this story, we have 11 Fast Facts dedicated to the subject.
2. The Ducati Multistrada 1200 will have a new air intake for 2017. While not a major update, this could have some serious performance ramifications. The Multistrada 1200 is also receiving what Ducati literature describes as “new engine settings” intended to optimize mid-range performance.3. The Multistrada 1200 S gets a new paint job. In the coming year, we’re going to be seeing a new flavor of the Multi 1200 S, and that will be the Volcano Grey color scheme. Sadly, Ducati hasn’t provided any studio shots, but we assume it to be representative of both volcanoes and the color grey.4. Updated DTC and DWC are coming to the Ducati 1299 Panigale. The 1299 Panigale is quite the beast, and Ducati has improved on initiatives to keep it in check. The newly introduced EVO versions of Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Wheelie Control are actually hand-me-downs from the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario that was recently released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ducati as a brand, and the changes appear to be on a programming level. Ducati literature states, “The new DTC and DWC EVO act according to a brand new algorithm which enables each to intervene faster and with great precision.” With greater precision, comes the potential for safety, so that’s an important update.5. There’s a not-so-bold new color for the 2017 Ducati Monster 821. We first saw the Monster 821 come onto the scene in 2014, and since then it has been another worthy addition the iconic Monster line. In 2017, we’re going to see the Monster 821 available in Dust Grey.6. The Monster 821, Diavel, and Diavel Carbon now comply with Euro 4 standards. It’s all about European emissions rules in 2017, and with all of the penalties that have been hitting auto and motorcycle manufacturers, it comes as no shock that Ducati want to make the brand’s Euro 4 compliance widely known.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.