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Ducati’s online Scrambler Hashtag

In a world first, Ducati will sell a new model called the Scrambler Hashtag online only, not through dealerships. The model is quaintly called the Scrambler Hashtag and is obviously aimed at millennials who are more at home with shopping online than in dealerships. Scrambler Hashtag will be available from …

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Ducati set to recall Brembo bikes

Ducati Australia is set to join the global recall of faulty Brembo front brake master cylinders after confirming it has sent a recall notice to the Department of Infrastructure. It typically takes several days before the official notice is posted and Ducati Australia has not confirmed which bikes are affected. However, …

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Ducati pins hopes on new models

Ducati has recorded its eighth consecutive sales record year, but the growth rate is slowing alarmingly and the brand is pinning its hopes on some new and unique models. In 2017, Ducati recorded just 0.7% increase worldwide from 55,451 to 55,871. Any company would be happy with a positive result in …

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Motorcycle predictions for 2018

While 2017 was a rollercoaster year for motorcycles, our predictions for 2018 are much more positive. But let’s start with a quick recap on the rollercoaster ride in motorcycling during 2017. Good and the bad of 2017 For the first time since the GFC, motorcycle sales were down for three …

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Ducati World to open in theme park

Ducati is following in the footsteps of fellow Italian automotive company Ferrari with plans to open Ducati World inside a theme park in 2019. Ducati World will be located at the Mirabilandia amusement park on the east coast of Italy just 100km from their factory and museum at Borgo Panigale …

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Do carbon wheels match hype?

There is a lot of hype about carbon wheels improving handling and braking, but do they really live up to that hype? I’ve ridden many bikes with carbon wheels, but never been able to compare them back-to-back to a bike with heavier standard wheels. Until now. South African carbon manufacturer …

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Benelli unveils Ducati doppelganger models

Chinese-made and former Italian brand Benelli has introduced a range of new models that seem to be Ducati doppelganger models. It’s not unknown that Chinese manufacturers copy the intellectual property of other manufacturers, but Benelli has not been so blatant in the past. Doppelganger models The new 402S looks like …

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Ducati adds midsize Panigale 959 Corse

The 2018 Ducati 959 Corse is designed as a midsize track-day bike that you can ride on the road. The Corse version features a titanium Akarpovic exhaust, Ohlins suspension, lightweight lithium battery, MotoGP livery and a suite of electronic rider aids. It arrives in Australia in late April with pricing …

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Smoked Garage strutting its Ducati stuff

Smoked Garage is now strutting its latest big-build, a 2015 Ducati 848 Streetfighter with a show-stopping strut-supported tank so you can lift it to access the electronics. Marketing manager Benny Selboskar says the SG-848X (SG stands for Smoked Garage) took 12 workers nine months to complete at their Bali facility. …

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