No, don’t get deceived by the cover picture. Our intention is to cover the two great brands as a whole. One is Italian marquee, and the other brand comes from the land of sushi.
All the four founders Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno Cavalieri Ducati would have been delighted today to see such beautiful handmade craftsmanship.
L to R Adriano, Bruno and Marcello, Pic Source: Bikesrepublic
Every last one of them is built by hand in Italy. However, now they do have assembly lines in Brazil and Thailand.
To name a few, there are celebrities Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Alanis Morissette who are active owners and riders of Ducati.
Now, what’s so special about Ducati?
We will take a sneak peek.
Ducati engines are robust and reliable, and some riders have claimed 83k miles (133575 km) on there Ducati’s.
Source: Ducati Forums
While others have claimed more than 83k miles.
Source: Ducati Forums
The engine gets a V shape configuration stacked with four cylinders allowed to share common crankshaft.
Superleggera V4 engine
Unlike any other engine, V4 engines are rare as the cost involved to make are very high.
With the Ducati’s V4 architecture in place, Ducati won’t shy away from pushing it in there multiple segments. And we do see it in the upcoming high-end enduro Multistrada V4.
Who knows Ducati may want to push the V4 engines in there another segment like the upcoming naked Monster.
Meticulous technology and design
The Paul Smart 1000 LE is a bike was built with 92 hp to pay respect to Paul Smart’s win at the Imola 200 race in 1972.
Pic Source: Wikipedia
And then before few years who would have thought about the naked having a raw power of more than 200 hp.
It is jaw-dropping to see the new Joker inspired Streetfighter V4 and V4S getting few aerodynamic components to minimize the downforce when the bike is at high speed.
Ducati claims the 28 kgs downforce is minimized at 270 kph and it is enormous.
While we have not touched every other finer points. We feel these two points are enough to show how Ducati has positioned itself in one of the most exquisite motorcycle brands on the planet.
And here is the current lineup of Ducati. However, there are apparent questions if Ducati wants to build the motorcycles below 600cc.
The current lineup of Ducati
As for the 600cc segment, we definitely see sells getting plummeted
How about a 250cc to 350cc?Well, time will tell.
The motorcycle enthusiasts went gaga when they saw Tesi H2 displayed at the last EICMA.
Without any fuss, the handcrafted Tesi H2 was showcased. Before its unveiling, the only information everyone had was about the Kawasaki and Bimota coming together.
Rest all the information was concisely wrapped.
Last we heard Bimota was carrying tests on there Tesi H2 before it comes with the dealers.
While the Tesi H2 comes in limited copies, Bimota and Kawasaki must have also thought on where should they position the Tesi H2.
Reason being Kawasaki already has H2 and H2R. While H2R isn’t road legal.
Focus on the small segment, high end naked and electric
On the other hand, Kawasaki’s mini giant ZX-25r will again prove the game-changer. The ZX-25r comes stacked with inline 4 and comes with power above 42 ps.
And we did say in January 2020. Kawasaki may think about getting a stripped ZX-25r. Ambitious, isn’t it. However, chances are it will open a new market for Kawasaki.
Remember the last letter ‘Z’. Yes, the supercharger ZH2 with 197 horses may well compete with MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro and Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4S.
Not by power as MV Agusta Brutale Serio and Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4S come with 212 hp and 208 hp respectively.
Here we are talking about high-end supernakeds. In future power can always be upgraded; however, the need of the time was a presence in this segment.
There has been a lot of talks on the exciting electric project. And Kawasaki had released few videos in the past.
We are unsure about the timeline. However, the start of the project well could mean something will arrive in future.
Above are a few good reasons and they show both motorcycle brands are innovative as well as top game-changers. And then they rank among Top 10 in the list. (Source: Safeturn).