Ducati Mega-Monster Spy Shots

06/29/2010 @ 6:16 am, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS

MotoBlog.it has snagged some spy shots of the rumored Ducati power cruiser, or Mega-Monster as it’s now being called in the press (the Ducati Vyper nomenclature has seemingly been dropped). Aimed to take on Yamaha V-Max and it’s crew, the Mega-Monster is a big step for Ducati in tackling new market segments.

Taking a page from the Multistrada 1200 campaign, which saw a plethora of “leaked” images, we don’t really know if you can call these photos true “spy shots”. As with that release, these photos are clearly being staged by Ducati PR people, and then being leaked to motorcycle magazines.

With each rider clearly wearing Ducati apparel, the dots are being connected for us as we can see that the Bologna brand has indeed been working on a cruiser-styled bike, despite saying the project was canned last year. Photos and more after the jump.

Another sign that Ducati PR is at work is the fact we can really only see one angle of the bike in these photos. As with the Multistrada 1200 campaign, we seemed set to see a dribbling of these kind of pictures over the summer and fall, right up-until the bike’s expected launch at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan.

Despite how the pictures came to be, we can still see some details of the Italian power cruiser. The Mega-Monster is showing a huge rear-end that accommodates a 200+ sized rear tire, which is mounted to a single-sided swingarm. A Streetfighter-styled shotgun exhaust can also be seen, as well as your standard Ducati trellis frame. Radially-mounted front brakes, and dual-LEDs finish out the touches of the bike that we can gleen from these photos (post up in the comments if you see something we’ve missed).┬áStay tuned Ducatisti, you’re world has just been turned upside-down.

Source: MotoBlog.it

  • joe

    New Ducati Indiana. LAME!

  • The above Ducati has similar styling cues to the Vun Duu, which is apparently popular in Europe.

    “diluting the brand” or whatever some Ducati fans are worried about? I don’t think so if they sell a bunch that helps them develop their core product even better.

    An example of diluting a brand would be the Shelby Ford Explorer. (which did not get far, fortunately).

  • MonsterAti

    From a company that’s had to compete with the deep pockets of Yamaha and Honda, and as a true Ducatisti, I see nothin’ wrong with branching out from they’re norm. Just as long as they remember why they [Ducati] are here… To race.

  • joe

    I’m all for branching out from the norm, but I’d rather see a street legal supermono. These are just my opinions. The overpriced cruiser market seems to be well covered already, and the Indiana was lame.

  • fazer6

    @ MonsterAti, Ducati is here to sell bikes and make money for their investors.
    Racing has sometimes helped them do that.
    You’re deluded if you think otherwise.

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  • Brandon

    Hey I don’t know if you guys saw it but the under tail has two grooves down the middle. It makes me think that the side exhaust is a disguise and the production bike will really wear an undertail exhaust system.

  • Hayabrusa

    I sure am glad SOME manufacturers are ‘stretching the envelope’ (ie. Ducati, BMW, even Triumph) rather than hiding out during tough times (can you say ‘Suzuki’ anyone?!!) Just goes to show the Europeans have a grip on reality! The reality being, of course, that the market wansts (and needs) new, exciting, and fresh ideas to keep it humming along!

  • aaron

    uhh, yeah. welcome to 200x (whenever the 1098 came out)

    DEAR FIM: ducati wishes to race motorcycles that blah blah blah our production bikes. as we are discontinuing our 999cc bike, please let us race our new engine… or maybe one a hundred cc bigger.

    flash forvard to tomorrow… ducati launch the new 1300cc plus vyper at the same time the 1200cc bike is considered uncompetitive against the fours. wonder just how hard it will be to fit into a superbike frame? wonder how long it takes management to decide that 2 similar motors is just too expensive when they could easily survive with only half the tooling and inventory? I wonder how many douche-catista’s could live with themselves knowing they only had 1198cc?

    jeez… oh well, nobody ever thought less of porsche for the truck and family sedan, right?


  • Sam

    I’m drooling already…

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  • SquireSCA

    I think it is a great idea, this cruiser. I am sure that a lot of the Beemer purists thought that creating a bike like the S1000rr, something that wasn’t ugly, quirky or goofy and that people would actually buy, was a huge mistake for following the Japanese and “getting away from their roots”. Of course, the bike is amazing and is taking the market, and racetrack, by storm.

    Even the Multistrada was a deviation from the typical Ducati, back in the day.

    This is good, to create something outside the box. The strength of a company is not in their ability to stay focused on the past or status quo, it is in their ability to retain their core, while pushing the envelope and reinventing themselves and still being successful.

  • Sean Mitchell

    This is the equivalent of Ferrari building some pathetic retro styled muscle car to go up against the new Mustangs and Camaros. The redneck hillbillies who are interested in power cruisers didn’t even buy enough of the new VMAX’s to make them a hit, so why are they going to buy a more expensive Italian version?
    Sigh…don’t know whether to keep my 848 as a relic of the company before they absolutely lost their minds, or sell it in protest.

  • Hayabrusa

    Sean –

    Yeah, but the V-max SUCKS!! Who in their right mind will spend 20k on a Jap bike (of any kind!)? Having said that, it appears my sentiment is the same as everyone elses – shown by lack of V-max sales. Will I spend 20k on something Italian – you bet, as soon as MY economy improves!!

  • hybrid promoter

    Haven’t any of you “racing” guys ever wanted the best of both worlds. A cruiser and a crotch rocket. Sure, you can go buy one of each, but this market is just starting to be tapped.
    Unfortunately, poor marketing and bad design choices are not helping it.
    After 100 years, Harley finally did something right with the VROD, and now that they have introduced the Night Rod Special and Muscle, sales have increased. “Traditional” guys are slooooooowly getting with the program with new and improved technology.
    And the VMAX does suck. It’s ugly and overpriced.
    The M109, too big and bulky.
    The Honda Warrior, a joke.

    This Vyper/Mega Monster, I think it looks great.
    And for the racing fanatics, are we forgetting about drag racing?
    It’s an untapped market for Ducati and you “Traditional” guys need to embrace change and technology to help Ducati grow and stay competitive.
    It may not be the fastest ducati and appeal to all ducati supporters, but this bike is a winner in my book.

  • GeddyT

    Does this really surprise anyone? I mean, Ducati is second only to Harley in selling image/”lifestyle” first and bikes second. They are (by a million miles) the second best “brand” in motorcycling. It was only a matter of time before they put two and two together: the biggest group of riding posers (cruiser riders) and the biggest force in sportbike poser marketing (Ducati).

    You want proof? Look up a couple post to the person saying they wouldn’t be caught dead spending 20K on a Japanese bike, but would happily do so for a Ducati because it’s Italian. So, what, because a Japanese company wouldn’t be stupid enough to build a bike with a rear brake reservoir 2mm from a hot exhaust pipe (749S), or build a bike that leaks oil past the cam seals (MTS1100), or be about five years late to the party with an automatic fast idle circuit (same 749S), it must build a valuable bike?

    The two Ducatis I’ve owned (still own one), if I’m honest, have been more trouble than they’re worth. Both overheat a lot more than zero (my record with Japanese bikes), both stall for no reason a LOT more than zero (ditto), and even when I rode my friend’s brand new 1198 a couple of weekends ago I noticed that Ducati STILL isn’t making a bike that’s fueled worth a damn under 5000rpm and doesn’t radiate center of the sun levels of heat. He bought the bike without even test-riding the Japanese (or German or Austrian) competition. He bought it because he HAD to have a Ducati. Because it’s Italian. And, I mean, he already had the matching shirt, right?

    Yup, Ducati’s only mistake here that I see is that they waited so long to take this super logical step into cruiserdom.

  • Fey

    I think, Yamaha V Max is better!!

  • unclewill

    With a tire that wide, who needs a kickstand?

  • Dever

    @ aaron If you had any idea of what you were talking about, maybe you wouldn’t come off as the shallow, pathetic, asswipe you seem to be. The Japanese are the ones who cried to the FIM get the rules to favor the boring, dime-a-dozen, in line fours. The twins must run a restrictor plate which effectively chokes the engine. If the restrictor plate rule was gone you would be singing a different tune,

    @ GeddyT Obviously, you’re a just a dumbass, Another of the simple minded idiots who buy rcer replica bikes to ride around downtown at 30 mph in bumper to bumper traffic and then whine because it overheats. Go buy a GSXR1000, all the other queers are.