New Ducati Learner Model Coming to Australia?

03/18/2011 @ 10:27 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

News coming from our good friends at Ducati News Today, tell us that according to one Australian dealer, Ducati is set to debut a small-displacement learner motorcycle that would adhere to Australia’s Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS). Fraiser Motorcycles is stating that Australia will get the new model in the coming months, and good money says that the bike is a modified Monster 696.

Whether that machine will have a smaller bore or shorter stroke is up for debate, but we imagine whichever is cheapest to produce will likely dictate the answer. Also expect to see some sort of deliberate power reduction used in the design, as Australia’s LAMS calls for a 201hp/metric ton horsepower-to-weight ratio.

While our brothers in v-twins Down Under will finally be able to buy a Bologna bullet motorcycle as their first bike, something us Americans take for granted as we wheel new Ducati Superbike 1198 out the front door of a dealer (usually to binning the motorcycle about 3 blocks down the street), we can’t help but hope here at Asphalt & Rubber that Ducati eventually comes wise to the idea that a small learner bike can have worldwide appeal, and if done right appeal to more than new riders.

While the KTM 125 Duke is likely too small of a machine to appeal in the United States (the same goes for the Aprilia RS4 125, which actually is coming the American soil), a 250-500cc version of either bike could be equally massive fun for beginning riders looking for their first taste of the motorcycle culture, as well as for veteran riders looking for a second street bike for around-town/hooligan purposes. We can dream, right?

Source: Ducati News Today

  • Josh

    Very cool. The current 696 as it stands is actually an excellent learner motorcycle imho. Just got a wee monster for the Mrs. (who isn’t new to bikes) and was surprised just how friendly it is.

  • BBQdog

    Well, after having been bombarded with 1200cc ‘ big new fat Ducati news’ for the last weeks I am very curious what Ducati means with ‘ a small-displacement learner motorcycle’. As the idea might have been degenerated over the years this might as well be another 200kg and 65bhp bike. I still have the hopes they will create a newer and more compact version of there smaller V-twins, just like those nimble but badly constructed and ill-fated Aprilia V-twins.

  • 2ndclass

    A return of the Monster 400 perhaps?

  • Sean in Oz

    Ducati are NOT going to make significant changes just to sell a couple of hundred motorcycles in oz. It’ll be a 696 monster with some basic alterations to meet the LAMS regs. They did this previously with the 620 monster. Frasers are probably eyeing the number of 250 ninja’s sold, however they sell because they are cheap and sportbike looking and Ducati have nothing equivalent.

  • Sean in Oz

    … and given the choice between a detuned 696Monster and a VTR250, id take the cheaper, lighter, ultra reliable Honda monster lookalike.

  • 2ndclass

    They will need to make changes to the engines, otherwise the only state in which new riders will be able to legally ride one if it’s merely using a throttle restrictor or a reduced power ECU map will be the ACT, as the other LAMS states have a capacity limit of 660cc.

  • JR

    Its FRASER not FRASIER (NOT a motocycle dealership run by a radio talk show host in Seattle)