We are only a week away before the new models for 2015 will begin hitting the internet, but already we are hearing whispers from our Bothan Spies about new motorcycles that are coming forth.
Traditionally Ducati has been a leaking sieve of information, though now under corporate control of Audi AG, the Italian company has been more cautious about letting information slip.
That being said, we’ve heard information from several sources now that suggest a new Multistrada model is coming down the pipe, and will debut at the EICMA show. Likely a response to the ever-crowding ADV space, which sees the addition of BMW Motorrad’s Multistrada-killer, the BMW S1000XR.
Rumor has it that the Multistrada assembly line at Borgo Panigale has been shutdown, and that MTS1200 parts are no longer available from certain channels — a sign from previous models that Ducati is shifting from a build to support role for the current Multistrada 1200 series.
Aggressive end-of-sumer dealer pricing on the Multistrada 1200 also tips a hand at Ducati’s desire to help dealers clear the way for a new model, though what features and specs that machine could have remains a mystery.
In other upcoming model news, the Ducati Scrambler is a 2015 model that everyone knows about…ad nauseam. We have also seen the accidental leak of the Ducati 1299 superbike, which our sources say will be a direct replacement for the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, and will operate as Ducati’s homologation special for the 2015 World Superbike season.
While the displacement is said to remain 1,198cc — squashing rumors of a longer stroke for the machine — the real key seems to be the 1299’s engine modifications (pistons, crank, valves, etc), which will be severely restricted from development under the new WSBK rules for next season.
With roughly six weeks left before EICMA (and only one week until INTERMOT), it’s only a matter of time before the information will be available. Stay tuned Ducatisti.
Source: Bothan Spies