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Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati Panigale V4 models get V4R aero and wings for 2020 Ducati have announced an updated version of the Panigale V4 and V4 S models for 2020. The updated bikes incorporate the aero design of the brand’s Panigale V4R homologation racer including a new fairing and also wings. Alongside this are suspension changes aimed at making the bike’s performance more accessible with added stability under braking and smoother power delivery at corner exit. The 2020 V4 models will also get the DTC Evo 2 traction control system found on the V4R and the 2019 V4 25° Anniversario 916. Prices are unsurprisingly up from the 2018 models and we hope to see the new bikes here in SA around Jan/Feb next year. The V4 and V4 S will sit alongside a new addition to the Panigale family in the shape of the 959cc Panigale V2, featured below. New Ducati Multistrada 1260S Grand Tour The 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260S GT (Grand Tour) was revealed at Ducati’s World Premiere in Rimini, and the biggest news is what’s missing - there’s no radar-guided cruise control. This special version of the 1260S is geared for maximum rider comfort, with a centre stand, panniers and a dedicated seat all standard-fit. Riders also get heated grips, additional LED lights, a handsfree petrol cap and tyre pressure monitoring. The colour scheme is matt Sandstone Grey with Ducati Red wheels and fairing trims. All other specs are the same as the 1260S, and as you’d expect the V-twin engine’s specifications are the same too. Another Ducati Scrambler - Icon Dark added to 2020 range Ducati upgrade 959 to Panigale V2 The Ducati Panigale V2 is a new name for the 959. It gets a completely new design following in the tyre tracks of its V4 big brother, and features advance electronics alongside the promise of better rider comfort and safety. There’s a single-sided swingarm and a new exhaust design with a single-side end pipe. It sits atop revised Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II rubber, with the suspension reworked to offer better comfort for road use. The Superquadro V2 motor is Euro5 compliant and gets a 5bhp power hike, with an accompanying 2Nm of twist. The heady 153bhp arrives at 10,750rpm. Its electronics package includes cornering ABS, anti-wheelie, quickshift up and down the ‘box, traction control and engine brake control. A trio of riding modes are on offer - Race, Sport and Street - and they are selected through the 4.3-inch TFT screen. Ducati have today announced a new Scrambler Icon Dark model will be joining their 2020 line-up, aimed at providing a more affordable entry-point to their retro range. Based on the existing 803cc air-cooled Ducati Scrambler Icon, the new machine will arrive in dealers in soon and will be priced as the cheapest mid-sized Ducati retro (price TBC). The Dark Icon features dual-channel cornering ABS like the other 803cc Scramblers, alongside LCD instruments including a gear indicator and fuel level. Finished in matt black, with a black twin-spar trellis frame and seat with a grey rim, the new machine also includes a steel teardrop fuel tank, complete with interchangeable aluminium side panelling. Continuing the black theme is a die-cast aluminium swing arm, rounded mirrors and 10-spoke alloy wheels, which come as an 18in front and 17in rear and are shod with enduro-inspired Pirelli MT60 RS tyres, as found on the Icon. Ideal for tackling the urban sprawl in style, the new bike comes with a manageable seat height of 798mm and weighs just 175kg dry. This is aided further by wide handlebars and a relaxed seating position, as well as a modest power output of 72.5bhp. A hydraulic clutch also features, alongside an adjustable lever. Away from performance, the new bike is also fully compatible with the Ducati Multimedia System, allowing you to connect your smartphone directly to the machine, in order to listen to music, make calls and more. New Diavel 1260 S Red: So Good To Be Bad For 2020, the colour range of the Diavel 1260 has been updated. The standard version is now available in total black: the Dark Stealth colouring includes matt black for the superstructures, which is combined with rims, frame and mechanical parts also in black with different finishes. The S version, on the other hand, is available in Ducati red with white graphics, alternating with black parts, giving the Diavel 1260 a new sportiness, without sacrificing the style that distinguishes this model. 28 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019