P&H Technician returns from Bologna Buzzing about the NEW Ducati Range.
Ducati Trainee Technician, Jack Robinson, has just arrived back in the dealership, having undertaken some essential Ducati training at factory in Bologna Italy. Of course we had to ask how it went and what he enjoyed the most from it apart from the Italian weather and beer in his free time.
It was an amazing experience getting hands on with the new Ducati Scrambler – 1299 Panigale – and the all new Multistrada 1200 with the DVT Ducati Variable Valve Timing. Ducati have really upped their game this year with all the new technology that’s been crammed into the entire new range. Ducati took feedback from their existing customer base, asking them what they would love to see in the next iteration of the model range. I have to say boy did they deliver!
Whilst intense the course has been fantastic and I have learn’t a great deal. I can’t wait to get my hands on them, and seeing people riding them enjoying the feel of the V-twin Ducati engine. I am a massive Ducati enthusiast and currently ride an 848 Superbike. I have witnessed the brand evolve every year with new and exciting developments which is just great stuff.
It is a great pleasure working at P&H and being given the opportunity to experience quality training like this first hand is a real honour.
That being said here are my views on each of the new models:
Scrambler “Land Of Joy”
The latest edition to the brand and is totally customisable from the off, with a huge range of after market accessories. It is definitely the easiest of the range to ride offering great handling with the benefit of ABS safety packs as standard. The Scrambler is definitely an allrounder but offers huge amounts of fun with the power to back it up. Personally it is one of the most comfortably bikes I have ever ridden and doesn’t fatigue the rider on long or short hauls.
This is an upgrade to its predecessor, the 1199 Panigale, offering more power and has a completely different geometry setup. The riding position is definitely more comfortable and the new foot pegs gives the rider a more planted feel in the saddle.
This bike has been under rated in the media as being an upgrade. However Ducati are keen to impress this is an all new bike built around the Panigale engine with some refining features. Emissions meet Euro 4 standards which actually means the CO2 output is only 1.14 g/kg which halves Euro 3. The New Multistrada is still essentially four bikes in one but with some really cool added extras. Ducati Traction control comes as standard along with Ducati Wheelie Control and a Bluetooth hands free unit. The brakes are also more progressive.