Here's a one word Italian lesson to better help you understand Ducati's 2013 lineup: "Strada" means "road"-- as in, a couple of new bikes make it easier to spend a ton of time on the highway. Sure, the already fierce 1199 Panigale gets an even angrier spinoff dubbed the Panigale R-- a $29,995 rocket with World Superbike-derived homologation goodies like titanium rods and carbon bodywork-- but the more surprising news pertains to two new touring-oriented Ducatis.
First up is the Diavel Strada (seen here), which throws a tall windshield, saddlebags, heated grips, fixed pillion pegs, and 20mm taller handlebars into the power cruiser mix. The Diavel Strada runs $19,495, or $1,800 more than the entry level Diavel, the Dark.
Ducati's supermoto-style variant has also been updated with three new models: the Hypermotard ($11,995), Hypermotard SP ($14,695), and-- you guessed it-- Hyperstrada ($13,295, seen here.) All three versions are now powered by a liquid-cooled, 821cc L-twin producing 110 horsepower which replaces the outgoing air-cooled 803cc and 1,078cc lumps-- big news, especially since the new engine boasts an impressive 18,500 mile service interval. The SP model adds standard ABS, traction control, uprated suspension, and lighter mass, while the Hyperstrada (seen here) bundles traction control and ABS with semi-rigid saddlebags, a tall windshield, and a center stand.
Does a Ducati with saddlebags draw you closer to the brand, or do you wish they'd build more two-wheeled insanity like the Panigale R? Gotta say, I'm curious to see if this new lineup will have a polarizing effect on die-hard Ducatisti... and even more crucially, I'd love to swing a leg over and come to my own conclusion.
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