We’re confident that this year is going to be a terrific riding season in Chicago. Spring weather keeps peaking around the corner and we’ve got new 2016 Ducati models arriving every day. From our friends at Ducati, their 2016 lineup brings with it established favorites and new choices alike. If you were dreaming in Ducati red this winter, it’s going to be a great spring.
Get the wheels turning on your new Ducati today.
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What’s New for Ducati in 2016
This year we’re seeing both incremental updates and entirely new models from Bologna. Let’s start with the brand new, which ranges from aspiring first bikes all the way up to sport cruisers and adventure bikes.
The 2016 Scrambler Ducati Sixty2 (400cc)
2015 brought us the Scrambler Ducati, and with it, a new chapter in the story of this iconic Italian brand. A much more accessible, more versatile platform than Ducati’s typical street performance focus, the Scrambler opens up the world of mild off-road riding to Ducati fans who are looking for air-cooled simplicity and classic style. For 2016, Ducati have expanded the Scrambler lineup to include the Sixty2, a 399cc version of the Scrambler that makes this already welcoming platform that much more accessible. While not making as much power as its big brother, the Scrambler Sixty2 still churns out an impressive 41 hp. While a reduction in horsepower might not sound like an upgrade at first blush, for the right rider, we think the Sixty2 hits the sweet spot of being both beginner-friendly and aspirational. It’s a bike that a new rider won’t outgrow after their first season of riding. Less engine also makes the Sixty2 more friendly for learning to ride off-pavement, where too much power can make learning the basics a lot tougher.
The Scrambler Sixty 2 comes in three colors and gets even more accessible with its pricing, which starts at just $7,995.
The 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro
The Multistrada 1200 is my personal favorite in the Ducati lineup. Powerful, comfortable, and supremely capable, it sets the bar for properly sporty sport touring. In 2015 we saw an all-new generation of the Multi, complete with a new variable valve timing engine, a handsome facelift and key touring updates such as cruise control and LED headlights that help you see around corners. For all its on-road prowess, the configuration of the Multistrada gives it a bit of an adventure bike profile, and that’s left many wondering if the Multi could actually go on full-on adventure duty. Ducati have answered that question with a resounding yes in the form of the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro — a purpose built adventure machine aimed squarely at the titans of that segment.
Powered by the same spectacular 160 hp DVT engine as its street-focused sibling, the Multistrada Enduro has been outfitted for more aggressive off-road use. Suspension travel is nearly eight inches, it features spoked wheels front and rear, and the Enduro is fitted with a fuel tank just shy of eight gallons. Like any adventure bike, the Enduro is adept at both long-haul road travel and overland riding off the beaten path. A set of hard aluminum panniers make hauling your camping gear a snap, while the electronics package inherited from the rest of the Multi lineup gives four riding modes to choose from: Urban, Touring, Sport and Enduro. That last riding mode, Enduro, is perhaps the most noteworthy riding mode for this particular bike because it reduces the bike’s output to just 100 hp and reconfigures both the traction control and the ABS to only intervene when critically necessary, and allow the rear wheel to lock when needed on loose terrain.
If you want to bring iconic Italian style, a wide spectrum of capability and an unmatched level of performance to your next adventure, the 2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro is your best choice, and starts at an MSRP of $21,295. Keep an eye out for an unveil event at Motoworks Chicago in the coming weeks.
The 2016 Ducati Hypermotard 939 and Hyperstrada 939
When it comes to urban hooligan bikes, no conversation is complete without mentioning the Ducati Hyper lineup. A staple of essential, fun, performance riding, the Hypermotard and Hyperstrada are all-new for 2016. Featuring a new 113 hp, 937cc, 4-valve, liquid-cooled L-twin engine, the Hyper is ready to take on the street or the track, one wheel at a time if needed. The bike benefits from an overall simplicity of form factor and purpose, yet still retains key Ducati advances such as ride-by-wire, a slipper clutch, LED signal lighting, and ABS/ATC as standard. Riding modes include Sport, Touring, and Urban. Most noteworthy of those is the Urban mode, which tames the Hyper down to 75 hp and kicks up its ABS and traction control interventions to keep things easier on your morning commute. Service intervals at 9,000 miles and valve service intervals at 18,000 make the Hyper easy to own too.
Available as the street-oriented Hypermotard 939, the touring-oriented Hyperstrada 939, and the track-oriented / Ohlins-equipped Hypermotard 939 SP, the Hyper lineup can scratch your itch several different ways. The standard Hypermotard 939 starts at $12,695, and the Hyperstrada 939 starts at $14,295.
Keep an eye out for another unveil event at Motoworks Chicago in the coming weeks to feature the new Hyper family.
The 2016 Ducati XDiavel
While the cruiser segment might seem like an odd playground for Ducati, the Diavel has certainly made a big splash in that pool. There’s certainly no mistaking it for any other bike in that scene, and few cruisers can even begin to compare from a performance standpoint. So what did Ducati do? They reinvented their reinvention of what a cruiser can be with the 2016 Ducati XDiavel.
The XDiavel’s 1262cc DVT engine puts out 156 hp and 100 ft-lbs of torque, yet the bike only weighs in at 545 lbs wet and ready to ride. That’s svelte in the cruiser category. The XDiavel also features updated ergonomics and a striking new visual design. Sure, there’s no mistaking it as part of the Diavel family, but there’s also no mistaking for the core Diavel model either. Available as both the XDiavel and the XDiavel S, these bikes aren’t just straight line, point-and-squirt bruiser bikes. The XDiavel is capable of a 40º lean angle, so bring on the curves.
The XDiavel starts at $19,995 and we’ll throw an event for it as soon as they begin to arrive, so stay tuned for that.
The 2016 Ducati Panigale 959
For 2016, Ducati have updated the smaller of its two Panigale supersport bikes. Formerly the 899, the new 959 takes its place next to its bigger sibling, the 1299 Panigale. Pumping out 157 hp, the 959 Panigale is no slouch in the power department. In fact, the 959 has inherited a lot from its more famous 1299 sibling — including engine architecture and case finishes. Why the change? The short version is that Ducati has to meet the tighter Euro4 emissions standards now, and they didn’t want to sacrifice overall performance. Who would want a new bike that was less powerful than the old bike? Nobody, that’s who. So Ducati have bumped up the displacement, and with it the power output of the 959, all while still hugging the minimum number of trees.
We love the smaller Panigale simply because it’s a little more usable in the city, while still being a streak on the track when you need it to be. Best of both worlds? Maybe so. The Panigale 959 starts at an MSRP of $14,995.
Five new models in one year is ambitious for any motorcycle company, yet that’s still only about half the Ducati lineup. Returning for 2016 we have fan favorites and category titans alike, proving that old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The 2016 Scrambler Ducati (800cc)
Probably the most talked-about bike of 2015, the Scrambler Ducati is back in its familiar forms as the Icon, Classic, Urban Enduro, and Full Throttle versions. For 2016, Ducati have added two new variations on the 800cc Scrambler: the Flat Track Pro and the limited edition Italia Independent.
The full Scrambler lineup, minus the Sixty2, features the same 75 hp, air-cooled 803cc L-Twin engine as it did last year. With ever tightening emissions regulations in both Europe and North America, the days of air-cooled are numbered. If that matters to you, then this year might be time to pull the trigger on a new Scrambler Ducati.
Above all else, the Scrambler excels at its flexibility. Ride it on the road, the beach, or a random fire road — wherever you want to go, the Scrambler is ready to roar in that direction. Yet that flexibility isn’t just in the bikes capability. An extensive catalog of options, upgrades and personalized touches make it easy to make your Scrambler entirely your own. Start with one of the established packages like the Urban Enduro or the Full Throttle, or give us your laundry list and we’ll put a Scrambler together exactly to your specifications. We also have a line on locally-sourced upgraded suspension components you can’t get from Ducati.
The Scrambler Ducati (800cc) starts at just $8,895 for the Icon, and ranges up to $12,777 for the limited edition Italia Independent. As mentioned previously, the 400cc Scrambler Sixty2 starts about a grand less, at $7,995.
The 2016 Ducati Monster Lineup
If there’s one model that people think of first with Ducati, it’s the Monster. The essential Ducati street bike, the Monster lineup went liquid-cooled in 2015. For 2016, the Monster keeps its current two sizes at 821 and 1200 respectively.
The Monster 821 will be available in three visual package flavors: Dark, standard and Stripe. Making 112 hp, each variation on the smaller Monster packs a lot of punch at a wet weight of just 453 lbs. Yet like most Ducati motorcycles, it’s the component choices on the Monster that make it shine. Take for example the Brembo monoblock front brakes. One could argue that a bike this size doesn’t even really need dual disk, but that’s not how Ducati rolls.
For the big Monster 1200, model year 2016 sees three variations: standard, S and R models. Making 135 hp in its standard guise, the Monster 1200 S sees a power boost to 145 hp, plus the addition of Ohlins suspension front and rear. The Monster 1200 R cranks the Monster line up to 11 with 160 hp output, and adds a gorgeous mix of race-inspired detail components to further set the R apart.
MSRP for the Monster lineup starts at only $10,995 for the Monster 821 Black, and $13,995 for the Monster 1200.
The 2016 Ducati Multistrada, S, and Pikes Peak
We’ve already talked about the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro, but let’s not pretend that the standard Multistrada isn’t worth its own moment in the spotlight. The Multi has been one of our favorite bikes from day one when we took on Ducati, and that was three generations ago for this bike. The Multistrada is the quintessential do-everything street bike. It’ll carve canyons better than most sportbikes, it’ll devour road miles seemingly a dozen at a time, and with 160 hp onboard the Multi reminds me of what Hunter S. Thompson said about a different Ducati. “Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…” The Multistrada does all of this while being all-day comfortable. On the right set of tires, the standard Multi is even decent off-road.
In addition to the new Enduro model, the Multistrada 1200 comes in four flavors, each powered by the same 160 hp, DVT (variable valve timing) L-twin engine. Add to that a mix of premium features such as cornering ABS, Ride Modes, traction control (DTC), heated grips and cruise control and the only thing the Multi leaves us wanting is more time to ride. The Multi also features both wheelie and stoppie control to keep things under control, or you can switch off all the electronic interventions, ABS included, and go full hooligan. The only thing this bike won’t do for you is make you an espresso, at least for now.
The Multistrada 1200 S is the touring-oriented model, with available matched hard bags that are some of the best OEM luggage we’ve ever seen, and yes, they’re key-matched to the bike.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak pays homage to the Ducati race bikes that fly up that iconic road course each year in Colorado. This year sees the Pikes Peak livery and trim package come to the new generation of Multistrada, and the result is even more compelling than before. The bike’s livery pays direct homage to Jamie Robinson’s Pikes Peak race bike from 2015, but underneath it’s still a Multistrada and is ready to tackle everything one dares to throw at it.
The Multistrada 1200 lineup starts at just $17,995 and ranges up to $23,795 for the Pikes Peak.
The 2016 Ducati Diavel and Diavel Carbon
With the new XDiavel in the spotlight, one might assume that the standard Diavel was going away. Not so. Since its soft refresh last year, Ducati has released both a Standard Diavel and the Diavel Carbon, which features carbon fiber components throughout and a blacked out color way from wheel to wheel. This bike is as anti-chrome as one could ever imagine in a production bike. Only the tiniest accents of silver pop up throughout the bike, striking the perfect philosophical stance for this anti-cruiser cruiser. With nearly the same weight and power output of the Multistrada, the Diavel can do more than trot, it can gallop.
The Diavel and Diavel Carbon are priced at an MSRP of $18,795 and $$21,895 respectively.
The 2016 Ducati 1299 Panigale, Panigale S and Panigale R
Ducati is a performance-oriented brand, and always has been. Yet one bike more than any other captures that essence in its purest form: the 1299 Panigale. Big brother to the 959 Panigale, the 1299 boasts 205 hp, while weighing in at a scant 420 lbs wet. I’ve owned sports cars with less power than that. Yet the 1299 Panigale is well known for only giving you all that power if you ask for it. The bike features a sophisticated suite of rider controls, sensors and software to keep it obedient to the rider’s intentions. All of Ducati’s experience fielding MotoGP race teams has been distilled and domesticated for use on the street and the track.
The 1299 Panigale S takes things a step further by adding fully adjustable Ohlins suspension. Yet even for those advances, the 1299 Panigale S isn’t even the most rarified version. If you’re looking to fully dominate your track time, then the Ducati 1299 Panigale R is the bike you’re after. The R features a suite of adjustments, extra electronics and a weight reduction to just 406 lbs wet. When you’re ready for warp speed, the 1299 Panigale is ready for you.
The big 1299 Panigale starts at an MSRP of just $19,795, with the Panigale R priced at $34,695.
Start seeing red
You know who you are. You’ve had your eye on Ducati or maybe you’re already a Ducati owner. Whatever your current relationship to the brand, Ducati has brought their A game in 2016. So whether it’s your first Ducati, or simply your next Ducati, you’ll find it at Motoworks Chicago.
Get the wheels turning on your new Ducati today.
Email our Sales Team or call (312) 738-4269.