Ducati started their business in 1920’s. But at that time the brand had no intentions of manufacturing high performance bikes, which they are currently famous for. They started with the production of condensers, vacuum cleaners, and radio components. It was in 1950’s that they finally made their first motorcycle. The brand entered the Indian market in 2015 with three showrooms and after sales service. One of the most interesting fact about Ducati is that all the bikes are hand-made.
Unlike other companies who use a host of technologies to build a motorcycle, in ducati, a person is responsible for assembling every stage of the bike. Even after that, they have a capability to produce 1 motorbike in 88 minutes. Globally, Ducati sells almost 50,000 bikes in a year. The company claims that 1 out of every 4 sports bikes in the world is a ducati. In India the premium motorbike segment is still in a nascent stage and that is one of the reasons for the low sales figures. Continue reading to know more about the best Ducati bike in India.
This is an 803-cc performance sports bike. The Scrambler is available in 4 configurations to choose from. It makes 73.41 PS at 8250 RPM and 67 Nm of torque at 5750 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes. The fuel economy of the bike is 20 kmpl. The top speed is 193 kmph and 0-100 comes up in 3.8 seconds.
The 186 kg bike sits on 18-inch front and 17-inch rear tires. The scrambler is a perfect combination of modern and retro design languages. It is also a very practical bike with all the latest accessories like a charging point, digital instrument cluster, etc. The ride height is low, and the seat is flat which would also make the pillion comfortable. The compact dimensions and light weight of the scrambler makes it agile and increase the maneuverability. It also feels decently comfortable around the corners. The power on offer is just massive. The Brembo brakes offer a very superior quality of braking to this vehicle. The LED DRLs add modernity to the retro looking headlamps.
The engine is the same as that of the monster but its heavily retuned. Apart from being a superb cruiser, this one is also a very good off-roader. The seats of the scrambler could have been harder as the soft cushions feel very uncomfortable on long rides, where this bike would be most probably used. This coupled with upright seating position makes life miserable for a long duration behind the wheels.
Three models of the Panigale V4 are on offer. The Panigale V4 STD costs 20.53 lakhs, the Panigale V4S costs 25.29 lakhs and Panigale V4 R is of 51.87 lakhs ex-showroom. The V4 R makes 220 PS at 15200 RPM and 112 NM of torque at 11,500 RPM while the other two make 214 PS at 13000RPM and 124 NM of torque at 10000 RPM.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes. It sits on 17 inch front and rear tires.The fuel tank capacity of 16 liters provides an adequate range for a long drive. The design of the panigale V4 is muscular. The sharp headlamps, stylish tail lamps, air vents give it a sporty appeal.
This is a typical sports bike and suits best only on track. Off the track and in the traffics, it gets really uncomfortable. Moreover, it feels caged in the urban limits. The engine heats up immensely and it gets tough to ride the bike beyond 20 minutes. On the track, it can go beyond 300 kmph. The bike offers multiple drive modes. The electronic system on the bike alters the systems according to the drive mode. Ultimately, it’s a great machine for the tracks but not really of any great use in the urban environment.
This is a 937-cc superbike which makes 112.8 PS of power at 9000 RPM and 96 NM of torque at 7750 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes. It can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.11 seconds. The top speed is 182.24 kmph. It sits on 19-inch front and 17 -inch rear tubeless tires. The styling of this bike is sharp. The exhaust is slim and unique. The suspensions of this superbike are adjustable. Quality of switch gear, plastics and seats is premium. The seats are designed ergonomically to relieve the stress. It feels heavy to take U-turns because of the weight and height.
There are four driving modes on offer. It has got a wind screen which can be adjusted for the height. The bike feels more comfortable in the city driving conditions than the other ducati’s. This is a very flexible offering from the brand. With a new set of tires, you can actually take it off-road. The bike touches 98 kmph in the first gear. It does lack in power compared to its 1200-cc sibling, but that’s something noticeable only on the track. For normal driving conditions, it has way more performance on offer than what is required. There is a charging plug below the instrument console. The superbike red lines at almost 10,000 RPM.
The engine sound is huge and the road presence is massive. Short riders would find the bike probably inaccessible because of the large height. Maneuverability is not good because of the large weight. A lot of electronic kit and power from the ducati origin is missing because of the reduced-price tag. Its wise to select the 1200cc multistrada investing 2 lakhs more because it does offer a lot of tech and the power output of that one is phenomenal.
This is a 1285cc super sports bike. It makes 209.3 PS of power at 11000RPM and 142 Nm of torque at 9000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the wheels get disc brakes. 15 kmpl is the average fuel efficiency for the bike.
The 190 kg bike sits on 17-inch tires. This is the top of the line offering from Ducati. Full LED headlights, light weight forged aluminum wheels etc are some of the differentiating points of this from its sibling. The bike looks stunning on the outside. There are two suspension modes on this vehicle. One is the fixed mode and other is the event-based mode. The later adopts to the driving conditions automatically.
The riding position is the best for tracks. However, it can be very uncomfortable for daily rides. The heat from the engine is another factor which would be unpleasant for the driver. This panigale is all about going fast. It is equipped with various driving modes. The bike is best suited to be driven on race tracks rather than the daily traffic roads.
The ducati monster is an 821-cc motorcycle. It makes 108.7 PS of power at 9250 RPM and 86 Nm of torque at 7750 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes. 0 to 100 kmph can be done in 3.8 seconds. The 206-kilogram monster sits on 17-inch front and rear Pirelli tubeless tires.
The company offers two years of standard warranty for this one. The large double barrel exhaust, instrument cluster are the major noticeable changes from the previous model. The Brembo brakes offer a great braking power. The suspensions of this motorcycle are adjustable. The seat height is a bot high and the handle bars are set low. There are three driving modes on offer. Sport, touring and urban.
The power delivery is simply magnificent, and it is also convenient to be driven in the city. The seating position is aggressive which makes it the best around the corners but a bit uncomfortable around the traffics. The suspension set up is a bit on a harder side. 8-way Traction control and 3-way ABS are another good feature on this motorcycle. The difference between the sporting modes is quite noticeable. The bike feels powerful in lower RPM range. This is a motorcycle which can manage the highways, race tracks, corners, off-roads and start stop traffics really well. The clutch is a bit on the harder side. Cornering ability is very good.
This one is an 803-cc motorbike It makes 73.41 PS at 8250 RPM and 67 Nm of torque at 5750 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. And both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes. The bike is built on tubular steel trellis frame chassis. The fuel tank capacity is of 13.5 liters and the kerb weight is of 207 kilograms. The styling is simple and adequate. The tires offer a wonderful grip. The ground clearance of this vehicle is high enough to conquer any terrain.
Moreover, it has a guard fitter to protect the engine from dirt and various impurities. The engine meets the euro 4 emission norms. The ducati desert sled feels very comfortable on the highways, the seats are well cushioned, power is adequate, suspensions absorb all the minor bumps and potholes and give a really good ride quality. The pillion seating position is also comfortable than the other ducati’s.
The hypermotard is an 821.1cc bike. It makes 110.1 PS of power at 9000 RPM and 95 Nm of torque at 7500 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the wheels have disc brakes. The top speed of this bike is 210 kmph and it does 0-100 kmph in just 3.6 seconds. It’s built on a tubular steel trellis frame chassis. The 204-kg bike sits on 17-inch tires. The headlamps are all-LED. The bike comes with 2 years of warranty. The riding position is upright. It’s an ultimate hooligan bike. The power delivery of this bike is nice and smooth.
The Brembo brakes offer a good braking power. Quick shifter is available as an option. Wheelie control is also available. The cornering ability of this vehicle is extremely good. The tires offer a really good grip. This is a motorcycle on which professional bikers would have some real thrill and fun. However, this model couldn’t succeed much in India as compared to its siblings.
This monster has 1194.6cc engine. It makes 146.3 PS of power at 9250 RPM and 124 Nm of torque at 7750 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes. The bike is built on a Tubular steel trellis frame chassis. The 187 kg bike sits on 17 inch tires. The company has fixed some old issues like the driver foot-rest position, seating comfort, etc.
The traction control works well. The instrument panel has been changed and it gets a new TFT display. The suspension setup of the new ducati monster 1200 is really good. It soaks he minor bumps and potholes. If you are looking for an Italian sports bike and expecting driving to be fun then this is the bike you should go for.
When launched, this was the most beautiful motorbike of the EICMA Motor show in Milan. It’s the only offering from the brand which hosts belt drive. Its powered by a 1262-cc engine. It makes 152.2 PS at 9500 RPM and 126 Nm of torque at 5000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the wheels come with disc brakes as standard.
The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency for this vehicle is 18 kmpl. Its built on tubular steel trellis frame chassis. This bike is a perfect mixture of sporting and cruising. The headlights are sleek.
The full color TFT screen looks wonderful. The fuel tank capacity is of 18 liters. From the appearance it looks bigger, however once you are on the seat, it feels compact. The footrests are forward set than the older diavel. The seating position on this bike is very comfortable. Handling of this bike is just a breeze. There are three driving modes, urban touring and sport. In urban mode, power is restricted to 100 HP. Touring mode offers a mild throttle response, Sport mode release the complete power of this bike and makes it highly responsive to the rider inputs.
This was all about the Ducati bikes in India. Other bikes from the brand are Ducati Multistrada 1260, Ducati Monster 797, Ducati Scrambler 1100, Ducati 959 Panigale, Ducati Supersport, Ducati Diavel Diesel.
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