This coming weekend marks the return of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show which will take over the Javits Center for three days. Friday starts off with a Press Tour and I am happy to announce that “The Chronicles” of Piercing Ken will be in attendance as a member of the Lifestyle Media. I am rather excited since this is my first-ever motorcycle show and I will be going in a professional capacity. Just a short time ago, I received this mailer about the presentation by the Ducati North America people and I am excited to share their news with you down below. Dig in.
The Press Release:
The city of New York will soon have their chance to witness the breathtaking new 2019 lineup from famed Italian motorcycle leader Ducati, as the brand is bringing their newest models to the East Coast for the first time. The display at Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center will be open to the public Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2, as part of the New York International Motorcycle Show (IMS).
Leading the way is the new pinnacle of performance technology, the Panigale V4 R, along with an adventurous and all terrain capable Multistrada 1260 Enduro, and the first significantly new Diavel since its debut in 2010, with a new 1262 cc engine and muscular styling — making it a completely new motorcycle. The Hypermotard 950 also gets a big update with a new look, lighter weight improved technology and higher horsepower engine.
Celebrating one of this year’s key victories for Ducati, four-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champion Carlin Dunne’s Multistrada Pikes Peak motorcycle, which won the 96th running of the 2018 race in June in practically stock trim, will also be displayed.
Movie and comic fans will additionally enjoy the presence of the Scrambler Full Throttle ridden by actor Tom Hardy, as Eddie Brock in the blockbuster film “Venom” – which will be onsite for fans to take photos with.
Along with showcasing new models, other favorites on the show stand will include the Panigale V4 S superbike, 959 Panigale, SuperSport in new Titanium color, as well as the Monster 821, representing the Ducati Worlds, ranging from Racetrack, Travel, Lifestyle, Scrambler to Sport & Fun. For those wishing to be one of the first clients to take delivery of a 2019 model, Ducati also will be taking orders on-site at the Javits Center.
Motorcycles Slated for New York IMS Showcase:
• Diavel 1260 ($19,995 MSRP / Available April 2019) – Unconventional, unique and unmistakable, the second-generation Diavel 1260 remains faithful to the original spirit of this incredibly special bike, drawing on its key styling elements and putting a decidedly more contemporary slant on it. Its Testastretta DVT 1262 engine is capable of delivering 159 horsepower at 9,500 rpm. The bike also includes an upgraded chassis to make it more responsive on mixed-road routes. The S version on display also features fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, dedicated wheels, and an even higher-performance braking system, with Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.
• Panigale V4 R ($40,000 MSRP / Available March 2019) – The new Ducati flagship superbike, the Panigale V4 R, will make its East Coast debut in New York. The motorcycle features technology taken from MotoGP racing and is a racing bike that can be enjoyed on the streets. Following Ducati’s first mass-production four-cylinder engine, the V4, debut in 2017, the V4 R is now the pinnacle of the new Panigale V4 family and can claim the title as the ultimate road-legal Ducati competition bike. This is the most powerful, high-performance factory bike ever built by Ducati, with new technology like carbon fiber aerofoils that increase stability and allow for reduced reliance on electronic controls.
• Multistrada 1260 Enduro ($21,795 MSRP / Available March 2019) – The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the new generation of the off-road member of the Multistrada family. It has an increased engine size with the 1262 cc Testastretta DVT engine pushing out 158 horsepower, which is an increase from 152 horsepower from the previous Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
• Hypermotard 950 ($13,295 MSRP / Available February 2019) – With new sharper angles and a lighter weight, the adrenaline-packed Hypermotard takes its look from the supermotard race world and for 2019 comes with completely overhauled ergonomics and an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package. A full 8 lbs lighter than the previous model, the Hypermotard mounts a renewed 937 cc Testastretta 11° engine with a more muscular 114 hp.
• Hypermotard 950 SP ($16,695 MSRP / Available February 2019) – The spirited and higher-performing Hypermotard SP also on display is Ducati’s offer for those looking for Hooligan-style excitement, featuring a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension, Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO, as well as Carbon Fiber components such as front mud guard and timing belt covers.
• XDiavel (Matt Liquid Concrete Grey) ($20,795 MSRP / Available December 2018) – New for 2019, the XDiavel – famous for representing the best parts of the Ducati performance world and the relaxed cruiser world – now comes available in an uncompromising new color palette, the stunning Matt Liquid Concrete Grey. The finish and style express the motorcycle’s edgy spirit and take the XDiavel’s strong look to new levels.
• Scrambler Icon ($9,395 MSRP / Available January 2019) – The Scrambler brand was launched in 2014 and has become Ducati’s best-selling model by volume. For 2019, the new Scrambler Icon continues this vintage-inspired-joy of a motorcycle with important technological updates in the world of safety, including Bosch Cornering ABS. Visually, the new motorcycle continues retro-inspired style with new, beefier side panels to match the steel of the teardrop tank and the glass of the headlight. A black-painted engine, brushed cylinder head fins and machine-finished rims give the new Ducati Scrambler Icon even more eye-catching panache.
• Scrambler Desert Sled ($11,995 MSRP / Available January 2019) – For 2019, the Scrambler Desert Sled rekindles the spirit of classic American off-road bikes without compromising the Ducati Scrambler lifestyle. With its red frame, new seat with color-coordinated stitching and spoked wheels with black rims, it exudes off-road fun. The new Desert Sled also features an Off-Road Riding Mode that allows ABS disengagement for down-in-the-dirt joy. A dedicated riding position and adjustable Kayaba suspension also ramp up the fun factor. Rugged off-road character oozes from the type-approved headlight mesh guard, high mudguards (specially designed for this version) and engine skid pan.
• Scrambler Café Racer ($11,995 MSRP / Available January 2019) – The new 2019 Scrambler Café Racer draws its inspiration, and its Silver Ice Matte graphics with blue frame, from the legendary Ducati 125GP Desmo. The new 17″ spoked wheels and aluminum bar-end mirrors give the bike a cool 1960s race look, while a modern radial front brake pump provides braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike. It’s a rare Ducati in blue – one surely to catch the eyes of everyone on the streets.
• Scrambler Full Throttle ($10,995 MSRP / Available January 2019) – The new 2019 Full Throttle takes its cue from the flat track Scrambler ridden by Californian racer Frankie Garcia in the 2018 American Super Hooligan Championship. With its two-tone black-yellow, white-striped tank, all-new rear end with dedicated seat and white-rimmed yellow number holders, this bike has a real dirt track competition feel. A low-slung tapered handlebar – light and ergonomic – stubby front mudguard and dual-silencer exhaust add to the distinctiveness of the Scrambler Full Throttle.
Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Situated in Bologna, the factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, and Superbike. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons of “made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries around the world. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: As I’ve already mentioned, this will be my first-ever motorcycle show and I am expecting the same kind of setup that I find at the NYIAS (New York International Auto Show) that I’ve been attending for a couple of years now. I will definitely be taking a photo on the Eddie Brock motorcycle that was used in “Venom” and don’t worry when you will see it because I will be posting it up. That being said you’re going to want to be following “The Chronicles” of Piercing Ken on the Social Networks of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter since I feel that I will be utilizing them quite a bit during my exploration. Okay that’s all I have on this topic and I will see you next time.
Official Website: http://www.ducati.com