Pictures of a new Ducati model for 2010, the Strada Aperta (“Open Road”), have been circulating around the world this past week. Slated to replace the Multistrada, the new machine is reputed to have switched from a relatively calm air-cooled engine to a bit of a monster – a re-tuned 1098/1198 Testastretta engine, with anywhere from 130 to 160hp to propel a sportier machine.
The pictures show the usual 1-800-Brembo Monobloc braking system, a low mounted exhaust system (Finally!), a new interpretation of the Ducati trellis frame, a single sided swingarm, kicked up rear end, generous saddle-footpegs-handlebar spacing, and likely with a suspected ABS and traction control.
|Character, all the right equipment, room for taller and bulkier riders, high grips, and a riding position leaning forward but not too much - just what the doctor ordered for sporting touring! Moto123.com has been unable to ascertain the source of this picture.
As the name implies, the look appears decidedly “street”, much more than “off-road” for a model that supposedly would take on the large GS models from BMW. In fact, it appears that any off-road inking from the Multistrada is gone, replaced by a civilized high-performance street-only bike suitable for fun riding but also some touring?
Hmmm, let me check out the rumoured 2010 VFR1200, the latest rumoured large GS from BMW, or the Europe-only KTM 990 SMT for a second!