A photo of a Harley-Davidson Sportster on the road.
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All Of These Motorcycles Killed Off In 2021

Harley, Yamaha, and others are discontinuing a number of bikes in 2021. Some, we’re glad to see them go. But others are like old friends that have been around for years. Still, we know that with the old going out there is a lot of new coming in. So here are the motorcycles that will …

A silver and a red 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S on a desert trail
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The 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 Offers a Real Adventure

Adventure bikes are common choices for those interested in do-it-all motorcycles. They work as good urban commuters, excellent tourers, and, as befits their name, can tackle off-road terrain. Hence why Ducati calls its adventure bike ‘Multistrada,’ for ‘many roads.’ And for 2021, it’s been updated into the Ducati Multistrada V4, complete with some significant industry-first …

A red 2020 Ducati Monster motorcycle seen at the Ducati stand during the 41st Bangkok International Motor Show 2020.
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Riding the 2020 Ducati Monster 821 Is ‘Borderline Magical’

Motorcycle aficionados will tell you that when it comes to bikes you daydream about, the Ducati Monster is either at or near the top of their list. If it’s not, it should be. The 2020 Ducati Monster 821 continues the proud tradition of exceptional bikes that the line has maintained since its debut in 1993. …

A black 2021 Ducati Monster
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The 2021 Ducati Monster Is Reimagined With the Panigale’s Help

Though Ducati produces a range of desirable motorcycles, the Monster may arguably be the most important. Before the Scrambler, it was the Italian brand’s entry-level model. And it’s still one of Ducati’s best-selling and most reliable bikes. For 2021, the Ducati Monster enters its next generation. And while it’s leaving something behind, thanks in part …

A gray 2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift on a bridge at night
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Is the 2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift 2 Bikes in 1?

While the 2021 Multistrada V4’s new features are worth noting, it’s not the only Ducati motorcycle getting an update. The Ducati Scrambler lineup, which includes the off-road Desert Sled model, is also being tweaked for 2021. However, one of those tweaks involves replacing two trims, the Café Racer and Full Throttle, with a single one: …

A gray-and-black 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S in front of a mountain
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The Ducati Multistrada V4 Offers More Than Just New Safety Features

For traveling long distances to camping sites or sight-seeing, touring motorcycles are typically the bike of choice. And if you want to get there quickly, one of the fastest choices is the Ducati Multistrada. It’s been updated for 2021 into the Ducati Multistrada V4, becoming the first production motorcycle with adaptive cruise control. But that’s …

A silver-black-and-red 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS
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Is the 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS the Best Retro Motorcycle?

While it’s not the only motorcycle company with retro-style models, Triumph is one of the most prominent. The Bonneville, for example, is arguably the best example of a neo-classic bike. But the British marque has more to offer. For instance, the Triumph Thruxton RS, which is Popular Mechanics’ best retro motorcycle for 2020. But is …

A rider does a burnout on a red 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
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The 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Is a Naked but Not Raw Panigale

While a beginning track racer might not take full advantage of the Panigale V4’s electronics, there’s a reason Ducati’s super sportbike has been compared to Ferraris. The Italian marque has already expanded its platform’s appeal with the two-cylinder Panigale V2. Now, it’s removed unnecessary accouterments to create the Ducati Streetfighter V4 naked bike. And in …

A white-red-and-blue 2021 BMW M 1000 RR on a rear-wheel stand
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The 2021 BMW M 1000 RR Is the M3 of Motorcycles

While cars may be BMW’s main focus today, after switching over from planes, the German marque started with motorcycles first. But while BMW Motorrad offers well-reviewed adventure bikes, touring bikes, and even a new cruiser, it’s still separate from the automotive business. As such, the motorcycles don’t really share anything with the cars. However, that’s …

A black-and-gold 1981 Ducati 900SS Super Sport Desmo
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The Ducati SuperSport: From Classic Racer To Modern Sport Touring Bike

Even before the Desmosedici RR came out, many of Ducati’s bikes had origins in racing. It’s partially why the Italian brand is called ‘the Ferrari of motorcycles.’ And it continues to this day. The Scrambler, for example, isn’t just about looks—it can actually go off-road. Some models, though, have evolved somewhat from their origins. Such …

A red 2020 Ducati Monster 797
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The Next-Gen Ducati Monster May Be Ditching Something Iconic

The Ducati lineup includes many exciting and desirable motorcycles. The Panigale, whether in V4 or V2 form, has plenty of performance and electronic aids. And the Ducati Scrambler is a genuine off-roader and a Mint 400 winner. Then there are the brand’s past models, like the still-stylish 916. However, a significant portion of the company’s …

A red 2020 Ducati Panigale V4 S next to a white-and-blue 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in front of the setting sun
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A 15-Year-Old Suzuki GSX-R1000 Can Keep up With a Ducati Panigale V4

While its motorcycles aren’t the most expensive, Ducati’s bikes are arguably some of the most desirable. Especially its Panigale line of sportbikes. The V2 model is quick in its own right and keeps the manufacturer’s L-twin tradition alive. But if you want the closest thing to a commuter-friendly Desmosedici RR, you’ll need the Ducati Panigale …

A red-with-white-stripe 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR on a rear wheel stand
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The Ducati Desmosedici RR Was a Road-Legal MotoGP Race Bike

Aston Martin and Brough Superior’s upcoming superbike’s price tag isn’t the only thing that will make the motorcycle exclusive. It’s a track-only bike, so it doesn’t have to conform to any emissions or other regulations. And as the Ferrari F50 demonstrated, turning a racing machine into a road vehicle isn’t exactly easy. But as Ducati …

a red, white, and blue CBR1000RR-R sport bike racing down the street
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Ducati Panigale VS Honda Fireblade

The Ducati Panigale and the iconic Honda Fireblade are each some of the fastest race-inspired bikes in production. The 2021 Fireblade (which should hit showrooms this fall) is one of the most exciting bikes on today’s market and a pretty parallel competitor with the popular Ducati Panigale. But is there one of these motorcycles that …

Motorcycle race showing a motorcycle handling a tight turn.
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Why Are Ducati Motorcycles so Expensive?

In an article about Ducati motorcycles on The Things, the difference between other bike prices and Ducati prices is posed as being the same as the difference between “I like it” and “I love it.” If you are willing to pay more for an Italian machine, you’ll end up with something fast built for long …

Black 2002 Ducati Monster S4, viewed from the side, in a concrete parking garage
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Is There Such a Thing as a Reliable Used Ducati?

Italian bikes, especially classic ones, haven’t really had a reputation for reliability. And Ducati is no exception. The motorcycle company has been dinged in the past by Consumer Reports for its rather high rate of customer problems. Which, if you’re interested in buying a used one, isn’t reassuring. However, just as it’s possible to find …

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sleds racing in the Mint 400
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The Ducati Scrambler Is the Mint 400’s First Hooligan Winner

Quite a few so-called scrambler motorcycles have the style, but not a lot of off-road substance. The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, though, isn’t one of them. And just like Triumph did with its Scrambler, the Italian company has shown that through racing. In fact, in this year’s Mint 400, a Ducati Scrambler won its inaugural …

a red BMW leaning deep into a chicane
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2020 Motorcycles: The Leading Liter Bike

When it comes to 2020 motorcycles, liter bikes are the most exciting. Each of these superbikes boasts a powerful 1 liter-displacing engine and trickle-down race technology. But we already know all of these sportbikes are fast. Which ones are the fastest and baddest of all? Here are the leading liter bikes of 2020. Everyone has …

Red 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 against a black background
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Even Without the V4, the Ducati Panigale V2 Is Plenty Fast

Before the Panigale V4, Ducati’s sportiest bikes all used the Italian brand’s 90° V-twin, aka ‘L-twin,’ engine. And, to be fair, it’s not like the company abandoned that engine completely. The rest of its lineup, from the Scrambler to the Diavel cruiser, all use L-twin engines. And you can still get a Panigale with it. …

Red 1997 Ducati 916S with golden wheels
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Why the Ducati 916 Is Still a Motorcycle Icon

Ducati has often been called the Ferrari of motorcycles, and not just because both companies are Italian. Ducati’s bikes are genuinely shaped by motorsports technology. Even its touring bikes have a performance focus. And the Scrambler Desert Sled is about more than just looks. The bikemaker has also previewed trends. For example, the Sport 1000 …

K-Speed Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 custom scrambler
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Is Royal Enfield Going to Take on the Triumph Scrambler?

Although not quite as good off-road as dual sports, scramblers’ lighter weight and smaller size make them nimbler than adventure bikes. And some, particularly the Triumph Scrambler, can genuinely venture beyond the pavement. For Triumph, the Scrambler is part of neo-classic bike lineup which includes the Thruxton café racer and Bonneville standard. However, there’s another …

2020 Triumph Thruxton RS
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The Fastest New Modern Café Racer Motorcycles

There’s a whole host of neo-classic motorcycles available today. Customers can choose from scramblers, bobbers, cruisers, a modern Honda Cub, and hand-built carbureted models based on 50s British bikes. Arguably, though, what kick-started this trend was the rise in café racers, previewed by the Ducati Sport 1000. Even Harley-Davidson is working on such a bike. …

2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Biposto
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The Ducati Sport 1000 Is a Retro Bike You Should’ve Bought New

Retro motorcycles are very ‘in’ right now. Triumph, Honda, Royal Enfield, and Moto Guzzi all make bikes that echo their classic forebearers, but with less oil leakage. Ural makes a sidecar-equipped bike that can take part in WWII re-enactments. And Honda’s even bringing back a beloved compact trail bike. But, although Ducati’s Scrambler is arguably …

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC
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Which Scrambler Motorcycles Can Actually Go Off-Road?

Going off-road doesn’t mean you always need a specialized machine, especially when it comes to motorcycles. In addition to dirt and dual sport bikes, people have taken Indian cruisers and Vespa scooters off the beaten path. This type of off-road modification was started decades ago with the first scrambler motorcycles. And today, as with other …

Electric Jeep mountain bike
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The First Electric Jeep Only Has a 40-Mile Range

Even before it unveiled the plug-in hybrid Wrangler, Jeep was already planning on going electric. Naturally, we assumed the first electric Jeep would be a car or SUV. However, modern mobility doesn’t only involve cars. And, as Fox has proven with its shocks, automotive off-road tech also works with other forms of transportation. Although electric …

2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour
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Fastest Touring Motorcycles by 0-60 Time

Motorcycles are ridden every from dirt trails to paved roads. For the latter, standards and cruisers tend to be popular choices. Cruisers in particular offer an attractive combination of relaxed riding with casual speed. Quite a few cruisers can actually out-accelerate some high-end sports cars. However, over long stretches of road, touring bikes are the …

Ducati V4 Panigale
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What Makes Ducati Motorcycles so Desirable?

Chasing racing success and improved performance helps motorcycles, too. Harley-Davidson made great waves with its flat tracker bikes. Honda’s bikes have won the Paris-Dakar 6 times now, and its CB750 was the first to be called a ‘superbike.’ But there’s one brand that’s perhaps the most-closely tied to racing: Ducati. Over the years, the Italian …