Ducati motorcycles have not failed to meet and exceed the expectations of a loyal following. The Italian company began producing innovative bikes with models that were more closely akin to a modern bicycle. Through careful and innovative advances in the frame, suspension, and powertrain, the brand evolved its lines, creating new examples to replace the excellent bikes that had lived their lifespan. Over the past decade, they’ve produced some of their most innovative and breathtaking models. Here are the top five Ducati motorcycles of 2010 through the present.
2010 Ducati 1198S Corse SE Special Edition
The fifth most impressive Ducati model to come out in 2010 is the 1198S Corse Special Edition. What makes this bike so highly prized is that has earned a place in the history of the brand as the first model to feature the new Ducati Corse logo. This bike comes in a bold color scheme with undeniable eye appeal and a race kit that has an aesthetic draw that promises speed and performance. Additional touches include a factory team-style fuel tank in aluminum. This superbike is a product of Bologna, Italy and it’s a hard-charging racer from a brand that has dominated the Superbike racing arena. The “S” version is a superbike that fulfills the dreams of racers with the total package of lightweight chassis components, top of the line in suspension and the Ducati DTC traction control system. When it comes to power, the 1198 engine dishes out 170 horses and 97 lb-ft of torque. The special edition is finely tuned to achieve maximum speed and performance with the Desmodromic system, unique to Ducati.
2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition
The United States was blessed to have a special edition made specifically for the country and offered by Ducati North America in the U.S. only. This bike is a middleweight sportbike that falls into the classification of Superbike. Although light in weight, it’s powerful. This example of the 848 weighs in at just 369 pounds. The improvements in the feel of the clutch along with a quieter operation increased its popularity among American riders. The engine generates 134 horsepower with 71 lb.ft of torque with improved agility and handling. Other additions include an LED dash illumination for better night visibility, a 20mm mirror extension kit and as a weight reduction aid, aluminum belt tensioner pulling with had a positive effect on acceleration.
2012 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
The third most popular Ducati model of the decade is the Hypermotard 1100 EVO. It quickly took command as ruler of the road with handlebars that feature a wide and tapered sectioning. The full-length seat added amazing comfort along with improved movement during extreme riding situations. This bike is in the lightweight class weighing just 379 pounds. Its power was increased to 95 horses thanks to precision tuning in its evolution. The L-Twin engine operates with Desmo technology in a 1100cc version with 7 6 lb-ft. of torque @ 5750 RPM.
2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S
In 2010, the Multi 1260 made an impressive appearance and at first glance, you may believe that the 2018 new edition is a revival of the bike from 2010. Aesthetically, there’s a family resemblance, but the new Multi S-edition has undergone a dramatic evolution with updates that make it a generation apart from its parent model. Add a Skyhook semi-active suspension that it was granted in 2013 and its 2015 upgrade to Desmodromic variable timing. Follow these up with a color dash unit, saddlebag latches, and quite a few more goodies. It retains the same 1,262cc engine but the wheelbase has been lengthened.
2018 Ducati Panigale V4
The much anticipated 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 is the best motorcycle produced by the brand in the decade. It is the successor to the V-twin 1299 which was Ducati’s flagship motorcycle. This version is impressively designed and engineered with the inclusion of an engine that is a derivative of the Desmosedici MotoGP racing engine, called the Desmosedici Stradale V4. The 1103cc power source is a 4-valve 90 degrees V4 that cranks 214 horsepower with 91.5 lb-ft of torque. It’s a comfortable motorcycle that supplies an ample boost of speed for tearing up with the track but it’s just as much at home on the open road if you’re of a mind to take a tour. It’s quite aesthetically pleasing but the beauty of this bike is just the icing on the cake. It’s a high performer that covers a multitude of intentions nicely.