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Ducati Vyper to Rival VMax and V-Rod?

Monday, March 23, 2009
Is Ducati expanding into the bruiser cruiser market? Is the Italian motorcycle manufacturer really looking to compete with Star Motorcycles’ V-Max and Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod and Muscle? I say, bring it on. Usually it’s the other guys in the office that snag invites to the Ducati intros. But the Ducati Vyper just might fall into the power cruiser category, which means maybe I’ll get a chance to ride it if it the new Ducati Vyper is more than just a rumor.

Italian motorsports publication Motociclismo posted pictures of the hybrid streetfighter/dragster this past weekend. Though it was reported that Ducati is denying the Vyper’s existence, Ducati said the same thing about the Streetfighter a year ago, while today Motorcycle USA.com’s Road Test Editor Adam Waheed is in Spain preparing to ride the Streetfighter at the Ascari racetrack. And Claudio Domenicali said that the Company was looking to branch out into segments that the Italian marquee doesn’t compete in yet. Is the musclebike category Ducati’s new frontier?

It’s reported the Vyper will feature a stroked version of the company’s Testastretta engine in a V-configuration. The liquid-cooled 1400cc engine is said to put out in the range of 170 hp. It will feature Ducati’s signature steel trellis frame and its tank and tail section will be angular and aggressive, similar to the styling on the Streetfighter. The Vyper’s backside is highlighted by a meaty 240mm tire on the rear mounted to an aluminum swingarm. Dual exhausts run along the lower right side.

Motociclismo reports that we could see the Ducati Vyper reach showrooms by 2010. I know we just finished pitting the 2009 Suzuki B-King against the 2009 Star Motorcycles VMax. Maybe next year we can throw in the Harley-Davidson Muscle and the Ducati Vyper and see which one of these muscle bikes is the ‘King of the Quarter-Mile.’
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Comments
Rob -Why include V-Rods in that? October 5, 2009 09:51 PM
They're nowhere near as powerful as a VMAX, or the 170 bhp of the rumored Vyper. Just because Harley calls it the V-Rod Muscle doesn't mean it has any, it's just a styling thing, a poser bike. Sort of like the Rocker, but for the VRSC line up. Back to the Vyper, I hope Ducati doesn't do this, at least not with the looks of that thing, it's far too ugly to bear the Ducati name.
Delta425 -Vyper March 24, 2009 09:27 AM
Actually my 1098 needs less maintenance than the VTX1800 I had, which in turn was considerably less than the 2 Harleys I had.
steve -Vyper March 24, 2009 04:23 AM
I think those looking at buying a cruiser would be turned off by the high maintainance of a Ducati. Compared to custom choppers, the Ducati is probably similar in maintainance. But, a buyer looking for a custom bike doesnt shop at Ducati dealers (or a Honda dealer).
Superlight -Ducati Vyper March 23, 2009 03:51 PM
I get nervous when a manufacturer tries to cover every market segment with product. They usually water down the entries to fit the segment requirements. Would Ducati really de-tune and up-size a Testastretta engine to compete with V-Rods and V-Maxes? If they do, it had better be the class leader in performance.