Translating to “open road” it now looks like Ducati’s forthcoming adventure bike is going to be called the Ducati Strada Aperta. In the same vein as the Yamaha TDM, current Triumph Tiger and the KTM 990 SMT, the Strada Aperta is completely road-oriented despite sharing its height and riding position with adventure tourers. It’s also clearly liquid-cooled, but it’s not readily apparent if that’s the 1099cc engine from the Ducati Streetfighter or the larger 1198.4cc engine.
Over the previous round of spy photos, these new shots actually tell us
very little. The abbreviated front mudguard also appears to act as an
intake, expect Ducati 1198-inspired headlights, an abbreviated
low-slung exhaust, a single-sided swingarm, 17-inch wheels and a high,
elongated, dirt bike-style tail rather than the 1198-style unit that’s
making the rounds in sketches. Oh, and there’s also a two-piece cast/trellis frame as on the Monster.
It’s also still not clear where the Strada Aperta will sit in the
Ducati lineup. Clearly, since it’s water-cooled, it’ll be more
expensive than the Ducati Multistrada, but will it replace that model?
It’s actually quite impressive that we don’t have an answer to all
these questions yet, dealers were shown the bike last summer and Ducati
is typically more leaky than this. According to some potential
customers, those same dealers are still prepared to currently take
deposits on the bike and are even forecasting deliveries late this
year, indicating that the model could be launched earlier than the
EICMA show in November.