Spy Photos: Ducati Massive Breach sits up and begs

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These photos, snapped by the modernist transportation enthusiasts at Le Container, give us the clearest look yet at the riding position of Ducati’s upcoming muscle bike. A archetypal example of sit-up-and-beg, the new Ducati does without the non-functional feet-forward riding position of traditional cruisers. Does that hint at a bike that should forever alter the way we think about cruiser performance? The guys at MCN, who shared some of the high-res photos in the gallery below, say yes.

Lacking an official name (some assert it’ll be called Ducati Diavel, a name so terrible we refuse to acknowledge it), we’ve decided to call the muscle bike/cruiser thing the “Massive Breach,” quoting designer JT Nesbitt’s scathing take on what it means for the Ducati brand. You know, as in, “massive breach of brand trust and honesty,” thanks to the fitment of components like the apparently 240-section rear tire that threaten to choose questionable style over certain function.

MCN, who have carefully stalked the bike since the first clay model shots leaked, and others with inside knowledge of the project have cautioned us to amend our cynical take  on the Massive Breach, suggesting that despite falling into the cruiser category, the Ducati should do real motorcycle things just like, well, a Ducati should. We’re assured handling, stopping and practicality will be present even if it’ll clearly be more of a straight line performer than, say, a Streetfighter.

Also evident for the first time in these photos are the vertical strip LED front turn signals that neatly mirror those in the rear.

Thanks to the MCN shots (the non-highway ones in the gallery below) we can see that the Massive Breach appears to make use of a neat solution to hide its pillion pegs, which hinge at the hanger instead of the peg to neatly fold up beneath the seat.

Note: the Le Container shots appear to have been snapped on a cell phone camera which has somewhat altered the perspective and skewed some of the proportions. So don’t worry, we’re sure Ducati has fitted round wheels.

Special thanks to our ever-knowledgeable friends at MCN.

  • Cheese302

    I have always been a bit on the positive side about this bike, that said i do hate the headlight/side panel treatment, but the rest of the bike i like. the hidden passenger pegs are sweet. I know it’ll cost a ton, so i am out anyway.

  • 6mt

    not a very good looking bike at all.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I like the license plate holder…. and that’s about it.

    Last time we saw this, I thought it looked huge. Now it looks pretty small. Whats up with that?

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  • robotribe

    It’s a perfectly awful mashup of modern cruiser and modern naked bike. Strangely, the wheelbase doesn’t look much longer than a Monster 1100, but the rider is shifted back towards the rear, sits a little lower and has forward foot controls. Weird. No–terrible,actually.

    As strange as it sounds to hear myself say it, I think Ducati would have been better off fully committing to a cruiser with more conventional cruiser looks; the Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 or Triumph Thunderbird come to mind.

  • http://pics.zenerves.net/index.php?gallery=vehicules tropical ice cube

    [Sarcastic mode: ON] As if, Ducati Marketing Department _just_ realised 80% of their customership are poseurs. If not 90. [Mode: Off]

    Seriously: why do you think Porsche builds a 4-door saloon or Saab 4×4 SUVs? It’s called Brand Recognition, and once you have that, you fill all slots, that’s about it.

    And why didn’t everybody but me whined, shouted and cried when Duc did a Trail? And then a Supermoto? It’s as much treason as a cruiser, actually. And I don’t remember anyone drawing their guns on KTM doing a naked roadster, and then a pure bred SBK.

    It may even be a good one, as in V-Max-Good; but again: why is Ducati allowed to do _anything_ but a cruiser?

    I, for one, is waiting for a red moped with steel treillis and USD forks.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      +1 on the moped w/trellis.

      I think the issue with the cruiser vs the Multistrada, Hypermotard and whatnot is that, as JT pointed out, this is the first Ducati to ever wear a major component that will unarguably sacrifice performance in the pursuit of questionable style. That 240 has been chosen for one reason and one reason only and will objectively reduce the bike’s handling ability.

      The ‘Strada is just a new market segment, this cruiser marks a departure from Ducati’s traditional brand values.

      • pdub

        {this is the first Ducati to ever wear a major component that will unarguably sacrifice performance in the pursuit of questionable style.}

        except for maybe, uh the single sided swingarm which they scurried back to on their superbikes for reasons other than performance. But we love SSSA’s!

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Ah, but we can argue that one. SSSAs were supposed to make tire changes easier for racing.

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  • shawn.bassplayer

    Maybe I don’t get it yet. I kinda like it, but I don’t understand why they have the foot controls so close to the rider. Are they trying make a performance cruiser? Usually, when you move from a sport bike to a cruiser, you exchange performance for comfort. I would think that your legs/knees would be killing after a couple hours of riding. Who wants to ride a cruiser if your going to be uncomfortable. Might as well stick with the sportbike.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Midmount foot controls like these will be far more comfortable than forward controls and as an added bonus they’ll allow you to control the bike too.

      • shawn.bassplayer

        Midmount controls tend to be more comfortable if they are placed correctly. These seem to be higher and further back than they should be.

  • http://www.davidfolch.com david folch

    Wes… “We’re assured handling, stopping and practicality will be present (…)”
    since when Ducatis are practical ?
    maybe the Multi 1200… (with the worst side-case ever)
    but did you ever tried to bring a U-lock on a Ducati ?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Not really talking about that kind of practicality, more that it’ll actually be ridable and usable an safe and not impossible to push around in your garage.

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