MCN's photographers have managed to snap these photos of the 2010 Ducati adventure tourer, revealing several key details. The machine will be powered by the same water-cooled 1099cc v-twin as the Ducati Streetfighter, using that model as a basis for a taller adventure touring bike.
Update: Motor.nl has a couple of new shots that better reveal the machine's size and stance. We've added them above. Man, that pillion seat is huge.
It's not currently known if this machine will replace the Ducati
Multistrada or Ducati Hypermotard in the range or coexist with them as
a more expensive, more capable alternative. We're leaning towards the
latter, with this bike possibly replacing the Multistrada, but not the
Hypermotard. As such, we expect the new machine to evolve the
Hypermotard's styling and capability, specifically its abbreviated
front fender -- shown here featuring integrated ram air intakes -- and
low-profile sports tires. As evidenced by these pictures of a nearly
completed, but disguised, prototype the new bike will also use a
Also standing out in the images is the weird exhaust. At first glance
it looks like the Streetfighter's shotgun setup, but the collector in
front of the rear wheel is new, possibly indicating that the new
machine will use a new, very abbreviated unit almost reminiscent of
that employed on bikes like the 2009 Yamaha R6.
Ducati has already shown this model to dealers, but as yet no pictures
or details have leaked. We expect an official unveiling at November's
EICMA show in Milan, but if you come across any info or images before
then, please email us (that goes for all news tips by the way).