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.