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Sep 17, 2002

2003 Ducatis Revealed

From a press release:


With more Superbike titles than all other marques combined, Ducati innovates and evolves its Superbike family of motorcycles with no-holds-barred racetrack performance and unique style. This year the new and revolutionary 999 Testastretta and 749 Testastretta join the classic 998 and 748, which will remain available only in standard versions. These are motorcycles that seem to be in motion, even when at rest, confirming their forward-thinking Italian design. And of course only the highest quality components and race proven engines, suspension and braking systems ensure that the Ducati Superbikes continue to lead the way.

The new Ducati 999 Testastretta and 749 Testastretta represent the evolution of the formula that has dominated the world of Superbike racing for more than a decade. The Ducati approach to motorcycle design requires the constant and evolutionary development of engine and chassis technologies to create motorcycles of lasting value for their enthusiasts.

The 999 and 749 are revolutionary in the sense that they are the next step forward in Superbike design - and a generational leap ahead. They feature traditional Ducati trademarks - trellis frame, L-Twin engine, and Desmodromic valve actuation - together with all-new elements like CAN line electronics, new aerodynamic solutions, asymmetrical exhaust system, responsible clean-air compliance, focus on rider ergonomics, design modularity and ease of maintenance.

The classic Ducati 998 and 748 utilize the race-proven ALS450 trellis frame, superior Brembo brakes and fully adjustable suspension front and rear for no-compromise handling and stability.

For 2003 Ducati Superbike models technical specifications, click here.


Through decades of constant design evolution, the Ducati Supersport and Sport models have become modern motorcycling icons - with a reputation for great handling, lightweight, smooth power delivery and versatility. Today, the Ducati Supersport family continues to respect and improve the already proven formula of the original. The Ducati Desmo L-twin engine and trellis frame are still a winning combination.

This year Ducati introduces its most exciting Supersport family ever with four new models: 620 Sport and 800 Sport - Supersport 800 and Supersport 1000 DS.

For the first time, the Supersport family includes a new, lightweight entry to the family - the 620 Sport. Economical and easy to handle, but high in performance, it includes all the key features of the big Ducati Supersports. A fuel-injected Desmo engine and trellis frame combine to ensure thrilling performance and confidence-inspiring Ducati handling. Available in a full or half fairing, the 620 Sport delivers distinct Italian design and performance in a package that's easy to ride and inexpensive to own.

Low-end power delivery and simple construction are featured on the 802 cc engine of the 800 Sport and Supersport 800 models. The 800cc engine which replaces the 2002 750 cc engine, features increased power by more than 10 HP. Furthermore, it features a 6-speed gearbox as opposed to the 5 speed gearbox of the 2002 Supersport 750 to fully maximize the new engines sport potential. Also new this year, the king of the class - the Supersport 1000. With its new Dual Spark ("DS") 1000 cc engine, fuel-injection and advanced suspension it is the most advanced and highest performance Ducati Supersport ever.

A confidence-inspiring ride and built with quality throughout, the Supersport and Sport models are a great way to enter the world of Ducati sport motorcycles.

For 2003 Ducati Supersport models technical specifications, click here.


The Ducati sport touring tradition began way back in 1957 with the humble 175TS (Tour Sport), a favourite of chief engineer Gianluigi Mengoli. He notes "compared to the standard 175 Ducati, the TS added more power and comfort with a two-up seat and a relaxed riding position. Today's ST family is much the same; comfort, lots of power and great handling". The Ducati formula of comfort, luggage capacity, a racing-inspired chassis and suspension results in a versatile motorcycle that satisfies the most demanding sport enthusiast.

The Sport Touring family fulfils its Gran Turismo principle with a more relaxed riding position and some of the most powerful Ducati Desmodromic 90° L-twin engines. Adding the Superbike-derived trellis frame, fuel-injection, computer engine management and the latest race-tested braking and suspension systems guarantee confident and capable road manners.

This year, the Ducati Sport Touring range includes the ST2, ST4, ST4s and the all new ST4s ABS. The addition of an advanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to the ST4S line opens a new dimension of safety and confidence in any touring conditions.With 4 different models, highly differentiated in performance and equipment, the Ducati Sport Touring family is aimed at satisfying a wide range of Sport Touring customers, and delivers optimum performance whether touring, sports riding or racing on the track.

For 2003 Ducati Sport Touring models technical specifications, click here.


Since its inception, the Monster has defined a new way of motorcycling. This year, Monsters are available in four different engine capacities: the 620, the all new 800 and 1000, and the radical 916cc S4. Unique hand air-brushed tanks, billet aluminum parts, carbon fiber covers, multiple exhaust systems and literally hundreds of customizing parts to change the look and enhance performance are available. A DUCATIPERFORMANCE customizing catalog is standard equipment with each new Monster.

The new engines of the Monster family are the most important new feature for 2003. The two engine displacements of 2002 (750cc and 900cc) have been replaced with two new displacements (800cc and 1000cc).

The 800cc engine, which replaces the 2002 750cc engine, features increased power by 9 HP and has a 6-speed gearbox, as opposed to the 5 speed gearbox of the 2002 Monster 750, to fully maximize its sports potential. The 800cc engine also features a new all aluminum clutch basket and plates for a lighter bike and reduced inertia.

The top-of-the-range Monster air-cooled engine 1000 DS is equipped with the new dual spark 1000cc engine. The 1000 DS engine features a new all aluminum clutch basket and plates. This reduces weight and noise, and increases acceleration due to the reduced inertia of the new lightweight clutch. In addition, the Monster 1000 DS uses a high performance dry clutch.

For 2003 Ducati Monster models technical specifications, click here.


The Multistrada 1000 Dual Spark (DS) is a versatile, new-generation sport bike that delivers extraordinary performance and design while offering the possibility to ride wherever there is pavement. The Multistrada represents a new family of bikes in the Ducati line-up -- a high spec bike with Superbike componentry that offers much of the convenience, storage and flexibility of the big enduros.

Multistrada 1000 DS
The Multistrada 1000 DS will be launched with a full line of dedicated accessories, parts and apparel. At Munich, Ducati presented its first set of Ducati Performance accessories including: integrated side panniers, luggage rack, carbon fiber accessories and parts, mud guards, sump and variously sized windscreens. Future accessories include customisation kits to create sport, touring and high performance model versions.

After its launch in Milan in 2001, the prototype underwent continuous testing and technical refinement; many of the bike's components have been rethought, reworked and improved upon. The Munich prototype reflects these changes and advancements - each of which enhances the performance of the vehicle. Today, the bike is approximately 95% production-ready. A press launch of the bike is currently planned for early 2003 with production slated to begin in March 2003. The bikes will be manufactured at the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy.

For 2003 Ducati Multistrada technical specifications, click here.
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