Ducati | 2014 Sportbike Buyer's Guide

Research new Ducati motorcycles. Sport Rider has specifications and price comparisons of many 2014 Ducati sportbike models.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring/Pikes Peak/Granturismo $19,995/$22,495/$22,295
Engine: L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin Seat Height: 33.5 in. Wheelbase: 60.2 in.

The Multistradas all feature Bosch-Brembo ABS, riding modes, traction control, and Ducati's Skyhook Suspension; S Touring and S Granturismo versions are equipped with luggage and touring-oriented accessories, while the S Pikes Peak model has a Termignoni exhaust and forged Marchesini wheels. The standard version is not offered in the US this year.

Ducati 1199 Panigale/S/R/Superleggera $18,995/$24,495/$30,995/$65,000
Engine: L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin Seat Height: 32.5 in. Wheelbase: 56.6 in.

The new addition to the 1199 Panigale family this year is the Superleggera (Super Light), which is based on the R model and has titanium connecting rods and other lightened engine internals as well as race-spec Öhlins suspension. The front frame section is made from magnesium, while the rear subframe is carbon fiber. Just 500 units will be produced.

Ducati Diavel/Dark/Carbon $18,995/$17,695/$20,495
Engine: L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin Seat Height: 30.3 in. Wheelbase: 62.6 in.

The three Diavel models return unchanged this year, with 162 hp courtesy of their Testastretta 11-degree 1,198cc engines, all kept in check with traction control, riding modes, and ABS as standard equipment. The lighter Carbon model features carbon-fiber bits and forged Marchesini wheels, while the Dark version features a matte black finish.

Ducati 899 Panigale $14,995
Engine: L-C 8V 898 V-Twin Seat Height: 32.5 in. Wheelbase: 56.1 in.

The middleweight Panigale features a Superquadro engine with dimensions more oversquare than the 848 and a claimed 148 hp, plus a monocoque chassis similar to the 1199 models. An extensive suite of electronic aids includes DTC, engine brake control, three riding modes, and ABS as standard equipment. Available in traditional red or white (add $300).

Ducati Monster 1200/S $13,495/$15,995
Engine: L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin Seat Height: 30.9-31.9 in. Wheelbase: 59.5 in.

The new Monster has a second-generation Testastretta 11-degree DS engine (with 135 hp!) and a new trellis frame that mounts to the cylinder heads à la the Panigale models. Other upgrades include an adjustable seat height and TFT color instrument panel. The S model has 10 more horsepower along with Öhlins suspension, different wheels, and high-dollar brake calipers.

Ducati Streetfighter 848 $13,495
Engine: L-C 8V 849 V-Twin Seat Height: 33.0 in. Wheelbase: 58.1 in.

The middleweight Streetfighter offers “pure motorcycling thrills” and “delivers instant, knockout riding enjoyment,” according to Ducati, thanks to its combination of 848 Testastretta 11-degree engine (tamed with traction control), chassis geometry derived from the Superbike family, and upright ergonomics. It returns unchanged this year in red or dark stealth.

Ducati Hyperstrada $13,495
Engine: L-C 8V 821 V-Twin Seat Height: 32.7-33.5 in. Wheelbase: 58.7 in.

Introduced last year and based on the Hypermotard models, the Hyperstrada is a cross-over between motard and touring. As such, it is equipped with such amenities as a touring windscreen and seat, side luggage, and passenger grab handles in addition to ABS and DTC as standard equipment. Unchanged for 2014, it's available in red or white.

Ducati Hypermotard/SP $11,995/$14,495
Engine: L-C 8V 821 V-Twin Seat Height: 33.5-34.2/35.0 in. Wheelbase: 59.1/59.3 in.

After riding the new Hypermotards last year, Bradley said they have “a more user-friendly engine, improved electronics, and a less, well, hyper feel” than the previous model. Both feature ABS, DTC, and riding modes as standard; SP adds beefy Marzocchi fork, Öhlins shock, Marchesini forged wheels, and a smattering of carbon fiber.

Ducati Monster 796 $10,495
Engine: A-C 4V 803 V-Twin Seat Height: 31.5 in. Wheelbase: 57.1 in.

The introduction of the show-stealing Monster 1200 this year means the 796 and 696 Monsters are the only Ducatis powered by the time-tested and staff-favorite Desmodue air-cooled engine. The 796 is distinguished from the 696 by its 10-spoke wheels and single-sided swingarm. ABS is standard; no changes for 2014, and it's available in red or black.

Ducati Monster 696 $9,295
Engine: A-C 4V 696 V-Twin Seat Height: 30.3 in. Wheelbase: 57.1 in.

The smallest Monster aims to appeal to a wide range of riders; as such, it has an even lower seat height than the 796, along with the same easy-to-reach handlebars, adjustable levers, and standard ABS. “Every rider will find it easy to master,” Ducati says. This year it's offered in red (with red frame), white (black frame), and dark stealth (black frame).