According to a new vehicle identification (VIN) decoder revealed by Motorcycle.com, Ducati mentions a 659cc single-cylinder four-valve liquid-cooled engine. The decoder was submitted to US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in September 2022 and includes a list of engines for the updated 2023 models.
Most of these engines can be matched with Ducati motorcycles, except the 659cc single.
If Ducati is building a single-cylinder engine, it will not be the first time that it does. The original Scramblers of the 60s and 70s used single-pot engines. All of these dots could be connected to a new entry-level Scrambler perhaps.
The older Scrambler motorcycles from the yesteryear apart, Ducati has been into building bikes 800cc and above, along with a reluctance to indulge in smaller displacement bikes. European big bike makers are beginning to aim at the smaller, affordable motorcycle market, Ducati’s rivals like Triumph and BMW Motorrad are surely indulging in the newfound prospects of the mass market.
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Triumph Motorcycle has a tie-up with Bajaj Auto, in fact, the upcoming small displacement roadster has been spotted testing a number of times already. BMW Motorrad in partnership with TVS Motor Company produces 300cc motorcycles that include the G 310 R, GS, and RR.
The World Premiere series did not include this rumoured entry-level Ducati that should bring about a milestone change for the brand, especially in emerging motorcycle markets around the world. Details are scarce for now but the new year should bring news on the matter.