International Motorcycle And Bicycle Show

Ducati opens the show in Milan with its new products for 2004

The gates are opening at the 71st edition of EICMA, the international motorcycle and bicycle show in Milan. The first motorcycle manufacturer to meet the press was Ducati, which presented its new line for 2004. The entire world of Ducati is on display in an 800 square meter space at stand number 22. Ducati is set to welcome thousands of fans of this celebrated Italian motorcycle maker with its full range of bikes, accessories and apparel destined for stores and racetracks in 2004.

"The successes on the track (the MotoGP, the World Superbike title, along with the fantastic performances of the 999 in the Superstock championships), and enthusiastic reception given to our new products like the 999, the Multistrada and the Monster S4R, have helped us to react to difficult conditions," Minoli told the gathering of journalists at the show's opening.

"An important event like the EICMA Show gives us the chance to interact with the trade and other members of our passion-fuelled community. The new models for 2004 represent a continued commitment by Ducati to anticipate the evolution of the market, a market which can count on our creativity and technical inventiveness, and on the great passion which has always made our products stand out."

There are many new offerings from Ducati. Each family has been upgraded to improve performance, comfort and style. The Sport Touring family is entirely new. The three models of this family have all been re-styled and functionally improved. In particular, there is a new entry, the ST3, powered by an all new three-valve per cylinder engine, making Ducati's entry touring bike even more comfortable and enjoyable to ride.

The Superbike family has also been enriched. Continuous improvements to the top-of-the-line family include the significant upgrade of the 749S Testastretta engine (upping the horse-power from 103 to 110), and the introduction of the 749R, born for the racetrack, developed in close collaboration with Ducati's racing department, and the most technologically advanced motorcycle in the current Ducati range. The Ducati 999, with updated performance and features for 2004, is the reigning World Superbike Champion in just its first year of competition.

The Monster family will also be on display, with the new Monster 620, which features a 6-speed engine. In addition, it boasts the new ATPC clutch, developed exclusively for Ducati, which drastically reduces the effort required to actuate the clutch lever, improving the performance and comfort of this Ducati classic.

In the wake of the huge success of the cult film "The Matrix Reloaded " - which features a Ducati 998 in an acclaimed and ground-breaking chase sequence - Ducati presented two limited edition "Matrix" bikes in collaboration with Warner Brothers: a Monster 620 and a 998, both painted in the evocative dark green graphics seen in the film.

New colours (a black Multistrada and 749), as well as the latest series of new accessories and apparel, complete Ducati's presentation of the 2004 line-up.

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