A Playful Middle Child for North America’s Ducatisti
Ducati’s just refreshed their perfect middle child that sits between the base-level Hypermotard 950 and the top-spec 950 SP. She’s called the RVE – and this year, she got a facelift to accompany the whoolies.
Let’s dig in.
This particular model scheme was sneaked at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, with the real deal featuring the up/down quickshifter that comes as standard on the SP.
As for the wicked graffiti style, Asphalt and Rubber details that the process was a bit of a headache for Team Red.
“To make the ‘graffiti’ paint scheme feasible for mass production [of the Hypermotard 950 RVE], Ducati had to create a whole new painting process that employed highly trained workers and extra-thin decals.”
The end is result is apparently very similar to the concept of ‘airbrushing’ the graphics into the paint itself – a new style for a new bike.
Apart from the obligatory droolworthy decals, Ducati’s press release tells us the Borgo Panigale’s 950 RVE also features the Hypermotard’s heart of choice – the twin cylinder Testastretta – alongside “the standard Bosch Cornering ABS with Slide by Brake function (in setting 1), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.”
With 114hp @ 9,000rpm and over 80% of the 9.8kgm of torque, readily available @ 3,000rpm, you’re guaranteed a thumper of a toy to brighten up the more serious part of your garage.
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