The numbers are shocking. Before I’ve even gone near the new V4 we’ve read the spec sheet and Ducatis’ newest sportsbike, the V4 is putting out 214 horse power at 13,000 rpm while having a dry weight of only 174 kilos. This is the first mass production Ducati to feature a V4 block and it’s only possible because of the companies involvement in MotoGP.
Hondas new Goldwing is a thoroughly new machine with a raft of new features. Yet cleverly, it isn’t any less of a Goldwing than the previous model. The flagship touring motorcycle was first launched 43 years ago. It has continued to grow in engine size and capability ever since.
The K1600 engine and platform has been put to work in another model and the ‘Bagger’ looks big! The chassis is no larger than the original GT but the lack of top box married to the tapered panniers and the low screen give it the impression of being wider and longer than it actually is.