Ducati appears to be looking firmly ahead and not backwards as it continues an impressive rollout of new models that began with the Streetfighter, hit top gear with the Multistrada 1200 and will soon see the controversial launch of the Diavel power cruiser when the model is debuted next month at the EICMA show in Milan. Something had to give and it was the Sportclassic range which has been discontinued for 2011.
As we predicted in our 2011 Ducati Model Lineup Predictions, the Sportclassic range has been quietly snuffed out as part of the official announcements at the Intermot show in Cologne. Already reduced to just the GT1000 in the USA, we speculated a year ago it was likely a prelude to bidding the range farewell.
If you would like an air-cooled twin, you still have options in the Monster and Hypermotard ranges but if its the sporting crouch you crave, you’ll need to step up to the 4-valve, liquid cooled Superbike range.