How Much Are Ducati Motorcycles? Are They Really That Expensive?

How Much Is a Ducati Motorcycle  

Ducati is a well-known Italian motorcycle manufacturer out of Bologna, Italy. Their parent organization is Lamborghini (a subsidiary of Audi) which itself is telling about their premium brand status.

Ducati motorcycles are made for both the street and racing. While Ducati Energia manufactures electrical components, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A and Ducati Corse Manufacture the bikes and run the racing component of the brand.

Ducati motorcycles are primarily associated with supersport bikes, racing motorcycles, sleek cruisers, and high-end, expensive versions of all of the above.

Varying Costs

How much a Ducati motorcycle costs swings in price more than you might expect. While many people associate the brand with expensive bikes, there are some options in the $15,000 range and even under $10,000. If you do a little research, you can find some Ducati bikes in the ballpark of $8,000 used.

Ducati Monster 797

The Monster 797 is the ideal motorcycle for those who finally want to step foot in the world of Ducati but are first-timers and don’t necessarily want an ultra-premium, top of the line (bank-breaking) model. The 2019 Monster 797 retails for around $9,000—making it one of the most affordable Ducati motorcycles in this year’s lineup.

The Monster 797 is super sporty but also more comfortable to ride than some of the other models, and quite intuitive. The new 2019 Monster 797+ styles in wide handlebars and a trellis frame with a double-sided swinging arm.

The Monster 797+ has 803 ccs of displacement, 73 horsepower with 49 lb.-ft of torque, and has an air-cooled, six-speed, twin-cylinder Desmodue engine. If you are lusting after a Ducati, but just can’t rationalize spending $25,000 (or far more), the reasonably-priced Monster 797 is an excellent option.

Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP

The Ducati Hypermotard is a blend of sport bike and supermoto. The 2019 model brought in improved ergonomics with a narrower fuel tank and wider handlebars. The 2019 model still has 937 ccs of displacement, just like the 2018 model. However, this year the Hypermotard got a new exhaust cam, larger throttles, and higher compression along with re-designed exhaust plumbing.

This year Hypermotard is also 8 pounds lighter, at 931 pounds. It has a six-speed transmission with 114 horsepower that output 9,000 RPM and 71 lb.-ft of torque. Used motorcycle values for 2019 can be as low as $12,000.

Hypermotard starts around $14,000 but vary, naturally, depending on where you buy from and the condition. Prices of motorcycles can swing thousands of dollars from region to region, and used Ducati prices are no exception. For the SP edition, expect to pay $3,000 to $4,000 more.

Ducati Multistrada 950S

The Multistrada 950 comes back in 2019 with many tweaks, as well as an S level, which this bike hasn’t had before. The S upgrade is no joke, as it's chock full of top-spec features with over 400 setting options on the five-inch TFT display. The Multistrada did not see a massive aesthetic overhaul in 2019, but the S-edition is a significant change for this motorcycle.

Some of these attributes include settings for dampening, traction control, specific rider modes, and so on. This plethora of rider settings is one of the more unique qualities this year—it’s all about personalizing the bike for rider preferences. Among these are four standard ride settings: Enduro, Sport, Touring, and Urban.

If all these settings seem overwhelming, there are full descriptions to help the motorcyclist understand how each mode works. Roughly 80 percent of the max 71 lb.-ft in the Multistrada from 3500 to 9500 rpm is usable torque, rather than just horsepower. This translates into shifting less and more relishing of the ride. The 2019 Multistrada ranges from around $13,000 to $18,000.

Ducati Diavel

The 2019 Diavel was created to upset convention. The concept of this bike was to combine the highest aspects of a sport bike, a standard/naked, a cruiser, and a superbike. The look somehow makes sense with all of those—you can see sport bike quality mixed with a standard and a cruiser all in one. The chassis quietly alludes to the Ducati Superbike while blending each style.

2019 saw an altered riding position with a more opened saddle. The pegs also shifted back somewhat. The result is less sportbike than the Ducati Monster 1200, but less cruiser than the XDiavel design was.

The Diavel 1260 weighs in at 538 pounds and has 159 horsepower. Prices for the 2019 model (new) start at $20,400 and bump up to about $23,000 for the S level, which boasts better suspension and more technology bonuses.

Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati’s Panigale V4 is a top of the line bike and is the brand’s first model produced for the masses with a four-cylinder engine. The Panigale V4 took over for 1299 as the top of the line’s production of supersport bikes. The new models have a redesign that is signature Ducati with an ultra-modern look. The advanced chassis meets with modern technology to make the V4 more than just a bike.

The engine, which propels the 363-pound bike, is a beast, with 214 horsepower in the 998 ccs, 90-degree V-4 (2019 model). It can generate 11,500 rpm in the street legal version. There is traction control, cornering anti-lock brakes (ABS), Ducati power launch, slide control, adjustable engine-braking, updated suspension, and even wheelie control in the new models.

The Panigale V4 also has a titanium exhaust system by Akrapovič with exceptional quality control. The S level has electronic damping within the Öhlins fork and shock. The base level Panigale V4 starts at $21,200, and for the Panigale V4 S model, expect a price tag of around $27,500.

Ducati Desmosedici

The Ducati Desmosedici D16RR is not just a mouthful; it’s the cost of a decent house in some places. This limited-edition motorcycle is ranked among the most expensive bike in the world as of 2019, coming in with a price tag of $232,500.

Part of the insane cost of this bike comes from the quality of construction. The Desmosedici is loaded with carbon fiber. There are carbon fiber wheels, swingarm, and don’t forget the weight-bearing frame. Even the gas tank, fenders, and tail are carbon.

Many of the mechanical components are crafted from super strength titanium—even the bolts. If it’s not titanium, avionic-quality aluminum was used. This is the high end within the premium models, and one of the examples of how expensive a Ducati can be.

How Much is a Ducati

There are several more options in the brand’s lineup, and when you go back to a used model that was discontinued, the list grows. February is typically a fantastic time of year to get a reasonable price on a motorcycle, and if you venture out of your region, you can find excellent deals around the country.

The cost of shipping can often be far less than the full amount you would pay for a bike where you live if you reside in an expensive area. The average price of a Ducati is hard to pin down, as many models cost around $15,000, but others start at about $65,000.

The key is to do your research, compare different motorcycles, and look around at bikes for sale out of your area to see if you can find a better deal. Don’t forget to take one for a spin before buying online. Motorcycles, Ducati included, are highly personal.