Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ducati Alabang, Ducati Manila & the Ducati Monster 821

Ducati Alabang Opening

June 16 saw the opening of Ducati Alabang.   A number of hardcore Ducati fans spent the afternoon and evening on cocktail and social conversations towards fellow fanatics.  The Ducati Alabang is situated just along the Filinvet ave., and is very easy to access and has a nice well guarded basement parking.

Mr. Bimbo Isidro of MCP, Mr. Binggoy Berenguer of Motoworld and yours truly.

Ducati Manila Opening

With the intent to paint the town red, Ducati opened another store in the Metro, Ducati Manila in Katipunan, wherein they just opened the Ducati Alabang the day before.  It's where the Ducati Motto Caffe is located.  Ducati fans flocked in to witness this event, not only for the mere purpose of socialization, but to see the new Ducati bike that will be launched.

Mr. Al Camba of Inside Racng, the the Together We Ride couple, Mr. and Mrs Gabriel.

I always love it when Mr. Bichara explains about a bike.  His in-depth knowledge, technical skills, and modulated voice always find me in awe listening to what he has to say about a bike.  He explained what the Monster 821 is all about, including differences and similarities to other Ducati bikes.

Mr. Lester Dizon of Motorcycle Magazine and a future Ducatista sold his other bike to get himself a Ducati Monster 821.  Fine choice I should say!

The Ducati Unlimited Club, my "clubmates" and riding buddies 2 years ago in the Mindanao Freedom Ride.  I love these humble and fun loving people.

The BROD's Misters Alex and Joey Ermita

Special guest of the night was Senator JV Ejerito 

Cousins Mr. Miguel Bichara and Mr. Jay Carrion had a hard time deciding who's group is faster, Club 200 or ATAT?

Ducati's first couple Mr. Toti Alberto and Mrs. Joy Cua Alberto were hosts of the night, a rare sight.

The fine guys from down south, Norminring, led by Mr. Jondi Lacson.

Ehem, Mr. Rally Zamora...

Mr. Raymon Gabriel and Mr, Joey Ermita presented me a BROD sticker.  I was a Diavelista for a moment when I joined in last year's Mindanao Freedom Ride and was lent the personal bike of Mr. Jondi Lacson of Norminring, to this day, one of the best experiences of my entire life.

Ducati Monster 821 Launch

Getting those bike lovers for the Ducati Manila opening, I would like to think, was just an excuse for an evening out good friends and fine booze and foods.  But there's no excuse wanting to witness the launch of the one of the best mid-range bike, the Ducati Monster 821.

Ducati Monster 821 Specifiations:

Engine: Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Displacement: 821cc
Bore x Stroke: 88 x 67.5mm
Compression ratio: 12.8:1
Power: 82.4 kW (112 hp) @ 9,250 rpm
Torque: 89.4 Nm (65.8 lb-ft) @ 7,750 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection system, 53mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire
Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler and aluminium and cap; lightweight 2-1 system with catalytic converter with 2 lambda probes
Gearbox: 6 speed
Primary drive: Straight cut gears, ratio 1.85:1
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
Final drive: Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 46
Clutch: APTC slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with control cable
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinders head
Front suspension: 43mm fully adjustable usd forks
Front wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50" x 17"
Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable monoshock. Aluminium double-sided swingarm
Rear wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 5.50" x 17"
Rear tyre: 180/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front wheel travel: 130mm (5.1in)
Rear wheel travel: 140mm (5.5 in)
Front brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 callipers, 4-pistons, axiial pump with ABS as standard
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment
Instrumentation: LCD display
Dry weight: 179.5kg (395.7lb)
Wet weight: (KERB)205.5kg (453lb)
Seat height: Adjustable 785 - 810 mm (30.9 - 31.9)
Wheelbase: 1480mm (58.3in)
Rake: 24,3°
Trail: 93.2mm (3.7in)
Fuel tank capacity: 17.5l - (4.6 US gal)
Number of seats: Dual seat