Those familiar with the name Ducati will invariably associate it with the ground-shaking rumble of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s signature V-twin engines – but the latest two-wheeler to carry the name is an all-but-silent, electrically-assisted bicycle.
Developed and built in collaboration with the Ducati Design Centre by specialist Piedmontese electric mountain bike maker Thok, the MIG-RR is a state-of-the-art EMTB that combines the engineering and ergonomic design for which Ducati motorcycles are famous with some of the best cycle components on the market.
The 29in and 27.5in wheels are made by Mavic; the long-travel suspension comes from Fox Factory; and the handlebars are carbon fibre jobs made by the highly regarded British firm Renthal.
At the heart of the matter, meanwhile, is a Shimano Steps E8000 250-watt electric motor that automatically cuts-in to provide a useful power boost when the going gets tough, making it possible to ride the MIG-RR further, faster, higher and for longer than a conventional pedal-only machine – all virtues we extolled earlier this year in our group test of some of the best EMTBs on sale.
Although the standard MIG-RR is available only in Ducati’s classic black, red and white livery, a range of customising accessories is already available, ranging from battery covers, saddles and chain protectors to garage stands, tyre pumps and toolkits.
Offered in a variety of frame sizes from small (154cm to 165cm) to extra-large (184cm), the bike may be tried out at selected Ducati dealers and ordered online, either for delivery to a Ducati store or direct to the purchaser’s home, and costs €6,250 in standard form.