Ducati’s state-of-the-art MIG-RR electric bike

The Ducati MIG-RR electric bike combines some of the best cycle components on the market

Superbike world champion Troy Bayliss rides the Ducati MIG-RR electric bike
Superbike world champion Troy Bayliss rides the Ducati MIG-RR electric bike

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 MIG-RR has a 250-watt motor and carbon fibre handlebars
The MIG-RR has a 250-watt motor and carbon fibre handlebars

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.

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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.

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