Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Meet Carl Fogarty Sunday 5th December 2010

Come along to Ducati Manchester Xmas Classic open day on Sunday 5th December and meet up with WSB legend Carl Fogarty. He will be joining our party from 10am-1pm. We also have an exhibition of classic Ducati's in store to see the Ducati heritage. There will be food and refreshments, the all NEW 2011 CLOTHING RANGE on sale and a huge parts clearence... Come down for a fun filled day at Ducati Manchester

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Ducati Manchester is pleased to announce the launch of a unique 6 month deferred payment campaign commencing on the 1st October 2010. Customers will be able to buy any new bike from Ducati’s award winning range whilst beating the 2.5% VAT increase due to be implemented on the 1st January.

From the 1st October models such as the legendary Monster 696, the acclaimed Multistrada 1200 or any of Ducati’s glorious Superbikes will be available to purchase at 2010 prices with deferred payments for 6 months and then payable over 3 or 4 years with a minimum deposit of 30%*.

14.1% APR Typical

The new campaign will run until the end of 2010 and apply to new models registered before 31st December 2010.

** Offer applies to all new unregistered Ducati motorcycles. Interest is chargeable throughout the term of the loan including the payment holiday.
End date of offer - 31st December 2010. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Finance available through Ducati Finance which is a trading style of Black Horse
Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5BH.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The all new Monster 796

The Monster family introduces the 796, an exciting addition to the line-up that combines the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sports character of the 1100. Delivering 87hp (64kW), a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb) and optional ABS, the stylish new Monster 796 returns the magic of mid-range to the Monster family.

The Monster 796 is fitted with the micro-bikini fairing and single seat cover as standard and features a new seat designed with a comfort-enhancing shape, further accentuated with stylish red stitching. Additional new features also include a rear sub-frame constructed ready to accept new accessory grab-handles designed to provide a confidence-inspiring grip for the passenger, while blending into the natural line of the tail-end.

The riding position has also been revised by reducing the seat height by a full 10mm (compared to the Monster 1100) to 800mm, whilst the handlebars have been raised by 20mm. These changes, together with the redesigned seat shape have improved posture and increased comfort. With the brand new Desmodue 796 engine at the heart of the machine, a single-sided swingarm and revised ergonomics, the Monster 796 perfectly balances lifestyle performance with everyday functionality to enhance the original Monster spirit.

The new Monster 796 comes in traditional Ducati red, new arctic white silk or diamond black silk. All three colours are set against a red Trellis frame and black wheels, which feature a new short-style red flash around the rim side that creates a full red stripe at speed.

Commenting on the launch, Tim Maccabee, Ducati UK MD said "The new 796 Monster is a welcome addition to the family and will be a great bike for people upgrading from a first bike 600 or looking to switch from a Sports 600 whilst wanting to retain style with plenty of real-world performance".

Launched as an early entry model year 2011, the Monster 796 will be available in the UK from May 2010 onwards and will be priced at £6,995, with the ABS version at £7,695.

The all new Ducati 848 Evo.

The 848EVO now further enhances Ducati's most impressive lightweight Superbike ever with more power from the 140bhp Testastretta engine and more braking power from Brembo’s incredible Monobloc brake technology combining to provide an even more exhilarating performance to enter the world of Ducati Superbikes. Call Ducati Manchester or Preston now to book your demo.
"Sexier than a Fireblade, £2000 cheaper than an R1.....the 848 Evo is one hell of a machine" MCN 25.8.10

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ducati Multistrada 1200S takes the win at Pikes Peak!

Following the Ducati Multistrada's incredibly successful market introduction, the top-selling model has now also won its very first international competition with a convincing victory and 3rd place finish in the 1200cc class of the annual Pike's Peak International Hill Climb, held on Sunday high in the mountains above Colorado Springs. The win further underlines world-wide acclaim received for the ground-breaking technology introduced by the Bologna-based company earlier this year.

In the hands of Pike's Peak veteran, Greg Tracy, the Multistrada 1200 S took a massive lead off the start line, and rode up into the clouds to take the top podium position at 14,110 feet (4,300 meters). Tracy ran a smooth race, demonstrating the exceptional on and off-road capabilities of Ducati's innovative new model, which uses electronically controlled "riding-modes" to deliver top performance across all terrains.
"That was an exciting week I've got to say," said Tracy in the post race award ceremony. "I want to thank Ducati for the opportunity they've given me. The Spider Grips Falkner-Livingston Multistrada was an amazing ride. Everyone did an awesome job and that motorcycle is crazy fast. It hit 137mph (220km/h) at one point up the hill and worked great both on the dirt and the asphalt. When I was growing up, and all these factory teams would win races, I was sure they had $100,000 engines and that was why they went so fast. I was wrong. This is my first year on a factory motorcycle and I'll tell you that bike was box-stock standard. It had some carbon, and few tweaks and that was it."

Greg's teammate, Alexander Smith, also put in a formidable performance, ensuring the second Ducati Multistrada entry also made the podium. Alexander fought his way up the mountain in 2nd position and looked set for a 1-2 finish before falling in the last corner and remounting to grab 3rd place.

"I have to repeat everything Greg said about the bike, it was really perfect," said Smith. "The race was good, and if you see the start line footage you can tell how awesome the bike was working. It was a pretty smooth race up until the last corner where I kind of laid it down. I got off real quick and remounted which was still good enough for 3rd, putting both the Multistrada's on the podium."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ducati Roadshow @ Rivington Barn bank holiday Monday 31st May


Join Ducati Manchester and Wyder Motorcycles (Preston Ducati) at Rivington hall barn on bank holiday monday 31st May. Rivington Barn Located alongside the imposing Rivington Hall, at the heart of Rivington Country Park, the magnificent Grade II listed Rivington Hall Barn is one of the North West’s most impressive and unique venues with some great biker roads in the surrounding area. Ducati's roadshow truck will be there with the full 2010 range of bikes to demonstrate including the all new Multistrada 1200S with 3 x BSB champion Niall Mackenzie to take you on your ride.

*to ride a Ducati you need to be over 21 years and have held a bike license for over 2 years - bring both parts of your license and a c/c to swipe in case of any damage.

We will also be at Ponderosa cafe, Horseshoe pass on Sunday the 30th May with the Ducati Truck and full fleet of demonstrators - PLEASE CALL US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ducati 848 Challenge - Round 1


Sorry for the delay in the update from round one. The weekend didnt go as planned i’m afraid!

The weekend began with taking advantage of a ‘Hottrax’ track day on the Thursday to really give the bike a full shake down before the race on sunday. This was the 1st time we had run the maxton suspension, race gearing and racing pads together, all of which didnt disappoint!

There were a few big crashes in the morning sessions which cut the amount of track time on offer on the brand new international circuit. Things began to settle down in the afternoon so we got our heads down and made the minor adjustments to rearset positions and suspension.

We also had chance to see the opposition, Ducati Coventry were also testing their Buildbase 848′s! Both guys looked fast especially Leon Morris who I managed to tag on a couple of laps!

With the tyres we were on now completing almost 3 trackdays we didnt push the bike too hard in the final sessions, the last thing we needed was to repair a crashed bike 2 days before the 1st round. I’ve added some pictures of the bike below after its new sticker job from Rage Designs in Warrington. I think its going to hold its own in the paddock in terms of looks alone!

Round 1 – Silverstone started with a bit of an anti-climax, after signing on we received the entry list for the series which was a little disappointing, only 10 riders down for the championship! Not the original full grid as anticipated when I registered! Due to the low numbers we were grouped with two other race classes being the Dutch Ducati’s and the sound of thunder, all of which were on the bigger Ducati 998, 1098, and 1198′s among other manufacturer’s of bigger twins.

We decided to go into the 1st session, timed practice (most people would call this qualifying) with a different tack to how we usually do it, no pit board! The reason for this is that I didnt want to go out chasing other people and times in the first session out with everyone. I wanted to understand how I performed on my own, no pressure from other riders or a pit board saying I wasnt as fast as I felt!

I managed to get to the gate, ready for our session 1st, and was let out straight away meaning I was 1st on track. As the track was drying I built my speed lap after lap until I felt I had good rhythm, I could feel the back wheel spinning up on the back straight so I knew I wasnt slow. The chequered flag came out and I came in knowing that the bike felt perfect and wondered how quick we managed to be on our own.

Receiving the time sheets 10 mins later confirmed we were second quickest in the challenge, only second to the Ducati Coventry rider Darren Fry, a little over half a second faster. This didnt worry me as I wasnt pushing the bike 100% and knew I could go a little quicker come the first race! We were also 4th fastest overall, faster than all of the bigger Ducati’s!

The race began with a poor start to be honest! The front wheel rose straight away, and I had to briefly shut the throttle to regain control. The row behind were soon behind me and I managed to place myself in 5th into the 1st corner. We all passed through the next flip flop of corners and approached the sharp right hander leading onto the back straight. I tipped into the corner and just as I began to wind the throttle back open I was T-boned by a rider who had to go deep into the corner. I remember seeing the sky and tarmac but that was about it.

I woke up on the grass, well away from the track side and the race had been already restarted in my absence! I think I was out for about 10 mins, all I remember is not being able to work out where I was on the circuit and I couldnt remember what corner I was at!

A quick ambulance ride to the medical center and a good go on the oxygen mask, I was checked over and after an hour had passed my memory began to return along with a head ache from hell!

Due to the fact I was knocked unconscious I wasnt allowed to start the second race, there are no points thus far in the championship! Still looking at the positives at least I’m ok to race again, the next round is at Assen in the Netherlands as Oulton Park is being rescheduled to another date. Until then, please check out some of the photos from the weekend, taken by British Sport Photography and some from the start line by Karen Whitesmith.

More pictures at:

Thanks for the support,


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ducati 848 Challenge 2010

Hi Everyone, Chris has asked me to introduce myself as the official Ducati Manchester entrant into the this years new and exciting Ducati 848 Challenge.

Chris and the team have been kind enough to help me this year, and I'm over the moon that i have the support from the official Ducati Dealer of the year.

The Ducati 848 Challenge is a UK based race series with a major difference because it incorporates events at Assen in Holland and a double header at Misano in Italy during World Ducati Week.

This is a new race series from experienced-hand Chris Bushell (Ducati Desmo Due series organiser for past five-years) in conjunction with Ducati UK and the New Era club. "This is a race series for modern bikes with 125-130bhp run to Superstock rules," explained Chris. "The big news is the chance to race at the World Ducati Weekend in front of 50,000+ Ducati fans at Misano.

The race calendar visits some of the best circuits in the UK including Silverstone, which when combined with Assen and Misano means we are racing on three MotoGP tracks. Oulton Park and Brands Hatch BSB rounds will feature TV coverage.

The confirmed race calendar for the 2010 season is:

25th April - Silverstone
1-3rd May - Oulton Park - BSB round
31st May Assen - Ducati Club Nederland races
12-13th June - Misano - World Ducati Weekend
17/18th July - Snetterton
7/8th August - Brands Hatch - BSB round
11th September - Castle Combe
2/3rd October - Cadwell Park

I will be keeping a diary of all the action from receipt of the bike, changing it to a race machine, and all the highs and lows of the season ahead.

So please keep coming back to check for the latest news and I look forward to posting the progress shortly......

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ducati Manchester Scoop Two Awards

I have just returned from the annual Ducati Conference and am pleased and proud to announce that Ducati Manchester returned with 2 awards for 2009. Ducati Manchester was awarded with the Most Sales in the UK for 2009 which is huge achievement and something I am personally proud of. Customer Service and providing 'that little bit extra' that I would expect when buying a Ducati is what we strive for and selling more Ducati's than any other dealer in the UK is an achievement that i put down to being a solus Ducati Store and our passion for Ducati. We also won the most prestigious award of 'DEALER OF THE YEAR' which I would like to thank all our staff, Ben, Adam, Mike, Mark, Andy, Cate, Sammy, Sergio and Ian that without their dedication and enthusiasm we would not have won this award. I would also like to thank all our customers who have joined 'our family' for their continued support and enthusiasm to all the events, trackdays, ride outs and drinking all our coffee! Without you our dream would not be possible. 2010 will be an exciting year for Ducati and I look forward to meeting many new Ducati owners and seeing you all soon.

Sincere Thanks

Chris Booth


Friday, January 29, 2010

Coronation Street Star Jimi Harkishin orders his new Ducati Multistrada 1200

TV Soap Star Jimi Harkishin, who plays the character Dev in Coronation Street, has joined a number of Ducati Manchester customers who have placed orders for the new Multistrada 1200.
Jimi dropped into the Manchester dealership during the recent Multistrada preview day where interested customers were given a chance for the first time to see the 1200cc bike up close and try it for size.
Jimi found time during a busy day filming to pop in to the Manchester dealership. He commented, ‘I had heard so much about this bike and was desperate to see it. I was a fan and owner of the last Multistrada and I knew this was the bike for me. I placed my order for a Multistrada touring there and then.’
The Corrie star was one of eight Ducati Manchester customers to put down deposits on the day. So far Ducati Manchester has taken deposits for thirty four Multistradas and obviously Ducati Manchester manager Chris Booth is delighted. ‘The interest in this bike has been amazing. Most of the deposits were taken even before we had the bike here and to take another eight on the preview day including Jimi’s is fantastic’.
The Multistrada 1200 is due to be released this spring and is one of the most highly anticipated bikes of 2010. The Multistrada is one of the most advanced road bikes ever produced utilizing a 150hp engine and has four different modes that can alter power output, suspension and traction control according to the type of conditions the rider encounters.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

24th Jan 2010 - Rideout from the Store

Rideout from the Store Sunday 24th - Meet at the Cafe next door for Breakfast around 10.30am depart 11.00am.

Call Gav on 07801 290685 or Speak to Chris in store for further information.

World Ducati Week 2010

World Ducati Week 2010 (WDW affectionately referred to in Italy as Woo de Woo!) is on and Ducati Manchester will be there!! Fancy joining us ?? Then Read on..

The Event has now been confirmed for the 10th-13th June 2010 at the World Famous Misano Circuit in Misano Adriattico on Itlay's eastern sea board about 2 hours south of the Factory at Bologna.

If you haven't heard of Woo De Woo - its a festival of all things Ducati and a huge party thrown by the Factory every 2-3 years - its an event definitely not to be missed for all Ducatisti!!!
Four days of non-stop fun are planned: track sessions, official riders and stunts, evening parties, concerts, motorcycle tours, Ducati Factory and Museum visits, historical bikes exhibitions, conferences, and much more. Not to mention fantastic sunshine, food and wine that's out of this world and some of the best roads in the world!

We are not organising a fixed route this time - instead you choose your route and your pace - and simply meet us in the evenings! We will be providing a Van to carry our customer's luggage down to and back from the event together with a few spares in case the worst happens oh, and our resident Italian Sergio!; We will publish in due course Hotels where will we be staying each evening - just meet us for Dinner!

Plans are currently formulated, but a rough outline at the moment will be to depart from Folkestone via the Euro Tunnel on the evening of 5th June and rendez vous at a hotel in Calais;

6th June Calais to Colmar / Mulhouse in the Alsace
7th June Mulhouse to Italian Border via Switzerland with plenty of time to play in the passes!
8th - 9th June - touring Northern Italy at leisure - probably staying first night around Monza area, arriving on the 9th in Misano ready for the Festival beginning on the 10th.

The event tickets will go on sale directly from Ducati at - watch this space for more info.

Type purchased until April 30th
purchased from May 1st
biker 70 euros 80 euros
visitor/ passegger 45 euros 50 euros
DOC member
40 euros 40 euros

For further information about this event - contact Sergio in Store or Gav Brooker at the DOC on 07801 290685.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Manchester Bike Show Cancelled- Show goes on in store @ Ducati Mcr

As the Manchester bike show is now Cancelled Ducati Manchester is putting on a show of their own with the all new 2010 Models being on display Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th January 2010. We will also have some show stopping offers over the weekend and refreshments and snacks in store. Bring the kids for free posters and handouts over the weekend. The long awaited Multistrada 1200S is on display for you to sit on and admire along with the UK debut of the Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP. The Hypermotard 796 is also on show. Join us this weekend - the snow isn't stopping us!

Ducati Superbike Promotion now extended till 30th April

Joining the Ducati team has never been so easy! If you buy a new Ducati Superbike between now and 30 April 2010 you will receive a free Ducati bundle packed with items specially geared towards those of you who ride without compromise - just like our official factory riders!When you buy a Ducati 848 or 848 Dark you will receive a complete set of Ducati Corse Riding Gear, as proudly worn by our factory riders. The complete set of 2010 gear worth over £2000 contains the following:- Ducati Corse leathers- Arai Chaser helmet with Ducati Corse graphics- Ducati Corse gloves- Puma Desmo V2 boots- Ducati back protectorIf you buy a 1098, 1098S, 1098R, 1098R Bayliss, 1198, 1198S, 1198S Corse, 1198R Corse. in addition to the set of Ducati Corse Riding Gear above, you will also receive:
Ducati Track Day: A day at a conveniently located European race track, with one of our riders helping you perfect your riding technique.In addition, our technicians will reveal all the secrets of the Ducati Superbike in a dedicated workshop.The calendar of the track days will be available soon.
A Day at the Races: A ticket to join us at a World Superbike Championship round and a place in the official Ducati Grandstand.Now it’s up to you!