Some of Ducati’s new replacement panels for the Monster 696, 796 and 1100 are, admittedly, repulsive.
But tucked away among the ill-judged mauve/red combos on the press CD are some far more palatable colour-schemes. In fact, they’re stunning.
Pillaging from Ducati’s rich history of iconic logos and colour schemes, the replacement panels feature classics such as the double-line Ducati logo and beautiful two-tone blue and red design of the 500 SL Pantah, and the instantly-recognisable black and gold of the old 900SS Darmah.
There are also two epic racing tributes: the silver Imola scheme, celebrating Paul Smart’s 1972 victory and the Mike Hailwood Isle of Man TT rep.
Having changed the panels on my 2009 Monster 1100S (from white to metallic burgundy) I’m utterly smitten by the whole idea. It’s certainly not cheap – prices range from £549 to £649 for each set of logo panels, less for the plain colours – but the effect is surprisingly dramatic. It made me feel like I’d got a new bike – shallow but true.
Oh, and for those of you wondering whether you have to inform DVLA each time you do a colour swap, Ducati say you don’t because the colour change is temporary. And no, I don’t understand the logic either.
Ducati have an arty-farty video of the colourschemes - click here to watch it.