Illustration for article titled ​This Strange Contraption Is How Ducati Does Noise Testing

It might look like the ride of a third-rate villain from Adam West-era Batman, but apparently this is how Ducati tests the sound of its newest bikes. Someone please explain.

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The bike caught outside Ducati's Bologna factory is the new Scrambler, a homage to the 60s and 70s with retro styling, flat track bars and tires. Underneath that elaborate aluminum camouflage is an air-cooled V-Twin pulled from the old 696/796 Monster. But it's the keg strapped to the back and the muffler-esque thing scaffolded to the front that I want to know about. If you understand how this testing works, tell me.

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