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Entries in Ducati (13)

Wednesday
Sep212011

Ducati's New Superbike Ready To Launch!

For the Ducatista among you, you have your moles, your informants, you know everything there is to know about the new Superbike coming from Ducati.  For everyone else, well the wait is almost over!  We've known for some time that the bike will be an 1199cc V-Twin, it is a completely new design for the engine, no more remenants of the current V-Twin which can trace it's lineage back to the 1970's.  How does 195bhp and 395lbs (wet) grab you?

We also know that the bike will be much more expensive than the current 1198.  In recent years the price difference between the Ducati and it's Japanese rivals has shrunk, but now expect the entry level 1199 to come it at $20,000 U.S. with higher spec version coming in at $25K and close to $30K.

The bike will also have a name.  Where every Ducati Superbike up to this point has been known by it's engine size, 900SS, 851, 888, 916, 955, 998, 999, 1098 and 1198, this one will be known as the 1199 Panigale, as a nod to Ducati's home.

Below you can check out a promo video from Ducati, where you can see Troy Bayliss ripping it up around the Mugello Circuit.

Monday
Jan242011

Imola 200 Revival

Perhaps you've heard the stories about the legenday Imola 200.  It was a non-championship race for a few years that drew the elite of motorcycle road racing and saw a wide variety of of machinery from Grand Prix two strokes to big bore Superbikes of the day.

The Paul Smart replica Ducati, takes it's cues from the bike in this race.  It was the first taste the Europeans would have of the man we call King Kenny, and the Spanish called "The Alien"

This past fall, many of the racers and their bikes were brought back to the track to have some fun, and let everyone remember what it was like "back in the day".

Enjoy the video.

Monday
May032010

MotoGP: Pedrosa v Lorenzo In Epic Final Lap At Jerez

Tuesday
Nov242009

Two Wheel Tuesday, V4 Heaven

For motorcyclists there is something very magical about the exhaust note of a V4.  Well, thanks to Micah Shoemaker at AF1 Aprilia you can watch and listen to three great V4's on the dyno.

First up is the glorious Ducati Desmosedici

Next up the new Aprilia RSV4

Finally we look at one of the great light weight sport bikes of all time the Honda NC30

 

Monday
Oct262009

Tardozzi + Fabrizio = Michael + Fredo

Yesterday when I was watching the World Superbike finale from Portimao, the post race embrace Davide Tardozzi gave Michele Fabrizio had me thinking...........