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Best Retro Motorcycles Available Right Now

Best Retro Motorcycles Available Right Now | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Nothing tugs at our emotions like a beautifully-styled retro motorcycle. Those classic lines, that gorgeous round headlight, the sculpted tank – it all of it traces back to a time when motorcycles were pure. Classic machines are at the root of everything we ride today, from their attempts to “do the ton” or go off-road. It’s no surprise there is still a huge market for newer, more reliable versions that retain the retro attitude and look. Here are the best retro motorcycles available right now.


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MotoGP Ducati Island 2013 _ Sound Contest!

Ducati sound competition at Ducati Island, Laguna SECA, 2013
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Ducati Island Sound Contest "You Were There" view - Nice job on this video Tony!

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Hernandez: Today I rode the best bike of my life

Hernandez: Today I rode the best bike of my life | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Yonny Hernandez completed his first laps as a Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider during Monday's official post-race test at Misano..  

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Eurosport Teams Up With Velocity Channel - BSB to be broadcast in the USA

Eurosport Teams Up With Velocity Channel - BSB to be broadcast in the USA | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

MCE British Superbikes will make its US-broadcast debut after an agreement between Eurosport and Discovery Communications..  

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Eurosport on Velocity. Damn. Dreams DO come true!

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Misano MotoGP test times - Monday (Final) | MotoGP Results | Sep 2013 | Crash.Net

Misano MotoGP test times - Monday (Final) | MotoGP Results | Sep 2013 | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Following Sunday's San Marino MotoGP an official test session was held at the Misano circuit on Monday.

Rookie title leader Marc Marquez recovered from a small fall to post the fastest lap time in the final minutes, taking the top spot from Sunday's race winner Jorge Lorenzo by 0.238s.

Marquez had set the pace earlier in the day, before Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and then Lorenzo moved to the head of the timesheets. Lorenzo led the test from 3pm onwards, until Marquez's late lap.

As well as most of the existing race teams, Suzuki was also on track, continuing preparations for its 2015 return.


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Hayden: Aprilia 'not done deal', 'touchy' to miss new Ducati test

Hayden: Aprilia 'not done deal', 'touchy' to miss new Ducati test | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

“It's not a done deal with Aprilia but I went there last week and I was really impressed” – Nicky Hayden..  

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Kevin Gettmann's comment, September 16, 2013 11:35 AM
Nicky, were gonna miss you on the Ducati Team, but pick the best deal for you.
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How To Clean Your Motorcycle Helmet Like A Pro - RideApart

How To Clean Your Motorcycle Helmet Like A Pro - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
How to clean your motorcycle helmet safely and easily.
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Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner quits V8 Supercars and may end his career

Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner quits V8 Supercars and may end his career | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
CASEY Stoner will walk away from V8 Supercars at the end of the season, with the two time world MotoGP champion to quit all forms of motorsport.
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Istanbul WSBK: Checa ruled out of race weekend with scaphoid injury

Istanbul WSBK: Checa ruled out of race weekend with scaphoid injury | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati Alstare rider Carlos Checa's World Superbike weekend has come to an abrupt end. A huge crash in free practice at the Istanbul Park track earlier this morning means he has been ruled out... 


The Spaniard had a nasty highside on turn 2, and was taken to the Clinica Mobile as a result, where doctors diagnosed a contusion to the upper thorax as well as a possible fracture of the left scaphoid. Unfortunately Checa will be unable to continue this weekend; further medical tests are required in order to establish when he will be able to return to the track.

Checa’s team-mate Ayrton Badovini also crashed in free practice and had to miss the opening qualifying session this afternoon. But just ten minutes from the end of the first session he too crashed, losing the front at Turn 12.


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Superbikes - Panigale 899 to star in Ducati Trioptions Cup series

Superbikes - Panigale 899 to star in Ducati Trioptions Cup series | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati's brand new Panigale 899 will be the star of next year's Trioptions Cup after a new two-year deal was penned with the MCE British Superbike Championship.
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Reports: Spies Not Racing Again In 2013?

Reports: Spies Not Racing Again In 2013? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Italian media are reporting this afternoon that discussions are underway between Ducati Corse--Ducati's race arm--and American Ben Spies which may see the former WSBK champion and GP winner not return to MotoGP in 2013. It is said that Spies' doctors have recommended that he not race again in 2013 because of shoulder injuries and also injuries to his hand/wrist suffered in his Indy crash.

Reportedly Ducati is evaluating this information with their own doctors.


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The Pace 2.0- Motorcycle Safety and Riding Skills Explained

The Pace 2.0- Motorcycle Safety and Riding Skills Explained | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

As a moto-journalist since 1984, I’ve witnessed motorcycle and tire technology soar each year … but there hasn’t been a commensurate decrease in crashes. And in 1986 I got scared: Senator John Danforth’s legislation to limit horsepower had me imagining our sport decimated by politicians, and the vision made me sick. Luckily, I was in a position to do something about it: I wrote The Pace. And every weekend my group of friends, most of whom had won at least a class championship at Willow Springs International Raceway, rode The Pace. These were seriously talented riders, but like you, we each had to work Monday morning. Our pace evolved from the dual desires to enjoy a modern sportbike and survive a potentially deadly sport in a dangerous world. It was the best of times, and riders around the planet read and adopted The Pace.

So here we are more than 20 years later. The Pace’s message continues to ring true in many ways but I want to review and strengthen the best of the message and make amendments to the worst. Let’s call it Pace 2.0.


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This "system" always generates interesting opinions and conversations. Let the discussion begin...

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Report: Rossi To Field Moto3 Team

German media reported Friday that nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi will field a two-bike Moto3 team in the World Championship next season, with Italians Romano Fenati and Luca Marini as riders. Marini is Rossi's half-brother.


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Maybe Rossi is telling the truth.  This might be a good project for Alessio Salucci...

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Carlos Checa out for the rest of the SBK season | Ducati.net

Carlos Checa out for the rest of the SBK season | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Team SBK Ducati Alstare has announced that further complications from the serious crash Carlos Checa suffered last weekend in Turkey have revealed a pelvis fracture at the femoral head, an injury that requires surgery and a minimum 10 week recovery time. This effectively removes him from participating in the remaining three rounds.

Earlier today via twitter Carlos Checa posted: 


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Has Carlos Checa ridden his last race for Ducati? 

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Tudor Introduces Auto-Inspired Watches

Tudor Introduces Auto-Inspired Watches | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

At ATimelyPerspective.com, we heralded the coming of this sister brand to Rolex since March. Well now, the eagerly anticipated Tudor is here. Last week, the launch event for Tudor was held in New York at the ultra-modern, Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in Chelsea. The evening witnessed a gathering of who’s who in the watch world, from collectors and retailers to watch writers and VIP friends of the brand—along with some amazing timepieces and strong announcements.
Read more at http://oceandrive.com/the-latest/watches/postings/tudor-introduces-auto-racing-inspired-watches#IEtmR4WUrP2JyeWK.99 

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First Ducati non-score in 221 races

First Ducati non-score in 221 races | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati come away from the 11th round of the World Superbike Championship at Istanbul Park having failed to score single point for the first time since 2005 after injuries ruled out each of its contenders.

With just three Ducatis on the grid this year as satellite teams shy away from the new 1199 Panigale, the trio had already been reduced to one after Max Neukirchner and Carlos Checa suffered injuries in accidents during free practice.


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A question of time: Interview with Ben Spies

A question of time: Interview with Ben Spies | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ben Spies has suffered a literally bruising year in 2013, having been able to contest only two MotoGP™ races. The Ignite Pramac Racing rider, whose most recent injuries were picked up at Indianapolis, chats with motogp.com.
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Good Interview. Good Timing. It sure would be nice to see this guy fit and riding a bike worthy of his ability.  Fingers crossed for 2014.

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Hernandez to Pramac, Replaces Spies for 2013

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UPDATED: Yonny Hernandez looks to have ridden his last race for the PBM team, with the Columbian set to switch to Pramac Ducati for the remainder of the 2013 MotoGP season.... 

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MotoGP Hayden-Aprilia lacks only the signature

MotoGP Hayden-Aprilia lacks only the signature | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Misano could be the right step to know the future of Nicky Hayden , who is getting closer and closer to get on the Aprilia Aspar team, while Aleix Espargaró is increasingly at loggerheads with his current team. The option of Honda with Lucio Cecchinello definitely seems to be shaded, and the boy of Kentucky would be close to reaching an agreement . Gino Borsoi, team manager of the Spanish team, strengthen contacts: " no use denying it, the drivers are the most attractive on the market Nicky and Aleix. Regarding Hayden, I think that between today and tomorrow we will know his future . "

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- No track action for Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Istanbul Park

A combination of yesterday’s accident and rain during this morning’s session unfortunately conditioned qualifying for Ayrton Badovini and Team SBK Ducati A
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Kevin Gettmann's comment, September 16, 2013 11:38 AM
I urge the Ducati Team Manager to make sure no 747's are flying over the team with a load of piano's....with their luck, they would all slide out the back door of the plane and onto the entire Ducati SBK team. God....what next? We're almost scared to ride to Laguna Seca for fear that the end of the world will take place there....Ducati is having just horrible luck this year in SBK.
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Dovizioso and Hayden more optimistic on Friday

Dovizioso and Hayden more optimistic on Friday | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden reported a more upbeat Friday at Misano and believe they can hope for greater amounts of positivity this weekend than at recent races.
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Ducati test driver given free rein of Manchester Airport as part of new store launch

Ducati test driver given free rein of Manchester Airport as part of new store launch | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati test driver Darren Fry was recently given free rein of Manchester Airport, as the motorcycle brand opened its first airport store outside of Italy. To mark the opening of the Terminal 1 store, Fry undertook a series of test runs on Runway 2, a passenger-free pier and through the main shopping concourse into the store.
Read more at http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/09/12/ducati-test-driver-given-free-rein-manchester-airport-part-new-store-launch#RsAmhhAEQpw1JmTK.99


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Ducati to Add Four Premium Motorbikes to Attract Top Buyers

Ducati to Add Four Premium Motorbikes to Attract Top Buyers | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati Motor Holding SpA, the motorbike maker owned by Volkswagen AG (VOW), will roll out four new motorcycles next year to attract more high-end buyers.

The new bikes will be “premium products as we’re not looking for low cost and low capacity motorcycles,” Chief Executive Officer Claudio Domenicali said in an interview at the company’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy. “We are targeting a good but sustainable growth.”

The new offerings from Ducati, whose bikes are owned by actors Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, will include the 899 Panigale, which goes on sale in the U.S. in November with a starting price of $14,995. The new 148-horsepower superbike was unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt this week. Two additional new models, which “will share the sport value of the brand,” will be shown in Milan in November, the CEO said.


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