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2013 Powersports Business Industry Leaders: Cristiano Silei | CEO Ducati North America

2013 Powersports Business Industry Leaders: Cristiano Silei | CEO Ducati North America | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati’s 21 percent growth in the U.S. in 2012 compared to 2011 was a gift of sorts to new owner Audi AG, which acquired Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. in April 2012. In fact, record North American sales of nearly 11,000 units in 2012 helped Ducati post increased sales for the 10th consecutiveor the rest click HERE
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SoupTest: Ducati's New 1199 Panigale R

SoupTest: Ducati's New 1199 Panigale R | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

SuperbikePlanet reunited this year with Ducati's latest 1199 Panigale, the official "R" version, during an event held at the model's world-press introduction at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The COTA invitation was our true chance to ride the successor to the kitted 1199S we only sampled last year, and what we experienced in mid-March was nothing short of spectacular: Ducati's latest R and America's latest F1 circuit are a combination almost beyond belief.

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Best of the Best 2013: Motorcycles: Sportbike: Ducati 1199 Panigale R

Best of the Best 2013: Motorcycles: Sportbike: Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The word refined is rarely associated with brutally powerful motorcycles, but the descriptor does suit the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R, a still-menacing yet more polished version of the 1199 model that preceded it. The Panigale R has a starting price of just under $30,000.

The alterations begin with the 1,198 cc L-twin powerplant. The engine’s new titanium connecting rods and lightweight flywheel produce more responsive revs and a higher ceiling of 12,000 rpm. Complementing the higher redline is a larger rear sprocket, which enables lower final-drive gearing for quicker acceleration. The engine’s output remains at 195 hp and 98 ft lbs of torque, but the middle range is more robust, which results in a mighty high-end wallop all the way to the rev limiter.

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Pirro to get second Ducati outing in Mugello MotoGP race

Pirro to get second Ducati outing in Mugello MotoGP race | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Michele Pirro will get his second MotoGP wildcard outing on Ducati's development bike this weekend at Mugello.

The factory rider made the first of three such outings at Jerez in early May, where he finished 11th overall.

He also stood in for the injured Ben Spies in Ducati's satellite Pramac squad at Le Mans, finishing just behind reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in eighth.

Pirro, whose final wildcard appearance will come at Misano in September, said he hoped to move closer to the sharp end of the field even if gathering data remains his priority.

"First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity," Pirro said...(more HERE)

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Battling for a TT title on a Ducati, aged 85

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At the age of 85, Ted Fenwick would far rather slip on his leathers than his slippers.

The grandfather of three from York has been racing motorbikes for six decades and is a four-time winner at the Isle of Man's Pre TT Classic races, most recently in 2011, aged 83.

Last year the retired engineer was narrowly beaten into second place in his favourite 250cc class, having won the event for three consecutive years, regularly finishing ahead of competitors a fraction of his age.

"I love to give the youngsters a run for their money," he said. "You can't put a price on experience."

He discovered his love of motorbikes as a teenager and raced all over the UK for 20 years before taking a break to raise his family....

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Alex Earle Ducati Monster Tracker

Alex Earle Ducati Monster Tracker | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Alex approached the design of his custom Ducati Monster as he would any automotive project, with a sketch. The aim was to create a bike with horizontal flat tracker proportions, 19” wheels, and a miniscule gas tank that sat lower than the triple clamps. Nothing protruding beyond the fork legs, high wide bars and big, graphic number plates. Next he hand carved a 1:5 scale model from foam, paper and styrene, further developing the design of the bodywork....

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In a time when it feel like every man and his dog are calling themselves "builders" (translation= check out our t-shirts) we appreciate this documentation of the actual approach and attention to detail that serious builds commonly require...

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How the heart reacts at 200mph

How the heart reacts at 200mph | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Three competitors at the 200mph North West 200 motorbike racing event were fitted with heart sensors to gauge the stress put on their bodies.
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Donington WSBK: Checa ruled out of race two

Donington WSBK: Checa ruled out of race two | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
His shoulder injury is causing too much discomfort
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Ducati Hypermotard: New vs Old | Road Tests | Motorcyclenews.com

New Hypermotard - Big softie or hard nut?
Ducati's new 821cc Hypermotard replaces both the old 796 and 1100 versions - so how is it for?

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spider-grips-ducati | Sneak Peak! #43 Micky Dymond's Pikes Peak Multi!

spider-grips-ducati | Sneak Peak! #43 Micky Dymond's Pikes Peak Multi! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Spotted at California Speedway last week, 3 time AMA National Champion Micky Dymond on this beautiful motorcycle from the Falkner Livingston/Akrapovic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb team.

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Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Ride -- Quail Motorcycle Gathering

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Monster, a group of monster owners made the pilgrimage to the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering which had a dedicated Ducati Monster showcase in 2013. Their journey took them from Newport Beach, CA up the incredible California coastline to Carmel, CA along some of the most beautiful roads the world around. An incredible time was had by all. This short video chronicles their journey up the coast.

Stay tuned for the next Monster journey!

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Truly great adventure. We did this ride on a 696 Monster and enjoyed every mile....

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Free Download - Red Motorcycle by Blues Counsel

Free Download - Red Motorcycle by Blues Counsel | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

"Red Motorcycle was inspired by my first ride on a Ducati Multistrada" 

Rick Cua

Blues Council Band

 

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Unique Maserati Quattroporte "Shooting Brake" model built for Ducati Company Owner Up for Auction

Unique Maserati Quattroporte "Shooting Brake" model built for Ducati Company Owner Up for Auction | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

As far as fast and expensive estate cars are concerned, there are many which fit in the €80,000 to €120,000 price bracket, but most are German, all-wheel drive and usually a tad soulless, as fans of Italian car brands like to say.

If you are looking for a fancy estate with a lot of punch, costing about that much, then you are in luck, because something very Italian and exclusive has cropped up, and it’s set to go under the hammer on May 25.


More on what this car is and why it's special HERE

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Here's something you don't see everyday - a classic estate car (you probably are more familier with the term station wagon, which is the same thing) Traditionally they were for picking up people at the train station, designed to carry luggage. This one set up for hunting, built to carry dogs and gear around an estate. One of 4 built.

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Motorcyclist nabbed after naked "Harlem Shake" Ducati 848 joyride in Chiang Mai video goes viral

Motorcyclist nabbed after naked "Harlem Shake" Ducati 848 joyride in Chiang Mai video goes viral | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

A man who brazenly rode a motorcycle through downtown Chiang Mai while naked has been arrested after detectives were alerted to his antics through a video clip on a social media network.

It took five hours for police to swoop on the man after the clip of his raunchy romp appeared on the web yesterday morning. Police arrested Jetpol Chanboontawee, 24, and charged him with committing a lewd act.

Police Region 5 deputy chief Chamnan Ruodreaw said officers launched an investigation into the matter after receiving complaints from people who had viewed Mr Jetpol's clip.

Pol Maj Gen Chamnan said police traced the IP address of the person who first posted the clip. That person then identified Mr Jetpol as the naked motorcycle rider.

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He was doing the Harlem Shake. Really. You can't make this stuff up.....


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You can't make this stuff up...

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The actual video is down but I did come across a link of the police interrogation. The kid is there with all his friends, he's at a table with a big blue microphone laying on the table, behind him are police and guys that look like the rest of his crew. They are going on and on in Thai but everybody is having trouble keeping a straight face, especially the kid. Based on the fine I don't think anybody see's it as a huge thing. If I rode naked across Chaing Mai doing the Harlem Shake, in return for a fine of $33 I'd be laughing too. Just saying.
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Looks like the Thai's in Chieng Mai have been watching too much American social media.

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STM: How Long is Rossi for MotoGP?

STM: How Long is Rossi for MotoGP? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Wrinkly Rumours 2 - How Long is Rossi For MotoGP? 

Two weeks ago, we exclusively broke the latest MotoGP rumor, gossip and fantasy analysis from Jerez via my unsurpassed network of aged GP groupies - who just happen to have very good connections in the Grand Prix world.

Fourteen days is a long time in GP racing and many things, it seems, have moved on. First, let me deal with the rumor which other, less well informed, fantasists are brokering: Cal Crutchlow riding a Suzuki.

Younger journalists, without the wrinkly connections, are writing about this as if it is a done deed and Crutchlow has already put pen to paper. This is utter, complete and total tosh and nonsense and not worthy of even a decent fantasy.

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Lewis Hamilton talks of his secret love for MotoGP

Lewis Hamilton talks of his secret love for MotoGP | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Formula One icon Lewis Hamilton has opened up about one of his secret loves, MotoGP and motorbikes.

In his latest column for BBC Sport, the 2008 champion explained that he has always had a passion for motorbikes from a very early age.

He explained that every Christmas as a child he would always ask for a motorcycle but his dad said they were "too dangerous" and bought me a go-kart instead. 

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Kind of funny, story about him meeting Rossi. Even heros have heros...

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Lewis shares his passion for motorbikes and motoGP . . .

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Ducati Fastrider Black Shield Tudor Watch [Photo Gallery][Video]

Ducati Fastrider Black Shield Tudor Watch [Photo Gallery][Video] | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Another day, another awesome piece of Ducati-themed gadgetry, but this time it's all beyond premium: welcome the Ducati Fastrider Black Shield watch from Tudor, a commemorative timekeeping machine which is as iconic as the very bikes it evokes.
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Official Isle of Man TT iPhone app - available as iOS and Android

Official Isle of Man TT iPhone app - available as iOS and Android | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

You can now follow all the action from the Isle of Man TT Races via your mobile devices - as it happens - with the new, free to download, Isle of Man TT Races app, available from the iTunes store and google play.

With races now decided by fractions of seconds, you can follow the action as it unfolds wherever you are without missing the developments. The easy to use app has been designed both for visitors to the Isle of Man as well as race fans worldwide following the action from homes, offices or while out and about.

There are in-depth rider profiles featuring all the leading solo and sidecar riders at your fingertips including fastest lap, podiums and race wins, as well as a short career biography. The app features an interactive map with detailed descriptions of all the key sectors around the 37 3/4 mile course while an 'on board' video voiced by TT rider liaison officer, and former race winner, Richard 'Milky' Quayle gives you the inside track on tackling the famous TT Mountain Course.

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You can also follow the event using Twitter and we have made it so simple anyone can do it -   @Ducatinet has an IOMTT live twitter feed HERE so you can just go to that link and read what tweets are there.  Nothing to know, nothing to learn! Just bookmark the link and check it when you want.

Doesn't get an easier than that!

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Video - Motogiro America

The Motogiro America was a 5-day road enduro for vintage motorcycles in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. This highlight feature (the audio is a work in progress)…
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Seems the right day to post a link to the "only run once" Moto Giro America video by Tod Rafferty since it's the weekend they run the Italian event this one is a tribute to
 

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BK, Canepa opens a Panigale “case”

BK, Canepa opens a Panigale “case” | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Needless to say how happy Niccolò Canepa was when he returned to the pit-box after the Superpole.

"I made a mistake, too bad! - the Geoese told us - It’s already a safisfaction to have entered as a wild card in Superpole, considering that last year maybe I never managed to do it. The time is satisfactory and we were fast in the race pace. As a matter of facts this morning we have concluded 24 laps riding in race configuration. A good basis for tomorrow race ".

- Have you used very different settings from Carlos and Ayrton ones?

"I don’t know anything about the others because we have immediately chosen our way and I haven’t spoken with the technicians yet".

Our thoughts go immediately to the performance of the two official Alstare team riders, Checa and Badovini who made the tenth and the fourteenth time.

An inevitable question to ask to Francesco Batta, team owner: is Canepa performance a problem for the other riders of the team?



Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013052510309/BK-Canepa-opens-a-Panigale-case.html#ixzz2URp61wp6

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Your Best Guide to The Italian Motor Valley

Your Best Guide to The Italian Motor Valley | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Americans think they know cars and motorcycles. Sure we do, why wouldn’t we? When you’re the land that gave the world the Shelby Mustang, Dodge Charger, and Harley-Davidson, it’s easy to get a little cocky about your place in automotive history.

But let’s think seriously here for a second, if you’re going to really pick a place to visit as the “Land of Motors”, the Mecca of Automobiles, are you going to prefer to book a flight to cold, industrial Detroit, or to the warm foothills of the Italian motor Valley, through Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, and trek through the Apennine mountains? Not convinced?

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We liked this tour of our favorite spots in Italy...

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Whats new on the Ducati Hyperstrada?

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The paint's barely dry on the new 821cc Hypermotard, but Ducati has already created a touring version. With its panniers, centrestand and tall screen, here's what makes the Hyperstrada different to the Hypermotard....

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BeIn Sports TV and Web Streaming Coverage Schedule for Donington

BeIn Sports TV and Web Streaming Coverage Schedule for Donington | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Tom Sykes took provisional pole in Friday's first qualifying session for round five of theSuperbike World Championship at Donington Park . The SuperPole will be LIVE on beIN SPORT and streaming on beIN SPORT PLAY on Saturday, May 24th at 9:45 AM ET and the race on Sunday, May 25th starting at 6:45 AM ET. 

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RideApart Comparison: Ducati 1199 Panigale S v R - RideApart

RideApart Comparison: Ducati 1199 Panigale S v R - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
We’ve spent the last two weeks living with the fastest motorcycle in the world, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, also riding it alongside the less exotic Ducati 1199 Panigale S. How do the two stack up in the real world?
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Dream Chasers | Moto Fantasy Lets You Ride A Classic

Dream Chasers | Moto Fantasy Lets You Ride A Classic | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Dreamers take a lot of flak in this world. “Real life” is meant to be one big bowl of broccoli, steamed into properly ascetic green mush. Don’t tell the hall monitors that somewhere, out on the high plains, a couple of dedicated riders are doing what motorcyclists do best: cheating life.

“My idea was always that we’d buy expensive motorcycles and people would come and ride them,” Doug Watt explains. “I just made the assumption that it wouldn’t pencil unless I could do it 12 months a year. Then I saw all those riders go by on the 97.”

String straight and deadly dull, the four lanes of Highway 97 are nonetheless a golden ticket to the glories of central Oregon, a rider’s paradise every day that it isn’t a snowboarder’s paradise.



Read more: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1306_moto_fantasy_dream_chasers/viewall.html#ixzz2U8e4LeWZ

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