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"Lace Up Your Shoes, Boys"

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When the Hayden boys, Tom, Nicky and Roger Lee, talk to one another, sometimes it's almost like they speak in a special Hayden clan code. And unless you're a close friend of the family you're never going to know any of the code phrases or what they mean. It's not a secret society or anything. Those three have been racing and riding together for over twenty years now and after a while I suppose they just stopped finishing each other's sentences because they could convey their thoughts with just a few words and a look.

I only know two of the phrases, or think I do anyway. The first one is when discussing another rider, one of the boys will look at his brother and say, "Yeah, I don't think his dad beat him very much."


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The Ducati Diavel Strada - First Ride

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The Diavel is a unique motorcycle.  It is difficult to know what the hell (pun intended) Ducati wanted to accomplish with it. The Diavel project began under the leadership of Ducati’s previous design chief, Pierre Terblanche, who commissioned Glynn Kerr, freelance designer and design columnist for Motorcycle Consumer News, to produce the initial concept sketches.


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2003-2006 Ducati 999 - Motorcyclist

2003-2006 Ducati 999 - Motorcyclist | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducatis often inspire two conflicting impulses: one to ride the wheels off them; the other to put them in glass cases to show them off. The 999 largely failed to inspire either riders or collectors. Some blame the Pierre Terblanche-penned styling, which looked oddly rounded and old-school alongside the visually arresting 916. Others point to the adjustable ergonomics as the reason the bike was spurned by hardcore sport riders, who preferred their bikes to dictate the riding position rather than vice-versa.


The shoebox muffler and conventional, double-sided swingarm make some purists sneer, but t

Whatever the reason, the 999 fell through the cracks when it was introduced. Now, however, it’s a great introduction to the Ducati legend; one that doesn’t ask for more than you’re willing to give, yet gives you more than you might have expected in return.



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Checa tests Ducati WSBK laboratory bike

Checa tests Ducati WSBK laboratory bike | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati's Alstare World Superbike team have adopted the same strategy as their MotoGP counterparts and constructed a laboratory bike which Carlos Checa tested
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Beyond the Ben Spies Twitter Fiasco

Beyond the Ben Spies Twitter Fiasco | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies was, and perhaps still is, America’s great white hope when it comes to MotoGP racing. A sensational young rider, Spies cut his teeth in the AMA on six class championships before going onto winning the World Superbike Championship in his rookie season.

Fast-tracked into MotoGP, Spies served his time, by rule, in Hervé Poncharal’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, before finally getting the nod into Yamaha Racing’s factory outfit.

 

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Hayden: Nowhere to put in a clean pass

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“There was really nowhere to put in a clean pass without making it touchy” - Nicky Hayden..  


Unlike at Indianapolis a week earlier,Nicky Hayden resisted the temptation to put in a 'touchy' last-gasp pass on Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso at Brno.

The pair had clashed at the final corner in Indy, allowing Bradley Smith to pass them both for eighth.

This time it was for seventh place, with Dovizioso taking the flag just 0.339s in front of Hayden.


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Tweet Allegedley From Spies' Account Has MotoGP Howling

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Reportedly, Ben Spies' Twitter account had a post yesterday which now has eyebrows fully raised in the MotoGP paddock.

Spies underwent surgery on both of his shoulders yesterday and is expected to be off the bike for an additional eight to ten weeks.

At one point, presumably before the surgery, Spies' Twitter account had a message which read Saw the doc today. not great. Off to surgery tomorrow! Bet Carlo is so excited he wont remember to wipe the powder off his nose.


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IndyGP Photo Gallery – Vicki’s View

IndyGP Photo Gallery – Vicki’s View | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati fans found plenty to do at Indy this year. Between the Ducati Indy open house, DOC dinner and bike show, Euro bike night, flat track races, motorcycle scene downtown and red snake ride, the track action, parking lot and grandstand, not to mention the biggest grandest Ducati store ever and the Ducati basecamp hotel, well, the best deal in MotoGP worldwide lived up to it’s billing. And contrary to the rampant rumors, it’s on for next year again.
Photos and story by Vicki Smith/Ducati.net 


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On The Record: Troy Bayliss- Three-Time World Superbike Champion

On The Record: Troy Bayliss- Three-Time World Superbike Champion | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

We had a plan we would move back to our hometown where we had a lot of land but that didn’t happen.Over the years, we would come back to Australia every now and then and go up to the Gold Coast for a week or two and took a liking to the place. Looked into it a bit and saw how good the schools were for our kids and how many more opportunities there were. We live on a great spot on the river about 70 kilometers south of Brisbane, but I miss my land, I must say.

Time is really flying. My oldest boy Mitchell is 18 and Abbey is 16; they missed a bit because I’d been caught up in my career overseas. The youngest, Ollie, is 9 and does some karting, biking and had his first flat-track last week. If anyone is going to have a go at it, he will.


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Axel Sasso's comment, August 23, 2013 2:14 PM
There are few riders out there that can tame the Ducati. Number 1 podiums are so rare, we need to keep looking at the past. Let us face it, riders have to tame the bike. Most other bike manufacturers make the bike for the rider. This is how it should be.
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Nicky Hayden: Exciting options for 2014

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“A month ago I didn't know I would have this many options - some good options too” - Nicky Hayden..


Nicky Hayden, who initially seemed set to leave MotoGP for WSBK, now appears to be the main target for teams seeking to run the new range of Honda or Yamaha privateer MotoGP machines in 2014.

Speaking at Brno on Thursday the former world champion, who has lost his factory Ducati ride to Cal Crutchlow, was unable to name his future destination - but did reveal he has been surprised by the 'exciting' options available.

"I really can't [tell you anything about 2014]. Even I don't know yet. I'm not just giving you a line," began Hayden.

"It does look exciting actually. A month ago I didn't know I would have this many options - some good options too. Some that are quite exciting, that have really got me looking forward to the future.


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Backstory Interview - Luke Duke on the Game of HYPE Ducati Stunt Video Series

Backstory Interview - Luke Duke on the Game of HYPE Ducati Stunt Video Series | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Luke “Duke” Emmons and Aaron Twite have been battling for five episodes in Ducati’s Game of Hype. We checked in with the XDL Champion to get the behind the scenes take on filming the series.

StuntBums: How long did the filming take – and which was the most CHALLENGING challenge and why?


Luke
:  Once we got to LA we had to nail down the areas to ride. The only people that knew what could be done at a possible film scene are Aaron and I. Some of the potential areas available would have looked really cool, but the surfaces were either too far gone or polished etc. Also we had to invent 14 tricks that we could do with props and we hadn't been on the bikes yet. Those issues turned out to be tiddlywinks compared to dealing with Aaron’s shenanigans. All in all these challenges dragged the whole trip out to about ten days. 


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Good interview but they didn't tell the story about the winner and the burger which is pretty funny...

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Carlos Checa - Q&A

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The Panigale is good for Superstock but not for Superbike, the rules dictate that" – Carlos Checa. 


An exclusive interview with formerMotoGP star and 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa. 

Checa is currently 14th in this year'sWSBK standings for the Ducati Alstare team, after an injury interrupted season on the new Panigale..


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The Best Street Motorcycle Helmets Under $300

The Best Street Motorcycle Helmets Under $300 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

You don’t need to spend big bucks to get a motorcycle helmet that will be safe, comfortable and stylish. Here’s our favorite lids — some of the best available at any price — under $300.


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Hayden: Carbon frame had a lot of potential

Hayden: Carbon frame had a lot of potential | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Nicky Hayden will leave Ducati at the end of the season wondering what might have been had the factory stuck with a carbon fibre frame for the 1000cc MotoGP era. 

While its Japanese rivals have used twin spar aluminium frames for decades, Ducati entered MotoGP with its traditional steel trellis design in 2003. 


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Barber Vintage Festival Planning Information | Vicki's View

Barber Vintage Festival Planning Information | Vicki's View | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - October 11, 12 & 13, 2013

Hard to believe but October is looming and that means Barber Vintage Festival is almost here.  This is an annual pilgrimage for many of the Ducati.net family and members so I thought I would post all the details I have so far to help anyone planning to join us get booked and organize the schedule. For those that have never been to the BVF, it’s hard to describe the level of entertainment this weekend provides.  And everything from the latest Panigale to a Ducati Cucciolo is perfectly welcome.  The event itself draws a GP sized crowd, tickets are $40 and kids under 12 are free. As someone that plans events I am always impressed with how much there is to do, how interesting and varied it all is and how high the cost vs entertainment value is.  This allows me to provide a framework – central hotel and track hang out, lunch one day, dinner the next and evening chat forum and Barber’s fills in all the other gaps.  It’s actually not really possible to do it all, there is so much going on.  Here’s a loose list of what you can expect in your $40 admission ticket:


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If you are joining us for the annual pilgrimage to Barber Festival, this is everything you need......

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Was Ducati a Decade Early With Its SportClassic Range? Apparently, It Believes So

Was Ducati a Decade Early With Its SportClassic Range? Apparently, It Believes So | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Pictured above is a 2008 Ducati GT1000, part of its SportClassic range of motorcycles first displayed way back in 2003. The range was discontinued due to poor sales, but according to an article on the MCN web site Ducati believes the time is right to bring classic looking, air-cooled bikes back. This time they will be under the “Scrambler” moniker, according to MCN.


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Really looking forward to seeing what Ducati will be calling a Scrambler as an owner of a couple of vintage Scramblers. Also, for what it's worth, that SR400 looks like a perfect around town customizable little cafe racer. Very appealing...

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AMA Flat Track Virginia Mega Mile Results 2013

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AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J P Cycles headed to Colonial Downs for Round 9 and the inaugural Virginia Mega Mile.


Jared Mees (Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson) took home his first victory in 2013 to close out Saturday's Virginia Mega Mile, Round 9 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season. The inaugural event on Colonial Downs' supersized 1.25-mile circuit in New Kent, Va. proved to be a wild one. For the first half of the race, Bryan Smith (Crosley Radio/Kawasaki) looked to be well on his way to a third 2013 victory until he suffered a bike malfunction on lap eight, opening up the flood gates for his competitors. Defending Grand National Champion Mees took full advantage of Smith's mishap, taking the lead and never relinquishing it for the remainder of the 18-lap main event.


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Congrats to Henry Wiles for his outstanding result

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Ben Spies apologizes to Carlo Pernat

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After the crime, the apology. Hoping that it is not just crocodile tears. Ben Spies and his mother Mary made a call last night to Carlo Pernat , the subject of a comment infangante posted on Twitter by the Texan in recent days. Ben and his mom called me - confirms the Genoese manager - and we talked for a long time. I gladly accepted their apologies, for me the matter is closed . " Pernat reacted with elegance in an act condemned by the whole paddock and the Ducati in the first place.

Yesterday the justifications to the act were multiple and contradictory to each other . The first was that Ben was under the effects of anesthesia, although the tweet in reference to the transaction was the next day. Then, through Superbikeplanet , Mary Spies has declared puzzled by the fact that that message had been awarded to her or her son. He also added that Ben had not at that moment the phone with him, and even though he had written it on marine biotoxins in Pernat would not be so obvious. Even the child would know six Carlo, does not specify whether it is his habit then name them all publicly with unflattering terms.

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More on this odd situation, which I have a hard time believing  is now "water under the bridge"...

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Ducati Multistrada 1200S | Doin' Time

Ducati Multistrada 1200S | Doin' Time | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Last month, I was pretty high on my horse about not adding parts to the mighty Multistrada, and I’m proud to say I have managed to spend the last 4 weeks without succumbing to any temptation to drape this Ducati in carbon fiber or billet parts.
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Cycle World Magazine

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Ducati, Sometimes It's Like I Don't Even Know You

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I had a good chuckle last week, you see one of my Facebook groups posted up some rumors they heard about the upcoming Ducati middleweight sport bike -- namely that it would have a double-sided swingarm...

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So it was just a photoshop job??
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Ben Spies Has Surgery

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Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider hopes to “get back to racing this season.”

Pramac Racing Ducati MotoGP rider Ben Spies underwent surgery Thursday morning at North Central Surgical Hospital in Dallas, Texas, to fix a Grade 5 acromioclavicular separation of his left shoulder. In addition, scar tissue was removed from Spies’ right shoulder, which was reconstructed last October.

According to Spies’ mother, Mary, the two-hour operation was performed by Dr. Daniel Cooper, head physician for the Dallas Cowboys football team, and a shoulder specialist. The 29-year-old Spies is expected to spend one night in the hospital.

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The article leaves me wondering why he doesn't use the airbag suit, and if it would have prevented this...

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More surgery for Ben Spies

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Ben Spies has announced that he will require surgery for the dislocated left shoulder suffered during practice for last weekend's Indianapolis MotoGP.


"Saw the doc today. not great. Off to surgery tomorrow!" Spies wrote on Twitter (@BenSpies11) this morning


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As a Spies fan going back to AMA it's really tough to watch him get sidetracked like this. I'd say get well soon but if I only have one wish for him it would be that he have a big pile of really good luck. Talent, toughness and physical fitness he has in spades.  It's bad luck and Bridgestones that are doing him in......

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Piper Perabo turns biker girl as she hops on a Ducati on the set of Covert Affairs

Piper Perabo turns biker girl as she hops on a Ducati on the set of Covert Affairs | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Piper Perabo, 36, stylishly mounted a sleek Italian motorcycle on Wednesday on the Toronto, Canada set of her television show Covert Affairs.
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LOL,now I'll be looking for the motorcycle scene everytime I turn on Covert Affairs...

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Pirro called to replace Spies again

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Ducati test rider Michele Pirro has been recalled to the Pramac team for this weekend's Czech Grand Prix following Ben Spies' latest injury.
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