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Ducati : Other in Ducati | eBay Motorcycles

Ducati : Other in Ducati | eBay Motorcycles | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

One of the most controversial custom bikes ever built is for sale.  The Roland Sands Designs Ducati Desmo Tracker, affectionately dubbed "The Dirty Desmo" by Cycle World is in need of a new home.  I comissioned this build by my bud Roland and his amazing team (Rodney, Aron, Cam, and the rest of the RSD Crew) a few years ago.  I wanted to have a one off, fully functional, piece of art that paid homage to the Ducati lineage and provenance while pushing the boundries and turning heads.  Saying that "the goal was acheived" is an understatement.  Never have I seen more people go crazy in a positive or negative way to a motorcycle project.  From high praises to literal death threats, the Desmo-Tracker garnered more attention than imagined.  From the cover of the December issue of Cycle World to (at last count) over 20 covers/major articles world wide.  Thousands of online articles, Men's magazines, etc.  This bike was a passion project that drove recognition both good and bad beyond my wildest dreams.  In the begining, the loyal Ducatista shuttered.  We were concerned that any relationship with Ducati was lost.  Upon completion of the build, a large percentage of the Duc loyalists were complimentary and Ducati asked me to loan them the Desmo-Tracker for display at a few venues.  Why would I sell this exceptional machine?  My collection has continued to evolve, I've gotten married, am starting a family, and have several new projects in the works (please don't tell my wife).  I am truly looking for a great home for a one off creation.  I will absolutely not be giving her away which is why I reserve the right to pull the eBay listing at any time for any reason.  I have ridden the Desmo Tracker aprox 500 miles.  She runs great and fires immediately.  The bike has obviously been kept in a temperature controlled secured enviornment since I received it back from its press tour.  None of the take off parts are being offered with the bike as I have other Desmo's.  The bike started its life as number 568/1500.

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Ducati Racing Explains Decision to Release Nicky Hayden

Ducati Racing Explains Decision to Release Nicky Hayden | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti explains split with American world champion.

During the pre-event press conference for the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Nicky Hayden announced that he wouldn’t be back next season with Ducati in MotoGP, saying that the Italian motorcycle manufacturer “chose to go a different way.”

Later that same weekend, Cycle World Technical Editor Kevin Cameron and I asked Ducati MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti about this decision.

“Nicky is a great guy and a great ambassador for Ducati,” said Ciabatti. “The fans like him, and this is why we would like to keep him in Ducati, maybe in Superbike, which we offered him as a possibility to consider.

“But after [he spent] five years of fighting with our bike, I think it is difficult to find additional motivation to stay with the same people. Sometimes, it is good to have fresh air—for the rider and for the team—to try something different, something new.

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video | D-air® Street: simulation of impact at a very low speed

Another D-air® Street crash test  

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Carl Fogarty backs Huddersfield racer Tom Sykes to take the title

Carl Fogarty backs Huddersfield racer Tom Sykes to take the title | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Four times world champion superbike racer Carl Fogarty is expecting Tom Sykes to overtake his superpole record – and he couldn’t be happier.

The legend from Blackburn, who won the world superbike championship titles in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999 riding for Honda and Ducati, clocked up 21 pole positions during his career, but Huddersfield racer Sykes is closing in fast.


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Inductees have pride in hometown

Inductees have pride in hometown | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Hayden brothers, from left, Roger Lee Hayden, Tommy Hayden and Nicky Hayden react to applause with fellow Owensboro Walk of Fame inductee, NASCAR legends Darrell and Michael Waltrip

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Are we the only ones surprised to find so many top tier fast guys from one small town? Look at this list:  http://visitowensboro.com/motorsports/   It's crazy...

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Kevin Gettmann's comment, July 28, 2013 11:46 AM
All of the Hayden boys and the Waltrip Brothers are great people besides being FAST. Must be the water.....
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'The Wolverine': Ducati Diavel Cromo Superbike Makes Big Screen Debut in 'X-Men' Spinoff

'The Wolverine': Ducati Diavel Cromo Superbike Makes Big Screen Debut in 'X-Men' Spinoff | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The claws aren’t the only thing come out in the film The Wolverine, debuting in theaters today. One of the main stars of the film, besides Hugh Jackman super-attenuated arms, is the Ducati Diavel Cromo. The Diavel, first introduced in 2012, is a departure from traditional Ducati superbikes with its low-slung stance and more upright riding position and is prominently featured in the new film.

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2014 MotoGP ECU rules updated | Crash.Net

 The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Dorna, FIM, IRTA and the MSMA, has announced the following decisions regarding the 2014 MotoGP technical rules..  
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Ducati hoping to keep Hayden 'in the family' | Crash.Net

Ducati hoping to keep Hayden 'in the family' | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati may have opted not to retain Nicky Hayden within its factory MotoGP team next year, but the Italian factory is still trying to keep the American 'in the family'.

The 2006 world champion for Honda, Hayden has raced for Ducati since 2009, claiming three podiums and a best of seventh in the world championship.

However, Casey Stoner aside, Hayden's results have been similar to his other Ducati team-mates and the 'Kentucky Kid' could yet remain with the brand in a non-factory MotoGP team or by switching to World Superbikes.

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I for one sure hope that Nicky stays with Ducati. He is a great ambassador for the brand and a positive force with the team.
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Trackside Tuesday: That's Show Biz Kid

Trackside Tuesday: That's Show Biz Kid | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

MotoGP is show business, and to contribute to the show riders must bring more to their teams than race results. Since 2009, few riders have done more for their teams and sponsors without winning a race than Nicky Hayden has done for Ducati.

For decades the mantra in pro racing has been “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” but Ducati has seen itsNorth American market eclipse sales in Italy for the first time, even as they have not had a GP win since Casey Stoner left. There’s no empirical way to determine how much of this is due to Nicky Hayden riding for Ducati, but common sense says these are related. So Ducati’s decision to let The Kentucky Kid go must have been a difficult one.


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Behind the scenes -- Audi and Ducati Wolverine Movie Trailer

Behind the scenes -- Audi and Ducati Wolverine Movie Trailer | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Take a look behind the scenes to see how the Audi R8 lit the way with Ducati to make Wolverine's claws. The Wolverine is in theaters starting July 26.
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video | Bridgestone MotoGP animation: Dynamics of Grip

'Dynamics of Grip' is an animated feature that explains the extreme forces Bridgestone's MotoGP tyres are subjected to when keeping the world's fastest riders in control of the world's most advanced motorcycles. A MotoGP motorcycle produces over 240 horsepower and is capable of mind-blowing acceleration, braking and cornering and in its role as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP, Bridgestone develops the very latest advances in tyre technology to tame these fire-breathing machines.

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Ducati pushes Chevy pickup to a gas station

Ducati pushes Chevy pickup to a gas station | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Most people have probably been stranded on the side of the road at one point in their life or another,…
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Superbikeplanet.com Interview: Ben Spies

Superbikeplanet.com Interview: Ben Spies | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

We saw former AMA and WSBK champion Ben Spies at Laguna Seca last weekend. We interviewed him in AlpineStars hospitality.

Q How's your health?


A My health's really good. It's been a rough year, as we know, and a lot of people really didn't realize how bad it was, because obviously a lot of people aren't doctors. Neither was I. I thought I could get back a lot quicker than I could. If you talk to anybody that knows anything, or a doctor, and they know the injury I had, it's a very, very, very big injury, and I kind of just always played it off, "yeah, I'll come back quick," and stuff like that. So that's what I told people, too, but it was - it's been the hardest eight months that I've ever had. Mentally, physically - at first it was physical, and then now, the last couple months that I'm starting to feel good, it's more mentally I want to be back, when in the beginning, it was hard to mentally be there when physically you're so down. So it's been kind of a transitional phase. But now, I feel physically very good. So now I'm starting to, being back at the track, I want to be back on the bike....

 

 

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video | Fay Myers Motorcycle World - Ducati Airbike Race

Video Submission for the Ducati Airbike Challenge. Ducati airbike race throughout Fay Myers Motorcycle World. http://www.faymyers.com facebook.com/faymyersde...
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Frank Smith's comment, July 30, 2013 7:38 AM
Fantastic! - I laughed too - wonder how they chose a 'Winner' of the race ;-) have another airbike race in return - typical Italian flair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6mG5UeqpSM
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Australian MotoGP organisers chase Casey Stoner

Australian MotoGP organisers chase Casey Stoner | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation says it has plans to lure Casey Stoner out of retirement for this year's MotoGP event at Phillip Island.Australian MotoGP organisers are pursuing retired two-wheel ace Casey Stoner in the hope he'll return to Phillip Island for this year's event.The 27-year-old quit the sport last November but will jump back on a bike this week for a two-day test in Japan with his former MotoGP team Honda.He is slated for another two sessions in August to ride a prototype of Honda's 2014 model.

Stoner admitted he missed the thrill of competing on two wheels in announcing the brief comeback, having struggled to stamp his mark on four in the V8 Supercars' second-tier category.

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Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island 2013 | Vicki's View Photo Gallery of the weekend

Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island 2013 | Vicki's View Photo Gallery of the weekend | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Laguna Seca. It's a favorite of the GP riders and the fans as well. In a 2013 season that has produced weather drama, crash drama, injury drama and tire drama, Laguna doles out just plain great racing, year after year. It's also the home of the biggest, most ambitious Ducati Island anywhere in the world and for me, 4 days of beautiful, "Kodak moments" all ringed in Ducati Red. Join me for a look at Laguna Seca MotoGP and especially, the people, bikes and passion, of Ducati Island Laguna Seca!

Photos and story by Vicki Smith 

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Always our favorite photo gallery of the year.....

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This is our favorite gallery of the year!

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Second Shooter: Tim White Captures Laguna Seca, Part 3 | MotoMatters.com

Second Shooter: Tim White Captures Laguna Seca, Part 3 | MotoMatters.com | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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video | RedBull Laguna Seca Ducati Island GoPro

Filmed 100% using GoPro Hero 3 Black & Silver  
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Nice look at the Ducati Island Experiance...

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Thinking of Off-Roading a Ducati Hypermotard SP?

Thinking of Off-Roading a Ducati Hypermotard SP? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When a press bike shows up at your doorstep, the miles on the odometer betray the sights and stories the bike could tell about its relatively short existence thus far.

At just nearly 2,000 miles, our little Ducati Hypermotard SP in the normal world would have stories of high-fives at the Ducatisti bike nights, hours spent in the parking lot outside of the local Starbucks, and maybe some tall tales of a wheelie or two....

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motogp.com · Paolo Ciabatti reviews first part of 2013 season

motogp.com · Paolo Ciabatti reviews first part of 2013 season | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
The official website of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, includes Live Video coverage, premium content and all the latest news.
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Leather Trim Ducati Diavel, from Vilner with Love

Leather Trim Ducati Diavel, from Vilner with Love | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Starting off with custom leather treatments for cars, the Bulgarians from Vilner recently discovered that bikes are just as fun, and without much ado, here's their latest wok: the stunning leather trim Ducati Diavel.
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What's Greg Biffle's Other Favorite Ride?

What's Greg Biffle's Other Favorite Ride? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Recently, we all saw Greg Biffle defy the odds and win his second straight Sprint Cup race at the Michigan International Speedway. But what kind of ride does Biffle like to take out when he's not in his No. 16 Ford?

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Spy Photos: 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale RS

Spy Photos: 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale RS | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Chris Doane and his spy photographers have captured what Wes Siler believes to be the new Ducati 1199 Panigale RS. Interestingly, it isn't the bike he expected.
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The Lean may be the greatest skill in all of sport.

The Lean may be the greatest skill in all of sport. | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
If you don't rank The Lean among the most incredible aptitudes in sports, then your ranking must be ignorant. Meet the hellishly rugged, strong, fearless, sturdy, sinewy jockeys of MotoGP, who regard their skeletons differently than we do.
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Andrea Iannone: Too risky to race in Laguna Seca

Andrea Iannone: Too risky to race in Laguna Seca | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Andrea Iannone could have wrecked his rookie MotoGP campaign had he gambled on riding in Laguna Seca last weekend just a week after dislocating his right shoulder.The Italian damaged his right shoulder when he crashed in final practice for the Sachsenring round in Germany and was ruled out of US Grand Prix after late medical checks in Italy.Iannone has endured a torrid debut season in MotoGP on the Pramac Ducati and he hasn’t scored a top 10 finish since the second round in Austin


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