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This is a sketch of a Ducati Monster prototype, done by Miguel Galluzzi, the Monster's creator - while still employed at Honda!
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Rumor: Ducati Scrambler Cometh

Rumor: Ducati Scrambler Cometh | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
While I was lounging at the pool this holiday weekend, getting my bronze on, the A&R Bothan Spy network was hard at work dumpster diving, hacking emails, and subscribing to the NSA's live PRISM...
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Video - the ride to bottlerock - RamiJaffee

malibu to napa. If there's music to play, this is how to get there. Rami Jaffee - The Wallflowers, Bottlerock, May 2013

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Video - In the Red: Shell and the Ducati Team share an in-depth technical analysis of the challenges facing a MotoGP team

Shell Advance has been working closely with the Ducati Team to produce an exclusive series of technically focused feature films. These films provide a unique insight from key Ducati and Shell personnel into various engineering topics and the challenges that they face together.

Episode 1 examines how the Ducati Team addresses the challenges and demands of the MotoGP competition and how Shell lubricants can play a vital role.

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10 Motorcycle Movies You Haven't Seen Yet - RideApart

10 Motorcycle Movies You Haven't Seen Yet - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
So you have been in the saddle all day and have ridden several hundred miles and now just want to kick back, open a beer and watch a film.
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video | MotoGeo Adventure - Baja in 6 days

When Ducati launched the Diavel Strada it looked like the perfect for a machine to take on a long distance, fast-paced adventure. 

Jamie Robinson chose Baja Mexico for his fun and colorful, 6 day, 2,500 mile road trip.

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Carbon LifeForm Icon Tribute Ducati 1198

Carbon LifeForm Icon Tribute Ducati 1198 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
CARBON LIFEFORMCARBON LIFEFORM DUCATI

The first of a number of Carbon Lifeform tribute bikes, this AFG Moto built Ducati is currently gracing the tracks of Japan. Owned and campaigned by USAF SSgt Jeff McCreary, the CF 1198 features the usual slate of Italian performance mods (Marchesini, Brembo, Pirelli, etc) in addition to it’s MotoStretta Japan motor work and J-Mac custom exhaust.  


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Ducati Sud (South) Day 2013

(Translated from Italian)

The gathering of the official Ducati club of Southern Italy. / Official Ducati Clubs South Italy gathering

Saturday 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Racalmuto (AG) in Sicily, was held the great event of the Ducati Sicilians. Nell'autodromo Valley of the Temples, in the frame of Moto Fest, Day organized by the South VI Ducati Ducati DOC Palermo Club with the cooperation of all the DOC of Sicily (Catania, Syracuse, Messina, Trapani, Baroque) involved many Ducati fans from all over Italy who welcomed the guest of honor , the great Troy Bayliss. The 3 time world champion was available for photos and autographs and had fun on the track along with the pilots of the Red Cup Trophy Twins, organized for many years by the DOC of Palermo to aggregate the Ducati lovers of the track. The event was very exciting on-track with alternating performances in the paddock, free trials, circuit races, performances by stuntman, a sexy bike wash, Ducati models, and a great evening with barbecue, music and shows.

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Hearty’s GT1000 Cafe Racer

Hearty’s GT1000 Cafe Racer | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

In 40 years I have owned something in the region of 30 bikes.  Seeing as it started with a Fantic 200 at the age of 11, that’s almost one a year.  In that time I have gone through pretty much every genre of motorcycle.  Jap 600 sports bikes, Supermotos, BM’s, naked bikes, small trail bikes, etc, etc.  And although I regret selling a few of them (a GSX400 which took me everywhere in my teens, a mark one Speed Triple, and the Fantic of course) None of the others had what it took to stick around in my front yard for good.


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Pikes Peak Race Day Report! — Spider Grips

Pikes Peak Race Day Report! — Spider Grips | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Micky was the fastest motorcycle in our class at practice and qualified top position making him the very first competitor off the start line on race day. The course was dry but quite cold and the rain from the last couple of days made it pretty slick. Micky was very fast but about 4 miles into the race the front end washed out and he went down. He ran to the bike and started up the hill again. That cost him about 15 seconds. Further up the course at a very sharp turn he went down again. He and the bike ended up in a gravel washout. He got up and picked up the motorcycle. Even though the motorcycle was damaged he was able to get it going, although he did lose almost 2 minutes. -


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Ducati - New Ducati Corse app now available on iTunes store

Ducati - New Ducati Corse app now available on iTunes store | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
The app is compatible with iPhone 4 and later models to stay on track with Ducati and experience all the thrills of the MotoGP and now also of the Superbike championships.
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Laguna Seca Ducati DOC Dinner and Sound Contest | Ducati.net

Laguna Seca Ducati DOC Dinner and Sound Contest | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Laguna Seca MotoGP is right around the corner and that means we are taking names for seats at the Friday night Cannery Row Ducati Dinner and Sound Contest.  This is a great evening with good food, camaraderie and a great chance to show off your Ducati’s musical voice.

Here are the details:


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Popular “Day of Stars” Event Returns to Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Popular “Day of Stars” Event Returns to Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Event Provides Exclusive Access to Race Track and MotoGP Riders

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Day of Stars, a popular annual event that allows fifty lucky fans the opportunity to meet the stars of MotoGP, tour the race paddock, pit garages, discover the gorgeous Carmel Valley and ride on a world renowned race track, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

 

The Day of Stars is a benefit event for Riders for Health, the official charity of MotoGP, which is an international non-profit organization that mobilizes health workers in Africa with reliable motorcycles so that they can reach rural communities with essential health care.

 

The exclusive daylong event will be held on Thursday July 18, prior to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring the MotoGP World Championship and is hosted by American grand-prix legend and Riders for Health co-founder, Randy Mamola.    

 

Day of Stars begins with a continental breakfast at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca follwed by a motorcycle tour of the scenic Carmel Valley. Participants will then return to the race track for a catered lunch before taking a private tour down pit lane. After which, guests will take to the track for parade laps. The day concludes with special interviews with MotoGP riders, team managers and special guests during a live charity auction to benefit Riders for Health, which is open to the general public.

 

In years past, motorcycle racing legends Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and Loris Capirossi as well as current MotoGP stars, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow and Randy De Puniet, have participated in the Day of Stars.

 

Tickets for Day of Stars cost $500, of which $375 is a tax-deductable donation to Riders for Health. Only 50 tickets are available and the event sells out. To purchase tickets call 904-419-9433, visit www.DayofStars.org or go to www.MazdaRaceway.com


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This is the best access to the GP Riders during the Laguna weekend.  If you are able to make the event on Thursday, it's an excellent day for a great cause

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Dovizioso switches to 'new' Ducati

Dovizioso switches to 'new' Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Andrea Dovizioso will race the updated version of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 for the first time during this weekend's GermanMotoGP at the Sachsenring.

“We did a good job last week in a private test at Misano, so for the first time, Andrea will bring the 'new' bike for a race weekend,” said Ducati team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.


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Tudor and Ducati: a unique partnership - Tudor Black Shield watches

Tudor and Ducati: a unique partnership - Tudor Black Shield watches | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
An initiatory journey into the world of Ducati & Tudor watches. The history of Ducati, its relationship with Tudor watches and the results of their alliance


Ah, Italy… Its authenticity, its scents, its Aperol Spritz… and its beautiful Italian women. A perfect cocktail to enjoy in the tranquility of municipality of Firenzuola. Well… it depends where you are actually. Because if Italian guys speak loudly, their engines sing just as intensely. On two wheels as on four, when the red color is required, the sharp sound of their gear is heard.

A very different approach compared to the Swiss, who know how to take time. The time to make timepieces that will assess athletic performance of the finest Italians.

In sum, two countries for two philosophies that join together the time of events like the Grand Prix Moto GP at Mugello. But not only.

TUDOR watches and DUCATI have decided to push their collaboration much further by associating themselves for 5 years now in order to thrill Ducatistis and other lovers of fine engineering.

After the release of the first Fastrider chronograph a few years ago, TUDOR unveiled at Baselworld  an even more extensive partnership with Ducati. On one hand, a “Black Shield” watch model that comes in two versions, on the other hand, the customization of a Diavel motorcycle by King Roberto Totti.

A nice program for a journey that allowed us to understand this very special partnership between the two brands.You will see that when Rolex’s the little sister  alias TUDOR awakes to the sound of a Ducati, things get serious.


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MEET ANDREA IANNONE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

MEET ANDREA IANNONE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The D-Store San Francisco is excited to host an in-store appearance with MotoGP race rider Andrea Iannone before the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca MotoGP. Known as “Crazy Joe” or the “Maniac Joe”,Iannnone placed 3rd in Moto2 for 3 successive years and moved into the MotoGP series in 2013. Currently riding for Pramac Ducati, Iannone will share his thoughts about the future with MotoGP, his bike, his competitors, and what it’s like going from 125 to Moto2 to MotoGP. There will be a short interview, answering questions submitted by fans on the D-Store SF Facebook page, followed by an autograph session for guests.


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Rossi's Ducati to star at Donington Classic Festival

Rossi's Ducati to star at Donington Classic Festival | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Valentino Rossi's Ducati MotoGP bikes will the headlining act at a classic bike festival at Donington Park over the weekend of August 11 alongside Loris Capirossi's Desmosedici. -


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MotoGP Ducati Grandstands - Indianapolis

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MotoGP returns to The Brick Yard for the 2013 edition of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 16 - 18, 2013. Ducati will be there with our famous Ducati Grandstand.

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Iannone plans lab Ducati switch, de Angelis makes debut

Iannone plans lab Ducati switch, de Angelis makes debut | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Pramac Ducati's MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone plans to switch to the development 'lab' version of the Desmosedici GP13 from the forthcoming German round..  

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Speedcafe: Q&A: Stoner still searching for freedom

Speedcafe: Q&A: Stoner still searching for freedom | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
From international MotoGP star to Dunlop Series rookie, Casey Stoner's racing career continue to capture widespread attention from the Australian public and media


On-track, the 27-year-old’s Dunlop Series foray hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, with promising speed at both Adelaide and Barbagallo thwarted by incidents.

Stoner’s short-term career choices moves, however, will depend largely on how happy he is with the off-track side of his racing schedule.

As he told Speedcafe.com’s Stefan Bartholomaeus ahead of the third round of the year in Townsville, the 2013 season so far has been rather busier than hoped.

SPEEDCAFE: Casey, it’s been almost two months since we last saw you at Barbagallo. What have you been up to since then?


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Ducati Team Misano Test | Photo Gallery

Ducati Team Misano Test | Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Apart from a brief morning rain shower today, the test was marked by good weather, enabling the riders to focus their work, which consisted mainly of carrying out frame comparisons. They also tried some engine developments and looked for a base setup for the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera, which will take place at this track in September.

Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team (105 laps)

“The Misano track is a bit inconsistent for our bike, but coming from Assen, we immediately felt a bit better at this circuit. We worked on the current bike, finding a setup for the Misano race, and then we went ahead with the development of the laboratory bike, trying some new stuff and finding some interesting things. We were able to do nearly two full days of good work, and today we tried a change with the frame. There were some positives, like an improvement with the feeling on corner entry. We must decide what to do; it’s a new part, so we have to understand whether or not we can have it in time for the Sachsenring.”

Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team (158 laps)

“It’s certainly been a useful couple of days. We didn’t make any drastic improvements, but I tried something with a different anti-wheelie solution that worked quite well, and I’m happy about that for the next two tracks, which are maybe the worst two circuits for wheelies on the whole calendar. We lost a bit of time today with the rain, but in the end I did a low 1:34. That’s not a bad lap time, although we’ll certainly have to do better than that when we come here for the race. We did a lot of laps, mainly with the wheelie control and a different fork setting, and we got some good information.”

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Ridden: Ducati 848 Streetfighter

Ridden: Ducati 848 Streetfighter | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The new 848 Streetfighter recently joined the existing 1098cc Streetfighter S in Ducati’s model line-up, writes Tom Stewart. Aside from engine capacity, the two bikes are very similar, at least on paper, but let’s start by having a brief recap on exactly what a ‘streetfighter’ is.

n a nutshell, it’s a hooligan’s motorcycle – at its simplest, a full-on, race-style superbike with fairing removed and racy clip-on ’bars replaced by a conventional one-piece handlebar.

The origins of the genre date back to the 1980s, when cash-strapped British kids who’d crashed their Japanese sportsbikes and couldn’t afford to replace the damaged fairings simply did away with non-essential bodywork, thus revealing more of their machines’ impressive multi-cylindered engines, not to mention their own tough-guy credentials.

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Titan Ducati special edition watches | Rush Lane

Titan Ducati special edition watches | Rush Lane | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Titan Industries Limited in association with motorcycle brand Ducati has introduced a new and exclusive range of premium watches. Called the Titan Ducati Collection of Watches, this range of watches from a premium watch manufacture along with an iconic motorcycle brand will consist of a total of 8 watches each of which have been inspired by naked Ducati models.

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Nice, with an exchange rate of under $500 US it's too bad they aren't being offered worldwide...

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RideApart Review: 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada - RideApart

RideApart Review: 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

What’s New
EVERYTHING. Ok, so not everything. But the Diavel Strada is a “new” bike for 2013, coming in the form of a touring oriented adaptation of the launched-in-2011 Ducati Diavel. The Diavel Strada get both a windscreen and side bags, while the bars, seat, and pillion seat have all been adapted for the bike’s new purpose. The bars are now swept up and come in at 0.6 inches higher and 2.36 inches back towards the rider. The seat received some additional foam padding and the pillion seat got a back rest, new grab rails, and slightly adjusted foot pegs. Electronically, the Diavel Strada got fancy heated grips and auxiliary power outlets. All of these additions and the Diavel Strada comes in at just 13 pounds heavier than the Diavel.

The Ride
While I’d hoped to take this “touring” version on an official tour of some sort, my schedule didn’t allow me to get away for more than a day so the most I was able to do was 2, 200-250 round trip days around Southern California. The first, down to Julian to the Julian Pie Company (because I love pie more than most things) and the second to see friends playing a certain music festival in Ventura this past weekend (which I’ll leave unnamed because people my age aren’t supposed to like that sort of thing).


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Ducati - Ducati 1199 Panigale wins Red Dot Award

Ducati - Ducati 1199 Panigale wins Red Dot Award | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
  • 4,662 products assessed for the 2013 edition
  • Official award ceremony held Monday, 1 July in Essen, Germany
  • The award-winning Ducati 1199 Panigale to be exhibited in red dot design museum, Singapore.
The Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike, an icon of style, innovation and technology has been judged by a jury of 37 experts and awarded “best-of-the-best” within the product design category of the red dot awards, one of the biggest and most prestigious international design competitions.
 
The 2013 edition of the competition saw a staggering 4,662 products go through the rigorous selection process, with the Bologna-based manufacturer clinching the award for the innovative motorcycle that has further underlined the company’s status as a design icon within the motorcycle industry.
 
Held at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany, on Monday, 1 July, the glittering awards ceremony was attended by some of the biggest names in the world of design. The highly influential audience enjoyed an intriguing display of jury-selected products, of which Ducati’s 1199 Panigale became the star of the show.
 
Ducati’s award-winning Superbike will be exhibited for four weeks at the red dot design museum in Germany, at an exhibition in Taiwan and, for one year, at the impressive red dot design museum in Singapore. The  red dot design award is the only international award that boasts two dedicated design museums, in Germany and Singapore, thus giving further visibility and added credibility to awarded product designs.
 
The 1199 Panigale’s cutting-edge technology and aesthetic brilliance have combined to create a work of art and by going beyond the barriers of motorcycle design, is now enjoying international success. Ducati’s charm has also now spread beyond the boundaries of the motorcycling industry and is fascinating the whole world.


With every single component designed to maximise performance, while achieving aesthetic perfection, the motorcycle’s description further validates its design success. The 1199 Panigale’s shape and form captures light in a way that conveys the dynamism of a body that is solid yet nimble and elegant yet powerful. Its smooth streamlining flows effortlessly from the front fairing to the rear light, artfully housed in the motorcycle’s tail. Even its empty spaces become an essential aspect, with LED lights shaping a surface for the frontal air intakes. Both the engine and exhausts reveal themselves and yet remain hidden, seemingly playing out a subtle game in which exposure constantly interacts with audacious absence. The result expresses the essence of beauty in every last detail leaving the new 1199 Panigale to celebrate Ducati originality, acknowledged by all as the pinnacle of motorcycling design.
 
“The red dot ‘best of the best’ award acknowledges all the hard work put in by everyone at Ducati R&D for over three years,” commented Andrea Ferraresi, Ducati Design Centre Director, during the prize-giving ceremony. “Moreover, joining the ranks of the award’s top winners has made this product – and Ducati – part of product design history. Every single component has been designed to be performance-oriented and function-specific. Together, all these components form a harmonious, light, visually stunning product. Which is just how a Ducati should be.”
 
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of red dot, highlighted how outstanding design capacity and economic success go hand-in-hand: “The winners of the red dot product design award 2013 are the protagonists of fast developments within the very culture of industrial design. The last few days have seen us engaged in the extremely difficult task of selecting the best, most deserving designs. Indeed, it is sometimes just a single detail that makes the difference when it comes to showing off a product’s special qualities. All these creations have been assessed and examined by the expert and critical eyes of an international red dot jury.”
 
The Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore covers 4000m2 and houses over 2000 products inside one of the world’s greatest contemporary design exhibitions. From 2-28 July, the museum will host the winning products of 2013 in an exhibition entitled “design on stage - red dot award winners: product design 2013”, a unique event that will highlight the latest design trends. The Ducati 1199 Panigale will be a part of the exhibition and visitors will have the opportunity to take a close look at the originality and innovation of this impressive “best-of-the-best” motorcycle in the extraordinary setting of the red dot design museum.
 
Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A – An Audi Group Company
Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike.
 
These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.
 
The Red Dot Design Award
With the red dot design award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created one of the world’s most acclaimed competitions. The prize, the “red dot”, has established itself internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the red dot design museum for at least one year.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the red dot design award breaks down into different disciplines: the “red dot award: product design”, “red dot award: communication design” and “red dot award: design concept”.


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