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How To Wash Your Motorcycle

How To Wash Your Motorcycle | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Your bike looks like it’s been ridden through an insect abattoir. Blood, guts and body parts are smeared across the chrome and plastic alike. There’s months of road grime occluding your paint and every nook and cranny is packed with dirt. Is it possible to get it looking new again without spending a ton of time and money?

To find out, we visited Meguiar’s, one of the oldest and best known auto and marine car product companies. With their help, we’ve put together this basic guide to cleaning your motorcycle.

“It may sound sort of obvious, but there are some fundamentally right ways to clean a motorcycle, and some things you definitely shouldn’t do,” explains Mike Pennington, Meguiar’s Director of Technical Training. He’s been with the company for 24 of its 112 years.


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Ben Spies to Drag Race Modified Ducati Diavel at Indy

Ben Spies to Drag Race Modified Ducati Diavel at Indy | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies has ridden motorcycles of all shapes and sizes, and with widely varying performance, from hand-me-down minis to factory roadracers. On Thursday, August 15, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Pramac Racing MotoGP rider will make his first “pass” on a Ducati Diavel drag racer.


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Ben Spies committed to MotoGP and Ducati for 2014

Ben Spies committed to MotoGP and Ducati for 2014 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies fully intends to be back racing a factory-backed Ducati Desmosedici in 2014 after laughing off rumours that he will retire or quit and return to World Superbikes.


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Builder Interview: AreteAmericana 999 Italia | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

Builder Interview: AreteAmericana 999 Italia | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Every big Ducati event weekend there’s always a standout bike people leave the track talking about and Laguna Seca was no exception.  What was interesting about the bike that stood out a few weeks ago onLaguna Seca Ducati Island was that under normal circumstances, in a literal sea of Ducati’s, a 999 Superbike would be just another nice bike among hundreds of other nice bikes.  But this 999 stopped people in their tracks.  Subtle and elegant, the AreteAmericana 999 Italia is a lovely piece of work.  It’s also clearly a professional build. One look at the 848 swingarm and the beautiful custom seat treatment and it had my attention (as well as a good bit of respect)  so I decided to follow up with Bryan Peterson, who built it, to learn a bit more about this interesting bike, and how it came to be....


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Carbon Fiber Pet Bowl | Carbon Fiber Gear

Carbon Fiber Pet Bowl | Carbon Fiber Gear | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A pet bowl made completely out of carbon fiber, perfect for your dogs, cats, or even use as a chip bowl for yourself.
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Hmmm, Chips or dog bowl. Might have to get two...Silly? Excessive? Come on, you know you want this...

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RideApart Review: Ducati Streetfighter 848

RideApart Review: Ducati Streetfighter 848 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

You know the deal with naked bikes: detuned motors, decontented suspension. But what if you want true supersport performance in a package that won’t break the back? The Ducati Streetfighter 848 may be that bike.


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Do DORNA want to push factories out of WSBK?

Do DORNA want to push factories out of WSBK? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When BMW announced their withdrawal from the World Superbike Championship last week, people were genuinely shocked. When it was further rumoured that Aprilia could follow suit, debate started to emerge regarding the future of the production based series. If four factory (supported) bikes are removed from the grid, where does that leave us for 2014?Many seem shocked that new WSBK owners, Dorna, don’t seem to be doing much to prevent the manufacturers removing their factory teams from the series. However, what if this was all part of Dorna’s plan? What if Dorna were in fact deliberately looking to push factory teams out of World Superbikes?This is the case according to a certain paddock insider, who recently spoke to BikeSocial about the future of the championship.


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Ducati 899 2014, rumors of exclusive new engine and swingarm

Ducati 899 2014, rumors of exclusive new engine and swingarm | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

(translated via Google) 

Ducati has traced the lines of the heir of the 848 , a motion of "half" displacement that followed partially as seen on the 1199 Panigale , with a few caveats that can make us reflect on the future of the House Bolognese road.

The rumors and reports gathered exclusively by IFG are substantial and structural make up the puzzle of what we can tell, it will not be a motorcycle designed for racing by virtue of the FIM regulations that restrict the airspace of a twin.

If they wanted to build a Ducati Supersport "Stock" should opt for an engine from 799 cubic centimeters and deal with the technical commissions, so it was not: the next motion will be calledDucati 899 and will have that capacity.

The engine , of course 90 ° L-Twin engine , it will be completely new but built according to what has been seen on 1199. Of about 155 horsepower maximum power limiter set at 11,500 rpm .

Similarly, for 50%, philosophy telaistica: the engine will be carrier-type. The biggest news concerns the swingarm : Ducati abandoned the single-sided in favor of a new dual-sided "banana" , structure already used by Aprilia.

All eyes at EICMA 2013 , the International Motorcycle Exhibition to be held in November at the Fiera Milano-Rho: Ducati 899 could be the real surprise this year, only to be marketed in 2014.

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I know - terrible translation but this is the first solid leak about this highly anticipated new model. EICMA this year should be a good one!

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Adrian Rus Sinner's comment, August 9, 2013 11:01 AM
i translated it right because i know italian: http://ducatiblog.net/index.php/general-news/19-general/1876-the-new-ducati-899.html
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Ducati Art Poster on ETSY

Ducati Art Poster on ETSY | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati XII,
Art Print 40x28 in.

Digitally printed on 200gr paper, professional quality.
Paper size 40x28 in. (100x70cm)

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 I love this - it's modern and interesting, bout old looking as well - as if it started in DiVinci's studio and ended in Ducati's design department

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Cal Crutchlow vows not to ‘wreck’ Tech 3 team

Cal Crutchlow vows not to ‘wreck’ Tech 3 team | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Cal Crutchlow wants current crew chief Daniele Romagnoli to join him at Ducati in 2014 but insists he will not decimate his side of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team when he leaves to join the Bologna factory. The 27-year-old has penned a two-year deal with Ducati and key personnel from his current French-based Tech 3 squad have been linked with a switch to help him tame the struggling Desmosedici.


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The hidden side of rider swaps - the crews often end up making big job changes or end up out of one...

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5th Annual Ducati TT & F1 Symposium – October 4 – 6th, 2013 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - loudbike

5th Annual Ducati TT & F1 Symposium – October 4 – 6th, 2013 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - loudbike | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since Lou Saif held the first Ducati TT & F1 Symposium; an informal gathering of Ducati TT and F1 aficionados and machines at his shop in Queens, NY.  While the event has grown to attract an International audience, it maintains the grass-roots flavor that has made it so popular and continues its celebration of Ducati’s 2V belt-drive racers from the 80’s. 

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic passing of one of America’s great racers - Jimmy Adamo.  Although he also raced Ducati bevel twins, early examples of the 4V racers and Cagiva’s 500GP bike, Jimmy rode the wheels off a number of TT1 and TT2-based machines during his career.

The 5th Annual Ducati TT & F1 Symposium will be dedicated to the late Jimmy Adamo and Team Leoni  - and we’re fortunate to have an incredible assortment of his old rides.  As of this date, the last of Jimmy’s mighty bevel racers will be there as well as the Mille-based racer that was trie d out during the ‘88 season.  The TT2 based 750 is in the process of a restoration as is Jimmy’s final 750 TT1.  The Cagiva 500 will be the along with his 851 racer and a fine collection of memorabilia.

Jimmy’s long-time tuner, Reno Leoni will be making the trip over from Italy to join us in celebrating the memory of this great racer and for the third year in a row, TT ace Tony Rutter’s tuner Pat Slinn will be making the trip over from the UK.


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Rare oppertunity to see some serious Ducati history in action. 

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The Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets Under $300 - RideApart

The Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets Under $300 - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Suffering in the summer heat but don't want to break the bank on a jacket you'll only be able to wear for a couple more months?
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Lots of good options here, although where we are at the moment, a rain suit review might be better!

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The motorcycle accident attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC want you to know that wearing motorcycle safety gear like this jacket can help prevent serious friction burns, chafing and other ailments that are experienced by fallen riders.  Learn more at the the Ehline Law Firm PC motorcycle accident blog here.

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Game of HYPE: Target Practice (update:new link, see below)

New link:  HERE


The Ducati game of HYPE! - Target Practice. Watch as Luke and Aaron compete to see who has the skill to drift and wheelie their Hypermotard through a skills course and precisely hit all three targets laid out for them. Video 2 of 5

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Great stunts, Ducati bikes?  What more do you need???

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Jake Johnson to Ride with Lloyd Brothers Motorsports in Grand National Expert Twins at Indy Mile

Jake Johnson to Ride with Lloyd Brothers Motorsports in Grand National Expert Twins at Indy Mile | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

After three seasons with Zanotti Racing, Jake Johnson and the prevalent race team have parted ways. Johnson, winner of two Grand National Championships with Zanotti Racing, will be fielded by Lloyd Brothers Motorsports for the remainder of the 2013 season at each of the Grand National Expert Twins races beginning with the Indy Mile on August 17, 2013.“When Jake became available we scrambled to assess if we could bring him onto our team with the resources that we have; ultimately we decided that we could make it work and that it would be a benefit as we continue to refine the development of our Ducati-powered motorcycles. With limited track time and testing time available, having two top riders will help us speed up our progress. ,” said David Lloyd. “For him not to have a solid ride would just be bad for the series. A big “Thanks” to Thom Duma Fine Jewelers for jumping right in to absorb the added race tire expenses.”


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That makes TWO Ducati's in the Indy Mile, which is about the best racing on planet earth. With two really good riders.  If that's not a Saturday night to look forward to I don't know what is!

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Game of HYPE: Egg Drop

What do you get when you take two ultra-talented stunt riders, two brand new Ducati Hypermotards and only one hamburger? Answer: The Ducati game of HYPE! - Egg Drop. 

How many eggs does it take to win this challenge? Watch as Luke and Aaron compete to see who has the strongest combination of balance and accuracy as they battle to try and get the most eggs in the buckets. Episode 4 of 5 - Who do you think will win the Ducati Game of HYPE ?

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Love these.  How do we talk them into another 5 episodes???

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Love these.  How do we talk them into another 5 episodes???

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Episode 375: A Bit Of Everything

Episode 375: A Bit Of Everything | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
0:06:01 Ed Haazer
0:21:40 Josh Hayes
0:37:33 Ben Spies
0:47:49 Jeff Tigert
Jim Race and Martin Darlington link up once again.
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Good interview with Ben Spies in tis weeks episode - speaks on his comeback, fitness and Indy stratagy....

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A Leap In The Dark? Why Cal Crutchlow's Move To Ducati May Be Smarter Than It Looks | MotoMatters.com

The news that Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year deal with Ducati led to howls of despair from MotoGP fans, especially among those in the UK. Why, they asked, would Crutchlow willingly leave the Tech 3 Yamaha team and the as-near-factory-as-possible M1 to take on the miserable task of taming the Ducati? Why throw away another year on a bike which he knows he can score podiums, and perhaps even wins on, in exchange for riding a bike which has been a proven failure since Casey Stoner last climbed off it and headed next door to the Repsol Honda garage? If Valentino Rossi, the biggest name and most politically powerful rider in motorcycle racing couldn't make the bike competitive, what chance does Crutchlow stand?


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Ducati keen to see Nicky Hayden in WSB

Ducati keen to see Nicky Hayden in WSB | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati doesn’t want to cut axed MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden completely off its payroll in 2014 and will try and tempt the American to ride a Panigale in World Superbikes.


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Personally I think this is a better solution for Nicky Hayden than riding around on a GP bike that can't win.  SBK would see NH as the top ticket draw in the series and the chances of him getting the respect he richly deserves are excellent. And the US Ducati fans (and market) would love him all the same. 

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Riding the devil’s own motorcycle in MotoGP

Riding the devil’s own motorcycle in MotoGP | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Watching the leather-suited gladiators of MotoGP racing is thrilling enough. But howling aroundMazda Raceway Laguna Seca on one of the world’s fastest motorcycles is much, much better.

With fans packing the stands prior to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, that’s what I’m about to do. Fortunately, I’m sitting behind Randy Mamola, the retired MotoGP ace, for a once-in-a-lifetime, freak-show ride aboard Ducati’s latest MotoGP bike.


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Game of HYPE: Container Yard Chaos

What do you get when you take two ultra-talented stunt riders, two brand new Ducati Hypermotards and only one hamburger? Answer: The Ducati game of HYPE! - Container Yard Chaos. Watch the chaos unfold as Luke and Aaron compete to create the most awesome combination of wheelies, stoppies, drifting and a head butt. Yes that's right, a head butt!! 

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Love this series - this is #3 of 5

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16 Bike Hacks That Will Save You Time And Money - RideApart

16 Bike Hacks That Will Save You Time And Money - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Motorcycling can be an expensive business. Speciality clothing, speciality tools, and that's before you even get to a bike and its parts.
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Kevin Ash Fund - Auction for Kevins Last Lap Event | Silverstone, August 9th

Kevin Ash Fund -  Auction  for Kevins Last  Lap Event | Silverstone, August 9th | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Place a bid online for Carlos Checa's actual signed boots, still with gravel emebedded in the bottom! What about a signed Nicky Hayden hat? Or maybe if you fancy owning a Crescent Suzuki crashed racing seat unit signed by WSB riders Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel? Rossi helmet (with a personalised signature) and Dani Pedrosa leathers up for grabs too! Have a look and place a bid here!

http://www.i-bidder.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/kevin-ash-fund/catalogue-id-5777

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"Ducati Scrambler" Trademarked at the USPTO

"Ducati Scrambler" Trademarked at the USPTO | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Last month, Asphalt & Rubberbroke the news that Ducati was working on a scrambler-style machine, appropriately named the Ducati Scrambler.

The machine is said to be similar in design to the one Pierre Terblanche inked while he was with the Bologna Brand, though reports and sources have varied on what sort of motor the new model would use in its final form.

Whether it be water or liquid-cooled, single or twin-cylindered, the 2014 Ducati Scambler cometh, and A&Rhas the trademark application to prove it.


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motogp.com · Ducati two-seater: the ride of your life

motogp.com · Ducati two-seater: the ride of your life | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Riders for Health is offering race fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get OnBoard a MotoGP™ bike piloted by legendary Grand Prix racer Randy Mamola at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport.
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Very Special Lunch at Alstare Hospitality Unit | Silverstone Photo Gallery

Very Special Lunch at Alstare Hospitality Unit | Silverstone Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

by Olivier Limousin, head chef at - Michelin-starred - L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at London

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