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Ross Noble sets off on Twitter tour of UK

Ross Noble sets off on Twitter tour of UK | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Bike-obsessed comedian Ross Noble set off on a six-week long round the UK trip today on his own personal Ducati Multistrada. Only his Twitter followers can tell him where to go next. Noble sent Bike Social these exclusive pictures.
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Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982

Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company.

Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early ’70s and, in the typical Italian way, the government stepped in to save the company. The new board, a governing body made up of gentlemen in Brioni suits, knew little about the realities of motorized two wheelers.

1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500.

Although Ducati had made its reputation on singles, the board decided to phase them out after 1974…and replace them with 350 and 500 parallel twins. The idea of a 350cc bike was sensible, as the government provided a huge tax break for motorcycles under that size. And building a 500 version would be inexpensive, as all the hard work would have gone into the 350.

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Worst Ducati ever? (We still like them)

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Ziggy Marley plays music for motorheads in mountains

Ziggy Marley plays music for motorheads in mountains | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

A week after the Rolling Stones played a semi-secret club date as a musical publicity stunt, reggae scion Ziggy Marley did the same -- performing a short set of his father's standards and his own originals Friday afternoon at a remote roadside cafe on the Angeles Crest Highway, to an audience of several hundred motorcycle riders....

 

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This carefully staged, strategically leaked, private event was hosted by Ducati....

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Ducati - Ducati Island Laguna Seca
Tickets are Available Now!

Ducati - Ducati Island Laguna Seca<br> Tickets are Available Now! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Join us on Ducati Island for the 2013 Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca!

Come experience Ducati and feel the energy that only Ducati Island brings. Cheer on Nicky Hayden as he returns on his Desmosedici, and welcome Andrea Dovizioso to the Ducati Team as they take on this legendary track July 19 - 21, 2013. Also, celebrate the renewed partnership between Ducati and Pramac Racing, who will continue to be entrusted with management of the satellite team. This year, Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone will be on the grid with official factory equipment. 

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Follow the weekend on Ducati.net, including the Friday Cannery Row dinner and Ducati Sound Contest.  (Flame shooting Ducati's look cool in the dark!)


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motogp.com · Ducati Team completes setup test at Mugello

motogp.com · Ducati Team completes setup test at Mugello | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Fresh off of last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix and Monday’s post-race test at Jerez, Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were back on track Wednesday and Thursday, this time at Mugello.
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Gobmeier: it is wrong to use only five engines

Gobmeier: it is wrong to use only five engines | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Bernhard Gobmeier found himself with a tough nut to crack in the hands. Bringing back Ducati to the old glories, after two catastrophic, both for results and image, years with Valentino is an adventure that would make heads turn to more than one manager.

Maybe his purely teutonic concreteness and tranquility help him, but the General Manager seems sure of the road taken and he even finds time to joke. Maybe in the troubled waters of Borgo Panigale, what was needed was just a lighthouse insensitive to storms. Also because, Gobmeier, doesn't hide the problems at all.



Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013050810136/Gobmeier-sbagliato-usare-solo-5-motori.html#ixzz2SjdGIUNr

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Iannone recovering following surgery

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Andrea Iannone is recovering following 'arm pump' surgery at the Dexeus clinic in Barcelona on Tuesday.

The Italian MotoGP rookie, who also sustained a knee injury at Jerez, admitted he wasn't feeling at his best after the operation and will remain under observation for all of Wednesday. Although recovery time is still uncertain, his prognosis is positive in terms of a return for the forthcoming French round on May 17-19...

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Ducati, Monza: alarm for bike and driver

Ducati, Monza: alarm for bike and driver | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It is not an easy year, speaking about sport, for Ducati. In addition to the developing difficulties of MotoGp project, significant problems occurred in the SBK area (historically a land of conquest for Borgo Panigale's Production House).

After the initial enthusiasm with the clinched Superpole in Phillip Island, the 1199 Panigale has always struggled in race. Neither the effort of Carlos Checa were useful enough, never on the podium and twelftht in the general ranking with 29 points, nor those of a skilled team like the Alstar one. General manager Berhnard Gobmeiertried to explain the problem of the last emilian superbike.



Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013050710132/Ducati-Monza-alarm-for-bike-and-driver.html#ixzz2Sci5sdin

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Q&A: Claudio Domenicali Talks Frameless Chassis, Sacred Cows, & The Future for Ducati

Q&A: Claudio Domenicali Talks Frameless Chassis, Sacred Cows, & The Future for Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When I sat down with Claudio Domenicali at the Ducati 1199 Panigale R launch, the now-CEO of Ducati Motor Holding was still just the General Manager of the Italian motorcycle company. Four weeks after our interview though, Gabriele del Torchio would leave Ducati for Alitalia; and Domenicali, a 21-year veteran of both the racing and production departments of Ducati, would take his place at the top of Italy’s most prestigious motorcycle brand.

An engineer by education, I found Domenicali just as astute about the nuances of Ducati’s brand as he was skilled on the race track earlier in the day. Our conversation was brief compared to other interviewswe have done here at Asphalt & Rubber, but we had time to talk about why the frameless chassis of the Panigale still works while the MotoGP program struggles, the links between Ducati and Ducati Corse, sacred cows for the Italian brand, and the company’s future direction.

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Mixed feelings for Ducati Team riders

Mixed feelings for Ducati Team riders | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Nicky Hayden has dubbed the Jerez weekend his best of 2013 to date, whereas Ducati Team teammate Andrea Dovizioso struggled in Spain and was both out-qualified and out-raced by his teammate for the first time this season.
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Ducati Monsters On The Green at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering | Ducati.net

Ducati Monsters On The Green at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The final destination for the 20th Anniversary Ducati Monster Ride was the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, easily one of our favorite events of the year....

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Twitter / DucatiMotor: Tough debrief for #DucatiTeam ...

Twitter / DucatiMotor: Tough debrief for #DucatiTeam ... | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Tough debrief for #DucatiTeam Dovi after tough race at Jerez http://t.co/23hejr7DUu
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Up-Close with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Up-Close with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
It's hard to get up-close with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13. For starters, she's always traveling somewhere -- a slave to her jet-setter lifestyle. And, when she finally touches down long enough for...
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Soup :: So Long, Jason

Soup :: So Long, Jason | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The motorcycle industry is littered with Minnesotans. People from the midwest who are offered positions in the bike industry usually gravitate towards the west coast where the local weather allows for more than 3-4 months of decent riding a year.

Ex-Minnesotan Jason Chinnock worked his way up the ladder at Ducati USA--he's been based in their Cupertino office for several years--and although bikes are undoubtedly his first love, a chance to move up within the VW/Audi Group was something he could not let pass....


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We have a long time working relationship with Jason and wish him the best in his new job where we hope to run into him often!

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Harris switches to Ducati power for NW200

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Bomber gets his first race on a Bologna bullett

British Superbike veteran Karl Harris has switched to Ducati power for this year's North West 200 and will stand in for Lee Johnston on the Moto Rapido Sport 1199 Panigale in the Superstock and Superbike races next weekend.

Harris' PR Kawasaki squad weren't able to field a bike for him at this year's first roads international but he will now use Lee Johnston's bike as the Ulsterman is still injured. He tested the bike yesterday at Kirkistown.

‘I have never ridden a Ducati before but the Panigale seemed very strong for a Superstock machine," said Harris, who will race the bike in four outings - the Superstock event on Thursday evening and again in Saturday’s Superstock race as well as both Superbike events on race day.

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Checa will not race Monza tomorrow

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Checa's shoulder injury forces him to forfeit the Monza weekend Monza (Italy), Saturday 11 May 2013: Carlos Checa and Team SBK Ducati Alstare have decided that the Spanish rider will not take part in today's sessions or tomorrow’s races at the ‘Autodromo di Monza’. During the last week Carlos Checa has been receiving treatment for an osseous edema to the humerus of the left shoulder. This physical problem conditioned yesterday’s sessions, with Checa reporting pain in his shoulder. Overnight the inflammation worsened and early this morning, after consultation with both the doctors of the Clinica Mobile and Ducati Alstare’s management, it was decided that Carlos should not ride and should instead continue to recuperate in order to be back in shape in 2-3 weeks time. Checa will therefore not participate in the rest of the practice sessions or tomorrow’s races and will concentrate on preparing for the next round, to take place in two weeks at Donington Park (UK).

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Single Track Mind: Where to Ducati?

Single Track Mind: Where to Ducati? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Our man Melling spreads a juicy bit of gossip about the state of Ducati in MotoGP and posits some interesting scenarios for the 2014 season.
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The return of Casey? 

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For Ducati Dealers, Hard Work Pays Off | Vicki's View Blog | Ducati.net

For Ducati Dealers, Hard Work Pays Off | Vicki's View Blog | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati Dealers Rank 2nd in the 2013 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index® (PSI®) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study Results

For those of you that know me, it’s no secret that for many years I was a Ducati dealer.  I believe that after running a restaurant (which has to be the hardest mainstream job ever) running a great motorcycle dealership is, well, really hard work....

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Video | Crashed

Developed by The Colorado Department of Transportation, Crashed features a 25 year-old Colorado motorcycle rider receiving a "crashed" makeover to depict the most common injuries

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Cody Carson is a long time friend and Ducati rider and we are pretty proud to see him in this

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Cody Carson is a long time friend and Ducati rider and we are pretty proud to see him in this

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2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale R

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

"If you're a car person and think you can't comprehend why an average Joe would put this kind of money into a motorcycle, consider the possibility of purchasing a street-legal F1 car for double the price of a Porsche 911."


Surviving long-term motorcycle riding requires a healthy dose of fear and the heightened awareness that accompanies it. Nothing suffers fools quite as ruthlessly as two-wheeled transport, an axiom that has been relentlessly reinforced by YouTube. The exposure of riding is bound to catch up with thrill-seekers hungry for speed, knee dragging, and all the potential disaster that comes with tapping into a sportbike's vast reserves of performance....

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motogp.com · Spies back for Italy, Pirro to sub in France

motogp.com · Spies back for Italy, Pirro to sub in France | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ben Spies will be back in action at Mugello later this month, Pramac Racing confirmed from the Jerez test on Monday evening. For the preceding Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, Michele Pirro for cover for the recovering American.
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Photo Gallery - Vicki's View of the Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Ride to The Quail

Photo Gallery - Vicki's View of the Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Ride to The Quail | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

20 years. Ponder that. The only motorcycles that have been in production that long are class defining, life changing machines. Sportster. Bonneville. Goldwing. Motorcycles that redefined riding and how we did it. And now the Ducati Monster is among them. Clearly something needed to happen that was a proper tip of the hat to a motorcycle like that so we decided to do what it does best, we just went for a ride. 
And what a ride it was, a three day road trip from Newport Beach to Carmel for the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Along the way there were stops at Ducati Newport, Ducati Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Big Sur and even a couple laps of Laguna Seca. Great roads, people food and riding all ending at the best motorcycle show America has to offer. Epic!

To join us for Vicki's View of it all click HERE

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What a great road trip! Already looking forward to the next one... Hmmm.  Laguna SBK maybe??? 

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Cars (and bikes) that drive the plot in Hollywood

Cars (and bikes) that drive the plot in Hollywood | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When Tony Stark isn't suited up in metal saving the world, the self-described genius billionaire playboy philanthropist zips around town in the all-electric Audi e-tron.

At least he does on screen, in "Iron Man 3," in an early kickoff to a summer blockbuster season that will see hundreds of speeding, squealing, exploding, airborne, rolling and smoking vehicles in dozens of high-adrenaline films.

Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl won't just don a purple cape in "Kick-Ass 2," she'll do so on a color-matched Ducati Panigale. When Hugh Jackman's Wolverine travels to Japan for some superhero soul searching, he's whisked through the streets of Tokyo in an Audi A8 Spyder. Then there's Roman, played by Tyrese Gibson, who jumps from a Ford Mustang moments before it's crushed by the tracks of a tank in the sixth installment of the supercharged franchise "Fast & Furious."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130505/AUTO01/305050304#ixzz2SUV1zGEr

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This just shows u want type of vechiles are being used these days in films that are coming out this year 

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Twitter / DucatiMotor: . NickyHayden debriefs w/ his ...

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. NickyHayden debriefs w/ his #DucatiTeam crew following 7th place finish in Spanish GP. http://t.co/fzlB8lHJIJ
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MotoGP: Race Results from the Spanish GP

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MotoGP Race Results from the Spanish GP in Jerez, Spain
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