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Batta with Ducati: A turbulent meeting

Batta with Ducati: A turbulent meeting | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Francesco Batta didn’t take Max Biaggi’s test with the Ducati MotoGP down too well.After having tried hard to make the rider try the Panigale Superbike - "I nearly fell out with Gobmeier" he said 

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A Beginners Guide To Motorcycle Gear - RideApart

A Beginners Guide To Motorcycle Gear - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Just getting started riding motorcycles? Here’s everything you need to know about riding gear — helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such — in one digestible package.

One of the most frequent enquiries we get here at RideApart isn’t about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride, but what gear to buy and wear once you’ve accomplished all that. Here’s the info you need to make smart decisions, to be more comfortable, safer and, hopefully, save some money in the process.

Why You Need Good Gear
The fastest human in the world is Ussain Bolt. During the 100 meter sprint, he peaks at 27.78mph. If he falls going that speed, he’ll likely sustain serious injury. The human body simply didn’t evolve to go any faster, which is why even falling off a horse (Guinness World Record top speed: 43.97mph) can lead to death.


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Maybe not just for beginners,probably a good idea to read some sobering stats periodically to keep us all on the safer path...

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Not just for beginners, good idea to read some sobering stats periodically to keep us all on the safer path... http://sco.lt/...

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MotoGP star heads up Hunter's honours list

MotoGP star heads up Hunter's honours list | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

One of the world's most famous motorcyclists is among the more than a dozen people from the Hunter receiving Queen's Birthday honours today.

Former Kurri Kurri boy, Casey Stoner was just 21-years-old when he won his first motorcycling world championship.

Today is another day of recognition, as he receives the Member of the Order of Australia.


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Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Sunday, at Portimao

Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Sunday, at Portimao | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Carlos Checa, on his day: “In race 1 I was able to keep pace with those ahead of me for the first six or seven laps. From mid-race on I started to gradually lose some grip and that, combined with a tired left shoulder in the final stages, unfortunately prevented me from maintaining seventh position to the line. We made small changes before race 2 and as a result the bike was much easier to ride, especially when it came to changing direction. It was the first time I was able to maintain a good pace for the entire race and I’m very happy with the result. I want to thank my entire team that has worked so hard every weekend up until now, I appreciate all that they are doing – this sixth position motivates us to continue to improve in the next races.”
 
Ayrton Badovini, on his day: “The DNF in race one was pretty frustrating of course. In race 2 we used the bike in a different configuration but I had more trouble with rear grip. Now we need to start working in preparation for Imola where I hope to be able to score better results. My compliments go to Carlos who completed a very strong second race today.”
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Customized bride and groom on Ducati wedding cake topper

Customized  bride and groom on Ducati wedding cake topper | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Custom bride and groom wedding cake topper. Cake toppers start at $125. It will be created according to your description.
Each detail is personalized: hair styling, colour, posture, bouquet, attire etc.

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 The way we see it this is a test - if your spouse goes for the cake topper the kitchen pass for another Ducati for the garage should be a breeze

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Lovely couple http://ow.ly/mOWmF
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Funny!!!

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Crash Tested: Stylish Safety Gear - RideApart

Crash Tested: Stylish Safety Gear - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Our friend Scott is what most people would consider a stylish young man. The other day, he had a 70mph get off in the kind of gear that works almost as well on a bike as it does in a bar. Did the skinny jeans and the armor he stitched into a jacket himself actually hold up? — Ed.


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This is a good look at  how stylish gear fares in what we would call a "real world crash"  Interesting.

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Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Friday at Portimao

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Photos Courtesy of Ducati Corse

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MEET THE BOSS: DUCATI CORSE’S BERNHARD GOBMEIER

MEET THE BOSS: DUCATI CORSE’S BERNHARD GOBMEIER | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The General Manager of Ducati Corse racing team talks MotoGP racing.  

A year ago, BMW World Superbike rider Marco Melandri indicated his conviction that motorcycle development cannot be exclusively directed by data, as is Formula 1. Because a good lap time on a motorcycle is so strongly dependent on rider confidence, all development must be rider-centered.

“There are always two sides of the medallion,” said Bernhard Gobmeier, who worked with Melandri at BMW and now manages Ducati’s MotoGP program. “I agree 100 percent with Melandri—or with Andrea Dovizioso, in our case. At the end, certain things we don’t see in the data.”

Gobmeier went on to say that if a rider’s lap time is a second away from the front, if technology can make up half the difference and gives the rider greater confidence at the same time, that confidence can make up the other half second by “unlocking” the rider’s skill. You can ride faster when you no longer feel that your motorcycle is trying to hurt you!


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Ducati, BMW, Harley rank highest in resale value | latimes.com

Ducati, BMW, Harley rank highest in resale value | latimes.com | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
The hottest motorcycles on the road don't come cheap. But some of the best of them keep their value after you put them on the road. Bikes made by Harley-Davidson , BMW, and Ducati, in fact, seem to hold their MSRP value better than any others.
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"The Ducati GT1000, according to Kelley's study of the model year 2010, had a best-in-show retention rate of 97% -- meaning it lost only 3% of its MSRP value -- after three years in service. Its 2008 model had a 90% retention rate after five years."

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Max Biaggi Test on Pramac MotoGP at Mugello | photo gallery

Max Biaggi Test on Pramac MotoGP at Mugello | photo gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Photos Courtesy of Ducati Team Pramac Racing

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Video Review: Ducati 1199 Panigale R - RideApart

Video Review: Ducati 1199 Panigale R - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Sure, it's the fastest way to lap a race track that you can buy from a showroom, but how's the Ducati 1199 Panigale R perform in the real world? More importantly, how's it look on video?


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2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP - RideApart Review

2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP - RideApart Review | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A real-world review of the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP.


The 2013 Ducati Hypermotard is all new; smaller, lighter and more powerful than the air-cooled model it replaces. This SP version adds fancy Ohlins shock and Marzocchi forks for even better handling.


What’s New
Tons! Ducati ditched the previous 1078cc and 803cc, air cooled engines for an all-new 821cc, liquid cooled V-Twin engine. I was on the Hypermotard SP which meant getting to choose between the same riding modes shared with the Panigale. Race: 110 HP, high throttle response, and level 1 ABS on the front wheel only and traction control off. Sport: 110 HP, medium throttle response, and level 2 ABS to both breakes with some traction control. Wet: 75 HP, low throttle response, and level 3 ABS with full traction control.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Repealing Required Ethanol Percentage Statute

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Repealing Required Ethanol Percentage Statute | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

State Rep. Matt Gaetz's long quest to repeal a requirement that gasoline sold in Florida contain some percentage of the supplement ethanol is over....


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Ducati.net is based in Florida. Not having to deal with ethanol laced gasoline is going to make our lives a lot easier. Now we need an app that finds stations that sell the non-ethanol fuel!

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There is a website Vicki http://pure-gas.org/
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Great news. Didn't think we would ever see the day logic won out over the corn lobby...

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Neeves on the Hyperstrada launch, broken keys and trackdays | Video Diary | Motorcyclenews.com

This is the second in the series of video reviews for my Ducati Hyperstrada long term test bike. Here I go along to the official launch of the Hyperstrada, get a puncture, bend my ignition key and do a trackday at Anglesey.

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Brickyard 400 still produces revenue for IMS but MotoGP could be on borrowed time

Brickyard 400 still produces revenue for IMS but MotoGP could be on borrowed time | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will continue for years to come. The MotoGP race might not.

That’s the word from first-year Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, whose job it is to deliver the best return on investment for the owners of the company that employs him. Whether that includes the motorcycleevent beyond this year’s Aug. 16-18 event remains to be seen.

Miles said the contract runs through 2014, but IMS has a brief window after this year’s event to opt out.


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Ducati Island 2013 - Share photos of your #ducatiisland experience! (And your Tweets too!)

Ducati Island 2013 - Share photos of your #ducatiisland experience! (And your Tweets too!) | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

TAG your tweets or photos with #ducatiisland, then post your pictures via Instagram, and your tweets via Twitter or, to the Ducati Community App linked with Twitter and watch them post to DucatiUSA.com!

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That good looking crew is some of the Ducati.net group. See you on #ducatiisland !  

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World SBK 2013 Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Photo Gallery

World SBK 2013 Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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This is the photo gallery from the circuit itself, and is a full photo recap of the weekend

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Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Saturday's images from Portimao

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MotoGP: Ducati Test Cut Short by Rain, Biaggi Posts 1'52.1

MotoGP: Ducati Test Cut Short by Rain, Biaggi Posts 1'52.1 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Max Biaggi’s brief return to MotoGP is over. After two days of testing Ducati’s MotoGP bike at Mugello, filling in for the injured Ben Spies, Biaggi returns to his day job, as TV commentator for the Italian coverage of World Superbikes.Two short days were not really enough time for Biaggi to get back to grips with a MotoGP bike, especially given that testing stopped early on both days after rain started to fall in the afternoon. Biaggi faced two problems, returning to riding at speed for the first time in eight months, and returning to a MotoGP bike for the first time in over seven years.


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Max Biaggi via Twitter: Thanks Guys and Pramac Ducati

Max Biaggi via Twitter: Thanks Guys and Pramac Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Così concludo i test di Mugello. Sfortuna per la pioggia caduta nel pomeriggio. Grazie ragazzi Ducati e Team Pramac


Translation: 

So I conclude the Mugello test.
Bad luck for the rain in the afternoon.
Thanks guys and Pramac Ducati

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MotoGP: Biaggi's First Day of Ducati Testing

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Max Biaggi is back on a MotoGP machine, for the first time since he lost his ride at the end of the 2005 season. The reigning World Superbike champion took to the track at Mugello today to test Ben Spies’ Pramac Ducati, and get a feel for a MotoGP machine again.

Biaggi was invited to ride the bike by Ducati, mainly just as a friendly gesture towards an old rider, but in part also to give his input on riding the bike. With Spies still absent recovering from his shoulder injury, putting Biaggi on the bike was an interesting prospect. Because of Biaggi’s Italian connections, he rode Spies bike, but with bodywork from Iannone’s Energy.TI machine.

In a series of posts on his Twitter feed, Biaggi took some time getting up to speed on the machine. An enormous amount has changed since Biaggi last rode a V5 990cc Honda RC211V back in 2005, all of which take a lot of getting used to. The spec Bridgestone tires and the amount of electronic rider aids are two of the biggest changes, though the electronics on the factory Aprilia RSV4 WSBK machine are already highly sophisticated...

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AGV Helmets: Design Andrea Iannone's IndyGP Helmet!

AGV Helmets: Design Andrea Iannone's IndyGP Helmet! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Submit an original helmet design, and have it worn by Andrea Iannone at the MotoGP race in Indianapolis!


Design your own helmet, and have it worn by Ducati Pramac team rider, Andrea Iannone, at the Indianapolis race this August. To participate, simply download the attached registration form in anytime between June 6th 2013 and June 28th 2013. There, you will also find a file that contains the “Pista GP” helmet model. This can be used as a starting point for inspiration and creation.

 

After developing a unique design, it must be emailed to info@agv.it by midnight June 28th 2013.

 

AGV in conjunction with Andrea Iannone will examine all entries from July 1st through July 5th. They will base their decision on the following criteria:

 

- originality of the design

 

- connection and contextualization of the design with the MotoGP race and the Indianapolis circuit.

 

GOOD LUCK!

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How to take your helmet on and off without undoing the D-ring | Motorcyclenews.com

Consumer Editor Tony Hoare lets us in on the little known secret of taking your helmet on and off without undoing the D-ring.

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Good helmet use tip we've never seen before...

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Controlling the Uncontrollable - The Role of Ritual in Racing

Controlling the Uncontrollable - The Role of Ritual in Racing | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
While normally, MotoGP fans never get enough of seeing Valentino Rossi on TV, there is one shot they would (for the most part) gladly be spared. Every time the Italian leaves the pits for practice ...
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Penguin Roadracing School | Ride With the Stars Trackdays

Penguin Roadracing School | Ride With the Stars Trackdays | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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Great oppertunity to ride with, and learn from, a couple of iconic racers with deep Ducati racing experiance...

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