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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

Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Friday at Portimao | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

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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

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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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Mugello MotoGP: Close moment for Crutchlow, Dovizioso | Crash.Net

Mugello MotoGP: Close moment for Crutchlow, Dovizioso | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

A close moment at the start of Sunday's ItalianMotoGP at Mugello saw Cal Crutchlow lose touch with leaders Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.

Crutchlow was forced to swerve to avoid front row starter Andrea Dovizioso (pictured), losing his momentum on the long run to the first corner in the process.

“I just lost out in the start of the race,” said Crutchlow. “As soon as Andrea got his start and wheelied into the side of me, then nearly wheelied off the back - we'd already lost near enough a couple of seconds in that"

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Ducati Sport Classic | Retro Before it’s Time?

Ducati Sport Classic | Retro Before it’s Time? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

While Cafe Racer fever has gripped the motorcycle marketing machine, one mainstream manufacturer is missing out.

Retro Features and Cafe Project sections are popping up in all the mainstream bike rags, custom shows have less tassels and more clip-ons these days, and you can hardly watch a perfume ad without someone chasing Keira Knightly on a Desmo…


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 Good entertainment - Lots of photos of cool Sport Classics here. We actually disagree a bit with this article. Ducati stopped building Sport Classic's not because they had no vision but because most people that wanted one, had bought one. And the Sport Classic wasn't Ducati's first production Cafe Racer, the list of unmodified production Ducati "cafe racers" that you could ride to bike night and gather a "hipster" crowd with is long (450 Desmo/Silver ShotGun/900SS/750SS, even the 90's SuperSport's) 

Our opinion? Go buy a 90's 900SS. (see http://www.waltsiegl.com/ for inspiration) and build something cool. Bolting parts on a new Triumph Bonneville (or even a Sport Classic) does not a rebel make...

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Portimao: Checa ‘8 out of 10’ heading to Portugal | Crash.Net

Portimao: Checa ‘8 out of 10’ heading to Portugal | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Carlos Checa insists he is making a recovery from the troublesome shoulder injury that has hampered him in recent weeks. 


Carlos Checa says he is '8 out of 10' in terms of race fitness as he looks to make a full return to World Superbike competition at Portimao.

Having been forced to miss the second Donington Park race two weeks ago, as well as the entire Monza round before that, Checa admits his shoulder injury isn't recovering as quickly as he had initially hoped.


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Brief ride: Ducati Hypermotard - Telegraph

Brief ride: Ducati Hypermotard - Telegraph | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati's streetbike loses a few rough edges, but the SP version is a true hooligan.

The updated Ducati Hypermotard has been subtly softened this year, as the supermoto-style streetbike provides the basis for the Hyperstrada tourer.

Its new 821cc, liquid-cooled engine can't quite match the previous Hypermotard's 1,078cc, air-cooled V-twin for lumpy character, but it has greater power, as well as better manners. The slightly stretched-out chassis, which sits the rider farther back with feet moved forward, gives a more upright and natural position.

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ET Road Trip: Ducati’s Tuscan Adventure | Elite Traveler

ET Road Trip: Ducati’s Tuscan Adventure | Elite Traveler | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

After a recent jaunt through the lush Tuscan countryside aboard Ducati’s remarkable new Hyperstrada sport/touring bike, I can truly say that I have “returned.” This new motorcycle, which brings together some of the comfort and touring aspects of its Multistrada line with the aggressive and nimble nature of its coveted supermoto Hypermotard bikes, is specifically targeted at “returners” like me: Someone who may have taken a few years off from motorcycling, and its looking for an easy-to-master, comfortable two-up tourer that doesn’t sacrifice one whit to the bold, sporty and dynamic performance that defines the Italian manufacturer. Maybe you are a returner, too?


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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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Carlin Dunne Switches to Lightning Motorcycles for Pikes Peak

Carlin Dunne Switches to Lightning Motorcycles for Pikes Peak | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
While our attention is currently focused on the 2013 Isle of Man TT, the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is just around the corner. Perhaps the closest thing to the TT that ...
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We will miss watching Carlin kick the Mountain on the Ducati but wish him the best of luck at this new direction. 

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Ducati confirms: Max Biaggi will test the Ducati GP at Mugello on Thursday

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According to GPOne.com the official press release is coming tomorrow…

Details are sparse but for a number of reasons including Biaggi’s lack of experience with the tires the test is merely for feedback in the quest to better the machine and has no possibility of a future program attached. It further suggests not to load the test with too many expectations.

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I don't know about it.

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This is my comment
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What are the difference between scope and comments

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Pernat: this is Valentino's fault

Pernat: this is Valentino's fault | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

As usual Carlo Pernat gives abrupt judgements. Lorenzo: the best. Pedrosa: he could not do better than that. Marquez: frequent falls are fine. The Manager from Genoa  (Pernat) has been even unmerciful about the Ducati: he does not consider (with good reasons) the standings but the times. Too high. The manufacturer from Borgo Panigale seems undecided about what to do. And that is the worst thing. .

Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013060310394/Pernat-ecco-la-colpa-di-Valentino-Rossi.html#ixzz2VFwXNnp8

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Carlo Pernat's unfiltered comments, coupled with the 2012 vs 2013 Ducati results analysis at the end of the article are hard to dispute...

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Alpinestars Releases Marquez's 209.9 MPH Crash Telemetry

Alpinestars Releases Marquez's 209.9 MPH Crash Telemetry | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Marc Marquez would almost certainly like to forget this past weekend at Mugello for the Italian GP. Heads up to the spoiler alert, but not only did he make an unforced error during the race, crashing out of second place all by his lonesome (with a comfortable margin fore and aft, we might add), but the young Spanish rider also had one of the fastest crashes ever in the MotoGP Championship during Friday’s Free Practice 2 session.


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No Ducati content but the airbag deployment stats for what has to be a world record get off speed are pretty impressive.  Great technology.

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motogp.com · Ducati Team to test at Mugello this week

motogp.com · Ducati Team to test at Mugello this week | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Following its home Italian Grand Prix in which Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and wildcard rider Michele Pirro finished in fifth, sixth and seventh positions, Ducati Team will run a three-day test at Mugello.


Wednesday will see test riders Pirro and Franco Battaini take to the track, whereas racers Hayden and Dovizioso will be in action on Thursday and Friday. The test will feature usage of both the current GP13 machine and the GP13 Lab bike, which was raced by Pirro at Mugello on Sunday as well as in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.


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