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New Ducati Diavel Blends Sport Bike Speed, Cruiser Comfort

New Ducati Diavel Blends Sport Bike Speed, Cruiser Comfort | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

"I could cut this review short by just coming right out and saying the Ducati Diavel would be on my Motorcycle Mount Rushmore if we were listing bikes currently in production."


After riding the most recent model during an extended full line event in upstate New York recently, I can report that the Diavel is still a great motorcycle and the finest machine Ducati makes.

That might tweak some Italian torque lovers because it’s commonly held that the Panigale (the Bologna bike builder’s halo machine) is Ducati’s top dog. Now, that bike is exceptionally well made, very tight and silly fast. But, it’s also stiff, challenging and extremely sensitive in terms of balance and control. It’s also a special motorcycle, but it’s not for everyone You simply must know what you’re doing to ride it.


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Would love to know the differences with my (beloved) Diavel Carbon 2012
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Ducati Panigale wins design award

Ducati Panigale wins design award | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
First motorcycle to win Compasso d’Oro


IT would be easy to stick the boot in with some snide comment about an Italian bike winning an Italian design award if it wasn’t for one thing: the Panigale really does deserve it.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news--general-news/ducati-panigale-wins-design-award/25063.html#ixzz33KtA784i

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Review: Ducati Multistrada excels even in the rain

Review: Ducati Multistrada excels even in the rain | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati's 2014 Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is fast, nimble and can haul plenty of luggage.


The Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is Ducati's top of the line motorcycle for adventure touring.

Equipped with huge side cases (73-liter capacity each) and a 48-liter top case with passenger backrest, this 1198 cc, 150 hp beast is made to haul butt while hauling close to a week's worth of luggage.

I recently had the opportunity to test the Multistrada with a week-long ride topping 3,000 miles. I rode from just outside Baltimore to Key West, Fla., then back again with a few detours, including Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Savannah, Ga. and New Bern, N.C.


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Andrea Iannone, at 349.6 km/h, Sets New MotoGP Top Speed Record

Andrea Iannone, at 349.6 km/h, Sets New MotoGP Top Speed Record | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Andrea Iannone just eclipsed the previous record for the championship (349.288km/h) which was also set at Mugello, by Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa in 2009.
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Crutchlow on bad luck thus far with Ducati

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Ahead of the important Gran Premio d'Italia TIM weekend for the Ducati Team motogp.com spoke exclusively to Cal Crutchlow about his results to date with the Italian brand.
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Motorcycle Project Crowd Funding. The Future Of Cool?

Motorcycle Project Crowd Funding. The Future Of Cool? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

I received an email recently from Dorna Sports/WorldSBK.com with an offer to “pre-order” the SBK 14 Official Mobile Game. Everything about it looks like business as usual, a completed game that is coming soon, except when you click on PRE-ORDER NOW it takes you straight to a crowd funding site called FansFlock.   Right now FansFlock has one project and one project only, the SBK 14 game, but possible project categories are Music, Film/TV shows, Celebrities, Video Games, Arts, Books & Literature, Sports & Recreation, Popular Brands, Fashion & Design and Schools.  To be honest, I would have bet good money that you could not approach Dorna with a completely unfunded project and gotten then to send an email to thousands of people for money.  So that happened.

I was also contacted by a group of college guys crowd funding a motorcycle safety project that seems to me to be what I would describe as “worthy”.  For the rest of this article click HERE

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#sunrise beauties this morning for @caferacertv at the crack! It's pretty inspiring to wake to the sound and feel of this rolling museum piece

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Repost of my friend Bryan Fuller's shot of our bike at the beach this morning for a Cafe Racer TV shoot...

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Take a spin at Assen this summer

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Ducati is giving bikers the opportunity to ride on the famous Assen race track in the Netherlands - a must for any motorcycle enthusiast
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I'm thinking epic vacation - start with DRE at Assen and then make your way to WDW. Perfect. Any Questions?

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Top 5 results for Ducati Superbike Team in UK

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A positive race day overall for the Ducati Superbike team and riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano yesterday at Donington Park. Although Davide Giugliano crashed out of race 1 while fighting for the win, he closed race two in fourth place, while Chaz Davies finished both of the day’s races in fifth position.


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Michelin to become MotoGP™ Official Tyre supplier

Michelin to become MotoGP™ Official Tyre supplier | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Following French tyre manufacturer Michelin’s official tender, Dorna is pleased to announce that Michelin is to become the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ as of the 2016 World Championship season.
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Ducati Mechanic Wanted

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Ducati Austin has an opening for a Motorcycle Technician.  Prefer Ducati Level 2 or better but are open to applicants skilled in other Euro-brands who have talent, energy, willingness to learn and a great, team-oriented attitude.

Austin is one of the most dynamic and fun places to live.  The motorcycle community is amazing including MotoGP!  The quality of life in general is fabulous whether you like outdoor activities (plenty of parks, lakes, trails, etc), Music ("Live Music Capital of the World"), Food, Film, Culture etc.  Cost of living is still reasonable and you can ride year-round!

Ducati Austin is a small award winning family business.  We are not trying to be the biggest, just the best.  

If this sounds interesting, send resume in confidence to Vito Dionisio, vdionisio@ducatiaustin.com.  
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New 2015 Ducati Scrambler Concept Illustration

New 2015 Ducati Scrambler Concept Illustration | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

At the upcoming EICMA show in Milan this fall, Ducati will unveil a new Scrambler. The Scrambler of the ’70s, you might recall, was an evolution of a previous 250cc enduro model named the Motocross. US importers Mike and Joe Berliner saw a lot of potential in the concept, even visiting Borgo Panigale and laying down the sketch of the bike they wanted, largely inspired by the 250 dirt-trackers that were successfully derived from the Ducati250 Diana.


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I'm confused. This guesstimate illustration is a purely modern bike using the Scrambler name, not a tribute to the beloved classic we were hoping for. Guess we'll just have to wait for Milan.

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Dall’Igna: ‘Lots of steps in the right direction’

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The new General Manager of Ducati Corse this year, Luigi Dall’Igna has already been able to enjoy a podium finish as well as a front row start. Following the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, the Italian spoke with motogp.com about the latest developments at Borgo Panigale, the changes with the bike and his relationship with the riders.
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Quite a bit of information here. Also it's clear there are three riders for 2 positions and the media has become a willing participant in the contract battle of Andrea Iannone. (See yesterday's "little scoop" from AI's manager)

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Ducati Grandstand Mugello 2014 | Ducati.net

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Ducati Grandstand Mugello, the Mothership of Ducati passion...


A few years back when the Indy MotoGP was first announced, I was working with another Ducati club to organize a Ducati grandstand. We had visions of 300 seats and that’s what we initially asked the speedway staff to discuss but as our confidence in the turnout grew so did the grandstand.


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Twitter image uploaded by @BremboBrakes

Twitter image uploaded by @BremboBrakes | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
1.6 G of deceleration thanks to the Brembo brakes of @calcrutchlow Ducati at the first corner of @MugelloCircuit http://t.co/7L2DNLRK7O
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Crutchlow: New Ducati engine ‘a rocket’

Crutchlow: New Ducati engine ‘a rocket’ | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 Cal Crutchlow qualified a season best sixth for Ducati’s home Italian MotoGP at Mugello, aided by the debut of a revised engine.


Pramac's Andrea Iannone set a new MotoGP top speed record on Saturday morning, with Crutchlow and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso also impressed with the upgrade. 

"We ran the new engine today. It's a rocket! No doubt about that,” said Crutchlow. “We're pleased to be able to take some advantage because we struggle in other areas. So to have a little bit of power to get out of trouble is good. 

“The performance of the engine was supposed to make the bike a bit smoother but it doesn't seem to have done that. It seems to be very similar in that area, but in fifth and sixth gear it is going really well. 


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Rossi 300 Starts Never Overcook The Pasta Helmet

Rossi 300 Starts Never Overcook The Pasta Helmet | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Today at Mugello, Valentino Rossi wore a helmet dedicated to pasta "The Vale". The graphics with rigatoni highlight that despite in his 20th year racing, Rossi is still competitive and does "not overcook ever!"


Also on the helmet are graphics of the ears and the curve Casanova Savelli - the curve of the left-right Mugello circuit where Rossi usually overcomes his competitors. On the back of the helmet the inevitable Bulldogs Caesar and Cecilia eating rigatoni from the bowl.


The cooking time of "The Vale" pasta are strictly 46 minutes! Helmet, rider and rigatoni are Made in Tavullia and are Italian product certificate.

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Pikes Peak Ducati Style

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All Roads Lead To Pikes Peak 2014, join Ducati for the “Race to the Clouds!”     June 27th – June 30th, 2014


Ducati announces a special weekend in the clouds that includes VIP parties, organized rides, special grandstand and full hospitality area course side. More info HERE


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This event is really something special. Plus, Guy Martin is racing this year and this smoking deal of a weekend package is the icing on the cake...

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Ducati Monster 821 Announced

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Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821, a mid-size entry for the third generation of the iconic naked model and the latest chapter in the Bologna-built motorcycle’s famous story. Underlining Ducati’s strong association to the Bologna region, the company has chosen to release the first images of the new model portrayed in typical Bolognese ambience.


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MotoGP: “Open” war brewing between Ducati and Honda

MotoGP: “Open” war brewing between Ducati and Honda | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A "Open" war is brewing between Honda and Ducati in MotoGP, with HRC angry at what it deems exploitation of rules loophole by Ducati and Yamaha
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You'd have to be blind to not have seen this coming...

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PICS: Guigliano slips off at Donington Park

PICS: Guigliano slips off at Donington Park | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
 Davide Giugliano's hopes of securing his first WSBK win at Donington Park come to an abrupt end - view the full crash sequence here....  
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Giugliano wins second career Tissot-Superpole

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Great Result for Ducati Superbike Team


Donington (Great Britain), Saturday 24 May 2014 - The Tissot-Superpole sessions ahead of tomorrow’s fifth round races for the 2014 eni FIM World Superbike Championship were held in cold and wet conditions at Donington Park. After yesterday’s dry free practices the FP4 session this morning proved to be all important ahead of the two grid deciding sessions this afternoon.


At the second chequered flag it was Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) who claimed his second career pole position, by lapping the Leicester track in 1’44.903. Joining the Italian rider on the front row in both races tomorrow will be Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team).

Row two comprises Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team). In the session Guintoli, Rea and Giugliano all crashed and remounted after posting their fastest times.

Making it through from Superpole 1, Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Ayrton Badovini (Team Bimota Alstare) joined the already seeded riders after the combined Free Practices. Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) both crashed out unhurt at the fast Starkeys section of the track before posting a time. The pair were joined by an unlucky Badovini who also fell spectacularly at the end of the session on the fast uphill left hander, resulting in him not being able to take part in the second session. Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) had a slow speed crash at the Melbourne Hairpin while Fabien Foret (Mahi Team India Kawasaki) elected not to ride in the session.

Times: 1. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'44.903 average 138.059 kph; 2. Haslam (Honda) 1'45.009; 3. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'45.111; 4. Lowes (Suzuki) 1'45.258; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'45.839; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'46.058; 7. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'46.241; 8. Rea (Honda) 1'46.306; 9. Elias (Aprilia) 1'46.326; 10. Laverty(Suzuki) 1'47.963; 11. Davies (Ducati) 1'50.099; 12. Badovini (Bimota); 13. Iddon (Bimota); 14. Corti (MV Agusta); 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki); 16. Canepa (Ducati); 17. Salom (Kawasaki); 18. Camier (BMW); 19. Foret (Kawasaki); 20. Guarnoni (Kawasaki).

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MotoCorsa: An Intimate Look at the Ducati SuperLeggera

The gents from MotoCorsa's award-winning Service Department get up close and personal as they build our first three Ducati SuperLeggera's. Otherwise know as: "what $195,000 and 645 horsepower looks like."

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Ducati Scrambler Spy Shot Re-visit

Ducati Scrambler Spy Shot Re-visit | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Yesterday we posted a Cycle World guesstimate  of the expected to be revealed Ducati Scrambler which showed what I would describe as a very modern baby Hypermotard.  Today we are re-posting a shot from last October sourced from the Swiss publication Acidmoto.ch showing what appeared to be a disguised but road going Scrambler prototype.  


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I really think I liked it better pre-internet when all the rumors stopped with the sweep of a bright red cloth at EICMA. Pure glamour, those were the days.

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Playing rock star for a day on a Superleggera at Mugello

Playing rock star for a day on a Superleggera at Mugello | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Senior Editor Blake Conner had an exclusive 10-lap ride aboard Ducati’s exotic 1199 Superleggera in Mugello.  


Mugello, Italy—As a teenager, I was convinced that there could be nothing better than being a rock star. Thankfully, a lack of musical talent saved me from a monotonous life spent fighting off supermodels, eating caviar, and driving Lamborghinis like rental cars. Maybe I missed my calling, but I certainly enjoyed the limelight recently at the Mugello circuit in Italy, where I had an exclusive 10-lap ride aboard Ducati’s exotic 1199 Superleggera.


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