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Novegro Swap Meet 2014, Milan Italy - Vicki's View

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Novegro is one of the largest Italian motorcycle swap meets held every year AND it's the same week as the Milan motorcycle show. I hadn't been in a couple of years so I headed over with some friends to check it out. Biggest difference? The Ducati stuff we never used to see was here in droves. That's a good thing. I have included a ton of photos this gallery because, well, it's acres and acres and you almost never see the same thing twice. So go get a beverage and join me for a walk around one of the coolest places a motorcycle lover could ever want to visit.

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Lots of photos, SO much rare Ducati stuff this year!

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Giving Thanks – For Motorcycles… Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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Today is a day officially earmarked for giving thanks for the things in our lives that we feel grateful for.  For most people in a perfect world that might include things like good health, and family, things I too am grateful for.  But for me I have to include motorcycles because without them my life would be much much less rich in just about every way.  I learned to ride in high school, at a time when girls were mostly just not interested in machines as a rule. My machine of choice was a Honda and I didn’t exactly meet the nicest people on it....


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Ducati Superbike Team: The plan comes together | Vicki's View Blog

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Ducati Corse announced today it has re-affiliated with Feel Racing, an experienced team that has achieved many victories in the past for Ducati.  There is also a significant big difference here from last year,  this team is once again “official”, an important status in SBK that comes with perks not offered non-official teams.  In addition, they will once again be based inside the racing department in Borgo Panigale.

Much of what is new here is actually “old again” with the team structure reuniting many of Ducati’s best from the past...


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The Breakup is Official – Now What? | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

After weeks of rumors, Ducati and Alstare have terminated the partnership.  Factors cited include the global economic downturn, standard code for loss of a main sponsor and lack of money momentum going into 2014.  But the relationship with Francis Batta has been rocky for some time. The 2013 SBK season was the worst in Ducati’s history – Ducati for the first time failing to win a race. The team was riddled with rider injuries and and the fundamental issues of where to lay the blame – was it the bike or was it the riders – reported to be an ongoing disagreement with Ducati management.  Despite reported efforts to reconcile, the relationship was terminated early by “common agreement”.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:33 AM

My view, maybe 2014 is brighter than you think...

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When Ducati SBK came to AMA: VIR Superbike 2004 | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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Throwback Thursday, Vicki’s View of one of the most unexpected Ducati/AMA weekends ever

This weekend Michele Pirro will compete in the Mugello MotoGP on the “Lab” bike, (seemingly entered for the purposes of gathering data during the race weekend) and Ben Spies will return to competition while still mending from a shoulder injury. It reminded me of a similar situation almost 10 years ago.

It’s been so long since Ducati has had a supported AMA team that some people might not know that for quite a few years, on most AMA weekends Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozi made the 10 hour trip as part of a variety of AMA team efforts over the years, splitting their time and efforts between the SBK team and the AMA one....


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, May 29, 2013 11:28 PM

Mixed results, injured riders. MugelloGP? LeMans SBK?  Nope. AMA VIR 2004. A tale of Ducati history repeating itself.

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Why The Best Way To Watch Racing Might Be Twitter | Ducati.net

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Does this sound familiar? Well here's the fix...

If you are a motorcycle race fan, chances are good you got up this morning, (as early as 5:30 am for those of you on the left coast), got all settled in for the spectacle of World Superbike Superpole being streamed on BeIn web live or on the tv if you are one of the lucky ones that has access to that, only to find...nothing.   

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After asking a number of web saavy friends why they didn't use Twitter it became clear that some people still think it's for posting photos of what you had for lunch....

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, April 13, 2013 7:04 PM

After asking a number of web saavy friends why they didn't use Twitter it became clear that some people still think it's for posting photos of what you had for lunch....

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IndySS by Analog Motorcycles: Ducati Indiana Custom | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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Motorcycle Swap Meets Make Me Happy… | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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Every so often in my travels the moon and stars align and the event I am attending lines up with something else I love to do.  At IndyGP it’s the flat track races. In Italy, #1 happy score is a motorcycle swap meet.  If you like motorcycles (and not just old ones) time spent wandering one of these is a feast of dreams.  Everywhere you turn there’s a two wheeled machine that you can just see in your garage. Sure I’m 5000 miles from home and a whole bunch of those miles are wet but it happens every time I see a Moto Guzzi Galetto or a Piaggio Ape (if it’s a Callessino whoa nelly, bar the door). For me the best ones are the old established affairs like Imola, or Novegro, but all year long there is one somewhere almost every weekend.  The content varies, antiques always manage to make an appearance and for sure somebody will be selling leather goods or jewelry or watches or tools and over the years more and more Eastern block items are turning up but the one thing you can count on is motorcycles, scooters and little Italian cars and just about all of it could be yours with a little negotiation....

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Misano Classic Weekend -The Perfect Riding Vacation, Italian Style | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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It’s hard not to love Misano World Circuit.  Located in between the Adriatic Sea and the Republic of San Marino about one and a half hours from Bologna, it’s iconic, well kept, well run and just the right size for walking around.  Considered a home circuit for Ducati, the Italian brand’s history is thick here.  So when I heard the track was organizing a three day vintage event called the Misano Classic Weekend it got my attention – I figured it was safe to expect a great turnout of interesting Italian machines and with a mini Motogiro event attached to it. I’m not going to lie, the siren call of riding around the Italian countryside on a vintage Ducati was crazy appealing.   I sent in my entry and headed straight there from Barber Vintage Festival....


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This was the vacation deal of the year...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 3, 2013 10:34 PM

This years best gearhead vacation value....Misano Classic Weekend

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Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island 2013 | Vicki's View Photo Gallery of the weekend

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Laguna Seca. It's a favorite of the GP riders and the fans as well. In a 2013 season that has produced weather drama, crash drama, injury drama and tire drama, Laguna doles out just plain great racing, year after year. It's also the home of the biggest, most ambitious Ducati Island anywhere in the world and for me, 4 days of beautiful, "Kodak moments" all ringed in Ducati Red. Join me for a look at Laguna Seca MotoGP and especially, the people, bikes and passion, of Ducati Island Laguna Seca!

Photos and story by Vicki Smith 

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This is our favorite gallery of the year!

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:18 PM

Always our favorite photo gallery of the year.....

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Respect. | Vicki's View Blog, Ducati.net

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This morning I got up at 3:30 am to watch the warmup of the MotoGP race from France live.  To be honest, as passionate as I am about the sport and the Ducati brand I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the last couple of seasons have been hard to watch.  And that’s from the outside which is, lets be honest, nothing like being on the inside and taking it on the chin every day.  So the 3:30 am ritual for the Euro rounds has been less and less appealing, in the battle of sleep vs race fan, sleep has been winning....


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