What would be the most desirable iconic naked sportbike ? Answer to that would be the Ducati Monster, the aesthetic appeal and structural efficiency is what made this bike iconic.
While most drawn to the Ducati Monster for its raw beauty and performance, many consider it a blank canvas, perfect for customization and personalization. The feature of the day a Ducati Monster 1100R belongs to Arrick Maurice brand manager of Ducati’s North American market. Arrick’s custom Ducati Monster 1100R was a non-eligible entry for the 2011 Monster Challenge.
For the rest of this story and more photos of Arrick's beautiful Monster, click HERE
Photos of a Ducati 175 motor rebuild/restore/preservation, done by DesmoPro. The build was done maintaining the motor's aged patina and we thought it made a nice contrast to all the shiny resto's we see, so we took some photos.....
Many of you know of Guy Webster, because he has an excellent motorcycle collection in Ojai CA and has been really generous with his bikes over the years - lending them to shows and exhibits like the Art of the Motorcycle. But what he is REALLY famous for is his photography and tomorrow there is a rare opportunity to hear him speak on the topic.
"One of the early innovators of rock and roll photography, Guy Webster has spanned the worlds of music, film and politics in his 50-year career. His hundreds of album covers have included the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Doors and Simon & Garfunkel.
Photographer for the infamous Monterey Pop Concert his images were used for the festival booklet and include concert photos of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and many others. He has photographed film legends such as Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin and Bob Hope as well as countless luminaries and celebrities including Igor Stravinsky, Allen Ginsburg and Truman Capote for hundreds of worldwide magazines."
Tomorrow at 9:29am Pacific Time 150 tickets will be given away to his Sept 13th Los Angeles lecture. They will go fast (like a rock star concert because Guy really IS like that).
We thought we would share this with the Ducati Community because while so many of us know Guy in the Motorcycle world, he rarely speaks of the photos and when he does the stories are, well, just incredible I can assure you......
Periodically, (and every race weekend lately) Valentino Rossi has tweeted a selection of photographs that he likes from a group his preferred photographers. These are photos that portray him in the light he chooses and tend to be beautiful and we think often somewhat romantic – small dreamy images at a distance, pensive shots in the garage, happy shots, clowning around shots – he posts whatever appeals to him. Having recently experienced the frenzy of photographers that happens whenever Valentino Rossi shows his face we can appreciate the level of skill a photographer must have to shoot in these conditions and earn this sort of access. These photographers – Stefano Taglioni, Callo Albanese, Gigi Soldano and Tino Martino are at the top of the game.
For the rest of this story and some pretty great photos, click HERE
This weekend, Ducati.net and Ductalk are reporting from paradise, Carmel California. It’s the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering and The Ride, both of which embody the spirit of riding, enjoying the company of other Ducati friends and gearheads and just plain getting out and checking out some great machines, about as well as you will ever see it done.
It's not all motorcycles at Quail, and what few cars are here are pretty cool. Like this VW service vehicle that came out for the start of The Ride
We will be adding to the photo gallery of sights and bikes all weekend and posting it here:
Thanks to Louise Dutton for the pics. Nice Save! This is a 1968 Ducati Monza I restored with small modifications last year. Replaced the bars, seat, one wheel and pipe....more photos of "before and after" on the link
Editors note - this bike was restored by Louise in the Desmopro workshop
Developed by noted Ducati Supermono tuner Alistair Wager, the Strada is the Supermono Ducati never built. Wager bought much of the factory's remaining parts stock and commissioned Pierobon, who built the original frames for Ducati, to construct a further 10. Of the 3 road-going bikes he's built to date, this (the 3rd) is the most like the originals. The main changes from the 1993 racers are the use of the Testastretta head, 104mm piston, 54mm throttle body with shower type injectors & starter motor (all from the 999R). The exhaust runs on the opposite side to the original. A one piece billet steel crank and balance mechanism are fitted (the later was cast originally). Green powder coated aluminium side cases replicate the magnesium originals. NGR slipper clutch. The carbon fibre body work is of modern, lighter type. The Ohlins rear shock was built up from NOS parts. The bike produces 75hp at the rear wheel and weighs 137kg wet. Cost £40,000 plus VAT. Photographed in New Zealand, 2012. Bill Irwin collection.
Interesting set of photos, posted to Ducati.net owners group, taken by Bob Ryan, from CADRE Ducati club. Taken at a seminar hosted by Ducati Indianapolis on Sept. 15th, 2012 and featuring DNA Technical Director Austin Gray and Midwest Service Area Manager Erik Madsen they show teardown and assembly of the Panigale engine.
For the direct link to the full photo gallery click HERE
Ductalk Editors Note- Follow Nathan's ongoing, beautifully photographed and documented adventures thru his posts like this to the DucatiCommunity.com
And so, I am back in north Idaho and the trip is officially over, but I'll be updating the rest of the journey here. I'm sure you all recognize the lead picture...yup, the giant sequoias of northern California. Once I crossed over from Oregon the landscape really did begin to change...the coast became less rugged, the tress got bigger, and the gas wayyyy more expensive. Even still, that is part of the beauty of a journey; it forces you to see things with your own eyes and not just take some magazine's or talking head's word for it. Another thing that I've come to realize over the thousands of miles of adventuring is that most people don't know what they're talking about. What do I mean by this? Well, most people have never ridden a motorcycle in their lives, so when you ask how far some place is or how the weather is they seem to automatically assume that you're a 5 year-old on a tricycle who's wandered away from home. I can't count how many times I've heard, "oh, the weather is too bad for you there." or "you wouldn't go there on a motorcycle." Reallllly....I've just gotten to the point where I nod, and smile, and silently wish them the blissfully bored life that they've embraced. So, back out the open road I stopped to take a few of the pics above...#2 was awesome fish and chips at a little place called the Crazy Norwegian in little Port Orford, OR, and by little, well, have a look at pics #2&3, that was the whole town! #4 beach riding, of course! #5 apparently they traveled from Minnesota #10 was a coffee shop/hot tub/sauna in Arcata, CA. Such an awesome little place! #12 a riverbed, of course! #14 "The Idea of Letting Go"
For the rest of Nathan's great photo gallery, click HERE
Spent the day at Road Atlanta. We haven't been to an AMA race in a while and this one was delivering a lot for the entertainment dollar. In the Atlanta area? Not to late to check out the action. It's a pretty great way to spend the day.....
Desmopro and Ducati.net did a build for Cafe Racer Season three. Here are some photos I took from the premiere party at Fuller HotRods in Atlanta and the sneak preview party at Moto Corse Performance in Fort Lauderdale, FL Lots of great photos of the coolest workshop ever on the headline link above and more to come from Road Atlanta and the Cafe Racer area during the weekend