Stay A Hero' is a campaign from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, aiming to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on the roads. The film is the highlight of the 'Stay A Hero' campaign - more details of which can be found on http://www.stayahero.co.uk.
My buddy Burt Welleford is taking a journey around the country on his third-generation Vincent Black Shadow. He is doing this to raise awareness for The Shriners Hospitals for Children, which provide FREE healthcare services to children across North America. In addition to the fact that their goal is helping children, he chose to support them because they are able to spend 91% of all donations on actual services.
His route will take him west from Atlanta, GA and Clockwise around the borders of the lower 48 states of the U.S., ending back in Atlanta. With a trip like that he needed more storage than his bike could provide. We donated our services to Burt by fixing up his bike and adding some storage options for him.
If you are near the edge of the country, rider or not, join him along the way. We will be keeping up with him here and you can go to his site vincentaroundamerica.com to follow his trip.
For the past quarter of a century Umberto Borile has labored to create a series of single-cylinder streetbikes bearing his name, powered by his own air-cooled single-cam four-valve engine based on the World Championship- winning 500cc GM Speedway motor. Until recently, Umberto effectively constructed each handmade example himself in his one-man workshop, which resulted in expensive prices for what were basically freshly minted masterpieces. No two Borile bikes have been the same.
But now the Moto Borile marque, which made its debut in 1988, has been restructured on a more commercial basis, with Umberto entering into 50/50 partnership with the Bassi family at the end of 2010 to form a new company - Umberto Borile & Co....
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.
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.
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.
Join Bryan Fuller, Hot Rod magazine and Magnaflow at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum for a special tour of the museum and the debut of Bryan's latest motorcycle creation.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:
Bryan Fuller is a friend (not to mention a mega creative guy who has several Ducati's) and he has extended this invitation to include Vicki, Rich and Ducati.net readers and friends. We are sure this will be something special...
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....
Americans think they know cars and motorcycles. Sure we do, why wouldn’t we? When you’re the land that gave the world the Shelby Mustang, Dodge Charger, and Harley-Davidson, it’s easy to get a little cocky about your place in automotive history.
But let’s think seriously here for a second, if you’re going to really pick a place to visit as the “Land of Motors”, the Mecca of Automobiles, are you going to prefer to book a flight to cold, industrial Detroit, or to the warm foothills of the Italian motor Valley, through Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, and trek through the Apennine mountains? Not convinced?
The introduction of the next generation Hypermotard has now further broadened the character of the model family with a stylish and accessible mid-range tourer with everyday practicality – The Hyperstrada. While the new range delivers a thrilling and fun filled experience, the Hyperstrada goes that extra mile to deliver long distance adventure and enable practical, everyday motorcycling in absolute Ducati style. Brand new from the ground up, the family introduces the new 110hp Ducati 821cc Testastretta 11° engine in a new Trellis frame equipped with top-of-the range chassis components. While sharing the Hypermotard’s sharp and sleek styling to maintain that essential Supermotard look, the Hyperstrada is factory-accessorised with a full touring-oriented specification. It successfully combines performance with excellent ergonomics and the Ducati Safety Pack of latest generation ABS, Ducati Traction Control and integrated Riding Modes. Ample ground-clearance combined with a narrow waistline and commanding riding position gives the rider a confidence-inspiring stance, ideal for dominating the every-day urban commute or long distance journey. The new Hyperstrada takes the Hypermotard concept into the future with refined design and user-friendly technologies that will enhance its appeal to a wider range of riders.
Ducati has lately done an impressive job penetrating new market segments with sophisticated (and expensive) models like the Multistrada and Diavel. The Italian manufacturer’s next major growth strategy, however, will likely target the opposite end of the price and performance spectrum with a new generation of inexpensive and accessible Scramblers.
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.
”To live the track with the eyes of a champion” move your mouse in any direction
Telecom Italia, a sponsor of the ‘Gran Premio d’Italia’ motorcycling event since 2005, has released a website in cooperation with Ducati where fans can watch a video that lets them take a 360-degree look at the motorcycling circuit in Mugello.
A man who brazenly rode a motorcycle through downtown Chiang Mai while naked has been arrested after detectives were alerted to his antics through a video clip on a social media network.
It took five hours for police to swoop on the man after the clip of his raunchy romp appeared on the web yesterday morning. Police arrested Jetpol Chanboontawee, 24, and charged him with committing a lewd act.
Police Region 5 deputy chief Chamnan Ruodreaw said officers launched an investigation into the matter after receiving complaints from people who had viewed Mr Jetpol's clip.
Pol Maj Gen Chamnan said police traced the IP address of the person who first posted the clip. That person then identified Mr Jetpol as the naked motorcycle rider.
The Grand Australian Roadtrip, put very simply and honestly, is a ride celebrating the innate desire that we riders have to ride a motorcycle on open highways under a blue sky. About having that freedom to stop when we want, where we want. The feeling of opening the helmet lid to let the cool wind hit your face and the scent of the pines invigorate you. That’s what it is, this road-trip. That and because it is cool to think you are MadMax for 23,000 kms! If you dont know who that is, read here!
For Charity? No sir. I believe that charity is a personal thing; I will do good to feel good. I will not to do good to be judged as a good person by my audience. I also do not believe in casting what my underlining objective of the trip is within an altruistic cocoon. And this is not to demean the plethora of good motorcyclists who ride for charity. My best wishes to them, and Godspeed.
But then there’s much more to this road-trip beyond the basic instinct of riding and taking corners on a motorcycle. It is a personal challenge, like all my previous road-trips have been, only tougher. The challenge is to be on the road for days at end. The challenge is to find my breaking point as I ride, take photos, take videos, blog, update social media, meet the expectations of sponsors, of my audience, of friends and family, and to manage my ‘office’ back home in Delhi (the xBhp HQ), which by itself is one of its kind in India where many a motorcycling ideas, events and motives have taken birth.
I will try to produce the best photos I can, posting them regularly on the blogs of this website. And posting them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and 500px. I will also be hopefully Instagraming a bit....
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