We haven’t seen something from the boys at Radical Ducati in a while, so their timing withRadical Ducati Matador and the holidays seems like an early moto-related present.For the un-initiated, Radical Ducati is a small shop in Madrid, Spain that specializes in Frankensteining together custom motorcycles from the Ducati parts bin.
The Duke of Cambridge is given a bike for Prince George while he tries out some bigger models for himself
Perhaps he should call himself the Ducati of Cambridge. Prince William seemed to be in the market for a new motorbike when he visited Britain's biggest bike show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
The Duke of Cambridge, who has been a keen biker from a young age and currently owns a 1199cc Ducati, sat on range of models including a Norton race bike and Metisse similar to the one used by Steve McQueen in the Great Escape.
A photo by P B Abery, ‘Motorcycle racing in Rhayader on the old road to Aberystwyth, inspires this post.
Old black and white photos of vintage enduro racing make us think about what races were like with less sponsors, less regulations and rules. There’s a purity about it: no logo-saturated arenas, branded bales or race track billboards, just a big sky and a gritty, challenging road.
Germany's famed Nürburgring racetrack has needed a new owner for some time. Under local government control, the Ring has fallen some 400 million euros into public debt, forcing it into bankruptcy while still keeping its gates open.
Last week we reported on the prospect that one of Germany's major automakers could take over the complex, and noted that ADAC - Europe's largest automobile club and one of the largest in the world - was also in contention. And now it seems that ADAC is preparing to take it over.
Australia as we all know is a long way from anywhere else, and has been a hot bed of interest in Italian motorcycles even before Troy and Casey came on the scene. Once the flush of youthful racing has past, many of those enthusiasts of older Italian machinery would want to do something fun with their bikes. One option is to pack them up and send them on the long journey to their homeland to compete in events there. A simpler option would be to have an event in Australia, alas without all the fine Italian food and wine!!
The “Leonardo da Vinci” Science and Technology Museum in Milan proved was the perfect, high-impact venue for the preview of Ducati’s 2014 range. The exciting and incredible new motorcycles designed and built with a level innovation and creativity unique to Ducati, are now ready to attract the thousands of enthusiasts set to visit EICMA 2013, the 71st edition of the International Motorcycle Exhibition at the International Fair at Rho, Milan, 5-10 November.
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”.
We have featured the work of Peirobon on Asphalt & Rubber before, as the boutique firm from Bologna makes some intriguing air-cooled Ducati-powered sport bikes for discerning buyers, among other things.
Ducati announces the appointment of Mr. Luigi Dall’Igna as the new General Manager of Ducati Corse. Having played key roles for many years in both MotoGP and World Superbike championships, 47-year-old Mr. Dall’Igna has acquired significant experience in the world of motor sport. His expertise will enable the Bologna-based manufacturer to increase its focus on the technical aspects of its racing activity, continuing to lay the foundations for a new phase of development and improving its competitive results.
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....
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....
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...
Why We Ride is a story about who we are. Individuals with a desire to dream, discover and explore. Seeking a life outside our daily confinements and sharing those moments together. It’s a story about the journey, not the destination. Motorcycles represent the milestones of our lives. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons – the bond is the same. It’s about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines. Your senses will heighten as the world rushes in, your heart will beat to the pulse of the engine, your mind will race and set you free. Once you let a motorcycle into your life, it will change you forever.
Ducati's new-for-2014 Monster 1200 has been voted "Most Beautiful Bike on Show" on the closing day of the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan. The annual survey, organised by Italian bike magazine Motociclismo, has become a tradition at Milan and this year attracted more than 10 000 respondents.
The Ducati Monster 1200 was the clear winner of the award, followed by the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800.
This weekend is Nicky Hayden’s last race for Ducati Corse before he renews his relationship with Honda. As sad as it makes me to see him go I think a lot of Ducati fans feel the same as I do – he gave his all to our brand, he never said a cross word and I think there might be some sort of record there because he held his tongue while all his team mates (including the currently contracted one) let Ducati have it. I chose this picture because on this day we were treated to a side of Nicky Hayden that wasn’t on display very often – Troy Bayliss won the drag race but Nicky Hayden put on a show that was really something to see, he OWNED the racetrack and the crowd was chanting his name and even Rossi knew to stand aside....
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....
Mandatory pitstops came to MotoGP in Australia as tyre wear concerns on the resurfaced Phillip Island track led to an emergency one-off format change.
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:
As a keen observer of the obvious it really is a miracle tires that literally cooked themselves to death internally didn't produce a much worse. I tend to agree with Toby Moody in full. This was, at the end of the day, a very good call.
Just in case you didn't see a photo of the tires, click HERE
Asphalt & Rubber broke the news about the upcoming Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera. An ultra-exclusive limited edition model of the Panigale R superbike, our sources spoke of jaw-dropping figures: 220hp at the crank, and 40 lbs shed from what was already Ducati’s lightest superbike ever.
With only 500 models to be produced, this halo bike from Bologna will be available only to the upper-echelon of Ducati customers, with the Italian brand setting up an online ordering form for the chosen Ducatisti.