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Ducati Motorcycle Restoration Guide | Octane Press | motorcycleusa.com

Ducati Motorcycle Restoration Guide | Octane Press | motorcycleusa.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Octane Press will soon be publishing the revised Ducati Belt-Drive Two-Valve Twins Motorcycle Restoration Guide to help enthusiasts while buying restoring or modifying post 79 Ducatis.


Ducati Belt-Drive Two-Valve Twins Motorcycle Restoration Guide is a hands-on guide designed to help enthusiasts ensure authenticity when buying, restoring or simply living with this special breed of Ducati motorcycles introduced in 1979. This guide specifically covers the 500/600/650SL, 750 F1, 750 Sport, 750SS, 900SS, Monster, along with other post '79 two-valve belt-drive Ducatis. The book includes key components and model specifications useful for ensuring originality and authenticity. Ian Falloon imparts rich historical context, practical details, and cautionary advice on specific Ducati models. The book also includes hundreds of photos illustrating mechanical detail and numerous sidebars suggesting model-specific modifications. Appendices identify valuable sources for the restorer as well as detailed model specifications. First published in 2000, this revised edition has been updated with new information for its 2012 release.

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circuscoffee | Ducati Community | End of week 2...

circuscoffee | Ducati Community | End of week 2... | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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"


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4th Annual Ducati TT / F1 Symposium - September 1st - 4th, 2012 - loudbike

4th Annual Ducati TT / F1 Symposium - September 1st - 4th, 2012 - loudbike | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
This year, we decided to take the event to the racetrack (where it belongs) and thanks to Mike Weber's efforts, we're dove-tailed into 4 days of racing and track time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


If you saw the TT & F1 display at the Ducstock event last year, you got a taste of the amazing machines that came out of NCR and Ducati in the 80s. If you didn't, next weekend's your chance to get up close and personal with the first true factory racers that came out of Ducati and watch them in action in the new P89 class specifically designed for the 650 and 750 twins that filled out the grids back in the day.

First hosted by Lou Saif in his Queens, NY shop, the TT & F1 Symposium is a loosely organised and laid-back affair that has begun the attract some of the most impressive examples of the breed and attendees from all over the world. This year, we decided to take the event to the racetrack (where it belongs) and thanks to Mike Weber's efforts, we're dove-tailed into 4 days of racing and track time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The guest of Honor will be none other than Englishman Pat Slinn, championship winning race engineer for Mike Hailwood and Tony Rutter.


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Bikeracing.it |Official, Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati for 2013 and 2014

Bikeracing.it |Official, Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati for 2013 and 2014 | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Translated from Italian:

At exactly twelve days since the announcement of divorce with Valentino Rossi, Ducati officially announced the hiring of Andrea Dovizioso for the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP seasons. 125cc World Champion in 2004 and twice runner-up in the 250 GP (2006 and 2007 behind Jorge Lorenzo), the pilot Forli in his career he played a total of 81 Grands Prix in the premier class podium boasting as many as 21 (5 this year Yamaha Tech 3: Barcelona, Assen, Sachsenring, Mugello and Indianapolis), one pole position (Motegi 2010) and a victory achieved in 2009 at Silverstone with the official Repsol Honda Team RC212V.

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Ducati - Desmosound - Desmo notes | Ducati ringtones | Ducati.com

Ducati - Desmosound - Desmo notes | Ducati ringtones | Ducati.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

A symphony of pistons and connecting rods moving to the rhythm of the L-twin cylinder: THAT is the unmistakable Ducati sound!
For each model you have four different roars to listen to or download.

Some sounds are only available after signing up on the Ducati website.


To download and  see the choices, click HERE

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Ducati Recalls 1199 Panigale for 3 Issues | Motorcycle News

Ducati Recalls 1199 Panigale for 3 Issues | Motorcycle News | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Ducati has recalled 2,411 of its 1199 Panigale superbikes (model year 2012-2013) due to steering damper and engine cooling issues; the affected models were manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.


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Rossi Talks Yamaha, Stoner Talks Rossi | Cycle News

Rossi Talks Yamaha, Stoner Talks Rossi | Cycle News | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

SPEEDWAY, IN, AUG 16 - Ducati Marlboro's Valentino Rossi was always going to be the center of attention at the pre-race news conference for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. But a widely circulated "interview" with world champion Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) nearly stole the spotlight.

In an interview most widely seen on the website of England's Motorcycle News, Stoner was harsh in his criticism of both Rossi and crew chief Jeremy Burgess, and their inability to make the Ducati a proven race winner. Stoner didn't deny having made the comments, but he quickly pointed out that they weren't made en masse, as presented.

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idesmo | Ducati Community | Euro Bike Night tonight at IndyGP

idesmo | Ducati Community | Euro Bike Night tonight at IndyGP | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

This is tonights best bet for Ducati owners.  It's not far from Ducati Indy and the Drury Ducati basecamp hotel.  It's supported by the Indy Desmo Ducati Owners Club.


 

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Living with the Ducati Panigale | Telegraph

Living with the Ducati Panigale | Telegraph | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
What's it like to live with Ducati's latest road rocket, the Panigale, for a week's ordinary use?

We British are a funny lot when it comes to buying motorcycles. We'll love a new sports bike for lapping a foreign racetrack faster than its rivals, in the hands of someone we've never met, then buy it in order to whizz about as best we can on British roads.
There's nothing wrong with that if it gives us pleasure, and bikes do just that through their image, looks, sound and brand values as well as the how they feel and perform (while the ace in the pack is that even the most ordinary motorcycle is still a motorcycle and, by default, enjoyable).
However, with Ducati's Panigale superbike performing as well in showrooms as it has done in track tests, there's plenty of interest in how it copes with a trip to the supermarket, heavy traffic, a weekend away or carrying a passenger. So I borrowed one to subject it to a week of intense ordinariness.


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Pencil Portrait of Valentino Rossi by Stormfogel

Pencil Portrait of Valentino Rossi by Stormfogel | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Portrait of Valentino Rossi by Stormfogel on Stars Portraits, the biggest online gallery for celebrity portraits.

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - an old fashioned good time event | Vicki's View

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - an old fashioned good time event | Vicki's View | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

We’ve been to Pikes Peak, many years ago but never for the Hill Climb, an event, much like the Isle of Man TT that seems, well, kind of crazy. This year the mountain is fully paved, a progression that has taken years to finish and has resulted in a lot of different records from the old dirt days to the current paved one. This year’s records set will start a new era, and with a fully paved course – address new challenges, so it’s a great year to attend and here we are....


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Desmo-why's….ENGLISH VERSION | Giorgio Manziana | motocorse.com

Desmo-why's….ENGLISH VERSION | Giorgio Manziana | motocorse.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Desmo-why's….

I have always tried to follow the evolution of Ducati motoGP with focus on news not of public domain on the web or in the press, most often predicting successive development steps based on problems encountered. I am not saying that what Filippo Preziosi said during testing in Jerez, “Manziana, you're the only one to have understood us”, authorises me to claim expertise, but rather that I am a passionate and keen observer. I am not in a position to judge the work created by an engineer considered by many to be the genius of motoGP a few years ago, a reputation earned himself by his original concept of motorcycle different to the general standards of the time, and who, after the interview with Furusawa, is now considered in the collective imagination of many to be like a child in kindergarten that hangs from the lips of the teacher.


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For Sale | 1979 Ducati SuperSport | eBay

For Sale | 1979 Ducati SuperSport | eBay | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
For sale is my 1979 classic Ducati 900 Super Sport (R).

The bike was build in 1979 straight from the crate by Dutch Ducati specialist Biggelaar in the town of Oirschot.

In total 5 of these bikes were build, 3 for racing and 2 for road use, this is one of those 2.

In 2008 the bike returned to Biggelaar for a complete restoration, its was then displayed at their 40 years celebration as a eyecatcher.

After restoration I have just driven it once for 25 km so it needs to be run in still now.

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Ducstock 2012 and Motogiro South at Barbers Vintage Festival | Ducati.net

Ducstock 2012 and Motogiro South at Barbers Vintage Festival | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Join us for our 2nd annual Ducati.net Ducstock get together during the 2012 Barber’s Vintage Festival. Here’s what we have in the planning:

Event dates: October 11th – 14th, 2012

Location: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama

Triumph is the focused brand this year at Barbers Vintage Festival so Ducstock II is taking a different approach, and focusing on the camaraderie and riding. We recognize that it’s pretty hard to top a good group of Ducati people getting together to ride, tell stories and drink cold beverages and we are not inclined to mess with that time honored formula. We decided to start with an epic ride. We can’t think of ANYTHING more fun to ride in than an Italian Motogiro style event so we are kicking off the weekend with a great one – Motogiro South


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For more on Motogiro South click HERE


For more on Barber Vintage Festival 2012 click HERE

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Valentino Rossi's crew chief Jerry Burgess unsure if he'll rejoin Yamaha | Autosport.com

Valentino Rossi's crew chief Jerry Burgess unsure if he'll rejoin Yamaha | Autosport.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

"I would have liked to finish the job [at Ducati]. We aren't far off, perhaps we lack only 1 per cent. In these two years Ducati has learned a lot, and for me it is disappointing to be unable to finish," said Burgess."


Valentino Rossi's long-time crew chief Jeremy Burgess says he has yet to decide whether he will follow the Italian across to Yamaha for the 2013 MotoGP season.

Burgess, who previously achieved great success with Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan, began working with Rossi at Honda and then followed him to Yamaha and then Ducati - although it had been uncertain whether he would make the latter switch at the time.

The Australian says he's been asked whether he will move across yet, but hasn't reached a resolution for himself anyway should the question come.

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Wolfgang Dürheimer Interview: Joining Audi and the Future of Bentley and Bugatti | Car and Driver.com

Wolfgang Dürheimer Interview: Joining Audi and the Future of Bentley and Bugatti | Car and Driver.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

"I understand that (Audi CEO) Rupert Stadler expects me to take a close look at Ducati’s technologies."


In a few weeks, Bentley and Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer will be leaving for Ingolstadt, where he will head Audi’s research and development and lead the VW Group’s motorsports activities. At Audi, he will deal closely with motorcycle maker Ducati; a fitting job, as he earned his stripes at BMW’s motorcycle division before he became head of Porsche’s research and development. Two years ago, following a shakeup in VW Group management, he left for Crewe, England, to head Bentley and Bugatti. We recently sat down with Dürheimer to discuss the future of Bentley’s powertrains, the progress of the Bugatti Galibier, and his new responsibilities with Ducati and VW Group motorsports.

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IndyGP Ducati Island Photo Gallery | SpeedTV.com

IndyGP Ducati Island Photo Gallery | SpeedTV.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Fans attend the Ducati Island event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Friday at Indianapolis with Jules Cisek | Asphaltandrubber.com

Friday at Indianapolis with Jules Cisek | Asphaltandrubber.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Photos: © 2012 Jules Cisek / Popmonkey – All Rights Reserved

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Pikes Peak, Saturday - The Mountain

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It’s the number one question everybody asks when you get here, “Have you been on the mountain yet?” Today the answer was yes…


The day started with a group ride from the hotel, a police escorted scoot across town that would have been the highlight of most peoples day if we weren’t headed to Pikes Peak. We gathered up at the gate and headed for a stop by the reservoir. Oddly, it’s from there, not the summit that you get the first grasp of how large this mountain is. The team is here and they show me where the finish is, pointing at a flat spot on the mountain crest far, far away and high overhead. It doesn’t even look like the same mountain, rather another one nearby. Greg Tracy and Carlin Dunne are planning to lead us to the summit and there’s a bar-b-que lunch after.


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Pikes Peak - Race Day. Living on the edge | Ducati.net

Pikes Peak - Race Day. Living on the edge | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

There’s a quote that goes ”I like living on the edge. It’s less crowded and the view is better” Nowhere is that more fitting than the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. While riding up to the summit I decide that the difference between this event and the Isle of Man TT is that this race requires a level of commitment that the IOM does not. There is no run off, no room for error and even if you give yourself a wide margin , the mountain might take even that, by adding rain or snow or oil from a blown motor. If it goes wrong, and it did seven times on Sunday, the view changes dramatically. But get it right, you become King (or Queen) of the Mountain and you are literally, on top of the world... 

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Pikes Peak, Friday. Vicki's View

Pikes Peak, Friday. Vicki's View | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

I’m a keen observer of the obvious, so let me start by saying, WOW, it’s beautiful here. This, and I haven’t even been on “the mountain” yet. Friday’s weather is clear, sunny and some scattered showers up in the mountains and our plan is to group ride to lunch and end the day at FanFest, which is in downtown Colorado Springs. The ride group is small, about 20 and consists of mainly Multistrada’s, many of which have come to Pikes from far, far away. Conversations often go something like this – “We may stop by North Carolina on our way home from Pikes” “Really? Where do you live?” “Texas”.


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It's Official - Ducati and Rossi to part ways at end of this season | Ducati.net

It's Official - Ducati and Rossi to part ways at end of this season | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

“As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship”

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Closed for inventory ENG VERS | manziana.motocourse.com

Closed for inventory ENG VERS | manziana.motocourse.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

 This article has been written yesterday. Today have been evolutions refering Rossi's contract.
This article will highlight some facts that occurred between 2011 and 2012, relating to the negotiation of the purchase of Ducati by Audi.
A lot has already written about this, but some elements appear to be inconsistent, so I thought it was worth exploring it in more detail. So what are we investigating? Mainly we are trying to understand why Ducati seems not to have been able to follow the development program and steps envisioned for 2012 with the new GP12.
Obviously the argument rests on assumptions, but based on facts that give sense to this article, also considering the financial reasons we will touch (the property switch of Ducati), I turned to a more experienced friend in this area: an economics teacher who teaches in a school in Switzerland.
Has the transfer of ownership of Ducati caused lags in the GP program? This is what I will try to demonstrate, quoting as usual the links that support my statements, in order to bring coherence to my hypothesis.

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