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WideOpenMoto: NCR / Poggipolini Group : Part1

WideOpenMoto: NCR / Poggipolini Group : Part1 | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

They say the Ducati Desmosedici RR is a MotoGP bike for the street. That's pretty intense.
So when the NCR M16 first appeared, I admit that I thought the Desmosedici-engined special, a bike lighter and more powerful than Stoner's actual MotoGP-championship-winning Ducati, was a little bit over the top.
Who except maybe Buzz Aldrin could harness that kind of power-to-weight ratio?

However, I was lucky enough to be shown around the Poggipolini factory and NCR workshop by Michele Poggipolini, NCR's CEO, and I've since changed my mind. The M16 isn't an over-the-top extravagance, it's really a very logical culmination of the skills and passions of two companies who've joined forces to build the fastest, lightest, most performance-focused Ducati's on the planet. So making Ducati's most powerful machine better isn't really over the top, it's just what NCR does!

In the words of Michele Poggipolini, NCR is a way of showcasing what we can do; our technology and capabilities. Considering Poggipolini's bread-and-butter is designing, developing and producing parts for Formula-1, aerospace, and the elite supercars (Bugatti Veyron included!), that makes the bikes that thunder out of the Bolognese factory very special indeed.

Here's the story:...http://wideopenmoto.blogspot.fr/2012/06/ncr-poggipolini-group-part1.html#.T8mAGtVSQ8w

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Alain Wicki – Ducati Hillclimber Study | il Ducatista

Alain Wicki – Ducati Hillclimber Study | il Ducatista | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

This is a cool build by Alain Wicki, the swiss luge champion and initiator of the 1996 Lamborghini Raptor project. Thanks to Gilberto, from Narrow Lanes for taking the pictures and letting me use them exclusively on here. Gilberto took the pictures last weekend – 25th-27th of May – during the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este in Lago di Como, Italy. Alain Wicki is a three-time luge medalist and aficionado of things that go fast – I mean this guy goes head first down an icy half-pipe at speeds of around 140km per hour..  http://ilducatista.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/alain-wicki-ducati-hillclimber-study/

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Ducati Road 350 Custom | BikeEXIF.com

Ducati Road 350 Custom | BikeEXIF.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Building motorcycles is an art as well as a science. While some builders take it very seriously, others have a sense of irreverence. The lighter touch often seems to come from mainland Europe; the French outfit Blitz springs to mind, and another is Spain’s El Solitario, run by David Borras.
‘Chupito’ is the latest from El Solitario, and is based on a 1977 Ducati Road 350. These nimble singles were marketed under the Ducati name, but were actually built by the short-lived Spanish company MotoTrans, which was taken over by Yamaha in the 80s.

Read more: http://www.bikeexif.com/ducati-road-350#ixzz1wDDifkFf

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Rare SportBikes For Sale | For collectors only: Ducati 996R (Zürich)

Rare SportBikes For Sale |  For collectors only: Ducati 996R (Zürich) | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Probably one of the most exclusive Ducatis ever, the 996R resembles as close as possible the extremely successful and iconic World Superbike racing edition of the early new millennium. Below is a pristine model with just below 15000km: http://raresportbikesforsale.com/for-collectors-only-ducati-996r-zurich/

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Ducati Bastardo. Twice. | Cyril Huze Post

Ducati Bastardo. Twice. | Cyril Huze Post | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

No, I am not confused, but you may be just by looking at all these pictures and realizing that they are from 2 different custom Ducatis. These bikes with the overall same appearance and paint job are the work of Yuri Shif, for me Europe’s custom builder with the wildest/most elegant/most beautifully executed ideas. His motorcycle fantasies are infinite and you never know what’s coming next from this Russian/Belarus customizer....For the rest of this story click on the headline above

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6.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Bologna, Italy | Ducati.net

6.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Bologna, Italy | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake, it’s epicenter approximately 22 miles from Borgo Panigale and the Ducati factory, struck Italy this morning at 4:04 a.m. (0204 GMT) and was followed by a series of jolting aftershocks. At least two of them reached magnitude 5.1, sowing fresh panic, further damaging already weakened buildings and causing more structures to collapse. No significant damage has been reported at Ducati....For the rest of the story, click the headline

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Ducati 750 GT Factory Literature | eBay

Ducati 750 GT Factory Literature | eBay | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

You are bidding on a Ducati 750 GT factory 8 page brochure.

This is the Holly Grail of Bevel GT literature.

It is printer in four color and is 9 ½ " x 12 ½"

The brochure is printer on heavy stock and is in good to very good condition.

On the front cover there is a Milano Dealer stamp

All the copy is in Italian there is No English...To see the whole listing, click on the headline link above

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motographite | DUCATI MONSTER 696 "SSS CONVERSION" by VANCE HARPER

motographite | DUCATI MONSTER 696 "SSS CONVERSION" by VANCE HARPER | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Vance Harper’s modifications:

Rizoma grips and mirrors
Painted Tank ( Gloss black and Flat Black )
Ducati low seat
Speedymoto Top Triple
Metaltech Racing Rearsets
Monster 1100 Swingarm
Hypermotard Rear Wheel
Motocreations Boomtubes
Ducati Performance oil cap
Modified POD brackets…Lowered display...

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Video | SuperbikePlanet | Adamo, Leoni & Ducati Circa 1985

To a generation of east coast race enthusiasts, Jimmy Adamo was crafty privateer who helped bolster the Ducati brand in US racing long before it became fashionable to race or own an Italian racing steed. For years his bikes were tuned by Reno Leoni, another east coast racing legend.

Here, via YouTube, is some incredibly rare footage of Adamo and Leoni at the 1985 Road Atlanta AMA National. It also includes footage of Leoni tuning a very early Cagiva two-stroke, four cylinder 500cc GP bike that Adamo rode in the F1 class.... more here: http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2012/May/120515b16.htm

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From Ducati Corse to Italian Supersport to Larry Pegram to me – Gino Angella’s 749RS racer | Ducati.net Ducati.net

From Ducati Corse to Italian Supersport to Larry Pegram to me – Gino Angella’s 749RS racer | Ducati.net                       Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

For the 2012 race season, I decided to upgrade my program. Since 2005 I’ve been racing a Ducati 1000DS Supersport and despite some great results (including a Daytona CCS win in 2008), I was ready for something faster. Chris Boy from MotoCorse Performance had just the thing- A 2005 Ducati 749RS!...More here: http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/from-ducati-corse-to-italian-supersport-to-larry-pegram-to-me-gino-angellas-749rs-racer/

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1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL | Rare SportBikes For Sale

1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL | Rare SportBikes For Sale | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

If you are a collector of classic and iconic sportbikes – or would like to become one – here is something you might want to investigate. The Ducati 600 SL “Pantah” was the first of the next generation of Ducatis, powered by an updated L-twin desmo motor with valve actuation done via toothed rubber belts instead of the traditional bevel drive. The belt driven valvetrain was instrumental to production volume for Ducati, as the older bevel drives required a great deal of time-consuming, skilled adjustment during assembly. Belt driven valves made true mass production a reality....more here: 

http://raresportbikesforsale.com/1982-ducati-pantah-600sl/

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Ducati Racer Painting | BarrycroStudios | Etsy.com

Ducati Racer Painting | BarrycroStudios | Etsy.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Hand painted silkscreen on 9x12 wood panel. The image is a vintage Ducati single cylinder race bike.

$85

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Last Ducati to win a MotoGP bids to 172,430 Euros at auction | Ducati.net

Last Ducati to win a MotoGP bids to 172,430 Euros at auction | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Casey Stoner’s 2010 MotoGP Ducati that won the Australian GP was bid to 172,430 euros at auction today in Monaco. The last Ducati to win a MotoGP race was being offered directly by Ducati for sale with a pre-auction estimate of 300 – 350,000 euros. No confirmation if reserve was met. It’s highly unusual for “current” factory GP bikes still sporting at least some top secret electronics and technology to be offered for sale, and the two offered in Monaco today came with numerous strings attached. Buyers interested in the two bikes were encouraged to contact the RM auction legal department before hand to review the contract in advance. Per Filippo Presiosi: More here: http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/last-ducati-to-win-a-motogp-bids-to-172430-euros-at-auction/

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Racing Scale Models: Ducati 750 Imola Racer by Kim's House Garage (Protar)

Racing Scale Models: Ducati 750 Imola Racer by Kim's House Garage (Protar) | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Lots of photos herehttp://racingscalemodels.blogspot.fr/2012/05/ducati-750-imola-racer-by-kims-house.html


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My $25 Ducati Summer | by Larry Fritz | Ducati.net

My $25 Ducati Summer | by Larry Fritz | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

This picture was taken May 20th, 1964 at Santa Fe Park, professional 1/4 Mile Track, on the South side of Chicago, Illinois……I won 1st place in the Consolation race – I was always much better off if I missed the finals in the heat races because I could usually win the consolation race & take home $15 to $25. If I made the Grand Final I would be lucky if I made anything at all! Expert, Amateur & Novice classes all ran together at the Santa Fe Park quarter mile track and I was a novice at that time. I earned enough points to advance to Amateur on the 250cc Diana that summer. Most of the experts, the “Hot Shoes” , were riding Harley Davidson Sprints, (which were made in Italy) or Parilla’s. I could out run almost all of them on the straights, but could not then handle the corners as well as those with more experience. I remember one rider in particular, George Roeder, was actually able to just stick his front wheel into my left side even as our leathers were flapping on the inside guard posts and just push me out of the way....http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/my-25-00-ducati-summer/

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The Ducati Dry Clutch and Its Distinctive Rattle | allaboutbikes.com

The Ducati Dry Clutch and Its Distinctive Rattle | allaboutbikes.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Just as you can tell when a Harley is somewhere in the vicinity by the distinctive rumble of its V-Twin, so can you tell when a Ducati has just pulled up next to you.

http://www.allaboutbikes.com/feature-articles/motorcycle-basics/6866-the-ducati-dry-clutch-and-its-distinctive-rattle

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Phil Aynsley Photography | Factory drawings photo set

Phil Aynsley Photography | Factory drawings photo set | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Factory engineering drawings from the '50s and '60s. Photographed in Sydney 2009.

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History of Desmodromic Valve Actuation Museum | Dr. Gigi Mengoli | Cycle World

History of Desmodromic Valve Actuation Museum | Dr. Gigi Mengoli | Cycle World | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Where would you expect a show about the history of desmodromic valve actuation to take place if not Bologna?  But Ducati wasn’t the driving force behind this comprehensive, well-managed initiative; rather, it was put together by one man: Dr. Gigi Mengoli.

Sure, Mengoli still is in a top position at Ducati, being chief project engineer and manager of design for production engines. But he did this show on his own because he loves the desmo concept and wanted to pay homage to all who contributed to its evolution—from the men at Peugeot who built the L76 four-cylinder based on the engine that won the 1912 Indianapolis 500 to the 2.5-liter Mercedes W196 inline-Eight by Daimler-Benz Chief Project Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut that dominated Formula One in 1954 and ’55 to the works of the great Dr. Fabio Taglioni, Mengoli’s teacher and inspiration....The whole story here:  http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/05/18/desmo-show/

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Vintage Ducati Motorcycles Magazine Ad- Is the Ducati for Everyone? | Cycle World

Vintage Ducati Motorcycles Magazine Ad- Is the Ducati for Everyone? | Cycle World | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

That’s what the ad for Monza Junior 160 asked in 1966, years before the little factory in Bologna would turn out its first V-Twin. In those days, Ducati was already marketing itself against the Japanese onslaught with “quality craftsmanship,” the “skillful attention” it paid to every detail and bragging about its gear-driven overhead cam. In spite of all that, at just $229, the Monza Junior was less expensive than many of “the mass-produced jobs.” Forty-six years later, the base Panigale won’t set you back much more than your average non-Italian literbike, but the tariff on Editor-in-Chief Hoyer’s Panigale S would have bought you 100 Monza Juniors back in the day....More here:http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/05/15/is-the-ducati-for-everyone/

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New! | Team Althea Facebook Page

New! | Team Althea Facebook Page | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Thumbs UP!!  Check out the new Team Althea Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/153815244749571/154184778045951/

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Rare SportBikes For Sale | Ducati 851 SP3 For Sale in Austria

Rare SportBikes For Sale | Ducati 851 SP3 For Sale in Austria | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Man this is a beauty!!
Ducati 851 SP3 for sale in Austria on eBay
Here is a truly collectable model in visually great conditions. This is number 281 of the limited produced Ducati special edition 851. In particular it is stage 3 of the SP series (the last one was the SP5):

The bike is iconic. It was the first Ducati with liquid cooled engine, 4 valves per cylinder with Desmodromic actuation developed through the thesis of a student form Bologna University. It was also one of the first serial bikes to have electronic ignition and fuel injection instead of carburetors. Basically the history of success of Ducati in World Super Bike series started all here ! The bike is in original trim and recently serviced. It will be yours with 10.600 Euros which in my language is a great price. Available in the Austrian Alps....more... click on the headline link above

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RM AUCTIONS | Monaco Auction Results | Motorcycles

RM AUCTIONS | Monaco Auction Results | Motorcycles | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

 Add 17% buyers premium to sales price, then add 20% VAT to that total, to get the price paid (plus shipping) for vehicle to leave the property.

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Evolution of the "Desmoquattro" Ducati | Motociclismo.es

Evolution of the "Desmoquattro"  Ducati | Motociclismo.es | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

(Translated from Spanish, a little hard to follow but it's a good piece on Ducati engine evolution and history)

With the new Panigale, Ducati has broken with a quarter-century of evolution of their first desmodromic four-valve engine based on the Pantah born in 1980, the last great work of Fabio Taglioni.

Ducati has had throughout its history a few models that have now become almost myth, but there is no doubt that all of them, propelled by its engines desmodromic distribution V2 are those who have taken the place it now occupies.

With the new Panigale (or 1199 or Superquadro, whatever you call it), it starts a cycle, a new period that closes the engine was that he gave Ducati its greatest glory and his greatest sporting successes. The series began with the 851 has undergone three changes in appearance, which led to the 916/996/998 series, then the 999, and finally the 1098 and 1198, that concludes the story.

If Taglioni was the creator of desmodromic system on motorcycle engines, Massimo Bordi has been the engineer who has managed to keep on the crest of the wave in 'modern times'. Until the arrival of the Panigale the basis of all engine Ducati has come from the architecture began with the legendary Pantah. These engines had been created at the end of the year 70 to equip half cylinder bikes, but were increasing capacity from the original 500 cc to over 900 cc, at the end of the decade, and more so in modern times, as they maintain their structure throughout the range of two air-cooled valve signature.

However, the 80's were a decade of technical brilliance, the Japanese discovered the art of making great sport, good chassis combined with powerful engines, and twin cylinder air-cooled two-valve cylinder heads of Ducati could not be more desmodromic system that they had with bikes like the Yamaha FZ , the GSX-R or soon after, with the Honda RC30 .

Ducati Evolution
Lost Ideas

One such Massimo Bordi back in 1978 had graduated with a thesis on a four-valve engine desmodromic . He had begun to take information and drawings provided by Taglioni in 1973 and 1974 and had designed a air cooled engine with dual spark plug rocker and centered in the head.

Bordi, a motor enthusiast, was in love with the four-valve Cosworth cylinder heads, pistons with flat, small angle between valves, its inlet plug straight and centered, about eight-cylinder engines that Ferrari won the 12. And so was desmodromic system of Taglioni, so I decided to merge the two concepts. Bordi came in 1978 in Ducati , but at the time the mark was made ​​in a state conglomerate of companies, started work on diesel engines, and there he remained until the arrival of the Castiglioni in 1985, when it was fished to take over the direction technique.

Claudio Castiglioni was quite clear, it was necessary to do something to replace a Ducati as a leader in engines, and it became clear Massimo, the solution was to bring his thesis to the engine then. It was not possible to create a new engine, not just a matter of budget, but because all the industrial structure of production was based on the Pantah engines , and could not replace machinery, molds, tools, etc..  More here: http://www.motociclismo.es/pruebas/carretera/articulo/evolucion-de-los-demosquattro-de-ducati

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video | Ducati Sport Classic 1000 ''Cappuccino Corse'' 92 Hp 220 Km/h

Ducati Sport Classic 1000 ''Cappuccino Corse'' 92 Hp 220 Km/h * see also Playlist ''Ducati Sport 1000 Classic'' http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL379FC2...
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