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Giving Thanks – For Motorcycles… Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

Giving Thanks – For Motorcycles… Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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....


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Motorcycle Swap Meets Make Me Happy… | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

Motorcycle Swap Meets Make Me Happy… | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.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....

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Ducati Superbike Team: The plan comes together | Vicki's View Blog

Ducati Superbike Team: The plan comes together | Vicki's View Blog | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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...


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Screening Schedule & Videos | Why We Ride Film

Screening Schedule & Videos | Why We Ride Film | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:47 PM
Not Ducati specific but this is supposed to be a really good movie. We finally got a date for a screening here in Florida (Yea!) This link is the whole list of where it's scheduled to be showing so far...
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New Ducati is 'Best on Show' at Milan

New Ducati is 'Best on Show' at Milan | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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.


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Thanks for the memories Nicky | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

Thanks for the memories Nicky | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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....


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:53 AM

Feel the same?  Let him know. A final Goodbye gift from his fans in red everywhere

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Video - 2014 Ducati Monster 1200

Ducati presents the new generation of Monster at EICMA 2013.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:38 PM

In Italian but a good look at the bike in motion...

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Misano Classic Weekend -The Perfect Riding Vacation, Italian Style | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

Misano Classic Weekend -The Perfect Riding Vacation, Italian Style | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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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....


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This was the vacation deal of the year...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 3, 2013 10:34 PM

This years best gearhead vacation value....Misano Classic Weekend

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MotoGP Tech: Kevin Cameron Analyzes 10 Photos of Modern MotoGP Bikes

MotoGP Tech: Kevin Cameron Analyzes 10 Photos of Modern MotoGP Bikes | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Nothing on two wheels is more pleasing to the eye than a modern MotoGP bike.  
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 2, 2013 3:32 PM

Really excellent article if you like the technical side of the highest form of the sport...

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Let's praise MotoGP for finding a solution

Let's praise MotoGP for finding a solution | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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First Glimpse of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera

First Glimpse of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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.

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Duc Soup Ducati Monster Custom

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 Another bike built as a final year engineering project, this time from Manuel Ayllón in Madrid, Spain.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 9, 2013 7:33 PM

I'm looking forward to the comments on this one.  It's a pretty interesting build regardless if it's your cup of tea or not...

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BeIn Sport Poll - Vote for Superbikes!

BeIn Sport Poll - Vote for Superbikes! | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
We at beIN SPORT USA celebrate one year of bringing you the most prestigious international sporting events. Check out the highlights.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:53 AM

Let's help the channel that cared enough to pick up the sport we love AND give us Euro quality coverage, understand how much this means to us - If you agree -  take a moment to do the poll.....


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Motorcycle Racing in Wales: 1930s

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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.


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Really love this old set of photos - makes us feel like we were there. Very cool...

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German automobile club ADAC to buy Nurburgring

German automobile club ADAC to buy Nurburgring | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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.


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 I think a lot of Ducati riders have "laps of Nurburging" somewhere on the bucketlist.  Happy to see this potential good solution being considered.. 

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 16, 2013 3:58 PM

I think a lot of Ducati riders have "laps of Nurburging" somewhere on the bucket list.  Happy to see this potential good solution being considered.. 

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What a good news!!!

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Special Report: Motogiro Australia

Special Report: Motogiro Australia | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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!!

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:08 PM

Extra big thanks to our reader John Stoddart for this special report

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On The Record: Gigi Dall’Igna- New Ducati Corse General Manager

On The Record: Gigi Dall’Igna- New Ducati Corse General Manager | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
New Ducati Corse general manager describes his first week on the job.  


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 13, 2013 7:58 AM

"When you speak about people, you have to be careful because people are not things"   Hard not to like the way he is thinking...

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Video - China Road Adventure

12 Ducatisti from Malaysia conquer the back country of China. A ride of over 6000 kilometres across some interesting roads.
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stefano venier reworks ducati pantah to sputafuoco motorcycle

stefano venier reworks ducati pantah to sputafuoco motorcycle | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
transforming an original ducati pantah, the 'sputafuoco', meaning 'fire-breathing' designed by stefano venier is a small cagiva ala azzurra 350cc from 1984.
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Lid’s OFF – Ducati present’s 2014 range at EICMA | Ducati.net

Lid’s OFF – Ducati present’s 2014 range at EICMA | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:31 AM

The "megaMonster" arrives. What do you think? Lots of photos HERE

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MOTOGP: HAYDEN OPENS UP IN CANDID INTERVIEW

MOTOGP: HAYDEN OPENS UP IN CANDID INTERVIEW | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Nicky Hayden admits that he is not happy with the results he has had during his stint with Ducati, and is ready for a fresh start with Power Electronics Aspar next season.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 3, 2013 7:27 PM

Still not throwing dirt. This is a what a professional looks like...

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The Breakup is Official – Now What? | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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”.
So what happens now?  
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:33 AM

My view, maybe 2014 is brighter than you think...

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Pierobon’s Trellis Frame for the Ducati 1199 Panigale – Ducatisti Purists, Your Prayers Have Been Answered

Pierobon’s Trellis Frame for the Ducati 1199 Panigale – Ducatisti Purists, Your Prayers Have Been Answered | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
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.

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It’s Official – Luigi Dall’Igna is the new Ducati Corse General Manager | Ducati.net

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. 


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Chaz Davies to Ducati for 2014?

Chaz Davies to Ducati for 2014? | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Chaz Davies is linked with a possible move to Ducati for the 2014 World Superbike Championship.. 

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More here on the status of Alstare as well...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:05 AM

More in this article on Alstare retaining the Ducati team as well. Makes me suspect the public announcement of  "I'm leaving and there is nothing in my contract to stop me" is perhaps a time honored way to get the support and structure you need for 2014...