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video | World Ducati Week 2012 - WDW participants!

wdw.ducati.com - A video taken at WDW2012 where participants talk about their passion for Ducati.
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Happy Independence Day From Ductalk.com, Ducati.net and the Desmopro News!

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WDW 2012 Party and Fireworks courtesy of Ducati Motor Holding

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Vicki’s View | Ultimate Ducati Vacation Day 5 | Ducati.net

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We come from all over. We speak different languages. We share one passion. Ducati is all we have in common and it’s everything. The obvious purpose of the World Presidents Meeting is to give the people who wave the flag the highest, a chance to live the dream. Ride Ducati’s in Italy, eat the food, experience the history and see the red,white and green glow that is Italy and it’s people. But what we take home, besides these memories is friendships, alliances, respect and camaraderie, with Ducati staff and other clubs. We hear stories of the price some have paid for their love of the brand (one President, who lives in a country that has become increasingly dangerous, was shot 4 times by thieves trying to steal his Ducati. He drove himself to the hospital, and now rides in a bulletproof vest). Maybe it’s not all so dramatic but these are the people that drive a car to the meet, with tents and boxes, so others can ride. For us, there is no explanation needed why we do it, if you have to ask, well, you probably wouldn’t understand.

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Vicki's View - the Ultimate Ducati vacation | Day 2 | Ducati.net

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 Day two – Cattolica to Gubbio - Scooter crashes and swap meet scores


Today we are splitting from the group and heading straight to Gubbio, an ancient small town that boasts the second largest Roman amphitheater in existence. The ride over is perfect, no traffic, a relief after the non-stop traffic in Rimini, and the tunnels along the route are crisp and cool, the weather simply perfect, the temp in the low 80′s. A perfect morning ride.

We pass a scooter crash which seems to be providing the morning’s entertainment in the town, dog walkers and people strolling by are literally pulling up chairs to watch what looks to me to be a fairly harmless get off....More here

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Easier.com | Ducati to celebrate anniversary of Imola 200 victory

Easier.com | Ducati to celebrate anniversary of Imola 200 victory | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

The Italian manufacturer is set to organise a Ducati Vintage Contest and special display dedicated to the historic Imola 200 race and 40 years of success with Ducati L-twin engines at the World Ducati Week (WDW) event, at Misano 21-24 June 2012, with Paul Smart himself in attendance.

As Ducati starts production of its latest Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, it also prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of Paul Smart’s 1972 victory in the Imola 200. The famous race win, and second place by teammate Bruno Spaggiari, literally kick-started Ducati’s participation in production-derived racing by proving Engineer Fabio Taglioni’s innovative 90° L-twin engine configuration and Desmodromic valve control....more

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World Ducati Week 2012 - the video | Ducati.com

Watch the video summary of the world's biggest Ducati gathering that took place in Misano, Italy, June 21.24 2012.

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WDW 2012: a frolic through the Ducati museum | twowheelsblog.com

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Check out our exclusive photo gallery of some of the coolest classic and bikes spotted during the recent World ducati week rally in Misano Adriatico, Italy.

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Vicki’s View | Ultimate Ducati vacation | Day 4 | Ducati.net

Vicki’s View | Ultimate Ducati vacation | Day 4 | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

By now we have established a pattern – early up, get the luggage to the truck, see what’s for breakfast and be on the bike and ready to ride by 8:45. Today’s route is one I know, in the opposite direction, from a past Motogiro d’Italia and we are looking forward to it’s complexity. The group seems to have settled in and the road marshals are outdoing themselves. At one point in the am one of them had somehow managed to collar two tractor trailers going in opposite directions and was letting the Ducati’s thread in between the two stopped trucks so we didn’t have to work to pass then on the road....More here

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Italy vacation - Vicki's view | Day 1 | Earthquake rules, lane splitting and counterfeit cash

Italy vacation - Vicki's view | Day 1 | Earthquake rules, lane splitting and counterfeit cash | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

I am in Italy for the World Presidents Meeting and WDW and plan to take you all along with a big gallery at the end, and updates as we go.  Today was the first day, we checked in, got our bikes, and headed for the seaside.


Highlights of the day – being handed earthquake instructions when we arrived at the factory (complete with Ducati logo on the paper), running the autostrada out of paper tickets when we all tried to do the toll booth together, being given a fake 20e bill in change (apparently) at the AGIP station and then when we came back to the same station for fuel again later, having the guy that gave it to us tell us it was fake, and not let us pay with it. And lane splitting for 30 kilometers, in bumper to bumper traffic in a group of 55 bikes, in the dark, in Rimini. At 1am. All normal…….. I love it here!

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Ducati - World Ducati Week - track rides and 1199 Panigale test rides | Ducati.com

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Sign Ups Just Opened - Book your session now!

All participants who want to ride on the legendary Misano World Circuit will again get the opportunity to do so in this edition by simply reserving a round in the free practice on track free of charge.
But there's more: at the WDW2012 you will have the unique chance to test the latest motorcycle designed by Ducati, the 1199 Panigale, on the race track. A full-fledged test ride on a prestigious circuit, 100% free and with all the assistance you need from Ducati....more on the headline link above

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