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The dawn of a new day – it’s official, Audi owns Ducati | Ducati.net

The dawn of a new day – it’s official, Audi owns Ducati | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

“After examination of the notification, the European Commission has concluded that the notified operation falls within the scope of the Merger Regulation and of paragraph 5(b) of the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/20043......

And with those words, Audi officially becomes the owner of Ducati Motor Holding and the company enters what is widely regarded to be a new phase. Since 1996 when Texas Pacific Group bought the company from the Castiglioni Brothers, Ducati has been in the hands of professional money people and while it’s safe to say there was some passion for the brand, the ongoing focus for the last 17 years, was to prepare the company for it’s inevitable new owners.

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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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Happy Independence Day From Ductalk.com, Ducati.net and the Desmopro News!

Happy Independence Day From Ductalk.com, Ducati.net and the Desmopro News! | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

WDW 2012 Party and Fireworks courtesy of Ducati Motor Holding

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A Satisfied Mind. The best Ducati story ever written turns 40 | Ducati.net

A Satisfied Mind. The best Ducati story ever written turns 40 | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

For all his accomplishments, Phil Schilling was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame last year. Those that knew him thought it was truly overdue. After all, few had contributed more to motorcycling in so many diverse ways and for close to two decades he set the gold standard for motorcycle journalism during a time when magazines had the power and there was no internet, no blogging, no self appointed experts. In the process he, and his friend and co-worker, Cook Neilson put Ducati on the map in America with Cycle magazines Racer Road series and that famous perfect day when Cook, Phil and the California Hot Rod 750 Super Sport known as “Old Blue” kicked the competition to the curb and left Cook on the top step of the podium at Daytona in ’77.

 

Yep, Phil Schilling did a lot of great things for motorcycling and especially for Ducati, but for me the greatest thing he did was tell a story about a Ducati with a funny front brake and the effect it had on him. It was called “A Satisfied Mind” and it was (and remains so 40 years later) the best motorcycle story ever published.  To read the rest of this story and for the links to Phil Schilling's original story "A Satisfied Mind" click here

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

Vicki’s View | Ultimate Ducati Vacation Day 5 | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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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Day three – From Gubbio to Assisi to Spoleto. Churches are cool. Literally | The ultimate Ducati vacation | Ducati.net

Day three – From Gubbio to Assisi to Spoleto. Churches are cool. Literally | The ultimate Ducati vacation | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

It’s hot here. No problem as long as you keep moving, and stay off the highways. We get up early and hit the back roads, today’s schedule is an easy one on roads made for enjoying – good pavement, gentle curves and light traffic with sunflower fields and ancient architecture to look at. I am riding along mentally house shopping – oh! look at that one! It’s perfect! One perfect house after another every few minutes.

 We are expected in Assisi and have been invited to park in the town center, in the shadow of a huge Botero sculpture. It’s high season here in Italy and the town is busy but the sound and sight of more than 50 Ducati’s pulling in to this peaceful place stops every one in their tracks....More here

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

Vicki's View - the Ultimate Ducati vacation | Day 2 | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

 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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Video | Diavel Drag Night Round 2 | ducaticommunity

Ducati Austin's second attempt at drag racing the Diavel and my first attempt at using our new GoPro HD Hero 2.

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App Ducati | The Redline Magazine | Ducati.com

App Ducati | The Redline Magazine | Ducati.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

The new app of the Ducati Magazine, the magazine for lovers and fans of Ducati from all over the world, is now available!


The Ducati Magazine is conceived to keep readers updated on the thrilling novelties churned out each year at the headquarters in Borgo Panigale....More here

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Ducati Cafe Racer sculpture | Snowmotoart | Etsy

Ducati Cafe Racer sculpture | Snowmotoart | Etsy | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Desmo Italian inspired motorcycle sculpture. Air cooled 90º v twin in a trellis frame.

"Desmo"
Italian inspired motorcycle sculpture. Air cooled 90º v twin in a trellis frame. This baby is the the bike you've been dreaming about since you put playing cards in the spokes of your BMX.
Hand made from car parts and metal scraps it measures 13 in. long and 6 in. high, and weighs around 3 lbs.

$330

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Rider Spotlight: Jake Zemke | amaproracing.com

Rider Spotlight: Jake Zemke | amaproracing.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
A very well known and experienced AMA Pro rider, Ducshop Racing's Jake Zemke tells us about his racing roots, Ducshop's big effort in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike and the rider talent he sees in the series..

AMAP: Where are you from?
JZ: I’m from Paso Robles, California. I’ve lived there since 1984. Family is pretty much the reason we ended up here. My mom’s parents live in San Luis Obispo right down the road.. and that’s kind of how we ended where we’re at.
AMAP: California is a very motorcycle oriented state. Is there an area that you like to go riding at in particular?
JZ: For sure. In winter time, the favorite spot to go riding was Clear Creek. Unfortunately, it’s been closed for a couple years now. They’re working to get it reopened, but at the moment, it’s closed. It’s always been a really fun place for us to go riding in the winter time. It’s a challenging area where they used to have an AMA National Enduro there. Many great riders from the past like Ricky Graham and Doug Chandler would go riding there. When some of the guys lived a little north of me, it became a convenient spot for us all to meet up and ride. Another great place I like to go riding is Zaca Station, which is south of me. It’s an awesome facility for outdoor motocross.
AMAP: How did you get into riding motorcycles?
JZ: When I was born, my dad had just started racing amateur flat track. I was born in San Francisco, and he was racing flat track in Northern California, so I basically grew up being around motorcycles and the racetrack. After that, we moved to Michigan, and that’s when I got my first motorcycle. My dad was still racing at that point, so by default, I ended up at the racetrack with the motorcycle.. .and the rest is history....More here

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Neo-Vintage: Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition | DriftConcept

Neo-Vintage: Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition | DriftConcept | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Ducati, the iconic Italian motorcycle brand from Bologna started by three brothers in 1926 has had its fair share of ups and downs. As of April this year, it was purchased by Audi in hopes of reviving the brand and increasing its sales market just as it has done throughout the decades. Back in the early 70s, Ducati was in the forefront of motorcycle engineering resulting in numerous victories including the most notable of a one-two finish at the Imola 200 on April 1972. The motorcycle that won that iconic race during a very muggy day was an untested Ducati 750 twin designed by Taglioni and the racer was of course, the British born Paul Smart. That day is engrained in Ducati history books as it set forth the new era of the iconic big-bore twin sport bike for the Italian manufacturer....More Here

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1962 Ducati Elite :: Tom Strongman.com

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SEAN ERVIN LOVES THE “MECHANICAL ARTWORK” OF HIS 1962 DUCATI

Sean Ervin is surrounded by Ducatis. A 250 Diana sits under the window in his office and a poster of a 750 SS hangs over his desk. But one of his favorites is the unrestored 1962 200 Elite that resides in the living room of his home.

Ervin, 47, of Overland Park, has been a motorcycle fan since he was a teenager. His first bike was a Yamaha DT100 Enduro. At 16, he bought a Suzuki GS450 because it was “fast, fun and you could get one for $1,000.”

“My mom kept telling me motorcycles were dangerous, and that I couldn’t have one,” he said, “but I kept bringing them home.” Ervin, who has six (five are Ducatis), is still bringing them home.

Ducati is sort of like the Ferrari of motorcycles. It has a spirit born of performance and Italian swagger. Part of its visceral appeal lies in the way its mechanical bits are displayed. “All the parts are right there,” he said. “It’s like mechanical artwork.” more here: http://tomstrongman.com/1962-ducati-elite/

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Rare Pantah 650 MHR colors in Switzerland | Rare SportBikes For Sale.com

Rare Pantah 650 MHR colors in Switzerland | Rare SportBikes For Sale.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

This is a truly rare bike: a 1984 MHR color scheme Ducati Pantah 650. By the way MHR = Mike Hailwood Replica (see chap below):

The Pantah is an important version in Ducati’s history as it represent the ancestor of the commonly know Ducati L2 motors with the cams driven by belt. The upgraded 650 engine (up to 1983 it was 600cc) was needed for the homologation of the TT racer with which it shared the motor’s 61.5 mm stroke.

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Ducati 900GTS Cafe Racer | Return of the Cafe Racers

Ducati 900GTS Cafe Racer | Return of the Cafe Racers | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
How do you make a classic Ducati look any better than it already does? Convert it into a functional and highly desirable Cafe Racer.

What could possibly be better than owning a brand new Ducati? How about owning a classic one; or better still a custom '78 900GTS Cafe Racer like this beauty owned by Nick Huber. Nick purchased the bike 5 years ago with only 13,000kms on the clock, it was to be his daily rider so when it came time to add some custom touches, function would have to come before form...but you'd never know by looking at it

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443-Mile 1988 Ducati 750 F1 | ThrottleYard.com

443-Mile 1988 Ducati 750 F1 | ThrottleYard.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
This 1988 Ducati 750 F1 is an exceptional, museum quality, original, unrestored example that would be a fine addition to any Ducati collection.

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

WDW 2012: a frolic through the Ducati museum | twowheelsblog.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
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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Falappa and Pirovano added to SBK Hall of Fame | gpnow.com

Falappa and Pirovano added to SBK Hall of Fame | gpnow.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Former World Superbike riders Giancarlo Falappa and Fabrizio Pirovano have been inducted into the SBK Hall of Fame. The event took place at Misano Adriatico as part of the celebrations for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Superbike Championship....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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Dreaming of Ducati motorcycles | design drawings and speculation

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This is partly because of the technology – the Ducati Scrambler in the 60s were single-cylinder engines with 250, 350 or 450 cc – and secondly because the scrambler long since evolved to have enduros.
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Ducati 900TT by Rad Ducati | Silodrome

Ducati 900TT by Rad Ducati | Silodrome | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
I have a long held love of the team over at Rad Ducati, their stunning technical ability is matched by the rare talent needed to create a bike that looks as good as it handles. Not many builders pull this off.

This bike started life as a 1992 Ducati 900TT, already a very serious bike in it’s own right. Interestingly, the first thing Rad Ducati did was add a modified Yamaha TZ 250 GP solo seat and modified Yamaha TZ 250 GP front fairings. Tell this to any hardcore Ducatiphile and they’ll be frothing at the mouth but the end result with this bike is superb...More here

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Introducing a True Ride On Motorcycle Trailer | Kendon

Introducing a True Ride On Motorcycle Trailer | Kendon | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Ductalk editor note - this new product appears to be a solution for the difficulty's encountered when trying to load a low bodywork superbike by yourself, and folds up and stires in a small space, making it a potential great choice for many Ducati owners.


Already known for their innovative Stand-UpTM motorcycle trailers and lifts, Kendon Industries Inc. introduces a new ride-up trailer for the heavyweight market. Their new “Dual Ride-Up SRL” trailer makes it possible to ride right on and secure the bike without having to push it up an old fashioned ramp. Combining convenience with 2-up capacity and integrating Kendon’s patented trailering technology, this trailer is billed as the best of both worlds....More here

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WDW Poster

#worldducatiweek Backstage

Getting ready for WDW...


From backstage at World Ducati Week.



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ducachef | 750 PANTAHSTICA for REAL PANTHISTI !!!! by RADICAL DUCATI | Ducati Community

ducachef | 750 PANTAHSTICA for REAL PANTHISTI !!!! by RADICAL DUCATI | Ducati Community | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

(more photos on the link above)

750 PANTAHSTICA by Radical Ducati (2012)
TECHNICAL SHEDULE
-Donor bike : Cagiva Alazurra 350
-Frame modified for mount cantilever schock system.
-Hand made front bracket
-Rear frame totally new construction
-TT2 Alumium footrest.
-Ohlins Rear schock
-851 Front fork
-Monster wheels
-Brembo cast iron rotors
-SS Brembo calipers
-Brembo radial PR 19 brake pump
-ST2 clutch pump with cnc machined regulable and folding lever
-Frentubo Kevlar /ergal brake and clutch lines
-Ergal cnc machined clip ons
-851 SP3 front mudguard
-Floating rear brake caliper (Superlight system)
-TT1 verlichi aluminium swingarm
-RAD 02 rear mudguard
-RAD 02 MOntjuich TT modified solo seat in glassfiber
-RAD Pantahstica glass fiber fuel tank (Wolfman design) with ergal gas cap.
-Ducati single race front fairing
-916 side stand
-PASO 750 engine with F1 Montjuich rear head (for rear mount carburetor as Pantah), ported heads , big valves, TT2 camshafts, lightened flywheel , blueprinted engine.
-Monster 1100 EVO oil radiator
-Dell’Orto PHM 41 carburetors
-Domino quick open gas throttle.
-2.4 Pederccini ignition units
-Dyna Coils
-NGK race spark wires
-Hand made race wiring
-LIPO battery
-MOntesa rear light.
-H4 high/low beam front light 10 cm diameter
-851 rev counter
-RR oil thermometer
-Wolfman 2 in 1 exhaust system
-Spark GP type megaphone.

Fotografía: Reyes Ramón

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