The consequences of the financial crisis the world faces are clearly tangible at INTERMOT 2010 in Cologne, where there is almost a “local fair” feeling to the proceedings. All major manufacturers from around the world are here, but we can count on the fingers of a single hand those who came to Germany to unveil [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
INTERMOT 2010 – Motorcycle Show An Overview of the 2010 Cologne Motorcycle Show, plus more 2011 motorcycles.
Kawasaki’s Z750 has been one of Europe’s most successful naked middleweights. The three-quarter-liter inline-Four is a good all-around performer, efficient and versatile, nicely styled and finished. Last year, however, sales dipped sharply, due in part to the worldwide economic crisis and changes in market tastes. In response, Kawasaki’s European branch urged management in Japan to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio Shows 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer and Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 – First Look A look back and a step forward.
Piaggio has unveiled two 2011 models in advance of the opening of the official “new models season,” which begins this October at Intermot. One comes from limping Moto Guzzi, the second from Aprilia. Moto Guzzi has developed yet another variation on the V7 Classic theme, a V75-powered middleweight that mimics the lines of the legendary [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducati Pulls Out of World Superbike – Racing Nori Haga and Michel Fabrizio headed to unemployment line.
Two weeks after officially confirming that Valentino Rossi will join its Marlboro-backed MotoGP team for the next two seasons, Ducati stirred up the media again, announcing that it will not field a factory World Superbike effort in 2011. This decision made by company president and CEO Gabriele Del Torchio comes with the support of some [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Claudio Castiglioni has acquired MV Agusta back from Harley-Davidson at the rumored symbolic price of $1. If this rumor should ever happen to be confirmed by either one of the parties (it will never be), it would mark second time that Claudio Castiglioni has been able to pull off this very lucrative trick. First time [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Updated: Ducati, Rossi and the new 2011 Mega-Monster – First Look EXCLUSIVE Interview with Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio.
Cycle World European Correspondent Bruno dePrato—a contributor to CW since 1991 and previous to that for Cycle magazine from 1974—met with Ducati Motor President and CEO Gabriele Del Torchio July 30, 2010, to discuss the company’s financial position and a new model set to be released at the Milan EICMA show this November. The result [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Brembo has been a major player in motorcycling active safety for more than three decades, developing braking systems that set the world standard. In addition to its never-ending search for the ultimate brake system, Brembo recently started a new branch of activity fo-cused on passive safety systems intended to protect the motorcyclist in a crash. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Bimota is a unique company within the motorcycle industry: great image, great technical competence and creativity but little in the way of financial stamina. Bimota has just finished developing the Ducati 1198 Testastretta-powered DB8. In addition to being fitted with the most current Ducati superbike engine, the DB8 also adds a passenger seat. Initially, Bimota’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio’s three-wheeled scooter, the MP3, is apparently conquering the hearts and minds of motorists at a slower rate than hoped. This is surprising, given the objective merits of this unique vehicle and, specifically, its novel front end, which features two wheels that steer and tilt. Whereas many scooters are high on Flash Gordon styling but [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
For four decades, Italian suspension firms Ceriani and Marzocchi were the fiercest of competitors. By the end of the 1980s, however, the fortunes of the two companies had declined sharply. Ceriani was acquired by Steve Storz, while Marzocchi tiptoed along in an increasingly cost-sensitive market. Two years ago, Marzocchi was bought by U.S. Tenneco, owner [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)