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)
Is this the end of the road? Moto Morini lost what many, including yours truly, regard as its last chance to get back into business with its failed acquisition by tiny but financially solid Nuova Garelli. This resurrected old make has no factory or assembly lines in Italy. It’s just a marketing project to design [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
When Aprilia unveiled the Shiver roadster powered by a modern 750cc, 90-degree V-Twin, company officials also announced that the same engine had been conceived to grow to 1200cc. At that time, the larger-displacement version was perceived as Aprilia’s weapon for launching its assault on the World Superbike crown. Not so. Top management at parent company [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Bimota is back on track—the racetrack, that is. The last Bimota to tread competition tarmac was the 1000cc V-Twin-powered Suzuki SB8 that in 2000 won one leg of the World Superbike race at Phillip Island in the hands of local Aussie hero Anthony Gobert. Weeks after that surprise victory, Bimota went bankrupt for the third [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: Bimota DB7 Oronero If the Bimota DB7 is a little too pedestrian for you, step up to the DB7 Oronero carbon-fiber version.
Carbon fiber offers the ultimate combination of strength and light weight. Formula One cars and the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner are meaningful examples of the technological achievements granted by a competent use of the stuff. Theoretically, it would be the perfect material for ultra-light and rigid motorcycle frames, yet few in motorcycling have taken the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)