Ducati’s announcement that it had hired Cal Crutchlow to ride its MotoGP bike for two years came out neat and smooth—no need to exploit an off-the-cuff statement made by the CEO, like I did three years ago when Ducati hired Valentino Rossi. Crutchlow will replace Nicky Hayden. The Briton is a straight shooter, and he [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Ducati Hires Cal Crutchlow! Brit will switch from satellite Tech 3 Yamaha to a factory Ducati in 2014.
2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R ABS – First Look Anti-lock brakes and more for one of our favorite hooligan bikes.
Lean and mean in its original hornet-yellow-and-black paint scheme, the 153-horsepower Aprilia Tuono V4 R won “Best Superbike” honors in Cycle World’s Ten Best Bikes in its debut year. Based on the RSV4 Factory ABS tested this past May, the 2014 Tuono V4 R ABS will surely be the most advanced version of this stunning [...]Read Full Post | Comments(12)
BMW has announced updates to two of its most popular models, both of which go on sale August 1. There are no dramatic changes; we’ll have to wait for the EICMA show in November to see a new water-cooled R1200RT, naked S1000RR and R1200GS Adventure. For now, the most attractive novelty is represented by the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
KTM RC390 Cup – First Look KTM looks to breed future world champions with this compact new racing bike.
While at the Sachsenring for the German MotoGP, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer unveiled the new RC390 ADAC Cup racer based on the 390 Duke. Although final details aren’t known at this time, KTM RC390 ADAC Cup is expected be affordable in terms of purchase price and maintenance costs. The further intent is that it be easy [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Last fall at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Benelli unveiled a pair of stylish naked bikes, a Four and a Single. For the most part, however, the company is operating as an advanced design and R&D department for its Chinese parent, Quian Jiang. Now, Benelli has come up with an electric option for a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
1970 Ducati Scrambler News of a reborn Ducati Scrambler brought back memories of a time when motorcycling was a lot less technology and a lot more heart and passion. Primarily intended for the American market, the iconic Scrambler was known for its lean, elegant styling and beautifully designed sohc, air-cooled Single—in spite of poor crankshaft [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
In my recent story about the forthcoming new liquid-cooled Ducati Monster, I confirmed there will be an entry-level model powered by a updated edition of the current Pantah 500-based, air-cooled, sohc two-valve V-Twin. This engine is still holding its own in 696cc and 796cc displacements, officially rated at 80 and 87 horsepower, respectively. Given those [...]Read Full Post | Comments(15)
MV Agusta Brutale Corsa – First Look Bespoke Brutale glitters with sportbike greatness and carries a premium price.
Now that MV Agusta has introduced the 800cc version of its compact Triple, the R&D department can get back to work on the larger-displacement four-cylinder models. First up is a hotter, more refined version of the top-of-the-line Brutale RR. The Brutale Corsa is powered by the Brutale RR’s liquid-cooled, dohc, 16-valve, 1090cc inline-Four. Claimed output [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Spied! Next-Generation Ducati Monster Liquid cooling and more power top improvements to new naked Italian V-Twin.
Camouflaged prototypes of a third-generation Ducati Monster have been spotted on the mountain road that joins Bologna with Florence through Italy’s Futa Pass, the traditional evaluation lap for factory test riders. Most likely, this is the hottest version of the next Monster, powered by a further honed version of the 1198cc “Testastretta 11 degrees,” the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
MV Agusta’s New Executive Vice President Banker Giorgio Girelli is hired to guide the growth of the MV Agusta Group.
fat loss program for men Fresh on the heels of our story about Massimo Bordi being dismissed as CEO of MV Agusta, Giovanni Castiglioni has named Giorgio Girelli Executive Vice President of the Italian company. Girelli is a name totally new to the motorcycling world. He has lots of experience in banking, where he served [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)