When you start counting who is not at a show that used to be packed with new motorcycles and media people, you know the industry is going through a real tough moment. INTERMOT—the international motorcycle, scooter and bicycle fair held in Cologne, Germany, every two years—has challenged Milan’s EICMA in attendance and new-model unveilings since [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Bruno dePrato
MV Agusta 3: It Is What It Was It might look like something from the 1970s, but this all-conquering MV Agusta GP 500 Triple is new from the tires up.
The legacy of MV Agusta three-cylinder racebikes and their many world championships is not just a mere fact of numbers: It has been reborn in steel and aluminum and magnesium. Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, the men of HRT who made major contributions to the development of MV Agusta’s new 675 F3, have [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Mark Wernham
Valentino Rossi has rejected the contract that Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio offered him in a private meeting during the U.S. Grand Prix weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The nine-time world champion is returning to the official Yamaha factory team, where he will be paired with current MotoGP points-leader Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The acquisition of Ducati Motor Holding by Audi AG is now formally completed, and the first official act of the new board of directors was the appointment of Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi AG, to the position of president of the board. This board will be composed of four members. Two, Horst Glaser and Axel [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 – First Ride MV takes on the Triumph Street Triple and Ducati 848. Does it have what it takes?
MV Agusta CEO Massimo Bordi laid down a sequence of charts during his presentation about the new Brutale 675 middleweight naked bike to confirm that these times of crisis represent a great opportunity for a competitively priced, three-cylinder roadster to be successful. At about the same time, a major European magazine published statistics and charts [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Racing has always played a major role in the life of Aprilia. The relatively small factory in Noale started its adventure in the mid-1970s and quickly became a major competitor in motocross. Passionate (and wealthy) founder and owner Ivano Beggio then turned his attention to roadracing, where Aprilia dominated the 125cc and 250cc classes until [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Just 15 months after its debut on the market, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 has received its first upgrade. It’s not a radical evolution by all means, but it certainly is worth a blast up and down the turnpike road to the top of the Etna volcano at an altitude of almost 10,000 feet. I was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio is placing a heavy bet on India. It has just completed a new manufacturing plant in Baramati specifically dedicated to producing its new Vespa LX 125 scooter. Covering an area of more than 1.6 million square feet, the factory is capable of producing 300,000 units annually. Given the positive response of the local market, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducatis aren’t the only two-wheelers under the Audi corporate umbrella these days. The German company recently unveiled its concept Worthersee e-bike, to which Audi applied its vast experience with high-tech composites, electronics and lithium-ion batteries. This innovative machine can operate solely on muscle power through a nine-speed bicycle transmission, rely only on its 2.3-kilowatt electric [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When the big economic crisis struck and the going got really tough for the motorcycle industry, the tough kept going. Honda upshifted and responded like the world leader that it is, redefining the sport to attract a new generation of riders and revitalize the battered old legion searching for a new direction after years of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)