With World Ducati Week, the Ducati Riding Experience and the Troy Bayliss Academy all happening at the Misano World Circuit in Italy last summer, it became impossible to resist the urge to book a flight to Bologna so that I could participate in all the cool events taking place. While all the celebrations and good [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Master of Misano What I learned from three-time World Superbike Champ Troy Bayliss at World Ducati Weekend 2012.
Deus Ex Machina—Latin for “god from the machine”—is a literary term that originated in Greek theater where actors performed free-form plots. If the plots were not working well, a mechanical device—a “machine”— lowered onto the stage a god who would change everything. These days, Deus Ex Machina is a creative custom-bike operation headquartered in Sydney, Australia. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound? Honda’s PCX150 isn’t any of those things, but it can scoot. Faster than a speeding Prius? Check. As for tall buildings and locomotives, I recommend keeping the PCX between the former and away from the latter. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
Eyes on the tiny tach atop the oscillating trilogy of analog clocks behind the teeny tinted windscreen: 84 mph and 7000 rpm indicated. I tuck my toes in tight, lower my fiber-reinforced forehead and watch the rpm climb another thousand and 10 mph more on the (optimistic) speedo: 90-something is plenty fast for my 14.2- [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Circa 1994: After I had done a few hundred laps of the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT course looking through the camera mounted on 26-time winner Joey Dunlop’s fuel tank (in the movie V Four Victory), and after I’d spent a few years on the road riding like there was no tomorrow, I started racing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Paolo Carlini, Fabrizio Grioni
Passion drives us all, and after getting excellent drives, how ironic these two Italian gentlemen’s lines should converge at a 2007 Daytona short-track race, of all places. Once back home in the land of love, music, fashion and history, Paolo Chiaia and Marco Belli turned their serendipitous path-crossing into Zaeta, their own piece of brand-new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Micro GP: Honda NC450V – World’s Coolest Bikes It’s all in the wristpins. Also the Ti con-rods, billet crank, etc.
Photos by Brian Blades Way back in the day, Roland Sands torpedoed a Yamaha TZ250 out from under me in Turn 5 at Willow Springs International Raceway. I couldn’t find the resources to replace the TZ, but with help from some great sponsors, I was able to come up with enough cash to buy a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Ducati Multistrada Road to Race: Pikes Peak Packing, prepping and preening for the race to the clouds!
Versatility is one big reason why the Ducati Multistrada 1200 collected Cycle World’s Best Open Class Streetbike for the second year running. An upright riding position, 135 horsepower from its “Testastretta 11-degrees” liquid-cooled Desmo Twin and long-travel Öhlins suspension; all you have to do is get off the throttle long enough to facilitate a few [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photos By Chris Cantle, Ara Ashjian and Jamey Blunt After Sacramento, I was fortunate enough to continue competing in three more rounds of the Southern California Flat Track Association’s series in Perris, race a couple of open amateur events at Costa Mesa Speedway and “venture” up the coast to Ventura Raceway. Plus, I even made [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Flying the RSD Dirty Duc, Coming in Hot… Behind the scenes of the print-exclusive story on the Roland Sands Designs Desmosedici Street Tracker.
Action Photography by Jeff Allen | Video and Studio Photography by Chris Cantle We do get to throw our leg over some pretty blue-groovy motorcycles here at Cycle World (the Gregg’s Customs R1 comes to mind), but even that seems a bit tame compared to the Ducati Desmosedici Street Tracker Roland Sands cooked up. (Matter [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)