Years sold: 1998-2007 MSRP new: $12,495 (1998 ST2) to $15,295 (2003 ST4) to $12,495 (2007 ST3) Blue Book retail value: $2855 (1998 ST2) to $5950 (2003 ST4) to $7670 (2007 ST3) Basic specs: A V-Twin sport-touring bike with a full fairing, detachable hard saddlebags (standard in some years but optional in others) and legendary Ducati [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
After Investindustrial’s Andrea Bonomi announced to the Financial Times that the private-capital firm intended to sell Ducati for a cool 1 billion euros, the whole financial world began probing for the names of the potential suitors. The motorcycling world did the same, but with a different spirit: Ducati ranks high on the roster of most-loved [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MotoGP Test II in Malaysia – Racing Factory Hondas lead Yamahas and Ducatis following three more days of 1000cc MotoGP testing in Sepang.
The second IRTA pre-season MotoGP test at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia has ended. Despite a “check engine” red dashboard light on Dani Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda on the second day, there was no performance problem, and the Hondas of Casey Stoner (2:00.473) and Pedrosa (2:00.648) took the two top time spots on the third day. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Okay, so shoot me for using the “p” word when discussing something Italian, but Ducati really is a passionate company. Take my mechanic for the day at the 1199 Panigale launch, Walter Ansaloni. As he was swapping tires on the S models we were riding, he told me about his history with the factory, which [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Öhlins Electronic Suspension – Feature First in a new generation of TTX electronic shocks: upgrade for BMW GS, sportbikes to follow.
The future of suspension is unfolding right in front of our eyes. In a few short years, screwdrivers and shock-preload spanners will be a distant memory. For many current BMW and Ducati owners, they already are. But what if you don’t like the performance of your factory-issued electronic suspension or the range of its adjustments? [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The first preseason MotoGP test has just taken place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, giving us a look at how the jump from 800 to 1000cc changes things. Although bigger engines can make more power, the factory prototypes get the same 21-liter fuel allowance as before. If the races stay the same length, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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)
Ducati Presents: 2011 Race to the Clouds – Video Pikes Peak International Hill Climb featuring: Greg Tracy, Alexander Smith, Mark Cernicky, and Carlin Dunne.
In 2011, four pilots chose the Ducati Multistrada 1200 as their weapon of choice to attack Pikes Peak in the 89th running of “The Race to the Clouds.” Two would finish on the podium. Two would not finish… This is their story. More Pikes Peak Ducati Multistrada Road to Race: Pikes Peak Packing, prepping and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Mark Wernham We all know that Valentino Rossi left Yamaha after seven seasons and four MotoGP titles. Last year, he rode Ducati’s new carbon-framed GP11, generally finishing no higher than sixth. Hopes of an early fix based upon improved front-end feel or more weight moved forward were dashed. Nothing seemed to work. Then, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding the 2011 World Superbikes – Feature Cycle World travels to Portimao to sample the world’s best superbikes.
Most racing fans would kill for the chance to ride the current crop of World Superbikes back-to-back at one of the most exciting racetracks on planet Earth, right? Of course, and I would, too. Fortunately on this occasion all I had to do was book a plane ticket to Portimao, Portugal, pack up my leathers [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)