It was about this time of year, 40 years ago, that the great Dr. Fabio Taglioni unveiled his 750cc “bevel-gear” 90-degree V-Twin. At that time, no other twin-cylinder engine even came close to offering the performance potential of Dr. T’s concept. In fact, the following year, in the face of Giacomo Agostini on his MV [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Ducati 1199 – First Look More-compact, higher-performing V-Twin Italian sportbike will debut this fall at EICMA.
This Mark Wernham photograph of Nicky Hayden braking at Silverstone is dramatic but also counterproductive. What’s important is what BMW factory rider Leon Haslam told me at Miller Motorsports Park this past May during the World Superbike race weekend: “If rear braking is lost, the rear will rise and overall braking will suffer.” We can [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
I bought JD Beach a big, juicy steak at a nice restaurant in Salt Lake City on Monday night. I figured he could use some cheering up after crashing out of fourth place with just three laps remaining in the AMA Pro American SuperBike race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Between bites, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Rain forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area did, in fact, arrive on Saturday night, soaking Infineon Raceway and its rolling, 12-turn, 2.32-mile road course. Despite the heavy-at-times precipitation and cool, windy conditions, all three scheduled races—SuperSport, Daytona SportBike and American SuperBike—were completed in full. Was it a miracle, a sign from the heavens? Just [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Years Manufactured: 2005 to 2007 MSRP new: $8495 for the standard model, $7995 for the Dark (2005) to $8995 (2007) Blue Book retail value: $4615 (2005) to $6045 (2007) Basic specs: A sporty naked bike powered by an 803cc, 90-degree V-Twin good for a tick more than 70 horsepower and 49 foot-pounds of torque. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride – Video Ducati’s first air-cooled Monster to make 100 horsepower.
Release a new, lighter and faster Ducati Monster on Mount Etna, an active volcano on the ancient island of Sicily? Am I making this up? Never. What could be more natural? Sicily’s right across the water from Bologna and packed with fantastic roads—the ideal setting and location, really, for the launch of Ducati’s new Monster [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Middleweight Mayhem – Video Aprilia Shiver 750 vs. BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R vs. Yamaha FZ8.
Ducati recently unveiled its 2012 Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition, commemorating Greg Tracy’s 2010 victory at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This special edition has several primarily cosmetic features that differentiate it from the “standard” 1200 S that was named Best Open Streetbike Cycle World’s 2010 Ten Best Bikes [hyperlink]. The “Pikes Peak” [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The 70th running of the Daytona 200 was such an alternation of delays and sudden mishaps that it left the onlooker exhausted. The race started and ran several laps beyond the first gas stop before there was a red flag as Danny Eslick’s front end washed out to the left out of NASCAR Turn 4. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)