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)
AMA Hall of Fame Nobby Clark Controversy The AMA Hall of Fame first inducts Clark and then, inexplicably, changes its collective mind.
Looks like the AMA has stepped in it once again. On June 16, the organization distributed a press release announcing the induction of Derek “Nobby” Clark—legendary roadrace mechanic who tuned motorcycles and their storied riders to 17 world championships over two decades and several classes—into its Hall of Fame. The release heaped extensive praise on [...]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(1)
In early 2010, Harley-Davidson applied for a patent on a limited form of liquid cooling for cylinder heads of the type on its Big Twin. We know that a similar system, but using oil rather than water, has been incorporated into the XR1200R. Why limited? Why not just switch over to full liquid cooling? Harley [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
From Ducati Press: New York, NY, USA, 15 March 2012 – Introducing an exciting new phase in the partnership, which started in 2011 with the sponsorship of the Ducati Team in MotoGP, Ducati and Diesel now launch the Monster Diesel with a dedicated Capsule Collection. The brand new customized model is an ‘urban military chic’ [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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)
Austrian manufacturer KTM showed its Moto3 roadrace bike and engine, looking the part with smoothly shaped everything. The eye immediately finds a trellis frame, a long-taper megaphone and curious carbon-fiber rim and spoke fairings on its front wheel. Moto3 is Dorna’s replacement for the 125cc class that has been a part of Grand Prix racing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Moto Morini and all of its assets were purchased this past July for a reported 1.95 million Euros ($2.78 million). All tooling, dies, complete engines, components and a substantial wealth of projects have been acquired by Eagle Motorcycles and its principals, Alessandro Capotosti and Ruggiero Massimo Jannuzzelli. These two gentlemen are totally unknown to the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Polaris Industries Buys Indian Motorcycle – Industry News Polaris adds Indian Motorcycle alongside Victory.
On a roll after recording a record profit of $147.1 million in 2010, Polaris Industries (parent of Victory Motorcycles, etc.) continues full-speed ahead with the acquisition of Indian Motorcycle, the U.S.’s oldest purveyor of motorcycles (off and on) since 1901. The latest of more attempts than we can count to resuscitate Indian graced our cover [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Today’s announcement that Brammo has partnered with electronics giant Flextronics won’t likely impact headlines like a new-model reveal. But the long-term effect could be a game-changer for the Ashland, Oregon-based maker of the all-electric Enertia and soon-to-be-released Empulse motorcycles.“When we look back in five years at the events that changed our company, I think this [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)