Austin, Texas—What a combination: Ducati’s 1199 Panigale R, the ultimate iteration of the Italian company’s Superbike range, and the brand-new Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, the incredible racetrack that will host MotoGP in April. Wow! How did I get so lucky? At this first-ever motorcycle press launch at the track, I would be [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Photographer : Milagro
Ducati pulled the wraps off its top-of-the-line racer-replica, the $29,995 1199 Panigale R, today in Austin, Texas, at the fabulous new Circuit of The Americas. Ducati MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies were on hand to ride the production bikes for photos prior to the world press launch. Senior Editor Blake Conner is representing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducati Press Release: Ducati North America today reported achieving the highest sales in the company’s history, with a record 10,883 units retailed in 2012. This result marks the company’s tenth consecutive quarter of increased sales and further solidifies North America as Ducati’s number one global market. This all-time sales record was achieved thanks to a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Walking the Ducati 1199 Panigale Line We visit the Bologna factory to watch an 1199 Power Twin come to life!
Photographer : Bruno dePrato
Ducati allowed me to walk the production line of the 1199 Panigale, arguably the most advanced V-Twin in production today. The assembly line is that of the Desmosedici V-Four, completely refurbished and retooled. If it weren’t for the scent of special sealants and lubricants, the place would pass for a surgical operating theater. When I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Ducati Motors Press Release: For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2012 will undoubtedly go down in history as “the year of the Panigale”, the Italian manufacturer’s high-tech model generating massive interest since its first public appearance and opening a new chapter in the company’s long and successful history. Ducati collected the “Best Bike of the Show” award for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
EICMA 2012 – The New 2013 Ducatis Second-generation Hypermotard 821, Panigale R and Diavel Strada kick off the Milan show.
Milan—As per tradition, Ducati kicked off the events at EICMA. It’s a pivotal year for Italy’s most successful motorcycle maker, and although the acquisition by Audi was on people’s minds, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio didn’t elaborate on the point. Rather, Del Torchio cited the positive results Ducati has achieved during 2012, a year that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We have two upsets for the price of one this month. Aprilia vanquishes the bleeding-edge Ducati for top honors among the Exotics while the apparent overdog Workhorse, the BMW S1000RR, returns to Munich to lick its wounds inflicted by, of all things, a Honda! A Honda without traction control or an unabashedly in-your-eardrums engine note [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Superbike Shootout Nine bikes, two tracks, Workhorses and Exotics, we search for the ultimate roadlegal track weapon in two price ranges.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Located near the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, Miller Motorsports Park is one of America’s premier roadrace venues. MMP offers multiple course configurations ranging from a lengthy, 4.5-mile Full Course to a 3.08-mile Perimeter Course or, when spit in half, comprises two distinctly different 2.2-mile circuits, aptly named the East Course and West [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Not part of the proletariate? Or just so addicted to the upper echelon of performance motorcycles that you’ll spend whatever it takes to have the finest in moto exotica? Then you’ve come to the right place. The group we gathered for our all-out track attack on Miller Motorsports Park’s West Course covers a range of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)