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The Monster 821 out and about on Bouquet Canyon...
Have you ridden a Ducati lately?
Very nice Valentino Rossi interview after his last race at Misano covering race wins, rivals, and future plans...
MotoGP, Rossi: "Becoming a dad is more exciting, winning the world title is more adrenaline-fuelled" MotoGP: Tonight on Italian TV: "Seeing my races again makes me want to race for another 10 years, but that's okay. With me many people have approached motorcycles, from small children to women of eighty! I’m a big success with 80-year-old ladies! "
Photos from Iconic Motorbikes's post
Ducati enters a new era of electric. Following an agreement signed between Ducati and Dorna Sports, Ducati will produce the bikes for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup starting from the 2023 season.
“Ducati is always projected to the future and every time it enters a new world it does so to create the best performing product possible. We are working to make high-performance electric motorcycles characterized by their lightness available to all FIM Enel MotoE World Cup participants" - Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. Learn more here – ducat.it/Ducati-Electric
Thank you Vale! We enjoyed a lot!
How the Motorcycle Helmet came to be...
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA AND THE MOTORCYCLE HELMET
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Lawrence of Arabia and the Motorcycle Helmet The tragic death of a military and motorcycling legend would become the catalyst to save countless lives in the decades since.
A good way to spend New Year's Day! :>)
I spent a glorious day in the mountains behind Santa Barbara with an 891. Super experience. Thanks so much folks!
The Diavel was rented for some screen tests with a new effects process...
The bike is not moving in the video below and this was not a green screen fx done in post. It was shot like this then edited... Cool huh?
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Virtual Tour of Ducati Museum Starts December 22
Virtual Tour of Ducati Museum Starts December 22 - Cycle News Virtual Tour of Ducati Museum | The virtual tour starts on December 22 and will include the "Anatomy of Speed" exhibition.
Diavel video with special effects...
If you think Ducati only made singles and L-twin engines (and V-4 MotoGP bikes), take a look at some prototype history... ;>)
Ducati's Abandoned Prototype Engines A rare look at surviving prototypes that include inline triples, V-fours, supercharged V-twins, fan-cooled singles, Desmodromic V-8s and two-stroke motocross singles.
A photo crew renting the awesome Ducati Diavel for some special shots...
Delivery and pick-up services provided...
A funny video with some Ducati 916 history for you... ;>)
Timeless Designs - Ducati 916 (748, 996, 998) Let's talk about one of my favorite looking bikes of all time; the Ducati 916 family which includes the Ducati 748, the Ducati 996, and the Ducati 998. The b...
2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S First Ride Review
Mugello meets Main Street.
By Michael Gilbert
May 6, 2020
A combination of simplicity and ruthlessness is what makes super-naked motorcycles so tempting. They blend the lines of edgy and utilitarian, usually in the form of a bare-bones open-class supersport machine with a meaty powerband and top-tier electronics, but with a (more) comfortable riding position. It’s a category where manufacturers can express their true potential on platforms attractive to mortals. And not to mention, super nakeds are just wickedly entertaining.
So it's no surprise then that Ducati stripped most of the bodywork off its premium superbike offering, the Panigale V4, adjusted the ergonomics package, and cut it loose as the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S.
The Ducati Streetfighter enters the market as a bareboned, stripped down Panigale V4 with revised ergonomics and engine mapping.
Like the Panigale on which it is based, the Streetfighter is powered by the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V-4 engine, but tuned with dedicated engine mapping and given shorter final drive gearing (via subtraction of one tooth on the countershaft sprocket and addition of one tooth on the rear). The result of the revisions is a powerplant that Ducati says is worthy of 208 hp at 12,750 rpm and 90.4 pound-feet of torque at 11,500 rpm—just shy of the 214 hp claimed for the Panigale. But considering the last Panigale V4 we had on our in-house dyno belted out 186 hp, presume the Streetfighter to rip high 170s to low 180s at the rear wheel. Heck, Ducati’s World Superbike homologation-special Panigale V4 R ripped 203 hp on our dyno. It’s proof of how remarkable the Streetfighter’s powerplant is in stock form, and that there is serious potential.
Absolute confidence in the Streetfighter V4 allowed traction- and wheelie-control settings to be minimized.
It's a delightful engine to ride at any pace, but a monster if you want it to be. Ducati struck gold in balancing its power characteristics, finding an impressive medium between rowdy performance and rideability—even more so than the Panigale. At first touch of the throttle, the Streetfighter offers a crisp and tractable power delivery as it comfortably transfers weight rearward for supreme confidence at corner exit. But hit the 7,000 rpm mark, and you’ll witness the V4 in all its glory as it lofts the front end skyward and sends your glutes into the rear cowling under hard acceleration.
Electronic Rider Aid
The Streetfighter’s electronic rider aid suite is accessed via this 5-inch TFT display.
The engine is so tractable that I preferred deactivating a number of the Streetfighter’s rider aids, including the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2 system—interestingly derived from Ducati’s Desmosedici GP18 MotoGP racer and employed on the superbike homologation-special Panigale V4 R—and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO to experience the bike’s raw capability and maximum fun factor. And while I enjoyed riding it raw, so to speak, the rider aids are superb. Toggling to level 3 of DTC and level 2 of DWC was my preferred means of electronic assistance for heavy-fisted riding, offering impressive corner exit speed and steadfast control, while allowing epic low-trajectory wheelie action. And heck, the Streetfighter even has a Ducati Power Launch (DPL) system for race starts and a lap timer function, which will rightfully prove their worth at the racetrack.
Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires
A sticky set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires glue the Streetfighter to the road with superb grip and feel.Jeff Allen
It has a chassis that will handle the racetrack too. Our testbike is the $23,995 V4 S model, with semi-active Öhlins NIX 30 fork and TTX 36 rear shock, Öhlins steering damper, and forged-aluminum Marchesini wheels, versus the fully adjustable, non-active 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) and Sachs monoshock and cast-aluminum five-spoke wheels on the $19,995 standard model. The chassis is impeccably planted from midcorner onward, ridding itself of any sort of uneasiness and rear-end chassis pump that was familiar on the last Panigale I tested, while confidently ripping side-to-side transitions.
Brembo Stylema brake calipers
Top-shelf Brembo Stylema brake calipers bring the Streetfighter to a quick halt, aided by seamless intervention of the Cornering ABS EVO system.Jeff Allen
Each of the Streetfighter’s Street, Sport, and Race ride modes has unique semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 parameters aimed at different riding habits and conditions. After systematically sampling each, I found Sport mode revealed the best compromise of support for aggressive riding and comfort on less-than-ideal road conditions, while quickly and unnoticeably compensating for changing tarmac. Race mode created a more visceral, harsh feeling in the suspension’s damping, and I see its place at a trackday, but as a current racer looking for lap-to-lap consistency and no surprises, I’d likely enter the fixed setting, in which damping characteristics are non-active.
Being that the Streetfighter is aimed at a stripped-down, more comfortable version of the Panigale, Ducati revised footpeg placement and seat thickness, then fitted a one-piece motocross-style handlebar. The verdict? An ergonomic package worthy of all-day comfort. A long and low reach to the handlebar gives the Streetfighter an aggressive stance, but not so much to sacrifice leverage or create an awkward pressure at the wrists on back roads.
That said, if the Streetfighter were mine, I’d roll the bar back just slightly to make around-town riding a little more comfortable and an easier reach for my average 5-foot-7 stature. It is an easy adjustment, and neat that you can quickly do this. Another plus for naked bikes. Even the saddle is pleasant, and only sent my glutes searching for relief roughly 250 miles into our day with the Streetfighter. The reduced amount of bodywork significantly reduces the intense heat buildup familiar on the Panigale. Heat control isn’t great on the Streetfighter, but due simply to the fact that there are more places it can escape, coping with it is no issue.
Ducati Streetfighter V4
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 puts the power to the ground and points the front wheel to the sky. There is no question that it is ridiculously fun and addicting to hammer it on this motorcycle—seriously, listen to that 90-degree V-4 sing just once and you’ll understand—but we pay the price in fuel mileage. In our limited time with the Streetfighter, average fuel consumption was only 27.6 mpg, and it drops even further the harder you hit it. In fact, we burned through the fuel tank’s 4.2 gallons in just 103.5 miles and were having so much fun we literally ran it dry! But it’s hard to be mad at the Streetfighter V4 S here, only ourselves. The very definition of this motorcycle’s purpose is to wring every bit of fun out of every ounce of fuel.
We only had the Streetfighter V4 S for a short time, but we packed in a lot of miles. We weren’t able to do our normal instrumented testing or to dyno the bike, but we are working to secure a longer loan so we can perform a full test and live with the bike a bit longer.
Streetfighter V4 S
The cost of admission? The up-spec Streetfighter V4 S is priced at $23,995, while the base model sells for $19,995.
This may be the most exquisite high-performance naked bike ever made. The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S combines high-level technical excellence with the sounds of a Mugello MotoGP race and puts that near your heart and in your garage for $24,000. In the world of exotic, high-performance Italian vehicles it’s an incredible value and remarkable experience. The sound alone is worth the price. The rest is just a bonus. It reminds us that high performance is a pleasure in its own right.
The Streetfighter’s “biplane” wings are said to produce 74.9 pounds of downforce at a 186 mph—or 19.4 pounds at a more reasonable 93 mph speed.
2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S Specs
Engine: 1,103cc liquid-cooled V-4
Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 53.5mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Measured Horsepower: 208 hp @ 12,750 rpm
Claimed Measure Torque: 90.4 lb.-ft. @ 11,500 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Frame: Aluminum alloy “front frame”
Front Suspension: 43mm Öhlins NIX 30 w/ semi-active adjustable compression and rebound damping; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Öhlins TTX 36 w/ semi-active adjustable compression and rebound damping; 5.1-in. travel
Front Brake: Brembo 4-piston Stylema Monoblock calipers, 330mm discs w/ Cornering ABS EVO
Rear Brake: 2-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS EVO
Wheels, Front/Rear: 3.50 x 17-in. / 6.00 x 17-in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II; 120/70-17 / 200/60-17
Rake/Trail: 24.5°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase: 58.6 in.
Seat Height: 33.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.
Cycle World Measured Wet Weight: 457 lb.
2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S First Ride Review The 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S brings MotoGP technology and performance in naked bike form. Cycle World gets its first ride aboard the all-new model.
848 about to be on it's way to Newcomb's Ranch (in 2012)...
Rest of story below... ;>)
That's Tony on the right and David on the left. Tony is a senior developer for VMWare who lives in Bulgaria. He's here on business but couldn't pass up the opportunity to ride in SoCal. He rented a Ducati 848 from David of Rentaducati.com and they're on their way up the Crest right now. 80 degrees out - I'm not a bit jealous sitting inside the shop today :-(.
How we all feel currently...
Andrea Dovizioso: UNDAUNTED
If you haven't seen it now is a good time...
Watch it in full here: https://bit.ly/AD04UndauntedFB
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And road debris..., there is a lot of it!
Got to be worth a share on your page for your 4 wheeled friends!
Ducati 916 - The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Ever Made
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25th Anniversary of the Ducati 916 - Cycle News
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25th Anniversary of the Ducati 916 - Cycle News 2019 marks a quarter-century since Ducati created the 916 superbike. This is more than a just a motorcycle—the 916 is the most important Ducati ever built
Another amazing weekend at WSBK Laguna Seca... :>)
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World Superbike Laguna Seca round coming up again this weekend! See you all there! :>)
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Lane Splitting in California is Legal (and always has been)...
Preaching to the Choir here, I know, but please share this everywhere! The full article and link are below, but, in my mind, this is one of the most important sentences of entire piece:
"The law enforcement agency also said Thursday for the first time that interfering with lane splitting is illegal.."
Full Article (Los Angeles Times):
Let motorcycles drive between lanes, and give them room, California Highway Patrol says
By CHARLES FLEMING
Lane splitting by motorcycles has been [codified] by California law for nearly two years. Now the California Highway Patrol has issued safety guidelines on the topic — guidelines that apply not only to motorcyclists but also to drivers of cars and trucks.
The law enforcement agency also said Thursday for the first time that interfering with lane splitting is illegal.
State legislation explicitly allowing lane splitting — in which motorcycles drive in the space between traffic lanes on public roads and freeways — took effect in January 2017 and stipulated that the CHP could issue safety tips on the topic.
The resulting tip sheet, published Thursday, notes that lane splitting can be dangerous and urges “extreme caution.”
“Every rider has the ultimate responsibility for their own decision making and safety,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a statement.
Drivers of cars and trucks have responsibilities too. It’s illegal to intentionally block or impede a motorcyclist, including by opening a vehicle door, the CHP tip sheet says. It also says vehicles in the far left lane should move to the left part of the lane so motorcycles have room to pass on their right.
To reduce risks, the CHP tip sheet advises motorcyclists to remember the following:
-- “Consider the total environment when you are lane splitting (this includes the width of lanes, the size of surrounding vehicles, as well as current roadway, weather, and lighting conditions).”
-- “Danger increases at higher speed differentials.” A speed differential is the difference between the speed of the motorcyclist and that of nearby vehicles.
-- “Danger increases as overall speed increases.”
-- “It is typically safer to split between the far left lanes than between the other lanes of traffic.”
-- “Avoid lane splitting next to large vehicles (big rigs, buses, motor homes, etc.).”
-- Riding on the shoulder is illegal; it is not considered lane splitting.”
-- “Be visible — avoid remaining in the blind spots of other vehicles or lingering between vehicles.”
-- “Help drivers see you by wearing brightly colored/reflective protective gear and using high beams during daylight.”
In years past, the CHP in partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles published similar guidelines for lane splitting. Those were more specific, indicating that the practice was least dangerous at certain speeds.
The guidelines issued Thursday — which the CHP developed in partnership with the DMV, the California Department of Transportation, the Office of Traffic Safety and multiple motorcycle safety organizations — do not give advice on how slow traffic should be.
Motorcycle safety studies have said that lane splitting, though unnerving to some drivers and apprentice motorcyclists, is safer than not splitting when done intelligently — principally because it reduces the risk of a rider being hit from behind while stopped in freeway traffic.
California is the only U.S. state that allows lane splitting, though the practice is legal and common in most European and Asian countries. Legislators in other states, notably Nevada, Texas and Washington, have proposed laws similar to California’s. None have passed.
Let motorcycles drive between lanes, and give them room, California Highway Patrol says Lane splitting by motorcycles has been part of California law for nearly two years. Now the California Highway Patrol has issued safety guidelines on the topic — guidelines that apply not only to motorcyclists but also to drivers of cars and trucks.
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