Sometimes the greatest journeys in life aren't planned in advance, or carefully calculated with time and preparation. Some of the most momentous, life changing adventures are the ones where we wake up with an idea, and we are out the door. Caution is thrown to the wind, and we grab life by the moment and create our own destiny.
Brian is no stranger to this majestic dream. The brave Ducatisti woke up with one goal in mind, and in no time he was setting out on a journey that would take him across over 36 states on two wheels. With nothing but a couple saddle bags and a six string guitar, Brian stopped by Moto Corsa to do some last minute preparations to his Ducati Monster.
After getting some electronics fitted to his two wheeled steed, Brian and his Monster left for one epic ride.
His first stop was going to be from Montana to St. Louis, where he would be meeting up with friends for a road trip, but a change of plans would start him at Dayton, Washington.
Inspired by motorcycling legends like Ewan Mcgregor, and Charley Boorman, and adventure series "The Ranger's Apprentice", Brian has a long journey ahead, zig-zagging across the United States. After heading to Salt Lake City, Utah, he will be representing his Moto Corsa t-shirts through: Missoula, Mt. Billings, Mt. Denver, Co. Albuquerque, Nm. (A stop at the Grand Canyon)Las Vegas, Nv. Virginia Beach, Vi. Niagara Falls, Ny. and Portland, Me.
His final run will be from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, making any stops in between his heart desires! He is posting to the Moto Corsa Facebook page, and you can follow his journey at https://www.facebook.com/MotoCorsa
Take advantage of these special offers on select Ducati models from now until July 31, 2014 and make your summer one to remember.
Hypermotard | $750 in-store credit*
or 1.99% APR** Financing
Purchase a new 2014 Ducati Hypermotard and choose between a $750 in-store credit towards the purchase of Ducati Performance accessories and/or Ducati apparel or take advantage of special financing as low as 1.99%** for up to 60 months.
Multistrada | $1,500 in-store credit*
Purchase a select new 2014 Ducati Multistrada and receive a $1,500 in-store credit towards the purchase of Ducati Performance accessories and/or Ducati apparel.
Eligible models include the following:
2014 Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2014 Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak
2014 Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo
1199 Panigale | Up to $1,500 in-store credit*
Purchase a new 2014 1199 Panigale ABS or a 2014 1199 Panigale S ABS and receive $1,000 or $1,500 respectively in-store credit towards the purchase of Ducati Performance accessories and/or Ducati apparel.
Eligible models include the following:
2014 1199 Panigale ABS
2014 1199 Panigale S ABS
*In-store Credit does not include installation fees or taxes. Some parts and accessories are for off-road use only. Ducati Accessory and/or Apparel In-store Credits are valid for purchases of genuine Ducati Accessories and/or Ducati Apparel only. See your local authorized dealership for details. In-store Credit offers apply to the following new, previously unregistered 2014 model year Ducati motorcycles; Multistrada 1200 S (Touring, Pikes Peak, Grandturismo), 1199 Panigale ABS, 1199 Panigale S ABS, and Hypermotard (excludes Hypermotard SP). Demonstrator models are excluded from this offer. Subject to model availability and dealer participation. Offer valid through July 31, 2014. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer from Ducati. In-store Credit offer valid through participating and authorized U.S. Ducati dealers only.
**Special Financing offer only applies to new, previously unregistered 2014 model year Ducati Hypermotard motorcycles (excludes Hypermotard SP). For approved Ducati Financial Services Tier A+, A, and B buyers, receive Special Financing offer of 1.99% APR financing for 12-60 months, 2.99% APR financing for 61-66 months, or 3.99% APR financing for 67-72 months. For approved Ducati Financial Services Tier C and D buyers, Standard finance rates apply. Special Financing offer available through Ducati Financial Services (DFS), a product supported by VW Credit, Inc. (VCI), a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America Inc. Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 1.99%, 2.99%, or 3.99% Special Financing offer for Tier A+, A, and B buyers is available to qualified applicants only. Not all buyers will qualify and if approved may receive a higher rate, depending on credit score. Some buyers will require a down payment in order to receive credit approval. A minimum finance amount is required. Demonstrator models are excluded from this offer. Subject to model availability and dealer participation. Subject to credit approval by DFS, not all applicants will qualify. Financing offer can change or be cancelled at anytime. All prices are plus freight, handling, tax, title, registration, and dealer processing fees. Offer valid through July 31, 2014. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer from Ducati. Special Financing offer valid through participating and authorized U.S. Ducati dealers only.
Valentino Rossi wore these specially designed leathers at the Mugello, Italian Grand Prix. The Dainese racing suit was made in memoriam of his long time friend, and racing compatriot, Marco Simoncelli, who passed away after a crash at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
"#thisforSIC58" was created in honour of Marco Simoncelli, and to support charitable projects backed by the foundation dedicated to his memory. Rossi's suit is the first of many original Dainese products worn by world champion riders that will be available on dainese.com
Through the purchase of the nine-time world champion's suit, the lucky winner will contribute to the support of the Santa Marta Project, a day center for the disabled that the Simoncelli Foundation is building near Coriano, Marco's home town.
Each of the items purchased on dainese.com will be delivered to the lucky winners in special display cases, complete with a signature by its first famous owner.
By Blake Conner for Cycle World Magazine
Mugello, Italy—As a teenager, I was convinced that there could be nothing better than being a rock star. Thankfully, a lack of musical talent saved me from a monotonous life spent fighting off supermodels, eating caviar, and driving Lamborghinis like rental cars. Maybe I missed my calling, but I certainly enjoyed the limelight recently at the Mugello circuit in Italy, where I had an exclusive 10-lap ride aboard Ducati’s exotic 1199 Superleggera.
Just how exclusive was it? Well, let me just say that a horde of former world champs waited in the queue behind me for a chance to ride the bike for the first time, Troy-freaking-Bayliss included. I’m still not sure if I was just jetlagged, dreaming, or if it really happened at all.
If you aren’t familiar with the Superleggera, it’s an ultra-exclusive, $65,000 version of the 1199 Panigale R, with weight savings and power output taken to extreme levels. Ducati claims the Superleggera has the best power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history.
As a matter of fact, this bike is so over the top that it isn’t even eligible for World Superbike competition. First of all, with only 500 examples being produced (all spoken for), it doesn’t meet the homologation numbers required by the rules. Furthermore, at a claimed 366 pounds sans fuel (but with all street equipment in place, including mirrors, signals, and lights), it weighs only a pound more than the WSBK minimum. In other words, in race trim it would need ballast to compete!
I’ve drooled over and ridden many homologation-special, production superbikes over the years (Honda RC30, RC45; Yamaha OW-01, YZF-R7; and Ducati’s R models), but the Superleggera makes those bikes look ordinary by comparison.
But if the Superleggera isn’t intended as the basis for a competition machine, what’s the point? Like the 2007 Desmosedici, the concept was to showcase Ducati’s technical capabilities and answer those “what if” questions by pushing the envelope.
“We asked our engineers to build the best of the best and do everything they ever dreamed of, building this bike for our best customers,” said Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali. “Of course, a lot of the things that we developed for the Superleggera will in the long-term find their way onto our other new bikes, as well.”
On paper, the Superleggera’s numbers are impressive. With its 4.5-gallon fuel tank topped off, the Superleggera, says Ducati, weighs only 393 pounds (30 less than the Panigale R). A hot-rod engine produces a claimed five additional horsepower and a bit more torque than the R model. Adding those figures to the dyno numbers we got on our last R testbike, we estimate the Superleggera produces 186 hp and 90 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheel. The titanium Akrapovic exhaust (in the included Race Kit) adds 5 more hp and shaves another 2.5 pounds of weight. For reference, the 51-pound-heavier BMW HP4 we last tested made 186 hp and 83 pound-feet of torque.
So, how do you skim 30 pounds off of one of the lightest production liter-plus sportbikes ever? Ducati’s team of engineers were given free reign with exotic materials. The Superleggera has a magnesium monocoque frame, a carbon-fiber subframe and bodywork, plus a lithium-ion battery, forged magnesium wheels, and numerous titanium fasteners. Even the Öhlins suspension is ultra light, featuring a FL916 fork with machined billet-aluminum bottoms and a TTX36 shock with a titanium spring.
Not only does the Superquadro engine weigh less than the R’s mill, but some of its weight-saving components allow it to rev to 12,500 rpm (a 1000-rpm bump) and increase power across the board. All four valves (intake and exhaust) in each head are now titanium, as are the Pankl connecting rods. The tungsten-counterweighted crankshaft, which weighs one pound less than stock, works with lighter two-ring racing pistons and a compression ratio that has jumped from 12.5:1 to 13.2:1.
IT WHEELIES AT 150 MPH?
If the spec sheet is impressive, the track manners of the Superleggera are mind blowing. Just a few corners into my first lap of Mugello, I could sense the bike’s feathery feel. With three chicanes per lap, Mugello highlighted the Superleggera’s awesome ability to transition, requiring substantially less effort than any Ducati I’ve ridden.
More impressive was how quickly it could be flicked over, and how stable and grippy the front Pirelli Supercorsa felt once planted. Off-cambers and long corners on the side of the tire were completely drama free. The plush Öhlins suspension ironed out the track’s few bumps, while the incredible Brembos with remote-adjustable MCS 19-21 master are some of the best brakes I’ve ever sampled.
With more torque/power on tap across the board, the Superleggera has a broader powerband than the R, with more midrange oomph and a less peaky nature. Which makes the Superleggera’s new left-handlebar-paddle-controlled, eight-level Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), a welcome addition. Entering the front straight in fourth gear, the bike would wheelie at 150 mph before the system would intervene as I grabbed fifth, only for the front to get light again just before I toed the quickshifter into sixth.
Riding conservatively (with Domenicali watching!) I consistently hit 186-plus mph before braking a bit early for turn one. As the speedometer goes blank at 299 km/h, I’m not totally sure how fast I actually went on the few occasions this happened, but it was really fast. I’ve never experienced this sort of raw acceleration on anything other than the full-blown World Superbikes/AMA Superbikes I’ve ridden in the past. The Superleggera is a truly awe-inspiring machine and it’s almost inconceivable that it’s street-legal.
If charmed experiences such as this come only in 10-lap doses every couple of years, I’m fine with that. Because even the fortunate few who have purchased a Superleggera probably will never get to ride their bikes WFO at Mugello. And that’s something that most rock stars can only dream of, too.
The Arai RX-7 GP Carbon is developed to be the ultimate racing helmet. Just one look and you know it's different, taking all the pain-staking development of the RX-7 GP to the next level. The technology is based on that of the Formula 1 GP-6 RC car racing helmet. It consists of an extremely light carbon fibre outer shell, reinforced with the “Peripherally Belted” construction. Specifically for the RX-7 RC, Arai searched for a superior quality of carbon fibre, eventually found in the aircraft industry.
It takes a skilled Arai crasftsman a full working day just to make the outer shell. This 'carbon version' is a work of art, but not only the outer shell, the EPS inner liner is too a masterpiece with no less than five different densities seamlessly combined in one, setting new standards in this respect.
The end result of all this breathtaking technology and craftsmanship is a very beautiful, extremely light and strong helmet. The RX-7 'Carbon' is by far the lightest SNELL M2010 approved helmet on the market today (Just like the RX-7 GP, the RX-7 'Carbon' offers the unique feature of being both ECE 22-05 and Snell M2010 approved!).
As expected the RX-7 'Carbon' offers all the features of the RX-7 GP, including the larger visor with wider aperture offering better peripheral vision with Arai's `Peripherally Belted` SNC outer shell construction that surpasses even the incredible strength and stiffness of the Corsair shell. The removable Dry-Cool® interior features `Emergency Release` cheek pads offering increased personal safety in case of an accident, while the famous SNC net material has become stronger to keep the shell shape intact even under extremely heavy loads and impacts. Other benefits include a new diffuser, less buffeting, improved ventilation. The list of improvements and industry firsts is impressively long. The RX-7 Carbon is the all new benchmark in Arai's helmet technology. If you want the same equipment as the legends of MotoGP this is the helmet for you!
As expected, Ducati has released a mid-sized version of its latest Monster 1200 – the Monster 821.
“Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the essential new model maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies,” Ducati says.
The new Monster arrives with the same water-cooled 821cc Testastretta 11-degree engine – transplanted from he Hypermotard line – that produces 112 horsepower and 65.9 ft/lbs of torque.
And like the Hypermotard lineup, the Monster 821 receives the latest in Ducati electronics, including an eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level Ride-by-Wire all incorporated into the press-button Riding Modes.
Following the same design philosophy it has with the 1199/899 relationship, the younger Monster, which weighs 395.7 lbs dry, arrives with a double-sided swingarm and “premium” suspension, which looks like a Sachs inverted fork and monoshock.
The Monster 821 will feature similar ergonomics as the Monster 1200, and arrive with an adjustable seat height. As for colors, the 821 will be available in Ducati Red with a red frame and black wheels; Star White Silk with a red frame and matte red wheels; or a Dark version, which will arrive in Dark Stealth with a black frame and black wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with color-matched single-seat covers.
Ducati is expected to release additional information shortly, including an MSRP, and says the bike will be available in dealerships beginning in July 2014.
The Ducati Monster arrived on the scene in 1993, and not only broke styling boundaries, but also saved Ducati from financial turmoil.
Thanks to our friends at Ultimate Motorcycling for the original story.
by Ron Lieback - http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/
We're huge fans of our friends at MCN who always do a bang-up job of reviewing anything on two wheels. Lucky bastards just spent some seat time on the all new Ducati SuperLeggera at the beautiful L'autodromo del Mugello in Italy. Check it out!
The Ducati 1199 Superleggera is finally here, Ducati’s exclusive 500 customers are starting to receive their bikes, and Ducatista around the world are acting like its Christmas in May. We can’t blame them; after all, the Superleggera is a rolling showcase of what the engineers at Borgo Panigale can do with a street-legal machine.
We were lucky enough to get three fine specimens in the first wave of deliveries. We'll receive nine Superleggeras in total — a pretty sizable sum when you consider that less than 200 will make their way across the pond to US soil.
Naturally we took the opportunity to examine up-close what $200,000 worth of carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum looks like. Even better, we documented the experience, for your viewing pleasure, of course.
We love the opening lines about the Ducati 1199 Superleggera, because it’s so true. It almost seems a shame to have to put the fairings on this motorcycle, because the real jaw-dropping experience comes with the Superleggera sans bodywork, exposing all the effort Ducati’s engineers went to in order to trim the fat off the already svelte Panigale.
If money was no object, we’d take two. One to ride, and another that could sit undressed in a special showroom for us to gawk at while we contemplate life, the universe, and everything. We think that’s how Claudio Domenicali, an engineer himself, would like it…as long as you bring a towel.
Enjoy the video below.
Original article from our friends at http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/