Melandri Spearheads BMW’s 2013 SBK Efforts

2013 World Superbike
For the 2013 World Superbike Championship, Marco Melandri will be spearheading BMW’s efforts with the all-new BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK team.
This effort is based out of Melandri’s native Italy and not Germany like the 2012 BMW Motorrad team. Whereas the GoldBet team was a privateer effort in 2012 (BMW Italia GoldBet), for 2013 [...]

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Riding a Motorcycle Makes You Smarter, Not Just Sexier

I ride my motorcycle to work nearly every day. I have two main reasons for doing so: I can ride in the HOV lane (a major convenience here in the ATL) and because it’s just fun. Turns out I also may be turning into an evil genius with a dangerous amount of mental processing power. [...]

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BMW G650GS Sertão Review

Written by: Kevin Ash
BMW’s G650GS machines are among only a handful of bigger bikes available as an option to holders of the new A2 licence, a product of licensing regulations due to begin on January 19 next year.

The new system is explained more fully in the panel below, but the rules allow A2 licence holders [...]

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Checa: the 1199? I’m not worried

Written by Paolo Gozzi
Is the new Ducati Panigale competitive or not? The web is filled with worried comments from fans, alarmed by the performances thus far in testing.  But Carlos Checa, the man entrusted with the task of developing the new machine, doesn’t seem overly concerned.
“I can go into the vacation feeling pretty relaxed – [...]

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If You Want an Air-Cooled Ducati Buy it Now

Three years ago you could find a 2-valve, air-cooled power plant in four distinct Ducati model ranges. Next year it will be just one. And the year after that? We say none.
 
If you want to buy an old school Ducati Hypermotard from next year on, you’re out of luck. At the 2012 EICMA show in [...]

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GS Trophy 2012 – 12/01/2012 – Day 7 Summary

GS Trophy day 7
First, the big news… Team Germany has won the GS Trophy 2012, with France coming second and Italy rounding out the top three. Here’s what happened on the final day of what has been a truly memorable Trophy…
Even though today (Saturday) was the last competition day of the GS Trophy 2012, the [...]

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GS Trophy 2012 – 27/11/2012 – Day 3 – Today’s Summary

Day three — time to get serious! Starting from Saint Martin de los Andes as early as 6 a.m., the riders left the asphalt and headed south, venturing off-road deeper and deeper into Patagonia. To this hard 450 km Marathon day under a blazing Argentinian sun a couple of ‘extra’ specials as a deep and [...]

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Interview with Ralf Rodepeter, head of BMW Classic

It’s not just the latest F 800 GS and R 1200 GS BMWs that are taking part in the GS Trophy 2012. Head of BMW Classic Ralf Rodepeter is following the same tracks and trails of South America, but on a 28-year-old R 80 G/S Paris Dakar. In this exclusive interview, hear Ralf talk about [...]

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MOTOGP: Ducati’s 5-Step Program To Return To Glory

Written by Evan Williams
Ducati’s MotoGP program has suffered through a tough couple of years, and the team saw a shakeup last week when Filippo Preziosi was moved to another position within Ducati and German Bernhard Gobmeier was brought onboard to head Ducati Corse. Paolo Ciabatti, the man who ran World Superbike’s operations side in recent [...]

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Nicky Hayden confident Ducati can cure understeer issue

Nicky Hayden remains confident Ducati can solve a persistent understeer issue that has dogged the Desmosedici MotoGP project in recent years.
The understeer issue was a constant complaint of Valentino Rossi during his disastrous two-year stint with Ducati, which ended in him walking out to sign a new deal with Yamaha for 2013 and 2014.
Hayden believes [...]

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Video: Porsche GT2 RS v. Ducati 1199 (Part 2)

Earlier this year, Chris Harris from Drive produced a video pitting a Porsche 911 GT2 RS against a Ducati 1199 Panigale in a drag race. The Porsche was slaughtered and had no chance. This time, Chris and motorcyclist Ben Cope from Visordown.com went to a 2 mile runway to see what happens when you let a [...]

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