MD Double-Take: 2013 Brammo Empulse R

Used to be, electric bikes were a novelty. Lead-acid batteries meant that silky-smooth power and plug-in convenience was possible—for short rides. Thirty miles was too far to venture with an e-moto, unless your S.O. was following with a very long extension cord.

And now it’s 2013. Electric vehicles have come a really long way—which means you [...]

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MotoGP Austin Night Life Plans

The night life plans for the Austin MotoGP have been confirmed – The Ducati members “Motorcycles and Music” – April 20th!
 
DETAILS:
“MotoGP comes to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas April 19, 20, 21.
The Red Club presents Music and Motorcycles at La Zona Rosa April 20th
Featuring Austin’s top rated rock band, Vallejo, followed by a [...]

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Ducati Alstare – The New Story

In anticipation of the first round of the 2013 World Superbike season, scheduled for Sunday 24 February at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, Team SBK Ducati Alstare presents the livery of the new 1199 Panigale R, the bike with which the team’s two official riders, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, will take to the [...]

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Want to Learn About Overland Adventure Motorcycling?

Come to the Overland EXPO!
When: May 17 – 19, 2013.
Where: Flagstaff, Arizona, 2 hours north of Phoenix off I-17, at Mormon Lake Lodge (Google map). Flagstaff has thousands of hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, and is the gateway to the Grand Canyon and the Four Corners backcountry [OVERVIEW LOCATION MAP] [VENUE GROUNDS MAP]
What: Overland Expo is an [...]

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Sports Bikes to Africa

We all know that sportsbikes are so focused that you need a track to get the best out of them. But, as has always been the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them every day.
The Ducati Panigale and BMW S1000RR we have here might have close to 200bhp, sticky tyres and track-orienated suspension, but [...]

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The Italian Tour, on a Ducati

Edelweiss “Best of Italy” Ducati Motorcycle Tour
It’s the sights… and the smells… and the Tuscan wind in your face. In fact, virtually no sense goes unstirred when touring Italy by motorcycle, especially aboard a 150-horsepower Ducati. Welcome to la dolce vita, superbike style.
Edelweiss Tours has been operating since 1981, but Italian motorcycle journeys in that [...]

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Ducati Alstare to Test 1199R Panigale at Jerez

The SBK Ducati Alstare team, which will participate in this year’s World Superbike Championship with riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, readies itself to get started on the 2013 work programme that begins with a three-day test session this weekend at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.
This first test of the year, which gets underway on [...]

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Unveiled: the development of the new BMW R 1200 GS.

The GS has defined the travel enduro segment for over 32 years, setting the benchmark in terms of robustness, reliability and performance. So how is it possible to improve on such an extremely sophisticated bike as the R 1200 GS? In this three-part feature, BMW Motorrad provides an absolutely unique insight into the development and [...]

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Brammo Empulse R | First Ride

They say: “Modern and unique, yet reassuringly familiar.”
We say: “Gears and a clutch make a real electric motorcycle.”

 

The most common criticism of electric bikes is that they don’t feel like “real motorcycles.” The magic-carpet character of a silent, vibration-free motor with a tabletop-flat torque curve is novel and even exhilarating, but especially for experienced motorcyclists [...]

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Del Torchio: “A new era has started for Ducati with the Audi group”

Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio opened Tuesday’s Wrooom event for Ducati, by saying that a new era has begun for the Italian outfit with the backing from Audi from the start of the 2013 season.

He touched upon the 2012 season, the managerial changes that have occurred, and mentioned the new direction the Italian outfit will [...]

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Andrea Forni: “A sportsbike is still the best for me…”

When he was younger, Andrea Forni rode around Europe on bikes like the Ducati Pantah and F1. And his love for sportsbikes hasn’t diminished with age…
For their February 2013 issue, Fast Bikes magazine spoke to Ducati’s technical director, Andrea Forni, who has some interesting things to say about how he thinks motorcycle technology will evolve [...]

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