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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Judges Chosen for BMW ‘Ride of Your Life’ Tour

The celebrity judges on the panel for the BMW Motorrad “Ride of Your Life” tour on the new BMW R 1200 GS are Adrien Brody, Rick Yune, Charley Boorman and Jutta Kleinschmidt.
With the help of the judging panel, BMW Motorrad is looking for motorcycle riders who are ready to take on the great adventure of [...]

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Rizoma PROGUARD SYSTEM – guard for the brake and clutch levers

An exclusive RIZOMA patent, the Proguard System is a guard for the brake and clutch levers. Originally conceived for racing, it is also available in a road version, and mounts to a wide range of makes and models.
This type of guard is a response to the extreme sensitivity of the latest high power braking systems [...]

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