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Massimo Tamburini: 1943 – 2014

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Massimo Tamburini, creator of some of the industry’s most iconic motorcycle designs, has succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 70. Tamburini was diagnosed with the disease last November and underwent chemotherapy treatment but passed away April 6. Earning renown for designing motorcycles such as the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4, Tamburini’s name will be forever linked with those two companies, as well as Cagiva and helped found Bimota (Tamburini is the “Ta” in the company’s name.) Massimo Tamburini (right) with another late motorcycle industry icon, Claudio Castiglioni.

Touring The Ducati Panigale Superleggera Factory Line + Video

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera (Super Light) represents the pinnacle of Ducati’s might in the superbike segment. Taking the already impressive 1199 Panigale, Ducati says the Superleggera tops 200 horses and weighs under 400 lbs. Those are astounding numbers, especially for a production motorcycle.

Son joyrides his dad's Ducati 996 SPS...And crashes!

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

According to the son (who uploaded the video), his parents - including his dad who owns the 996 SPS - were away on holiday. So off he goes on his short test ride, 50 metres down the road and he's stacked it, apparently there was a small oil leak which caused him to crash. What he doesn't mention is that you can see 37 seconds in that he forgot to put the kickstand up, there's also a nice trail of kickstand-shaped evidence scratched along the road too.

Ducati Announces Multistrada 1200 with D-Air Integration for Europe

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Ducati announced it is introducing a special Multistrada D-Air model, what the company calls the world’s first motorcycle fully integrated with an airbag-equipped riding jacket. Working with riding apparel maker Dainese, Ducati developed the Europe-only Multistrada variant to use its existing built-in sensors to detect an accident as it happens. Within 45 milliseconds after detecting an accident, the Multistrada wirelessly sends signals to the Dainese D-Air jackets worn by the rider and/or passenger, activating their airbags to reduce the risk of injury from the impact.

2014 MotoGP Qatar in Pictures

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season is complete, and if the Grand Prix of Qatar is any indication, it looks like it’ll be an interesting season. If you haven’t yet, read up on the recap for the Qatar MotoGP race for the details on what transpired at Losail International Circuit in Doha. Here then are some of the (mostly spoiler-free) photographs from the Grand Prix of Qatar, including images from the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes.

The 2014 MotoGP Season Is Here! + Video

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 MotoGP season has officially begun, as bikes have started circulating around the Qatar circuit. This season has been filled with drama as Honda and Yamaha continue to fight for top honors. Meanwhile, Ducati has switched to the new Open rules, Aleix Espargaro has been lightning quick in testing, and what’s with these new Factory 2 rules?

MotoGP Approves “Factory 2″ Rules

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

We’re just days away from the start of the 2014 MotoGP season and one would think it’s a little late for series organizers to make any significant rule changes. At least, one would think that if one were unfamiliar with the political back-and-forths going on between the major manufacturers and MotoGP promoter Dorna. But with the season-opening Qatar round about to begin, the Grand Prix Commission approved new rules establishing a compromise between the new Factory and Open options.

MotoGP to Standardize ECU Software in 2016 Season

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

MotoGP‘s Grand Prix Commission announced the series will adopt a standardized Engine Control Unit hardware and software programming for all entries starting with the 2016 season. At the moment, all teams are required to use a standard ECU hardware supplied by Magneti Marelli. Teams competing under the Factory option are allowed to use their own proprietary software programming while Open option participants must use standardized software.

Massive Gallery Of Ducati GP14 Images

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Ducati recently unveiled its official 2014 MotoGP team, including new rider Cal Crutchlow, and the controversial contender both he and teammate Andrea Dovizioso will pilot this year: the Ducati GP14. Having confirmed at the last possible moment that it will indeed take advantage of the Open class rules in MotoGP, allowing 12 engines (vs. six for Factory teams), 24 liters of fuel (vs.

Who To Watch In AMA Pro Superbike This Weekend

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Photo: Brian J. Nelson Even though reigning AMA Pro Superbike champ Josh Herrin has left the series to try his hand in the Moto2 series, the Superbike field is still filled deep with talent heading into this weekend’s series opening round at Daytona. Here are just a few names to keep an eye on this weekend.