The Epiphany

Oct 26, 2013 View Comments by

Ever have sudden clarity of thought which compels you to take immediate action to address a previously acceptable situation? I had exactly that happen recently while on a short summer’s evening ride on my Ducati 1000 Monster. I was returning home and life was good. And then it hit me, about ninety percent of my […]

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2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

Oct 25, 2013 View Comments by

Have money to burn? Is the Ducati 1199 Panigale R a little too slow, heavy, and cheap for you? You’re in luck! Ducati has just announced the 2014 1199 Superleggera (super light in Italian), a highly exclusive, limited production version of the aforementioned 1199 Panigale. The Superleggera uses a variety of exotic (read expensive) materials […]

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Bachin’ It

Oct 12, 2013 View Comments by

My usual riding companion, my wife Sharon, is away occasionally for out of town work, and as my grandmother used to say, I’m “bachin’ it” while she’s gone. Our usual Sunday breakfast ride is something we both look forward to, and without her here, I’m tempted to eat at home and tackle the perpetual list […]

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Ducati Opens Up New Financial Services

Sep 21, 2013 View Comments by

Want a Panigale or a Multistrada but don’t have $20k in cash stuffed in your mattress? With the backing of the mighty Volkswagen Group, the small Italian manufacturer of mostly very fast red motorcycles is now able to offer in house dealer financing. Ducati Financial Services (DFS) officially went to work on September 5th offering […]

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Ducati Unveils New 899 Panigale

Sep 11, 2013 View Comments by

Ducati’s formidable 1199 Panigale just became a big brother. At the VW group night just prior to the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Ducati announced the new 899 Panigale, calling it a “super-mid” edition of the range topping 1199. The new bike is powered by an 899cc 90-degree Superquadro V-twin pumping out a […]

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Of Motorcycles and Automobiles

Aug 01, 2013 View Comments by

If more motorcycle companies made cars, what would they be like? The KTM X-Bow is a very unique vehicle, and it strikes me as a good reflection of KTM as a company. That got me thinking, what if other motorcycle companies made cars, what kind of cars would they be? Okay, obviously let’s leave BMW, […]

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Ethanol Free Recreational Gas

May 21, 2013 View Comments by

Last weekend was fairly typical; play one day and work the other. The work being the kind that doesn’t pay anything, of course. For some reason, I wasn’t satisfied purchasing a house with a normal yard. I wanted, and got, an “estate” (at least in terms of the yard), though I lack the funds necessary […]

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Decisions, Decisions

Jan 18, 2013 View Comments by

The close of a riding season is the perfect time to reassess the state of one’s two-wheeled stable and think about the possibility of a new bike. Three of my four bikes are beginning to acquire that well-worn patina, and I thought I’d share some of the thoughts that have been swirling around in my […]

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Tis’ the Seasons

Dec 24, 2012 View Comments by

I can’t believe December has rolled around again already. The countdown to Christmas has begun, and there’s barely time to finish up remaining fall lawn chores, get the house decorated for the holidays, and finish (or perhaps start) shopping for gifts. And which of these daunting tasks did I tackle today? Sorry, but with temperatures […]

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Ducati Unveils 2013 Models at EICMA

Nov 14, 2012 View Comments by

Ducati has made a yearly habit of releasing their next generation of motorcycles at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. This year is no different, as the Bologna based manufacturer has released their 2013 model lineup just days before the show opens to the public. Headlining the 2013 release, Ducati’s Hypermotard family gets […]

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Wicked Quick

Sep 26, 2012 View Comments by

I enjoy a good handful of horsepower as much as the next guy, and don’t see any great harm in partaking of it occasionally, so long as it’s done in a responsible manner. My list of “quick ones” is fairly short, but it includes some heavy hitters: a 1981 Honda CB900F Super Sport, a 1986 […]

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Ducati Previews New Multistrada Models

Sep 19, 2012 View Comments by

Leading up to its official press event September 20-27, in Bilbao, Spain and first public showing October 3-7, in Cologne, Germany, Ducati is offering a preview of their new 2013 Multistrada model lineup. The foundation of the model line, the Multistrada 1200, gets a variety of technological upgrades including Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), […]

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Pocket Watches and Monsters

Jul 29, 2012 View Comments by

When I was 10 my brother, our friends, and I would ride our bikes to Bob Milheims General Store. Behind the counter on the shelves they kept all the things we couldn’t afford but wanted so badly. My particular obsession was with a silver pocket watch. We must have made that ride a hundred times. […]

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It’s Now Called “Dücati”

Apr 18, 2012 View Comments by

Audi will buy Italian motorcycle maker Ducati for €860 million ($1.1 billion) as they expand their portfolio to include the much sought-after two-wheelers. Today the Volkswagen and Audi supervisory boards approved the purchase and are also hoping for a quick regulatory approval. The deal will aid Germany-based Audi to better compete with the BMW AG, […]

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