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Why Do So Many Brilliant Motorcycles Come From Italy?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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How one Italian valley gave birth to dozens of iconic machines.

Italy has been at the heart of the design and engineering world for years. The reason is simple. It's personal.
Why is Italy—its designers, engineers, stylists, geography, and culture—so damn good at this motorcycle thing? Let’s just say it’s personal. Fine Italian design.


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The Best V-Twins Of Yesterday And Today

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000

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From the Vincent to the Ducati 1198, V-twin powered sportbikes are some of the most engaging machines on two wheels

History is rife with sporting V-twin motorcycles. The Vincent Black Lightning and the Ducati 1198 are just two. What a pair to have!
The Britten V1000 The matter at hand: the V-twin engine. Here, a Series B Vincent engine. Cycle World columnist Peter Egan and the Vincent: two legends of the motorcycling world. Ducati 1198


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The Pierobon X80R Makes Ducati Goodness Better

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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Building a custom lightweight frame might be the oldest speed trick in the book. And the best.

Take a Ducati engine, add a custom aluminum frame, then laugh maniacally.
The Ducati 848 engine plus the lightweight Pierobon X80R frame equals a machine that is "simply phenomenal."


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Motorcycles Are The Best Kind Of Inherited Vice

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:02:00 +0000

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Visiting a motorcycle mega mall with a toddler and passing on the passion for two wheels

Motorcycles appeal on a basic level. Even a two-year-old who’s usually only captivated by Sesame Street and Baby Shark can’t get enough.
My brother and his son on a Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled. The Richards boys. Loving Ducatis is a family tradition for us. Get ’em started young! Ducati superbikes were a huge part of my brother’s and my childhoods. And our adulthoods, for that matter. We’re keeping the tradition alive.


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Moto Guzzi's 1930's Wind Tunnel Was Their Slipstream Cathedral

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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In the early days of aero testing, Moto Guzzi led the charge.

Moto Guzzi's wind tunnel in Mandello del Lario was built to shape world champions.
La Galleria del Vento


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Vibrazioni Builds Beautiful Bikes From Old Oil Drums

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:40:00 +0000

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Visiting the Italian design shop that turns scrap metal into art

Vibrazioni's calling card is perfectly distressed, colorful sheetmetal plucked from old oil drums. We pay them a visit.
The loft workspace at Vibrazioni, packed with hand-hammered prototypes, rough sketches, and half-smoked cigarettes. Designer Riccardo Zanobini might have been put on earth to hold up this old brick wall in Massa Lombarda. Zanobini continues working contentedly upstairs until business partner Dassasso empties a garage to get at an impeccable Moto Morini Corsaro. Dassasso, an artist by training, is never shy about making sparks and doodling shapes into metal. Riccardo Zanobini Left: Fruit and vegetables grow up around Vibrazioni’s secret stash of oil drums. Lush, old trees keep eastern sunlight from fading their vivid colors. While Dassasso works, his father does chores in the orchard and garden, occasionally stopping to offer up something picked fresh. Right: Dassasso’s welding mask has become something of a signature. Vibrazioni’s workshop (above) is an artfully cluttered testament to trying things out. Old car speakers used as magnets hold illustrations to oil drums. Drum tops too pretty to cut up are hung to admire. A Vibrazioni signature tire.


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Ninja 400 Project Leader Kunihiro Tanaka Sounds Off About His Latest Lightweight

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:58:39 +0000

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A peek inside the mind behind the new Ninja 400

Our questions about the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400, answered by the guy who designed the bike. What would you have asked Project Leader Kunihiro Tanaka?
Mr. Tanaka has been with Kawasaki for two decades and led both the Ninja 300 and Ninja 400 projects.


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Catching Up With Charley Boorman

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

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The Long Way Round star on life, work, and a possible new adventure with Ewan McGregor

Long Way Round may have changed the course of his career, but riding bikes has been a constant for Charley Boorman since his very first ride on a Maico 400.
The author and Charley Boorman at the 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 press launch in Spain. Charley’s custom Triumph Scrambler. Charley riding a Triumph Scrambler. Charley’s custom Triumph T120 chopper by Down & Out Motorcycles.


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We Ask Ducati's Panigale V4 Designer About His Sketches

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:03:15 +0000

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An interview with Julien Clement and his superbike design

When the man who designed Ducati’s new Panigale V4 looks back on three years of superbike drawings, what does he see? We asked.
This is one of the earliest sketches released from Ducati of the Panigale V4, dated 2014. Ducati Panigale V4 rendering from 2016. A sketch from 2015 of Ducati’s Panigale V4, showing airflow. An exploded view of a few of the Panigale V4’s components. A sketch from 2015 of the Ducati Panigale V4’s headlight assembly. Sketch of the Ducati Panigale V4 from 2015. Sketch of the Ducati Panigale V4 from a year later, 2016. A drawing from 2015 of the Ducati Panigale V4 tailsection.


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5 Tips To Stay Warm On A Cold Motorcycle Ride

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:12:13 +0000

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Remember what momma taught you! And more…

Riding this winter? You could be! And when you do, keep these tips in mind to stay cozy and alert during the ride.
Heated grips will probably never replace the good ol’ fashioned feeling of warming your digits by fire. The best bet is try your best not to let your fingers and toes get cold in the first place. Aside from protecting from impact, your helmet can make a big difference when riding in the cold, too. Whether your into coffee, cocoa, or Bovril, a hot drink is a satisfying way to warm up. Don’t be ashamed to stop and take a swig. Water plus cold sometimes equals ice. Beyond that, staying dry while riding in chilly weather is crucial. Follow whatever road you please. But be ready…!


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