Sunday, January 25, 2015

Moto Guzzi customs at Verona Motor Bike Expo: Official high-res pics


Here are official high-res pics of the customised Moto Guzzis shown at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ducati Scrambler customs shown at Motor Bike Expo in Verona

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The Hondo Grattan, S.C.R., and Scratch, three unique takes on the Ducati Scrambler...

Motorcycle custom shops, Deus Ex Machina, Officine Mermaid and Mr. Martini have created three customised versions of the new Ducati Scrambler - the Full Throttle, Urban Enduro and Classic - which are now being shown at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Itay.

"The main focus is on the aluminium bodywork, with a single-piece tail, number-plate support and a headlight inspired by speedway bikes. An asymmetric mudguard completes the project, together with lots of little details such as the positioning of the conic filter within the frame, the disc brake and, of course, the dedicated exhaust. The name however comes from Carby, creative director of Deus Australia, who was in Milan at the time; he saw the project when it was almost complete and fell in love with it, naming it Hondo Grattan, after the horse that won everything on the Harold Park race-track. Who knows, in the not-too-distant future, perhaps our bike will end up on that track too," says Filippo Bassoli, MD, Deus Italy.

"I decided to revolutionise the basic concept, from Ducati Scrambler to Café Racer. The style is reminiscent of American rather than British design, owing partly to the fact that the roots of the original Ducati Scrambler project date from the seventies. Although the style is that of a Café Racer, this bike has a combination of elements that make it unique; In fact, details such as the high exhaust and knobby tyres retain a decidedly Ducati Scrambler flavour. This fusion gave our bike its name: S.C.R. - Scrambler Café Racer," says Nicola Martini, customiser at Mr. Martini. "We've changed the nose fairing, the tail-piece, the whole of the exhaust, the foot-peg and handlebar mountings and the rear suspension unit and have, of course, given the bike a new colour. The Scrambler Café Racer is in ‘total black’ including the saddle, undertail and timing belt covers," he adds.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ducati 1299 Panigale S clocks 1’55”3 at Mugello

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With 205bhp from its (very) Superquadro V-twin, the 1299 Panigale S is a force to reckon with

Official Ducati test rider and DRE instructor, Alessandro Valia recently clocked a lap time of 1'55"3 at the Mugello circuit, aboard the 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S. "With the new Panigale 1299, I expected an increase in performance but the final result has surpassed those expectations. During my first test of the 1299 Panigale S on the Mugello circuit, I managed to obtain a best lap time of 1'55"3, which is really incredible for a production bike with lights, turn signals, and mirrors. This was made possible thanks in part to thrust from the new 1285cc, 205bhp Superquadro engine," says Valia.

With a bore of 116mm and a stroke of 60.8mm, the Ducati 1299 Panigale's 1285cc Superquadro engine has a bore/stroke ratio of 1.91, which is unique in the world of superbikes. In the new Superquadro (so named for this exaggerated bore/stroke ratio), thanks to a new exhaust system, power has been increased to 205bhp at 10,500rpm, while torque has been increased to 144.6 Nm at 8,750 rpm. "Also fundamental are the improvements to the bike's frame. The new steering head angle and other changes to geometry have produced tangible benefits especially for large-radius curves, making the front end more stable, precise, and effective in finishing turns," adds Valia. On the new 1299 Panigale, the swingarm pivot point has been changed to optimize the rear tyre's grip, and the steering head angle has been reduced by a half degree to give a better steering character and more agile cornering.

"Thanks to the new Öhlins Smart EC suspension, which also includes the very useful electronic steering damper, the Ducati 1299 Panigale is able to move seamlessly from maximum track performance to comfortable road use, making even the return trip to Bologna a pleasure, despite the bumpy roads which characterize the Giogo or Futa passes," says Valia. The 1299 Panigale S is equipped with an exclusive semi-active Öhlins Smart EC suspension, which interfaces with the Bosch inertial platform to dynamically respond to how the bike is ridden. Its event-based mode adapts the suspension in real-time to various riding events. For example under braking it stiffens the front fork's damping, then softens it as the bike accelerates. Damn cool, huh?

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