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June 3, 2011

Museum condition 1999 Ducati 916 for sale

Massimo Tamburini is one of the best designers in the motorcycle industry, he designed bikes such as the Ducati Paso, the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale or the Cagiva Mito. But his best work yet is the 1994-1999 Ducati 916 which was included in the Guggenheim’s Museum The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit of 1998-1999. Now, you can buy yourself a „new” 916 for a reasonable price of €20,000. The seller lives in Monaco, and according to him, it’s probably the lowest mileage 916 in the world, since it has only 42 km (26 miles) on the clock. Read the full article »

June 1, 2011

How a Ducati becomes a masterpiece

Have you ever wondered how a Ducati becomes a masterpiece? The Italian manufacturer answers that question: „Breathtaking, impeccable attention to detail, always. Ducati motorcycles have a look that is unmistakable; their design is one of the key driving forces behind their stunning success, their style ensuring they stand out at motorcycle shows, in the paddocks and - above all - on roads worldwide.” Read the full article »

May 26, 2011

2011 Aprilia RS4 125 gets a quick shifter

The British arm of Aprilia has announced that they will a quick shifter as an optional add-on to the 2012 RS4 125 sportbike. Inherited from the RSV4 R APRC, the quick shifter allows for clutchless upshifts without needing to close to the throttle. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve engine delivering 16hp. There’s no word yet whether the quick shifter option will be offered in the U.S. when the Aprilia RS4 125 arrives later this year as a 2012 model. Read the full article »

May 23, 2011

Sketches of Terblanche Norton revealed

South African motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche is noted for his work at Ducati (he designed bikes like the 999, Hypermotard, Supermono, Multistrada, and Moto Guzzi concept bikes), but he left the Italian manufacturer for Norton three months ago. 90 days was enough for Terblanche to draw some sketches of future Norton models. MCN reports that none of the sketches are confirmed for mass production. Read the full article »

May 19, 2011

2010 Triumph Thunderbird recall

British brand Triumph is recalling two thousand 2010 Thunderbird models. These motorcycles were built with an incompatible thread locker/screw combination at the front fender mounting. These screws might become loose, and the screw heads can contact the side wall of the front tire, leading to tire deflation, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install new screws, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners also contact Triumph Customer Service at 1-678-539-8782. Read the full article »

May 19, 2011

NHTSA updates motorcyclists’ DOT helmet rule

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an update for the DOT regulations covering motorcycle helmets on May 13 that took effect immediately. The new rule is meant to decrease the use of "novelty" helmets while making it more difficult to sell helmets with markings that resemble the current "DOT" label showing compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, the motorcycle helmet safety standard issued in 1973. Read the full article »

May 18, 2011

Marlon Brando Trustees sue Harley-Davidson for using name

Marlon Brando’s estate executors have filed a suit against Harley-Davidson Motor Company for the unlicensed use of Brando’s name on a line of boots. Brando Enterprises is seeking to recover damages caused by the sales and marketing of the unlicensed boot. The lawsuit says the boots look similar to a pair that Brando wore in the 1953 movie „The Wild One”. The movie mogul says, "The Marlon Brando name is among the most recognized in the world. Only a select few can transcend generations and Marlon Brando is in that rarified group of globally renowned icons. Read the full article »

May 17, 2011

BMW unveils left turn assistant

The Bavarian manufacturer unveiled a new motorcycle and car communication system that aims to prevent cars pulling across the path of oncoming bikes. The „Left Turn Assistant” is activated automatically in the BMW 5 Series test vehicle as soon as the car’s sensors detect that it is entering the left-turn lane and the car registers the driver’s wish to turn off. Recognition of the left-turn lane takes place on two levels. The vehicle positioning function of the navigation system allows the location of the car to be fixed to within a metre at intersections. Read the full article »

May 13, 2011

Video: Triumph’s 500,000th bike unleashed

British manufacturer Triumph has rolled out its 500,000th bike since its rebirth in 1990, which was restarted with the purchase of the firm by John Bloor. The 500,000th bike is a 2011 Speed Triple. To celebrate the special occasion, they are sending the special Speed Triple and UK comic Ross Noble on a 7-day tour of the British Isles, which is to be twitter-broadcasted. The tour starts on the May 24th. Watch the video after the jump. Read the full article »

May 12, 2011

Yamaha MotoGP truck kills biker

One of Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP team’s trucks was involved in an accident that has killed a motorcyclist. The 54-year old rider died at the La Ciotat toll booth on the A50 highway in France. The motorcyclist stopped behind a big truck waiting in the queue to pay the toll. The driver of the semi-trailer for some reason backed up at the toll booth and hit the biker, trapping him under the truck and dragging him backwards for over 10 meters. The biker died on the spot. Read the full article »