Ducati’s New Superbike Ready To Launch!

For the Ducatista among you, you have your moles, your informants, you know everything there is to know about the new Superbike coming from Ducati.  For everyone else, well the wait is almost over!  We’ve known for some time that the bike will be an 1199cc V-Twin, it is a completely new design for the engine, no more remenants of the current V-Twin which can trace it’s lineage back to the 1970’s.  How does 195bhp and 395lbs (wet) grab you?

We also know that the bike will be much more expensive than the current 1198.  In recent years the price difference between the Ducati and it’s Japanese rivals has shrunk, but now expect the entry level 1199 to come it at $20,000 U.S. with higher spec version coming in at $25K and close to $30K.

The bike will also have a name.  Where every Ducati Superbike up to this point has been known by it’s engine size, 900SS, 851, 888, 916, 955, 998, 999, 1098 and 1198, this one will be known as the 1199 Panigale, as a nod to Ducati’s home.

Below you can check out a promo video from Ducati, where you can see Troy Bayliss ripping it up around the Mugello Circuit.

Imola 200 Revival

Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about the legenday Imola 200.  It was a non-championship race for a few years that drew the elite of motorcycle road racing and saw a wide variety of of machinery from Grand Prix two strokes to big bore Superbikes of the day.

The Paul Smart replica Ducati, takes it’s cues from the bike in this race.  It was the first taste the Europeans would have of the man we call King Kenny, and the Spanish called “The Alien”

This past fall, many of the racers and their bikes were brought back to the track to have some fun, and let everyone remember what it was like “back in the day”.

Enjoy the video.

Two Wheel Tuesday, V4 Heaven

For motorcyclists there is something very magical about the exhaust note of a V4.  Well, thanks to Micah Shoemaker at AF1 Aprilia you can watch and listen to three great V4’s on the dyno.

First up is the glorious Ducati Desmosedici

Next up the new Aprilia RSV4

Finally we look at one of the great light weight sport bikes of all time the Honda NC30

 

Two Wheel Tuesday Motorcycle Art

I was contacted by an artist from the UK named Billy, just Billy, he has some pretty cool prints available for Ducati and Triumph lovers.  The price isn’t bad, £45 which includes shipping.  Here is a cool twist though.  If you buy a print, you are automatically entered into a drawing to win the original oil on canvas.  All monies go to the artist, Rumblestrip.net has no financial interest in this.  If you like the Ducati print you can purchase it here:

and if you are into Triumph’s you can purchase that one here:

2009 BSB Series Set To Launch

Once again for 2009 the British Superbike Series looks to be the premier domestic Superbike series in the world.  With many of last years championship contenders now gone to World Superbike and Supersport, there are many names looking to step up and take the title.  Leon Camier looks to be a favorite, along with Sylvan Guintoli joining the series from MotoGP and the return of Chris “Stalker” Walker to the series as well.

With the American Superbikes series becoming a joke, do to the organizers, not the level of talent, the BSB series will be a can’t miss for those of us here in The States.  Have a look at the official launch video for the BSB Series.

And as OBTW, the BSB series will have 55 hours of LIVE TV coverage.  Live racing, what a novel concept.  Hello SPEED/DMG!!!!

Two Wheel Tuesday Toby & Julian Announce Duck Racing

A BRILLIANT promo put out by British Eurosport to promote the return of the MotoGP season.  As many of you may know, at the end of last season it was announced by DORNA that British Eurosport would not be offered a contract to continue it’s coverage and that for the UK, it would be covered exclusively by “The Beeb”

This was a HUGE shocker to everyone as even “The Beeb” acknowledged that they wouldn’t and couldn’t offer the same level of coverage that British Eurosport had.  On top of that the triumvirate of Moody, Ryder and Mamola were recognized BY EVERYONE as THE BEST broadcast team in the business.  Even His Holiness Pope Valentino the 46th ordained a day of fasting and prayer that this team was being banished by DORNA.

Thankfully a public outcry from around the world has fixed most of this.  Toby and Julian will be back again, sadly sans Mamola, and they will not be at every race, but doing some of the long flyaway races for the studios in the UK.  Better this than nothing at all I say!

With that I give you this gem that was shown after GP Zero at Jerez this past Sunday, and in a conversation with Toby on Monday he said there are more of these come come, and from the description he gave me, they only get better!!