The Monster reaches a significant milestone in its history with the delivery of the 350,000th model. This is a Monster 1200 S “Black on Black”, which Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and the Director of the Ducati Design Center Andrea Ferraresi personally delivered to its owner, the Ducatista Sebastien Francois Yves Hervé De Rose.
Mr. De Rose, who ordered the Monster 1200 S from the Ducati dealer in Milan, was invited to Borgo Panigale for the occasion. The bike was personalised with a plate bearing the number 350,000 and was delivered to the owner accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Claudio Domenicali and a sketch of the Monster signed by the designer Angelo Amato.
The Monster is the biggest selling Ducati model of all time, as well as the longest-serving motorcycle in the range. Its legend was created in 1992 when the company had the intuition of putting on the road a Ducati with a Superbike chassis stripped of the fairings and all elements not strictly necessary. With the launch of the M900 model, the first Monster ever, Ducati was able to give rise to a new segment of the motorcycle market – the sports naked – creating a bike that has represented a true benchmark for several generations.
Over the course of almost thirty years the Monster has changed, improved and evolved from a technical and aesthetic point of view, but without ever losing sight of its main goal: to be a fun-to-ride bike for motorcyclists from all over the world and inspire new generations of enthusiasts. From the legendary Monster 600, which opened the Ducati world to many young motorcyclists, to the second generation with the 696 and 1100 models, passing through the 4-valve versions, up to the most recent 797, 821 and 1200, Monster represents an extraordinary success for the brand and for the Ducati company.
On 2 December 2020, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer presented the new generation of the Monster to the public, which will arrive in dealerships in April 2021. A light and essential bike, inspired by the original recipe from 1992, with a frame derived from the Superbike and a high-performance engine perfect for road use. Thanks also to the new design, which has evolved in a modern, sporty, elegant and technological direction, the new Monster (also available in a depowered version for A2 license holders) is the ideal choice both for those approaching the world of two wheels for the first time and for the expert rider and is ready to inspire new generations of motorcyclists with brilliant but always easy-to-manage performance, extremely low weight, a nimble and intuitive chassis and a prestigious array of electronic equipment.
Fend off the cold slipstream. A worthwhile investment!
The Balaclava 365 from iXS is perfect on days when it feels a bit fresh. The wind-resistant material with a soft fleece inside reliably protects the chest, neck and nape of the neck against the cold and prevents tension caused by the slipstream. The head section is made of a stretchy, breathable functional fabric and a close-fitting cut optimises the crease-free sit even under your motorbike helmet.
Enthusiastic motorbike riders use their free time for trips even outside the summer season. There are days when you are riding your motorbike and the helmet and raised collar are not enough. The Balaclava 365 is an excellent solution so that you don’t catch a cold. In addition, the medication to recover from a cold would probably be more expensive.
The wind-resistant material with a soft fleece inside warms, insulates and protects the exposed chest, neck and nape of the neck against the wind and weather. These parts of the body provide the sharp wind with a particularly large number of contact surfaces. Use of the storm hood is recommended for rain or snow because of the perfected temperature and moisture management.
The head section consists of a stretchy, breathable functional fabric and provides a well-regulated air and moisture balance. Thanks to the fast-drying fabric, not too much moisture collects from the air, which would lead to your face being cooled by the slipstream. The ergonomic cut and stretchy, abrasion-free material make it comfortable and provide a good fit. All in all, the result makes it extremely comfortable to wear.
The absorbent material also makes a decisive contribution to excellent hygiene regarding the helmet interior. It’s ideal at absorbing any perspiration which occurs. Wellbeing and cleanliness are ensured at all times, even though this is not always the case with motorbike clothing! The Balaclava 365 is easy-care and can be washed in a washing machine. It doesn’t take up much space, is very light and fits into every trouser pocket.
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Balaclava made of wind-repellent material
Head made of elastic, breathable functional fabric
Wind-resistant material with soft fleece inside the throat, neck and chest area
Shell: 100% polyester
Shell mesh: 89% polyamide, 11% elastane
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Two Versions: Tuono V4 Has Softer Ergonomics, Gains In Comfort And Is Proposed As An Ultra Fast Street Bike, Ready For Long Routes
Tuono V4 Factory Confirms Its Status As The Definitive Hypernaked, A Racing Instrument Perfectly Tuned To Dominate On The Track Too.
Aprilia Tuono V4 is the point of reference in the Hypernaked category in terms of effectiveness and feeling, whether in street sport riding or extreme track riding.
Tuono V4 now reaches never before seen performance and sophistication levels, thanks to Aprilia’s know-how gained over years of top-level competition and thanks to the experience of those who simply invented the Hypernaked category, starting from a superbike and creating one of the most adrenaline-charged bikes of any era, super fun on the road and unbeatable on the track.
The first big change for the new Tuono V4 family, on display for its global première online at APRILIA.COM, consists in the new and clear characterisation of the two models in the range.
Tuono V4 (available in the Tarmac Grey and Glacier White colour schemes) adopts the characteristics of a street sport bike which also looks at longer routes. The comfort provided by the raised handlebar and the more protective top fairing is new and improved. The passenger is no longer a barely-tolerated guest and now benefits from an ample and comfortable portion of saddle and lower footpegs. Tuono V4 turns its thoughts to new horizons to reach quickly, so the available accessories include a pair of dedicated, asymmetrical panniers.
Tuono V4 Factory (in the Aprilia Black colour scheme) in its nature as an adrenaline producing machine confirms those strong sensations and pure, unadulterated fun. It is dedicated to an extremely demanding public and boasts exclusive components that include the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system as standard equipment.
The style of the Tuono V4 is entirely new and inspired by the one introduced by RS 660, from which it inherits the innovative concept of the double fairing, featuring the aerodynamic appendix function.
As in the tradition of the Tuono V4, the design is characterised by reduced surfaces and the typical top fairing that houses the new triple LED headlight unit with DRL lights featuring the “bending lights” function. Being closely derived from the RSV4, the Tuono V4 also benefits from the new and refined ergonomics of the Aprilia superbike that provides more space for a better on-board fit for the rider, thanks to the new shape of the fuel tank and tail fairing.
The electrical controls are more functional and intuitive, and the new colour TFT instrumentation is larger and more complete. Thanks to the more powerful calculating power of the new Marelli 11MP ECU and the new, six-axis inertial platform, electronic management using the full Ride-by-Wire throttle has improved and the APRC operating logic has also been refined.
The exclusive Aprilia electronic controls suite, which has always been the best in the world in terms of effectiveness and technical sophistication, is now even more enhanced with the introduction of the adjustable engine brake control. There are now six Riding Modes, three for the track (including two customisable) and three for the road (including one customisable): the rider just needs to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best settings in terms of Traction Control, Wheelie Control, engine brake, ABS and the other managed parameters.
The chassis architecture, already recognised as the point of reference in terms of effectiveness and feeling, evolves significantly thanks to the arrival of a new and lighter aluminium swingarm with lower reinforcement brace. The new swingarm therefore adopts a geometry that has already been seen on the Aprilia bikes that dominated World SBK, then developed for MotoGP. The new component is designed to lower the masses and increase the stability of the rear end in acceleration.
The Tuono V4 is still the only sport naked powered by a 65° V4 engine with unique characteristics. The 1,077 cc V4 from Veneto remains unchanged in terms of its already outstanding performance. Its 175 HP and 121 Nm of torque mean that it dominates the Hypernaked category, even when faced with competitors with more pure power, thanks to the extraordinary balance that the exuberant V4 creates with a chassis architecture and electronics package that have been perfectly tuned like no other vehicle in this category. Even with the Euro 5 emissions approval and a new exhaust system, the sound and character that the public and critics love so much about the V4 are confirmed.
Introducing on aprilia.com web pages the first images of the new RSV4, evolution of an extraordinary and victorious project, unique in the world
New design with built-in winglets, engine and electronics evolution, new ergonomics for even higher performance levels
New Aprilia RSV4, the undisputed point of reference for superbikes
The history of the Aprilia RSV4 is one of the most fascinating motorcycle stories in the world. Built with the goal of winning on the track and in every comparative test, it has dominated for a decade, earning the approval of critics and titles in every category in which it has raced. In its most extreme evolution, it even raced in the MotoGP World Championship.
This is the demonstration of an incredibly far-sighted design in a sector where motorcycles are the result of the best technology available to the manufacturer. The Aprilia RSV4 has been constantly updated and refined over time, consistently remaining the reference point for sportiness and performance, the best example of what can be achieved by exploiting the valuable experience of a victorious Racing Department like Aprilia’s, which in its brief history has taken 54 championship titles, including seven achieved in the world SBK championship specifically with the RSV4.
On display for its global première online at APRILIA.COM, now a new RSV4 has been born, profoundly revamped, beginning with the aesthetics.
The new design is the result of a great deal of work done in terms of applied aerodynamics, confirming Aprilia’s commitment to studying increasingly complex and innovative solutions. The style, inspired by the ultra modern RS 660, and the shapes modelled in the wind tunnel allow an extremely low aerodynamic resistance coefficient, with a significant benefit in terms of performance at high speeds, also increasing the air pressure in the airbox, which all increases downforce.
The winglets are no longer an additional element on the panels, but are built into the double-wall fairings, a solution that optimises stability at high speeds and simultaneously improves engine cooling, diverting the hot air flows from the rider, in addition to representing a highly aesthetic feature.
The triple LED front headlight unit, featuring perimeter DRL lights represents the lighting signature of Aprilia sport bikes and includes the “bending lights” function: the pair of supplementary lights that illuminate the inside of the turn, increasing visibility when cornering.
The ergonomics are entirely new and improved thanks to the new fuel tank and the new saddle that allow the rider to fit perfectly with the fairings, more on board space and a more natural and relaxed riding position. The electrical controls are more functional and intuitive, and the new TFT instrumentation is larger and more complete. Thanks to the new Marelli 11MP ECU and the new, six-axis inertial platform, both more powerful, electronic management has improved with control of the full Ride-by-Wire throttle and the APRC operating logic has also been refined. The exclusive suite of Aprilia electronic controls has also been completed with the introduction of the multi-level engine brake control. There are now six Riding Modes, three for the track (including two customisable) and three for the road (including one customisable): the rider just needs to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best settings in terms of Traction Control, Wheelie Control, engine brake, ABS and the other managed parameters.
The ultra fine chassis architecture, heir to a victorious dynasty that boasts 18 world titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 class, has undergone a drastic change with the new swingarm, lighter and with a reinforced lower brace, inspired by the one on the Aprilia RS-GP used in MotoGP, designed to lower masses and increase the stability of the rear end in acceleration.
The first mass-produced, high performance narrow V4 in the world, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia, despite the Euro 5 emissions approval, gains more torque and confirms its exceptional maximum power level of 217 HP, thanks to targeted operations that include the new exhaust system and the increased effective engine displacement, previously 1,077 cc and now 1,099 cc.
Two versions are available: RSV4 (only in the Dark Losail colour scheme) and RSV4 Factory (in the two Aprilia Black and Lava Red colour schemes). Both versions are powered by the revamped 1,099 cc V4 engine, but they can be distinguished by the standard equipment which, for the Factory, includes forged aluminium wheel rims, the semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension system and the Brembo Stylema brake callipers.
Honda Racing UK and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announce all-new Superbike project in the British championship.
Honda Racing UK is excited to announce a brand-new project with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – the Honda Superbike Challenge Program. Rolling out for the 2021 season, the new project will support racers competing in national championships worldwide, to take further steps in their racing careers.
Joining forces with Honda’s head office in Japan, the programme will see Honda Racing UK’s participation in the British Superbike Championship sit within Honda’s global racing activities from MotoGP, World Superbike and the All-Japan Championship.
As part of the ‘Honda Superbike Challenge Program’, Honda Racing UK have signed Ryo Mizuno for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship aboard the race winning CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Bringing a wealth of experience from the All-Japan series, as well as the Suzuka 8 Hours aboard Fireblade machinery, this will be the first time Ryo has raced on UK soil.
Honda Racing UK has enjoyed past success with Japanese riders, having won the British Superbike Championship three times with Ryuichi Kiyonari (2006, 2007, 2010) and Ryo too has championship titles to his name having won the All-Japan J-GP3 championship in 2015 and the All-Japan J-GP2 Championship in 2017.
Ryo’s teammate in BSB will be Glenn Irwin, who remains with Honda after a successful debut year with the team. During the 2020 season Glenn enjoyed a win and five podium finishes, eventually wrapping up the season fourth overall. Showing the potential of the new Fireblade Glenn led the title fight for the majority of the season and will be looking towards the title in 2021.
As well as a two-man team in the Superbike class, Tom Neave will continue in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, where in 2020 he narrowly missed out on the title to finish runner-up. Throughout the shortened season, Tom scored the most race wins in the Superstock championship in what was an impressive debut year for the new Fireblade SP.
The team are busy preparing for the start of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship with official testing getting underway in April.
Ryo Mizuno: “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, signing a deal with the Honda Racing UK team to ride the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in the British championship. Thanks to all my family, friends and personal sponsors. I can’t wait to get started and hope to have a lot of success in front of our fans later this year.”
Glenn Irwin: “I’m really happy to continue with Honda Racing and to carry on the development of the new Fireblade. 2020 was a really refreshing year that perhaps brought success earlier than I anticipated. For 2021 we have extensive development to go through which for sure will improve our package further. That said, there won’t be any room for complacency which I have experienced before, so we won’t be making bold predictions from a results perspective. As a team we know from the work carried out over the winter, we have a strong base to continue developing the Fireblade. Working with Ryo is exciting in itself, with Ryo coming from a completely different racing background. I am excited to see how his feedback improves us.”
Tom Neave: “I’m delighted to be going into my third season with Honda Racing. My ultimate aim is to be on the Superbike but I think it’s important that I complete another full year on the Superstock Fireblade to refine and build on everything we learnt last season. We had a strong year and finishing as runner-up has motivated me more than ever to claim that number 1. I’m so grateful to Honda and all my sponsors for sticking by me and I can’t wait to get 2021 underway!”
Havier Beltran – Honda Racing UK Team Manager: “This is a very exciting time for Honda Racing UK joining forces with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and will be great to have their support in what are uncertain times for everyone and not just in the racing world. Our participation in BSB will now sit within Honda’s global two-wheel racing programme, which echoes past years when we had backing from HRC. It’s a great project to be involved with and we of course have a very good track record with Japanese riders, Kiyo won the title three times with us and Ryo brings a huge amount of experience and also talent with him. His lap times at the Suzuka 8 Hours last year were impressive and although the British circuits are very different, I think he will enjoy them and be competitive on the Fireblade SP.”
Soichi Yamana – Department Manager, Motorcycle Department, Motor Sports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.: “Honda is excited to have the opportunity to nurture new talent in BSB through our new Honda Superbike Challenge Program, set up with Honda Racing UK. This program aims to produce world-class riders through encouraging skill development by experiencing demanding racing conditions. We believe BSB, with its wide variety of tracks throughout the UK, provides the perfect framework. Through this program, Honda will discover young talent from within its worldwide network, and strive to nurture the next generation of top riders. We cannot wait for the 2021 BSB season to start.”
Neil Fletcher – Head of Motorcycles, Honda UK: “We’ve been working on this project with Honda Japan for some time and I am very excited to see it happening. The British championship is intensely competitive and to have Ryo joining the team and coming to the series is a positive for everyone involved. Honda take great pride in developing young riders, whether it’s getting people on two wheels on the road or nurturing and developing young talent through racing. The Honda British Talent Cup is a hugely successful programme designed to get racers into MotoGP, so with the Honda Superbike Challenge Program we can also target Superbike championships across the world. I’m excited for the 2021 season and to see Ryo, Glenn and Tom in action.”
Stuart Higgs – Series Director, Bennetts British Superbike Championship: “The inclusion of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship within Honda’s global racing activities is great recognition, especially in these turbulent times. As the championship celebrates its 25th Anniversary season, comparisons will of course be drawn to the period of HRC factory participation and the success of Ryuichi Kiyonari which I am sure new signing Ryo Mizuno will wish to emulate. Honda in the UK is a cornerstone of the British Championship and 2021 will see increased representation in the BSB and Superstock classes and a continuation of the Honda British Talent Cup, designed to propel the next generation of British riders into World Championship competition.”
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Two Official Test days and a Shakedown Test have been added to the calendar.
Following a recent meeting between the Championship organisation and the MotoGP™ Class Teams, changes to the Qatar Test schedule have been agreed. Two extra Official Test days and a Shakedown Test day will now also be held at Losail International Circuit in March, ahead of and in addition to the previously confirmed Qatar Test, allowing the teams extra preparation ahead of the 2021 season.
On the 5th of March, a Shakedown Test will take place in which participation will be limited solely to test riders and MotoGP™ class rookies.
On the 6th and 7th of March, all riders may participate in two extra Official Test days.
The new MotoGP™ class test schedule is therefore as follows:
3rd-4th March: Setup
5th March: Shakedown Test – rookies and test riders only
6th-7th March: Official Test
10th-12th March: Official Test
Any further updates or information will be provided as soon as available.
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Infront Moto Racing and Milestone are pleased to announce the release of MXGP 2020 on PlayStation®5. The latest chapter of the beloved series of the official FIM Motocross World Championship, is now coming on next-generation along with a lot of exclusive features.
Thanks to the innovative DualSense Controller, MXGP 2020 will have amazing haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, giving a real dirt bike experience to players. Additionally, PlayStation®5 gives the opportunity to upgrade resolution up to 4K with strong 60 FPS, increasing details and immersion for a smoother motocross experience. Last but not least, riders who really love competition will now have the chance to compete in online races up to 14 players.
In MXGP20 you can enjoy the adrenaline of the current MXGP season, competing with 68 riders from MXGP and MX2 categories on all the 19 circuits of the season. Building your career starting as a rookie will be just the first step for glory: players will be able to join an official team or build their own one, personalizing their experience to fit their dream as a competitive rider. Track Editor is back with some new features added in. With Heightmaps feature, players can replicate the real MX tracks configurations, often built on hills and mountains, adding realism and all the challenges that real riders face during races. Four different types of terrain will allow players to choose and customize the element in order to create the track of their dream. Those tracks could be shared online with friends and community.
MXGP 2020 on PlayStation®5 is available from January 14th, 2021.
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The provisional calendar for the 2021 Honda British Talent Cup has been updated. The Cup was originally set to begin racing in early May, prefaced by a pre-season test in April.
The first race weekend for the Honda British Talent Cup will instead take place on the 29th to the 31st of May at Oulton Park, and the pre-season test is set for the 11th to the 13th of May at the Snetterton 300 circuit.
MSVR has made these changes in order to occupy dates that would have traditionally featured major international road races.
All other rounds remain unchanged.
The calendar is provisional and subject to change in accordance with government directives and the latest updates regarding Covid-19.
2021 British Superbike Calendar – Updated 14th January 2021
The opening round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship will now take place on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May (29/30/31) at Oulton Park, following an alteration to the testing schedule and the first event on the provisional calendar.
MSVR has made these changes to occupy dates that would have traditionally featured the major international road races.
2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship – Revised Official Test Dates:
13 April Donington Park
28/29 April Silverstone (tbc)
11/12/13 May Snetterton
19 May Oulton Park
2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship – Revised Round 1 Date:
29/30/31 May (Bank Holiday weekend) Oulton Park
All other dates remain as per the previously published provisional calendar.
UPDATED 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship provisional calendar:
Brands Hatch GP
Donington Park National
Donington Park GP
Brands Hatch GP
Bennetts British Superbike Championship Series Director Stuart Higgs commented: “We have made a slight adjustment to the 2021 calendar, but I am pleased to say that the 2021 season will remain scheduled to begin at Oulton Park on a May Bank Holiday weekend, by simply moving to the date later in the month. All of the other ten rounds remain unchanged from the published provisional calendar.
“We had already taken a cautious approach with a May start date to the 2021 season to leave dates available for the North West 200. However with this now unlikely to take place during that time, this adjustment to our calendar means we can lose what would have been a four week dormant phase, and condense the gap between Bennetts BSB events.
“As a result of this change, the official test schedule has been altered accordingly to assist our teams to make the best preparation possible for the start of the new season.”
The Italian company has found an innovative way to unveil its new collection to two-wheel enthusiasts: GIVI NEXT TO ME
The cancellation of the main fairs dedicated to 2-wheels imposed by the health emergency that we are still experiencing has pushed brands such as GIVI to reinvent themselves again in order to present their proposals to the public for 2021. Due to the impossibility of taking advantage of big shows such as EICMA or NEC to introduce “live” the brand’s new products, GIVI, has looked for an alternative way through a technological and innovative solution to communicate and present in the best possible way all the products and news of the new season: a digital interactive showroom.
GIVI has made a step forward into the virtual world, which in these months has shown more than ever its full potential. In this way, they have been able to take advantage of digital technology with a clear objective: to make two-wheel enthusiasts live a close and unique experience at the same time, something called GIVI NEXT TO ME.
This virtual tour looks fantastic on a full-screen PC and is also available on mobile phones. A solution that takes you to an elegant, large, futuristic and fun exhibition area where you can explore the brand’s different ranges: Urban, Touring, Sport, Adventure and Café Racer. There you can find the necessary tools to decide which areas you want to visit, which products you want to consult, which subjects you are interested in looking at in depth… similar to what happens when you visit the stand of a physical exhibition.
At the moment, conditions force us to give up the value of “touching with our hands”, but thanks to the development carried out by the transalpine factory, the result of a high level of design, everything is much more fluid and realistic. An experience that allows you to discover everything you want to know about the most outstanding GIVI products and their new collection.
On January 12 the Murcian Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300 rider was operated on to remove the implants (fixings and support bars) that had been used to accelerate her recovery.
Several months earlier than planned, given the good progress of Ana’s vertebral injuries, Dr. Ubierna and Dr. Cáceres decided, together with Ana, to proceed and to remove the plates.
Therefore, if the CT scan programmed in the near future confirms the sufficient healing of the fracture, and, once the surgical wound has healed, Ana can return to her normal physical activity within weeks and get back on a motorcycle in less than a month. This will allow her to start the 2021 racing season at the end of April in perfect physical condition.
Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300 Rider): “I’m really pleased, the operation has gone well according to all the doctors, I want to thank everyone for their support these last few months, and, in particular, Albert, our medical coordinator, Santi my physical trainer and Joan Tao, my osteopath, for the many hours that they’ve dedicated to my health which is bearing fruit. Of course, my thanks also go to the good work of Dr. Ubierna and Dr. Cáceres. I’m desperate to get back on my Ninja 400; we will be 100% mentally and physically ready when the season starts.”
Dr. Cáceres and Dr. Ubierna: “Yesterday, Tuesday the January 12, we conducted an operation to remove the titanium implant inserted on September 15. We decided to carry out the surgery because thanks to the CT scan we could observe that the injuries were consolidated, therefore we decided to insert lyophilised bone in the holes from the screws in order to speed up the bone regeneration. Surgery went well and according to plan; next week we’ll perform a CT scan to reconfirm the progress. If everything is OK then in two weeks Ana can do some exercise once the surgical wound has healed and in two more weeks get back on her bike”
Carla Grau (Kawasaki Provec WorldSPP300 Team Manager): “Fantastic news from the hospital and the ICATME team, Ana should be “ready to rock” in a few weeks. From here at Kawasaki Provec we want to highlight Ana’s professionalism as she has been working on her physical condition in order to accelerate as much as possible her recovery. From the point of view of the project, we haven’t stopped. We have everything ready for the 2021 season, all our sponsors have reconfirmed their support for Ana’s project, even under the current situation of economic uncertainty and Ana’s injury. In fact. even various new companies have come on board the 2021 adventure so a thousand thanks to everyone, we’ll be more than ready for the first race of the season at the end of April.”
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With 4.18 million miles of roads in the United States, there’s a whole lot of room for adventure. And ever since the genesis of the automobile, Americans (and people from around the world) have been hitting U.S. highways in search of the most beautiful places, the most interesting people and the weirdest tourist traps.
Looking to take a great American road trip this year? There’s an amazing variety of ways to do that, from sun-soaked beaches to windswept wilderness and everything in between. Here are eight U.S. road trips that you’ve gotta experience to believe. (Make sure to note and obey all state and local safety precautions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including a self-quarantine if necessary.)
Pacific Coast Highway
Start: Los Angeles, CA
End: San Francisco, CA
Distance: 484 miles
Cue up a Beach Boys track on your stereo (or your motorcycle helmet speakers) for this gorgeous drive through some of America’s most iconic coastal landscapes. You’ll see jagged cliffs, beautiful beaches, frothing waves—and many, many taquerias, most of which are worth stopping at. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that the start and end points are two of America’s most fascinating cities: the glitzy and glamorous LA and the hip and tech-obsessed San Francisco.
Start: Ocean City, MD
End: Savannah, GA
Distance: 670 miles
The Southeastern coast offers warm weather, beautiful landscapes and historical sites aplenty (even if some of that history isn’t pleasant). Starting in coastal Maryland, you’ll head down the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and then wind your way through the North Carolina Tidewater and beyond. This route includes stops in beautiful historic coastal cities like Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC before finally reaching the Southern Gothic charm of Savannah, GA. And if you’re here to party, Myrtle Beach is calling your name.
Vermont Route 100
Start: Wilmington, VT
End: Newport, VT
Distance: 182 miles
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the beauty and character of New England, Route 100 is a drive unlike any other. This Vermont highway runs from the Massachusetts border all the way up to the Canadian border, so you’ll get an eye-poppingly gorgeous cross-section of some of America’s most beautiful country. Allocate plenty of time for stops along the way. There are all kinds of cute country stores and restaurants you’ll want to check out, not to mention the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury!
Start: Miami, FL
End: New York, NY
Distance: 1,277 miles
Ready to go big for your road trip? Try this trek up I-95 South Florida to the Big Apple (or vice versa), which will take you through a ton of iconic East Coast locations and offers many options for things to do. The historic attractions of Washington, DC, the majesty of the Kennedy Space Center, the primeval forests and swamps of the Deep South—it’s all on this route, and it will give you a new appreciation for life in the United States. Motorcyclists should make sure to pack a motorcycle intercom for easy communication, as traffic can be more of a problem on this route than others, making it easy to get separated.
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Start: Key Largo, FL
End: Key West, FL
Distance: 112 miles
Florida’s Overseas Highway runs slightly over 100 miles through the series of small islands known as the Florida Keys. These are the lands that have inspired everything from the music of Jimmy Buffet to the writing of Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway, and you’ll find that it’s just about impossible not to get swept up in the magic. Keep an eye out for the dainty key deer, North America’s smallest deer species. They’re cute and friendly, but they’re also endangered so drive carefully.
Southwest Sun Run
Start: Santa Fe, NM
End: Los Angeles, CA
Distance: 848 miles
The American Southwest is a truly wild and impressive landscape, and this road trip will take you through some of its most incredible scenery. Running from New Mexico through Arizona and finally into Southern California, this route is guaranteed to make you wonder if Clint Eastwood is going to show up in a cowboy hat around the next turn. Plus, Grand Canyon National Park is just a short way off the route, so make sure to check that one off the bucket list if you haven’t yet.
Start: Chicago, IL
End: Santa Monica, CA
Distance: 2,139 miles
You didn’t think we’d have an article about road trips without Route 66, did you? Although the famous road itself has since been carved up into other roads, its route still remains, and many people consider it the king-daddy of U.S. road trips. At well over 2,000 miles, this trip is not for the faint of heart or the time-crunched, but it’s well worth it for the amazing journey through the American landscape that it provides. From the Midwest to the Southwest and into the West Coast, you’ll see one painting-worthy scene after another, and many of the classic Route 66 tourist traps—such as the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX—are still alive and kicking.
Start: Twin Falls, ID
End: Coeur d’Alene, ID
Distance: 584 miles
If you’re looking for a unique road trip that will be the envy of your social media feed, Idaho is it. This road trip, which takes you from southern Idaho nearly up to the Canadian border, is packed with incredible sights that most Americans have never even heard of. Enjoy the majesty of the Snake River’s million-year run through Hells Canyon, the higher-than-Niagara plunge of Shoshone Falls and the vast and ancient Payette National Forest. Opportunities abound for adventures of all kinds, from epic hikes to hair-raising whitewater rafting.
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Despite the complex global situation and the seven-week halt in production right at the peak period of the season that heavily impacted the first six months, Ducati Motor Holding concluded 2020 with a record second half.
Thanks to the results obtained from July to December, Ducati was able to deliver a total of 48,042 bikes in 2020, limiting the sales differential compared to 2019 to -9.7%. This is a significant result if we consider the impact of the pandemic and the forced closure of the Ducati factory between March and April.
The growth trend that has characterized the brand in recent years in China continues, with 4,041 motorcycles sold (+26%), and the country thus becomes the fourth largest market for the Borgo Panigale company. An increase in sales compared to 2019 was also recorded in Germany, with 5,490 units (+6.7%), and in Switzerland (+11.1%). Italy is the first market in the world with 7,100 units.
“2020 was a complex year in many ways and a whole new challenge for everyone in the world. Inevitably, it ended in a different way than we would have liked, but Ducati was able to make the most of the recovery trend of the two-wheel market that began in June, achieving an excellent second half of the year with a result that was better than we had expected back in March. By redefining working methods and processes we managed to maintain the safety of our employees, to stay close to the fans and to consolidate the Ducati brand in the world by growing in some markets such as China. We also won the Constructors’ World Title in MotoGP for the second time in our history”, said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO.
Despite the global situation, 2020 was characterized by the conquest of the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title, the continuation of the process of strengthening the sales network, the opening of the new Australian subsidiary and the start of production of one-off limited series such as the Superleggera V4 and the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini.
The Streetfighter V4 was the best-selling model with 5,730 units while the Ducati Scrambler was the best-selling family with 9,265 bikes. Ducati Scrambler is a world full of freedom, joy and self-expression. The “Land of Joy” marks a return to the true essence of motorcycling, guaranteeing accessibility and fun in complete safety.
“The final part of 2020 was characterized by an excellent second half, which allowed Ducati, with 48,042 bikes sold, to recover part of the sales gap formed in the first months the year. The company confirmed its growth trend in the markets of China, Germany and Switzerland, recording better numbers than in 2019”, added Francesco Milicia, Vice President and Global Sales Director Ducati. “During 2020, Ducati also committed to supporting its sales network all over the world, developing the Ducati Cares program, which allowed Ducatisti to be able to return to visit their trusted dealers in complete safety, or to interact digitally to book an appointment or evaluate the purchase of a motorcycle remotely. All without halting the expansion process that continued with the opening of new dealerships and the new Australian subsidiary”.
The positive trend that distinguished the end of 2020 allows a solid Ducati to look to the future with optimism and confidence. For 2021, the product range is more complete than ever, and the interest of enthusiasts was immediately reflected in an order portfolio that is the largest ever observed at the beginning of the year. The first deliveries of the Multistrada V4, the first motorcycle in the world equipped with front and rear radar, have already begun and, in the coming months, Ducati dealers will also receive the other new bikes of the 2021 Model Year, including the Panigale V4 SP, the SuperSport 950, the Monster and the Ducati Scrambler Night Shift.
“We are starting 2021 with the certainty that we have an increasingly complete range that is careful to meet the needs of different types of motorcyclists. The new products have led to a very positive order portfolio at the beginning of the year and this is a clear sign of the appreciation of our fans. Motorcycles like the new Multistrada V4, which with its technology marks a new milestone for the world of two wheels, or the Monster, which represents all the essence of Ducati in the most compact, essential and lightest form possible to have fun every day. Even the upcoming racing season will see us participate with a group of young and talented riders, who are helping us to look to the future with optimism and a constant desire to improve”, concluded Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO.
Speedo Angels, market leaders in motorcycle dashboard protection, are thrilled to have launched BLOQ paint protection kits, an exciting addition to their product range.
“Our kits have been over 18 months in the making. We have selected the best materials and worked with expert template designers to bring together a new product that we have launched under the brand name ‘BLOQ’”, said Company Director Matt Miller.
“BLOQ paint protection kits offer excellent levels of coverage. Made from high-quality TPU materials, all of our kits are proudly made here in the UK at Speedo Angels HQ on specialist plotter cutter machines.”
BLOQ kits are pre-cut to fit your motorcycle and are available in either ‘full kit’ or ‘fuel tank only’ kits, plus your choice of clear or matte material.
Prices start from just £24.99 (plus free worldwide tracked shipping) and each kit includes a precision-cut paint protection film, fitting accessories, and fitting instructions.
In Moto Guzzi’s century-long history, custom motorcycles are some of the best known, loved and widespread models.
Three essential characteristics have remained throughout the generations of all Moto Guzzi custom bikes: the highly personal design, in which the particular engine configuration plays a determining stylistic role, as does the sleek fuel tank and the low exhaust pipes; the legendary 90° V-twin engine and, last but not least, riding pleasure in any condition, the result of the renowned superior quality chassis architecture of all motorcycles built in Mandello.
This tradition and a profound motorcycling culture breathe life into the two Moto Guzzi V9 versions which, for 2021, have been profoundly revamped.
V9 Roamer is a universal easy and intuitive custom, beautiful to show off and rewarding to ride, full of unique details and outstanding finishes. The darkest and most nocturnal soul, on the other hand, is called the V9 Bobber, characterised by its wide tyres and minimalistic look.
Both versions have evolved drastically to increase comfort and riding pleasure. The most evident change is the implementation of the new 850cc, 65 hp and 73 Nm engine derived from the unit that equips the V85 TT all-terrain bike, capable of guaranteeing lively performance and well-supported by a frame that has evolved and been strengthened in the headstock area to increase stability and riding precision.
The footpegs mounted on rubber pads which reduce vibrations, all to the advantage of riding comfort, are also new. In addition to ABS, the adjustable MGCT traction control system (which can be manually disabled) also comes standard.
V9 Bobber has a new saddle with a minimalist look in line with the vehicle’s philosophy; the aluminium side panels and the short front mudguard are also new. V9 Bobber also boasts a new digital instrument cluster and a full LED lighting system that includes the brand new front headlight with DRL in the shape of the Mandello Eagle. As previously, there is a vast range of original dedicated accessories to enhance the peculiar characteristics of both models, including Moto Guzzi MIA: the multimedia system that lets you connect the bike to your smart phone and consequently to the web. With this application your smart phone becomes a sophisticated actual on-board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.
Both V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber are available in reduced-power version, in line with the A2 Italian driver’s licence restrictions and ideal for new Guzzisti.
Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is available in the unique Grigio Lunare colour scheme, which favours glossy colours for the mudguards, fuel tank and side panels in order to enhance the elegance of this model.
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is available in the entirely matt finish Nero Essenziale colour scheme, which emphasises the dark and nocturnal spirit of V9 Bobber, partly because of the absence of milling on the cylinder fins (present on V9 Roamer), which are, therefore, totally black.
2021 is an important time for Moto Guzzi as it celebrates its 100th birthday. A century of tradition, passion, great commercial and sporting success; one hundred years of magnificent motorcycles that have always been built in Mandello del Lario, combining the best technologies and the most valuable Italian manufacturing. Since 1921, these have been Moto Guzzi values.
Therefore, in observance of such a strong tradition, the V85 TT was born, dedicated to adventurous trips, which have always been part of Moto Guzzi heritage, in their purest and most original conception, bringing to mind the strong image of desert competitions like the Paris–Dakar, the famous African race which experienced its glory days in the early ‘80s.
The fundamental concepts at the base of the V85 TT are minimalism, ease and practicality, typical of enduro bikes from that decade that could be used to do anything, from daily commuting to adventurous travel, values that are being lost in an increasingly commercial market where the products proposed favour significant sizes and weights. Moto Guzzi V85 TT has achieved the ambitious goal of combining a style based on bringing back those values with the equipment of a modern touring enduro. For this reason, it has earned the title of the first and only classic enduro on the market.
After the success achieved by the V85 TT from critics and the general public since its début, for 2021, Moto Guzzi presents an updated version of its best seller, based on the requests of its fans. The improvements involve primarily the engine. The construction layout is still the exclusive one of all Moto Guzzi bikes currently in production: a 90° transversal, air-cooled V-twin with a pushrod and rockers timing system and two valves per cylinder (intake cylinders in titanium), the pride and tradition of the Mandello Eagle. The unit now has greater torque at low and medium rpm thanks to optimised lifting of the pushrod and rockers timing cams and a consequent adapting of the engine control electronics. The new spoked wheel rims now mount tubeless tyres: together, they guarantee about 1.5 kg lower weight, reducing the unsprung masses which benefits the already outstanding riding dynamic. As for the riding assist electronics systems, two new Riding Modes (Sport, suitable for more sporty riding and Custom, customisable) join the existing three (Strada – Street, Pioggia – Rain, Off-road) to manage traction control, ABS and the response of the Ride-by-Wire throttle. Cruise control and the colour TFT instrument panel also come standard. Using Moto Guzzi MIA, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform optionally available in the vast range of accessories in the dedicated catalogue, you can connect your smart phone to the vehicle, extending the instrument panel’s functions.
The three versions of graphics available for the V85 TT are also new: Nero Etna, Giallo Mojave and Rosso Uluru.
V85 TT Travel receives all the technical upgrades of the V85 TT; as in the past, its complete equipment package makes it stand out, preparing it for any trip and including a Touring windscreen, side panniers from the Urban series with high cargo capacity and reduced lateral bulk, the pair of supplementary LED lights and the set of adjustable heated hand grips, as well as the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform.