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Ducati Superleggera V4, 159kg and 224hp

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The Borgo Panigale riders are constantly improving and breaking records, as demonstrated by the new Ducati Superleggera V4 says Carcody.

At Ducati they have shown their latest creation, an elite superbike, equipped with the latest materials and technology, and available only to a few lucky pockets.

This beast has been designed with the sole purpose of being the fastest and most exclusive on the circuit, as well as being the queen of power and lightness. Lighter than the Superleggera V2.

It is obviously powered by a 90º V4 engine, the Desmosedici Stradale R , and has the aesthetics and DNA of the Panigale V4, but reducing its weight to a minimum and increasing the power to a maximum.Ducati Superleggera V4

To reduce weight they have used noble materials such as carbon fibre to make the chassis, subframe, single-arm swingarm, rims, fairing and tailpipe.

And they have also used titanium in the spring of the Ã-hlins monoshock, in the exhaust system and hardware, to further slim down this V4.

The rest of the components have been optimised to be as light as possible, such as the Ã-ohlins fork heads or the Brembo Stylema R brake calipers, exclusive to this V4.

The Ducati Superleggera V4 is the standard bike with the best power-to-weight ratio

The second part has been to optimize the V4 engine at 90º Desmosedici Stradale R -4T, LC, 16V, Desmo, IE-, lightening it and extracting more power, to reach the figure of 224CV (164kW), a whole record.Ducati Superleggera V4

But there’s more, because if the racing kit is installed, 234hp is achieved and the weight is reduced even further, from 159 kg to 152.2kg, achieving a record power-to-weight ratio of 1.54hp/kg.

To top it all off, the fairing also features the obligatory spoilers/winglets, which produce more negative thrust than the MotoGP Desmosedici itself. These 270km/h biplane wings generate 50kg of ground pressure, 20kg more than the Panigale V4 MY20 and V4 R wings, which keeps the bike more stable at high speed.

And there is no lack of the electronics package with IMU, DTC EVO and DQS EVO up&Down, or the reprogrammed Riding Modes (Race A, Race B and Sport), plus 5 extra Riding Modes -new- that can be customized. There is also a GPS Lap Timer that allows you to record the finish line coordinates and intermediate times for five favourite tracks. Default settings include finish line/intermediate time details.

Only 500 units will be produced, at a rate of 5 units per day, and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and the usual numbered plate, which will match the chassis number.

They will start to be delivered in June. What is the price? The price is around $US100,000.


Its Not Looking Any Better for Norton and Stuart Garner

Oh my, this thing seems to be getting uglier and uglier. Now Parliament wants to know what happened to its £5m of government grants (in addition to the 1 mil Norton’s accused of defrauding from pensions). Read all about it in this story posted yesterday in The Guardian.

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Aprilia Racers Days Program is Back for 2020

Wanna ride a new Aprilia as God intended? Aprilia is making it happen again in 2020, with a traveling circus of its latest wares beginning after the USGP, at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, in April – and moving on to four other circuitos. Molto bene.

Aprilia Press Release:



 NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12, 2020 – Aprilia USA announces 2020 Aprilia Racers Days program, taking place at five tracks across the US, where customers can participate in a track day, while having the ability to experience the latest models from Aprilia in an environment catered towards sport bike enthusiasts.

Starting at the recently repaved Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, TX following the MotoGP weekend in April, Aprilia Racers Days will showcase the latest 2020 machines from the Noale, Italy based manufacturer across five US tracks, several of which follow premiere race weekends, allowing enthusiasts to ride the same tracks professionals rode the previous weekend.


Circuit of the Americas

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd

Austin, TX 78617

(Following MotoGP Weekend)


Road Atlanta

Monday, April 20, 2020

5300 Winder Hwy

Braselton, GA 30517

(Following MotoAmerica Weekend)


New Jersey Motorsports Park

Friday, May 15, 2020

8000 Dividing Creek Rd

Millville, NJ 08332


Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Monday, June 1, 2020

24551 Lerdo Hwy

Buttonwillow, CA 93206


 The Ridge Motorsports Park

Monday, June 29, 2020

1060 W Eells Hill Rd

Shelton, WA 98584

(Following MotoAmerica Weekend)


Aprilia Racers Days events will be supported directly by Aprilia trained technicians and product specialists, as well as partners Pirelli, Dainese and AGV to offer the best on-track experience with expert advice, performance and protection. The cost of participation in the events will not only qualify for an incredible track day experience with your existing motorcycle, but also include a VIP Aprilia Racers Days package, with ability to demo a new Aprilia for one of the track day sessions, equipped with Pirelli performance tires. Attendees will also have the ability to be measured for a custom suit from Dainese and try out the latest track suits as well as helmets from AGV. All registrants will receive $250 accessory voucher for qualifying Aprilia purchases before June 30.


Using its 17 years as the Official Tire Supplier to the FIM Superbike World Championship, Pirelli developed the DIABLO ROSSO™ CORSA II, an innovative new tire derived from racing and designed for use on the road and track. DIABLO ROSSO™ CORSA II is the first-ever Pirelli motorcycle tire that uses two compounds applied in three zones on the front tire and three compounds applied at five zones on the rear, creating an aggressive combination. Innovative profiles, a new structure and a new tread design allow every rider to follow their leanings.

 To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit

For each of the events, the latest sport-oriented technical apparel and helmets will be showcased by Dainese and AGV, the leader in protection for moto and dynamic sports, which joins Aprilia Racers Days in 2019 for the first time ever as Official Safety Sponsor. The natural synergy between these two Italian brands – both known for premium products and innovation – brings a new level of excitement to the tour.

At each stop along the tour, Dainese will have master tailors from its Custom Works program available for fittings and consultations, and professionals from Dainese D-Stores will offer a demo fleet of D-Air suits for both men and women and  wide range  of AGV helmets including Pista GP R, Corsa R, Sport Modular, K-5 S, and AX-9 for participants to test on the track.

To learn more about the complete line of Dainese and AGV, please visit the respective websites:

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Husqvarna Motorcycles Present Functional Apparel Street 2020 Collection

Husqvarna Motorcycles presents some stylish new street gear.

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Husqvarna Motorcycles

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to present the Functional Apparel Street 2020 Collection – a collection of essential riding gear for owners and fans of Husqvarna Motorcycles’ expanding street motorcycle range.

Functional, stylish and developed to perfectly meet the needs of the modern motorcyclist the new Functional Apparel Street Collection offers protective riding gear that combines premium quality with optimum everyday functionality. Produced to the highest standards each item delivers safety, style and perfectly complements the brand’s street machines including the following highlight items made exclusively for Husqvarna Motorcycles by REV’IT.

Pursuit GTX Jacket
Designed to be used all year round, the Pursuit GTX Jacket is a fashionable go-to item that’s packed full of high-end features, technology and adjustability. Waterproof, windproof and breathable thanks to a laminated outer GORE-TEX®shell, it features a removable inner thermal lining for winter riding and ventilation openings for effective summer cooling. SEEFLEX™ armour is fitted to elbow and shoulder areas for essential protection.


Pursuit Jeans
Relaxed fit jeans designed to look cool while offering specific ease of movement for motorcycle riding together with essential protection. Made exclusively for Husqvarna Motorcycles by REV’IT, the Pursuit Jeans offer a relaxed fit and feature triple seams, safety stitching and effective moisture-transportation thanks to COOLMAX™ elements.


Pursuit Gloves
Practical and straight forward gloves that are great for year-round riding, the Pursuit Gloves are perfectly styled to look great together with the Pursuit GTX Jacket. Combining a dyed goatskin palm, Hydratex® liners and knuckle protection, they deliver comfort, ease of use and safety.


Pursuit Shoes
A time-honored lace-up design, the Pursuit Shoes are easy to fit and built to support and protect. From the reinforced heel and toe areas to the anatomically shaped foot bed and ankle cup they are water repellent, comfortable and stylish.


The new Functional Apparel Street 2020 Collection will be available at all authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers from the beginning of February onwards.

For further details on pricing and availability, please refer to your local Husqvarna Motorcycles dealer. Availability of individual items may differ from country to country.

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Indian Throws Down the Gauntlet With the Challenger Challenge

Indian announced yesterday, in a bold, flaming arrow to-the-forehead marketing move, that it’s going to offer up head-to-head test rides with the new Challenger’s main rival, the best-selling Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special. (Say, didn’t we already do that comparison here at MO?) If our word’s not good enough for you, you can conduct your own two-bike comparo beginning at Daytona Bike Week March 6.

Indian Press Release:


National Demo Tour, Local Dealer Demos, Advertising and Episodic Video Series Serve Up Bold Demonstrations of the Indian Challenger’s Superiority Over the Harley Davidson Road Glide Special

Minneapolis (February 12, 2020) – “May the best V-twin win.” That’s the rally cry for the newest marketing campaign for Indian Motorcycle’s all-new Indian Challenger – a fully-loaded premium bagger designed as a superior alternative to the category leader, the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special. This morning, Indian announced the “Challenger Challenge,” a campaign that invites motorcyclists to test ride the Challenger and Road Glide Special back-to-back for the ultimate head-to-head comparison.

Launching at Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 6, the Challenger Challenge product demo tour will visit Indian Motorcycle dealers around the country, as well as select motorcycle rallies and events, including the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. In addition to the national tour, select Indian Motorcycle dealers will have a Road Glide on hand to ensure that any customer who visits their dealership can take the Challenger Challenge.

Indian Motorcycle will support the Challenger Challenge with a digital media campaign, highlighted by an episodic video series where action sports icon Carey Hart and his loyal sidekick, Bryan “Big B” Mahoney, pit the new Indian Challenger head-to-head against the Road Glide Special in a series of tests that showcase power, torque, braking and handling.  In addition to the digital media campaign, the content series can be found on, Indian’s social media and YouTube channels.  

“The Challenger’s combination of power and dexterity is at another level,” said Hart. “The first time I rode it, I knew that they had something special. But riding the Challenger back-to-back against the Road Glide, it’s not even fair. The Challenger absolutely crushes it.” 

“Over the years, the Road Glide has firmly entrenched itself as the category leader and has become the default choice, but our bike is simply better and our confidence in this product is what this campaign is all about,” said Mike Dougherty, President, Indian Motorcycle. “The difference when riding these two bikes back-to-back is undeniable, and we’re excited for riders to experience it for themselves with the Challenger Challenge.” 

At the heart of the Challenger is the PowerPlus engine, Indian’s first liquid-cooled large displacement motor (108 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin) that packs a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. The Challenger’s modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over an inverted front suspension, while the Challenger Limited and Dark Horse variants are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology™, keeping riders confidently grounded by utilizing a Bosch® IMU to add cornering control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control. A host of amenities add style, convenience and keep the rider comfortable, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, weatherproof saddlebags with over 18 gallons of storage space, and an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel. 

For more information on the Challenger Challenge, visit Join the conversation by tagging photos on social media using #ChallengerChallenge. At select events, riders who take the Challenger Challenge will receive an exclusive Challenger t-shirt.

For more information, or to find the nearest dealer, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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6D ATS-1R Helmet | Gear Review

6D ATS-1R helmet in Gloss Black
6D ATS-1R helmet in Gloss Black.

In 2016 we tested the ATS-1, the first full-face street helmet from 6D, a new company that had developed a patented system called Omni-Directional Suspension (read the review here). Inside the helmet are two nested EPS liners connected by an array of hourglass-shaped elastomer dampers. The dampers allow the EPS liners to move independently in six axes, so the outer shell moves independently of the head. Upon impact, the liners compress together and/or shift laterally relative to each other before they crush like EPS liners in other helmets, absorbing and dissipating kinetic energy and reducing the amount of force transferred to the head. Independent tests have shown that ODS significantly reduces linear and angular (rotational) acceleration compared to other helmets, reducing the likelihood of concussions, traumatic brain injuries or death. The innovation and wide-ranging applicability of ODS helped 6D win the Grand Prize in the NFL’s Head Health Challenge III competition.

6D’s new ATS-1R improves upon its predecessor in a number of ways. Advancements in ODS technology are said to provide “significant improvements in both linear and angular acceleration mitigation” while also reducing weight. My size-medium ATS-1R weighs 3 pounds, 5 ounces, which is 9 ounces lighter than the ATS-1. Designed with input from professional racers, the ATS-1R’s carbon fiber, intermediate-oval shell has an aerodynamic shape with a rear wing to reduce drag, buffeting and lift. With four intake vents, 15 transfer ports and five exhaust vents, the ODS Air-Gap ventilation system, which takes advantage of the space between the nested EPS liners, moves a significant amount of air. With all of the vents open the ATS-1R can be noisy, but it’s suitably quiet when wearing earplugs.

Omni-Directional Suspension
This cutaway graphic shows the 6D’s proprietary Omni-Directional Suspension system that reduces brain damage in rotational impacts.

Other changes to the ATS-1R include a larger shell opening, redesigned cheek pads (optional pads allow sizing to be customized), a redesigned chin curtain, a removable neck cuff and a new self-tensioning face shield base plate, which improves sealing. The anti-scratch, UV-blocking shield offers 10 positions as well as a lockdown lever and a Pinlock 120 anti-fog insert is included. Changing the shield is a no-brainer and requires no tools. The ultra-plush comfort liner is removable, washable and compatible with eyewear, and inside the helmet are integrated speaker pockets.

Comfort, fit and finish, ventilation and ease of use are first rate, and the price of the DOT- and ECE-certified ATS-1R is significantly lower than that of its predecessor. It’s available in sizes XS-XXL for $695 in Gloss Black or $745 in graphics, and comes with a deluxe helmet bag.

For more information, see your dealer or visit


MV Agusta Forward Racing unveil 2020 Moto2™ livery

Giovanni Cuzari – Forward Racing CEO: “I’m happy with the work done last season. The project, despite being young, has shown our validity, as proven by the speed record in Australia and the excellent results in the standings. The collaboration with MV Agusta has been vital and will continue to be even more extensive this year. I want to thank the team and our sponsor, who will make everything possible in this new season.”

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here