To help launch the Ducati 1199 Panigale R at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the Italian manufacturer brought invited two of the USA’s favorite MotoGP racers – Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies.Hayden, a Ducati Team GP13 Desmosedici rider, and Spies, a Pramac Ignite Ducati GP13 rider, were both at COTA to put in some laps aboard the 1199 R at the 20-turn, 3.46-mile track that will host round 2 of the 2013 MotoGP Championship April 19-21.The Ducati Panigale 1199 R is new for 2013, a superbike improved upon by Ducati Corse for homologation in World Superbike.The 1199 R is basically an “S” model with a host of race-specific enhancements, highlighted by a light weight of 367.3 lbs. (with ABS), a three-percent increase in power, and a four-point adjustable swingarm.Attached above is a video gallery of Hayden and Spies aboard the 1199 R, which also makes for great wallpaper. For a preview of the bike, click here.For wallpaper use, right click image
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.