Ducati SuperleggeraWhen Ducati unveiled its “Project 1201” in October – the Superleggera – the numbers were unheard of in the world of production sportbikes.Ducati claims the Superleggera, which translates from Italian to Super Light, weighs 341.7 lbs. and produces over 200 horsepower. These claims quickly provide the world with the highest weight-to-power ratio of any production motorcycle.
Ducati achieved this with loads of magnesium and carbon-fiber parts, along with some engine mods, including two-ring pistons – a first for any Ducati motorcycle.But this type of performance isn’t cheap; rumors say the Superleggera will cost around $62,000. And with only 500 produced, this bike will be even more exclusive than the famed Desmosedici RR, which had a production run of 1500.Ducati recently released the attached video, aptly titled “the power of lightness.” The short video features some brief commentary on the bike, including some from CEO Claudio Domenicali.For a in-depth look at the Superleggera, click here.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.