2014 Ducati Motorcycle NewsGermany’s prestigious motorcycle magazine, Motorrad, held its 16th annual “Motorrad des Jahres” (Motorcycle of the Year) event this past Monday.
And at this year’s ceremony held in the Residenztheater in Stuttgart, Germany, Ducati took five awards, including two category wins.The awards are decided by the magazine’s readers, who voted the Diavel as the “Motorcycle of the Year” in the Cruiser category, and the Multistrada in the All Rounder category.The Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer also took three other awards – the Ducati 1199 and 899 Panigale superbikes took second and third, respectively, in the Sportbike category, which was won by the BMW HP4. The Ducati Hypermotard also took third in the “Enduro/Supermoto” category.Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO, accepted the awards at the event. Ducati reports that the awards underline the increasing strength of the famous Italian brand in the German market.This years winners were decided by 45,707 readers – about 50-percent more than last year. Each year, readers vote on eight categories, and more than half a million have participated in the vote since 1999.
Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark + Chip Doherty with Neale Bayly
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This week, in the first segment Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to us about the new Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark. This somewhat entry-level machine still comes with all the great Ducati hallmarks of excellent low down torque and impeccable handling. If you like to hear about fun motorcycles, then you’ll enjoy this one.
In the second segment, Editor-at-Large Neale Bayly brings us another of his interviews, this time it’s with Chip Doherty.
Chip’s amazing resume includes motorcycle racer, restorer and collector. Back in the early 2000s he used his engineering background to start motorcycle clothing manufacturer Motophoria.
After selling that company in 2007, Chip’s resume gained him entry to NASA where for 7 years he was responsible for launching the space shuttle! Since moving on from NASA, Chip expanded his collection of classic British bikes. Eventually Neale persuaded him to ride to Peru and help Neale’s Wellspring Foundation raise money for the orphanage there.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!