The Ducati Hypermotard is officially a Hollywood stud. Ducati’s famed hooligan motorcycle–featured in the upcoming CHiPs movie–experienced late-night TV stardom Wednesday night after making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
CHiPs’ main stars—known motorcyclist Dax Shepard and Michael Peña—entered the set on Hypermotards clad in California Highway Police livery. They made a grand entrance, riding into the doors of the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevar, and down a set of steps into the Jimmy Kimmel Live set.Well Shepard rode, anyway; the Michigan native, who wrote and directed the film, also completes all of his own stunts in the film. As for Baker…well, he may have learned where the throttle and brakes are on a motorcycle.Regardless, hepard and Baker were on the talk show to debut the trailer for CHiPs, which hits theaters March 24 in US and Canada. During the movie, Shepard plays Jon Baker, and Peña plays Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.Speaking of the Hypermotard used in CHiPs, Ducati says: “Ducati’s Hypermotard appears in the film as a contrast to traditional police motorcycles. The Hypermotard family is Ducati’s interpretation on the supermotard style of motorcycle that are used on alternating types of racing surfaces. With a high, slender tailpiece and narrow sides, the Hypermotard has a dirt bike-inspired aesthetic and was created to be versatile enough for urban commuting, weekend touring or track day excitement.”
CHiPs Star Ducati Hypermotard on Jimmy Kimmel Live
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!