Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle

Tesla Model M

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati 2
 Ok, so this is just a concept, created by Jans Schlapin, but electric motorcycles are really starting to take off (literally, as all of the torque is immediately available and linear across the power band).  At the same time, wouldn't be amazing if Tesla started to make motorcycles with the same attention to  style, detail and function they devote to the Model S.  Imagine going cross country, plugging into Tesla's Supercharger network.
Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati via Tigho 2

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati from the rear

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati concept
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Summertime in Montreal: Jazz Festival and the Old City

Montreal Jazz Festival building video projections above, the Old Port of Montreal below:
 Spending the day at the Old Port of Montreal, checking out the famous Jazz Festival, then cruising for food on the Rue Saint Denis during the Circe Festival.

Last Chance to see Art of the Italian Two Wheel TONIGHT

Please join STUART PARR FOR THE LAST "OPEN BIKE NIGHT”
Thursday, July 9th 7pm-9pm at 285 Madison Ave (at 40th Street) - ALL RIDERS WELCOME for an Italian Bike Night 

Sadly we are closing the show early, as the space has recently been leased as a result of the buzz and traffic you have all generated by visiting the exhibition.***
**The last day of the exhibition will be Sunday, July 12th. 
 
The event will take place on 40th Street by Madison Avenue Thursday night (July 9th) at 7pm, and we'll have some refreshments and then ride over to the Ear Inn for anyone who is interested. 

We welcome all motorcyclists, so bring your friends! Find out a little more about the exhibit here: www.stuartparrcollection.com.

If you have questions, please contact us at 917-743-0200 or stuartparrcollection@gmail.com.


© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Bonjour Montreal! NYDucati back to Canada for July 4th

I haven't gotten out of the city for a while, and I've been getting restless (at least too far outside the city, and my wander lust has been kicking in)...
So, during my preparations for getting a bike night together for Ducati owners and enthusiasts with Stuart Parr, at Art of the Italian Two Wheel in Manhattan, I realized I had a long weekend coming up.
 I asked a few friends if they were interested in accompanying me on a quick weekend jaunt up to Quebec, but everyone already had plans for July 4th weekend.
 Luckily, my old traveling companion Jay was feeling similarly stuck in the city, and we decided Wednesday night to leave mid-day Thursday afternoon, and spend the week in Canada.
 I took off of work after lunch, went up to Harlem, and we were on the road by early afternoon.  Unfortunately, a cavalcade of holiday traffic especially getting through Albany, slowed us through the first leg of our journey.
 By the time we hit upstate New York, we were ready to drive FAST, and alas a northern Police officer took notice, where (somewhat unbelievably I got my first speeding ticket) which delayed us another hour or so.
 We finally crossed the US/Canada border around 10:30, and all of the signs abruptly turned exclusively to French.  I have been to Montreal before, but I was struck how foreign this wide-open country felt, although it was only a few hours away, and even the gas station attendants barely spoke English.
Jay and I checked into our hotel on the Rue St. Denis, where an exceedingly helpful innkeep named Pierre showed us to a massive double-room situated on a courtyard above a Jazz Club, in a kind of idyllic urban setting that reminded me more of Europe than North America.
After a few interesting cab rides (with a loquacious Greek gentlemen by name of Johnny), we finally ended up on Crescent Street (sort of the Quebecois version of Bourbon Street in New Orleans) for a few drinks, before finally returning to our hotel where Pierre graciously let us park our bikes under the stoop of the entrance of the hotel.

© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Bike Night with Stuart Parr

Thirty Ducatis and Stuart Parr at Art of the Italian Two Wheel

Video below:



Last week, I organized a bike night with Stuart Parr to view his Art of the Italian Two Wheel exhibit at 285 Madison Avenue in Midtown NYC.  

NYDucati takes NYC: Stuart Parr leads Ducati Mob around Manhattan


Taking off from ArtOfTheItalianTwoWheel on 285Madison.
High resolution version here: http://gfycat.com/fortunatehospitablefireant
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Ducatis Appreciated Not Required: Bike Night w/ Stuart Parr

Amazing ride last night with Stuart Parr to the Art of the Italian Two Wheel collection last night, who showed up on another MV Agusta 750S, and joined the DOCNYC and a few other Ducati enthusiasts on a spirited ride around Manhattan, before stopping off at the Ear Inn.

 I'll write up a better ride report shortly, but for now I'm packing to ride my 996 up to Montreal for the weekend.
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

THIS TUESDAY (6/30) 7pm: New York Ducati Bike Night at The Art of the Italian Two Wheel

Tuesday June 30th 7-8pm at 40th and Madison - ALL RIDERS WELCOME for an Italian Bike Night 

Ducatis Appreciated, but Not Required

The Stuart Parr Collection exhibit ART OF THE ITALIAN TWO WHEEL in Midtown is a phenomenal bit of Italian history, showcasing about 30 different 60's and 70's era Ducatis, MV Agustas and other classic Italian motorcycles.  These bikes have generated so much buzz around #285MadisonAve that the retail space was rented and the exhibit will be closing early. These vintage bikes should be appreciated properly by modern-day Ducati enthusiasts!!!
We will meet and park on 40th Street by Madison Avenue Tuesday night (June 30th) at 7pm, have some refreshments and hear a little more about the collection and the bikes from the owner himself, then head over to the Ear for anyone who is interested. 
The owner welcomes all motorcyclists, so bring your friends! Find out a little more about the exhibit here: http://stuartparrcollection.com/ or on my blog:  http://www.nyducati.com/2015/02/italian-motorcycle-classics-invade.html
The storied history behind being a Ducatisti is unique, and it will be incredible for New York Motorcycle enthusiasts to meet up at the exhibit Tuesday night.  
If anyone has questions, please contact me at (484)639-2377 or tigh@nyducati.com.
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Ducati Soho to Amish Country

Woke up Saturday ready to ride. and spent most of the morning mulling around Ducati Soho.
 Tricked out perfect purple Panigale with everything powder-coated from TheChopShopNY

Tigho Track Day: NYDucati at New York Safety Track

The goofy author of this blog...

Tigh Loughhead at the Track (on a Ducati 996)

Tigh Loughhead Track Day: Tigho goes to New York Safety Track on his Ducati 996
Tigho's First Track Day: If you look closely, you can see my raw determination, fear and unadulterated exhilaration.
So, after nearly four years of riding a Ducati in New York City, one of my friends finally got me out to the race track on my 996.  I'll tell the full story in a later post...
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

MV Agusta from Behind the Scenes #artoftheitaliantwowheel



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I stopped off at the Stuart Parr Collection this afternoon after lunch with the Elegran team to view the beautiful Italian collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel on Madison Avenue and 40th Street in Midtown, to show my coworkers some stunning bevel-driven desmodromic Ducatis and classic MV Agustas.

 © 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Gotham City Ducati Ride to Connecticut County Fair


Ducatis out of NYC go to the fair in Ridgefield, Connecticut. 

Bimota Tesi 3D out of NYC, MV Agusta F4 312RR and Zero (Electric) Police Bikes

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D at Rockwell Cycle outside of New York City

Spring Ducs Come Out...

Brand New 2015 Ducati Scramblers: Red or Yellow?

DESMO's 15th Annual Oil Spill at European Cycle Services

I spent this blustery Saturday morning at the two nearest Ducati motorcycle shops outside of New York City, picking up my 996 from Rockwell Cycles, and heading over to DESMO DOC's 15th Annual Oil Spill at European Cycle Services (ECS).

Grom Gangs and Blinging BMW's on Easter's First Sunday Ride


Happy Easter! Today was the first real ride of the season, and I had to think back where I was last year, on an epic cross country ride across the Blue Ridge Parkway

Beautiful 998/996 Blizzard Run up to Bear Mountain

Okay, so it was cold today. Thirty something, no sun and snowing. Hard. I'm so eager to ride this superbike, but the fluids are filthy, and the belts haven't been checked, probably for four or five years since Ferracci last serviced it.  So I brought my 996 up to Rockwell in the snow for Ducati's  regularly schedule service interval, and got in a freezing, snowy ride. 

Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel. April 18th to July 18th at 285 Madison Avenue

Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

If you've been following this blog, a few weeks back I noticed a bunch of amazing Italian bikes on display on Madison Avenue. and I've been drooling a bit every morning on my walk to work each morning.  


The "Art of the Italian Two Wheel", featuring classic GP MV Agustas, Ducatis (ranging from Darmahs to 750GTs to 860GT's to Imola 900SS's, to Ducati 750SS's to 750F1A's and more) to LaVerda's and even a custom MV Agusta Magni, is located at 285 Madison Avenue (and 40th Street) in Midtown Manhattan, and will open April 18th and run through July 18th, with a catalogue to be written by the great Ducati historian and writer Ian Falloon.  More information can be found at www.stuartparrcollection.com and www.artoftheitaliantwowheel.com.

© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Imola: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

Imola on Madison Avenue: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

 This was the bike that saved Ducati, and launched the company's presence and ultimate domination of the Superbike class, as well as the tradition that exists today of building racing motorcycles first, to then retrofit for the street.
 For details about "Art of the Italian Two Wheel" with a catalogue by Ian Falloon, check out my last post. This exhibit is going on now at 40th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City, though it's not open to the public yet.

Italian Motorcycle Classics Invade Madison Avenue

Antique Ducatis, MV Agustas and LaVerdas abound in Midtown

UPDATE: Exhibition is called "Art of the Italian Two Wheel" from the Stuart Parr Collection. The catalogue will be written by none other than Ian Falloon.

 I was walking to work this morning from Bryant Park east along 40th Street, when I caught sight of the unmistakable profile of an orange Ducati 750GT out of the corner of my eye inside a seemingly otherwise empty retail space along Madison Avenue.

Gleaming Red Ducati Superbike of My Own...

As long as I've driven Ducatis, I've had my heart set on a 916, a 996 or a 998.  Simply put, Massimo Tamburini's 916 is the apotheosis of motorcycle design.  Behind this flawless aesthetic was a beast of a machine, and throughout the 90's Ducati dominated the race circuit. This has been my dream bike, and I knew I would own one eventually.

13,000+ Miles in 2014 on Ducati Motorcycles

Photo Credit (not me): Nejat

International Motorcycle Show NYC 2014: Classics and Customs


There were a number of other customized and classic motorcycles at the motorcycle show.

International Motorcycle Show 2014: New 2015 Motorcycle Edition

R1s, H2Rs and RC390s for 2015

Among the most anticipated releases for 2015 were a flock of new race bikes including the Yamaha R1 (above), KTM's new RC390, and the 300hp Kawasaki H2R.

International Motorcycle Show NYC 2014: Ducati Edition

 New York City "Progressive" International Motorcycle Show

DESMO and Rockwell Cycles Holiday Party

I braved some miserable weather up to Rockwell Cycles this weekend with a friend from the DOCNYC, for their annual holiday party.  Good food, music and a great atmosphere provided a festive backdrop to Rockwell's beautiful motorcycle inventory, like this Ducati Panigale R.

That evening, the DESMO Ducati Owner's Club held our annual Christmas as well.  The party was a bit more subdued than last year, but we really appreciated all of the sponsors, including: Absolute Cycle Experience, Rockwell Cycles, Motorcycle Mall, Klim, Shoei, California Superbike School, Brillianize, EVS, Olympia, European Cycle Services, New Pig, Techspec, BST Wheels, Vortex Racing, Odyssey Battery, Sargent Cycle, RKA, Revzilla.

To find out more about the event, check out http://www.desmoducati.org/hp2014.html
© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

Union Garage's Second Annual Unsanctioned Block Party in Brooklyn with the DOCNYC

Unsanctioned Block Party at Union Garage


First Sunday in Ephrata feels like Fall

I woke up this morning with weather in the 30's, and realized I had no warm gear with me for the weekend in Pennsylvania. My brother in law wanted to hit the road early though, so I was on the road at half past seven, though my fingers were numb when I got to his house. 

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride: 2014 Unofficial DOCNYC Edition

Tigh Loughhead looking dapper on his Ducati.

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2014

Hipster Mayhem: 6th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2014

I was planning on visiting a few friends down at the track at Thunderbolt this weekend, but first  I wanted to check out the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, which I stumbled on last year.  Williamsburg is the hipster epicenter of the free world, and I was expecting a bunch of sick bikes, most that can't be ridden too far or too fast, some of which are incredibly built; others that are just incredibly loud.

Polaris Slingshot at Philly Cycle

 Ok, so this is arguably not motorcycle, let alone a Ducati, but it's bike-related and still pretty cool.  By the time I'm posting this, there have been fewer than 70 "Slingshots," marketed by Polaris as a "3 Wheel Motorcycle" sold in the world.
This 3 wheeled competitor to the Can Am bike packs a serious punch.  A 2.4 liter engine puts out 175hp, with apparently fantastic handling.  The angular, batman-esque styling is aggressive and modern, as if Tesla entered the dune buggy market, though the cockpit (for lack of a better term) looks suited for a larger man, more comfortable for the 6' tall and up gentleman.
 They're pretty rare, so I considered myself lucky to see a Slingshot, when my buddy needed to get a rear tire on his BMW S1000RR replaced at Philly Cycle.  The service staff were gruff and argumentative, so I can't say I recommend the shop, but bikes (and almost bikes) they had on display were pretty slick.
Slingshot Specs:

SLINGSHOT™

DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES
Dry Weight1666 lbs.
Curb Weight1725 lbs.
Overall Length (in/mm)149.6 in/3800 mm
Overall Width (in/mm)77.6 in/1960 mm
Overall Height (in/mm)51.9 in/1318 mm
Track Width (in/mm)69.1 in/1755 mm
Wheelbase (in/mm)105.0 in/2667 mm
Ground Clearance (in/mm)5.0 in/127 mm
POWERTRAIN
Engine2.4L DOHC
Displacement (cid/cc)2384 cc
Bore and Stroke88mm x 98m
Compression Ratio10.4:1
Valve TrainDOHC, VVT
Fuel91 octane or higher
PERFORMANCE
Rev Limit (RPM)7000 RPM
Peak Power (HP)173 HP @ 6200 RPM
Peak Torque (ft-lbs)166 ft-lbs @ 4700 RPM
FLUID CAPACITY
Fuel (Gallons/Liters)9.77 Gallons / 37.1 Liters
BRAKES
Brake Rotors (Front)Vented, 298mm diameter
Brake Rotors (Rear)Vented, 298mm diameter
WHEELS AND TIRES
Front Tire TypeKenda "Slingshot" 799
Front Tire Size205/50R17
Front Wheel TypeCast; 8 Spoke
Front Wheel Size17x7 J
Rear Tire TypeKenda "Slingshot" 799
Rear Tire Size265/35R18
Rear Wheel TypeCast; 8 Spoke
Rear Wheel Size18x9.5 J
TRANSMISSION
Clutch TypeDry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated
Transmission Type5 Speed Synchromesh with Reverse
1st Gear Ratio3.753:1
2nd Gear Ratio2.258:1
3rd Gear Ratio1.512:1
4th Gear Ratio1.000:1
5th Gear Ratio.729:1
Reverse Gear Ratio3.672:1
Gear Shift PatternH
Bevel Drive Ratio2.312:1
Final Drive TypeCarbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36mm x 147T
Final Drive Ratio1.590:1
STEERING
ActuationRack-and-pinion
AssistPolaris EPAS, Speed Sensitive
Steering Turns, lock-to-lock3.2
ELECTRICAL
Battery575 CCA
LIGHTING
Headlight2x Projector Hi/Lo H9 65w (Center)
Auxiliary Light2x Projector H3 55w (Outboard)
Tail/Brake LightLED
Turn SignalsLED
License Plate LightLED
Speedometer & Indicator LightsLED
DRIVER AIDS
ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)Standard
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)Standard
Traction ControlStandard
WARRANTY
Factory Warranty2 Years
-from the Factory Website
© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

Suddenly Philly for a Wednesday

My buddy Jay and I went for a ride today.  He had to get the oil changed on his newly acquired BMW S1000RR, and we set off  towards Pennsylvania, planning to snake around the Delaware River up Route 32 towards the Delaware Water Gap.

IMOC 2014: 31st Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally

Droves of Ducs and Garrisons of Guzzis at the 2014 IMOC Rally

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