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2017 is the Year of the Ducati Supersport

I had mixed feelings when Ducati announced Project 1312, which turned out to be the "SuperSport," Ducati's return to sport touring.
 I love the ergonomics of my ST3, which was unfortunately killed off by the introduction of the Multistrada in 2007.  Though their capabilities overlapped, the Multistrada isn't the same, offering aa more upright riding position, and which never really felt like a sportbike.
The new Ducati Supersport, similar to my ST, is supremely comfortable, while still positioning the rider in a fairly aggressive position, and it rides like a superbike.  With only 113hp at around $13,000, the Supersport also won't break the bank.  
I'm still not totally sold on the double-bug-eyed alien lights, which kind of just look like a Panigale with double-vision, but overall I'm a pretty big fan of the bike. 

© 2017 Tigh Loughhead

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Sharpie Edition Ducati Monster by Jody Whitsell

I met Jody at last year's DESMO BBQ, the 16th annual New York Ducati enthusiast's summer party. I had seen pictures of her bike before, but never had met the artist,  Jody Whitsell who one day took a Sharpie Marker to one of the most beautiful Ducati motorcycles ever built, a Ducati Monster S2R.
Sharpie Edition Ducati Monster S2R by Jody Whitsell
The funny thing is that I had the exact same idea to do to my Ducati 996, and even bought a set of cheap Chinese plastics, which I either wanted to vinyl-wrap, or paint or draw upon myself. 
Sharpie Edition Ducati Monster
Alas, I'll have to be satisfied with chrome rims on the 996, as I doubt I'll be doing any major art projects any time soon.
However, I totally understand the compulsion, and Jody is available for hire should you want a bike, helmet or anything else illustrated.

© 2017 Tigh Loughhead

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Anniversario

This year, Ducati released a 90th Anniversary Panigale 1299S. Of the 500 made, only 200 were shipped to the USA, and two of them now belong to members of my club, the East Coast Ducs.

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Baby Multi: First Ride on a Ducati Multistrada 950

I had the chance to take the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 out today, a baby version of Ducati's all purpose touring motorcycle.
The weather was uncharacteristically warm for February, and I rode my Streetfighter up to Rockwell Cycles, to see if anyone else was out and about.
After hanging out with the new shop pup (Arthur?), who is fairly well-trained for 3 months old,
 I decided to take the new baby Multi out for a ride.
The Multistrada is Ducati's flagship adventure-touring machine, which is incredibly powerful with a 1200CC engine. I don't really care for the look of the bike, (not to mention they killed off my beloved Sport Touring line of STs about a decade ago), but there is no dispute that a Multistrada is not a versatile bike.
This year, Ducati launched a smaller model, with a 950CC engine, and about $6000 cheaper than the 1200.  The bike is actually taller than the bigger bike, but doesn't come with all the fancy electronics of the top-of-the-line 1200.
The bike is super-smooth, and the upright riding position is so comfortable, something I'm not used to on my Ducati superbikes.  As my brother-in-law describes his Cagiva Gran Canyon, "...the bike does everything right."  You can stand on the pegs for hours, but perhaps the biggest takeaway is that at 113hp, there is no lack of power. 
 In fact, I think this would be far more manageable than having a racebike engine on a long distance journey.  Overall, I really liked the new Multi, and perhaps I'll add one to my paddock next year.

After I got back, I met up with a friend Fred, who took me back on some slick, salty twisties on his Hypermotard SP over to 7 Lakes Drive.  Fred is a seriously good rider, who just came back from the Moto Tour Rally across the south of France. 
 © 2017Tigh Loughhead


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International Motorcycle Show NYC 2016: Ducati Edition

 New York City "Progressive" International Motorcycle Show

One of my best friends from college, who I hadn't seen since he got married about two years ago, is coming down from Boston for the weekend. Now he's not a rider, though he wanted to come, so I bought him a ticket.  His bus didn't get in till late, so we didn't get a chance to go to Javits for too long, and I didn't get to meetup with too many people, or take as many pictures as in years past.

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