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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.


2017 Ducati Lineup

On top of the brand new 1299 Superleggera, 
which is sort of like a 1299S made completely out of Carbon Fiber, 
which will cost about $80,000, of which there will be 500 made.
In addition, Ducati added two customized Scramblers, a "Cafe Racer" for the urban hipster

and a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, with knobby tires, pretending to be a dirtbike.
 Finally, on display was the brand new reinvention of the Ducati Supersport S, the release about which NYDUCATI announce back in July.
I can't really get beyond the "double bug eyes," but other than the front, the Supersport just looks like a less aggressive Panigale, and it's far more comfortable. 

Custom Ducati Motorcycles

but they had a couple amazing bikes, built from the ground up, like this outrageous Panigale Cafe Racer. 
 I wasn't quite as enthusiastic about the overall aesthetic as some of my crew, but this bike has been totally overhauled,
from the Paul Smart eggshell painted frame and all sorts of accessories,
to the spoked wheels, to the custom welded exhaust.
Now, I ride with a few guys from Hudson Valley, and I would say more East Coast Ducs have bought bikes from there than any other shop around NYC.

They have a fleet of Panigales with FDNY Livery, that the grandson Corey Alexander races in MotoAmerica, previously known as AMA.
In addition, they had a pimped out Hyper, with knobbies and a neon yellow powder-coated frame.
 Finally they had a post-apocalyptic copper-clad Scrambler named "Enigma, with a tank mounted dash, that was a little too pretty for Mad Max.
 I didn't see the guys from Chop Shop, and I guess Mototainment was showing the factory bikes, but there were a few other Ducs around.


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