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2016 Aprilia RSV4RF

Zero S ZF11.4 Charging on the LES

Zero S ZF11.4 

This is a really cool motorcycle.  Coming back from the gym, I noticed this bizarre red bike plugged into the Hertz electric charging station outside my co-op on the Lower East Side.  I realized that this must be one of the Zero bikes, the first totally electric, commercially available motorcycle to exceed 100 miles on a single charge.

With a pricetag of nearly $20,000 for this model, (base MSRP is closer to $13K), this bike isn't cheap, so even the most ecologically-conscious playboy New Yorker would think twice about leaving it on the street. However, with a top speed close to 100mph, 54hp and 0-60 in under 6 seconds, this is much more motorcycle than electric scooter. With the power pack, the motorcycle can travel for 170+ miles on one charge, though trips need to planned carefully, as you need a specially designed charging station on the other end.

 Much of my love for motorcycling originates from the ability to simply take off and never look back, and this Zero S is close to useless as far as touring.  But as technology progresses, and open-source Tesla-like designs become the norm, who is to say this isn't the future of the motorcycle?  Part of me recoils at envisioning the loss of soul from a rumbling Ducati to a space-age Jetson's bike, yet imagine never having to change your oil, check your valves, or even worry about your engine?

© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

Sexy Modded Ducati GT1000 SportClassic on Orchard Street

Ok, so there might be something wrong with me.  I just spent a couple hours watching a rather provocative burlesque show at The Slipper Room on the Lower East Side, but the sexiest thing I saw all night was parked across the street on Orchard Street and Stanton. 

This totally naked custom GT1000 was custom painted (you don't see too many in all black), what looked like motocross tires, clip-ons, a full tail chop and a funky exhaust.
© 2013 Tigh Loughhead

Major Mods on this Magnificent Monster

I'm not sure if this was for sale, or just in the shop at Rockwell Cycle, but this was one of the wildest monsters I've ever seen. No cans, just baffles, twin-headlights, custom painted chromo tank, aftermarket belt-covers, open clutch cover, custom guages and carbon fiber everywhere and  spoked, tubed rims.

26th Streetfighter Testastretta

Tigho NYDucati: Ducati Streetfighter Testastretta parking on 26th Street and Park Avenue in NYC
This guy parks his Ducati Streetfighter next to the Armory, usually next to a bunch of pretty nice bikes and scooters. 

Ducati Diavel Chromo at the ChurchMall on 20th and 6th Ave

Next to Grimaldi's by the weird converted church (now a mall) on 6th Ave in Chelsea.

Ducati Multistrada 1000DS in the Sun on Broadway

© 2013 Tigh Loughhead

MV Agusta Brutale 990R on Broadway

Pretty sure it's an MV Agusta Brutale 990r. This isn't exactly a Ducati, but considering how beautiful and well constructed these Italian bikes are, I thought it deserved a home here.

1098 Racing Ducati on 5th Avenue NYC

Panigale on 5th Avenue Flatiron NYC - Ducati Corse 1199

My Neighbor's Chromed out Thruxton and a Ducati SportClassic GT1000

LaVerda 750GT on 5th Ave and a Triumph Scrambler in the West Village

Rides gone by...