The New Ducati Monster 696 New Generation Naked


The Ducati Monster - the original 'naked' motorcycle. Launched to rave reviews in the early 1990s it introduced a new way of motorcycling and has become an icon of Italian design. Today, more than ever, it is the bike of choice for top designers, Hollywood stars and Formula One racing drivers. The Monster is a 'street fighter' that offers outstanding sport bike performance together with a style that has often been imitated but never equaled.

And for 2008, Ducati introduces the all-new Monster 696: the next generation naked and the final word in urban excitement

Your own unique Street Fighter, the Ducati Accessories catalog, which is included with each bike, is bursting with ideas to customize your bike and improve its performance.

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Aprilia Highlights at EICMA 2007


Install a high power, high torque engine in a lightweight, agile frame. Add a streamlined design, wide handlebars and prestige components. This is the explosive cocktail just created by Aprilia's R&D department. The Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO is an extreme motorcycle for the extreme rider, the rider who refuses all compromise in his quest for the best.

Once again Aprilia has amazed the motorcycling world with another highly innovative design, destined to dominate the maxi motard segment. The Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO is not just another twin cylinder motard, but a motorcycle that embodies all of Aprilia's vast experience in competitive supermotard racing, a specialty in which Aprilia has so often dominated the competition.

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KTM 1190 RC8, Official Superbike premiere in Milan!


KTM, the leader in the production of sports motorcycles celebrates a milestone in the company history with the world premiere of the first ever "Made in Austria" Superbike, the KTM 1190 RC8 at EICMA, the most important international motorcycle fair.

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer unveiled the 1190 RC8 on Tuesday, November 6 at 13.00 hours to herald a new era in the company history. KTM presented the series version of the most elaborate development project ever undertaken by the company, which is at the same time the most powerful series motorcycle ever developed in Austria.

"The RC8 is the perfect embodiment of the collective know-how and the sporting passion of our development teams. In addition, they have proven that KTM is capable of pushing through its own model strategy and in doing so, being absolutely true to our clear brand philosophy, also on the road," Pierer commented when introducing the RC8 at the Milan fair.

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Bajaj acquires stake in KTM Motorcycles


India's second-largest motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto Ltd has acquired a 14.5 per cent stake in Austria's KTM Power Sports, one of Europe's largest sports motorcycle manufacturers, it was announced on Monday.

KTM is very successful in motorcycle racing and motocross, with several victories and achievements.

KTM, the second largest European sports motorcycle manufacturer, will provide the know-how in the joint development of water-cooled 4-stroke 125 and 250cc engines, to be used as the basis for products from both companies. We are moving more and more powerful bikes. So KTM's technology was complementary to us and does not create any conflicts," said Amit Nandi, Baja Auto Marketing. Water-cooled technology offers a more efficient power-weight ratio allowing smaller bikes to have higher power

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Suzuki Confirms the Signing of Loris Capirossi for 2008


Suzuki Motor Corporation has officially announced its agreement with Italian star Loris Capirossi to join its MotoGP squad for the 2008 season.

Capirossi joins new team-mate Chris Vermeulen in the two-man Suzuki MotoGP team after the final round of the current MotoGP Championship, at Valencia yesterday, and the experienced racer will begin evaluating the 2007 and 2008 versions of the prototype 800cc GSV-R during a two-day test at the Spanish circuit.

Capirossi hails from Bologna in Italy and began Grand Prix racing in 1990. He has achieved success in each racing category, including World Championship titles in the 125cc class (twice) and the 250cc category in 1998.

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Fiat Yamaha Team finalises 2008 MotoGP line-up


Following the conclusion of the 2007 season, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd and Yamaha Motor Racing Srl are pleased to be able to confirm the final line-up of their 2008 Factory Team.

Seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and two time 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will contest the 2008 MotoGP World Championship as team-mates in the Fiat Yamaha Team.

Yamaha can also confirm its plan to run Valentino Rossi on Bridgestone tires in 2008, while Jorge Lorenzo will be racing with Michelin tires.

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Kawasaki Launches New Supersport Lites Team with Xtreme Pro Lites


Kawasaki Motors Corp., announced the formation of a new professional racing team, Xtreme Pro Lites, which will compete in the 2008 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championship.

Built on its successful amateur program Xtreme Team Green, the Xtreme Pro Lites program will offer a natural progression as Kawasaki's top amateur riders make the transition into the professional ranks.

'It only seemed right that we have a complete connection between amateur and pro,' said Dave Gowland, Team Green; Motocross Supervisor. "This is a true farm club and we are working together to build a better program that will not only benefit Kawasaki but provide Xtreme Pro Lites and Mitch Payton at Pro Circuit with a higher class of rider."

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2008 Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 introduced


The fun doesn't have to stop at pavement boundaries when riding Kawasaki's D-tracker 250. This lightweight Super Motard style motorcycle is at home on the pavement and always ready for your next adventure. Now, thanks to significant updates that saw refinements made everywhere from its improved braking prowess to its aggressively styled bodywork, the 2008 Kawasaki D-tracker 250 is more fun than ever. With the worldwide introduction at the 2007 Tokyo Motorshow, the Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 with almost 40 horsepower, is set to impress the motorcycle press.

A compact, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder 249cc displacement engine, the Kawasaki D-tracker 250 features convenient electric-starting. Kawasaki uses for this bike a engine with a large 72mm bore and 61mm stroke, producing a compression ration of 11:1. The engine is mounted beneath a lightweight, semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel perimeter frame to deliver a low center of gravity and enhanced maneuvering on tight trails.

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Josh Coppins back to winning at International Oceania MX race


Last Sunday the 28th October the International Oceania MX race took place in Australia. The event is a kind of a mini MX des Nations just for the two states down under; Australia and New Zealand. The best professional, junior and women riders of both countries competed at the Barrabool circuit west of Melbourne to determine who could call themselves the best Motocross nation in Oceania. Yamaha Motocross Team rider Joshua Coppins won all his races, but that was not enough to get New Zealand the title.

"I really enjoyed myself this weekend" smiled Coppins. "I set the fastest time in practice and qualifying on Saturday and stayed out of trouble on Sunday and managed to win all my races. The track was fast and technical which I liked and we had good weather with some wind in the morning making it a bit dusty." Despite Coppins' wins, Team New Zealand was unable to pry the trophy from a hungry Aussie team. "NZ did well in the professional and women's classes, with a great ride from our Katherine Prumm, but we really struggled in the junior class which I guess is where we lost out to Australia".

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The Bangkok Motorcycle Awakening


Last August I woke from a deep, car-induced slumber. After 13 years I began to notice sleek, exciting, fast, plastic coated things flying past me as I sat in traffic jams.

My mind returned to heady days in the early 80's when, astride a Yamaha FS1, I was the slowest student dispatcher in Berlin - always lost, always kilometers from a phone, always in a sandwich bar. We had to call it a day.

But at 33 I realized it was not too late. It was just possible to pass my test, buy a motorcycle and not be accused of going through a mid-life crisis. I tried a couple of shops and found a reliable shop at Petchaburi Road, the owner even spoke some English and seemed to have the best sense of humor. Or was he not kidding..

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