Thursday, 31 December 2020

PENZ CUSTOMBIKES - RACE BAGGER 'Razzle Dazzle'

Don’t get confused by Peter Penzenstadler’s latest creation!

Razzle Dazzle

Built like a Battleship, painted as one by Pfeil Design: The first “Full Metal Bagger” by Penz Custombikes is hitting the road!



One of the most  outstanding custombikes of 2020 premiered at “Biker Fest” in Lignano Sabbiadoro, the one and only Bike Show in Europe’s Corona-Pandemic induced misery of Summer 2020. Peter Penzenstadler presented his stunning “Race Bagger” perfectly timed for the international attention this full metal top-custom deserves. Full story with riding and construction images, photographed at Lignano Sabbiadoro and Altheim/Austria.




Text: HRF, Fotos: Motographer

It was a desperate time that asked for desperate action: When Germany declared an “Unrestricted Submarine Warfare” on England in 1917, ships of all nations travelling to England came into the periscope crosshairs of German Submarine commanders. One of the answers to the thread was not to “hide” ships under camouflage, but to confuse and irritate, in another word to “dazzle” the watching U-Boat captains with paint patterns that were irregular Zebra style stripes in black and white, added by false bow waves, hoping the man on the trigger would calculate speed and direction of the vessel in his crosshairs slightly “off” the true heading and speed, making the fired torpedos miss the ship. Artists and scientists searched for the most confusing pattern of “Dazzle” paintjobs (“Razzle Dazzle” in the USA) for warships and commercial vessels, from 1917 on more than 4.000 ships were repainted in World War 1 alone, but the success of the work was never confirmed. German U-Boats of WW 1, few in numbers but terribly efficient, did sink some 5.000 ships in the Atlantic alone. Marcus Pfeil did choose the almost forgotten theme to fit the first-ever Penz Bagger, at least partially – and in doing so “dazzles” the viewers of this very radical ride…




Unlike 100 years ago, it is quite unlikely that by riding a radical Custombike like this you are targeted by any U-Boot commander fireing torpedos at you – even in Hamburg, where the client ordering this wild ride will roam around the German city where many German U-Boats were assembled. Then again, you might get into other crosshair sights of todays traffic: Police is watching out for you, “assisted driving” cars may mistake or ignore you completely or – latest

Sunday, 27 December 2020

ZODIAC NEWS: Rocker Lockers

The cure for that Harley top end tapping!

Rocker Lockers do exactly what the name implies, locks the rocker shafts and gets rid of the annoying tapping sound. 

The Rocker Lockers eliminate the gap, locking the shaft from turning and striking the bolt, eliminating that annoying tick so many Harley owners experience. 

More info>>

The Rocker Lockers also center the rocker plate so that it is always located in the same position eliminating different wear patterns on the rocker arm and valve and also provide a better alignment of the pushrod in the holes. 

More info>>

The Rocker Lockers are tapered so that they lock themselves in and wedge the bolt/shaft in place. However, this is a single-use design. Once the rocker shafts have been removed you need a new set of Rocker Lockers. Easy to install with the included Teflon centering tool and step-by-step installation instructions.

Available at your Zodiac Dealer



Thursday, 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas!

 Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas! 

Greetings from Team Madness Photography!



MO­TO­ROU­TLET­BEURS UTRECHT GE­AN­NU­LEERD

 

MO­TO­ROU­TLET­BEURS UTRECHT
GE­AN­NU­LEERD

MOTORoutletbeurs Utrecht geannuleerd

Utrecht, 24 december 2020 – MOTORoutletbeurs Utrecht, die gepland staat voor 19 tot en met 21 februari 2021 bij Jaarbeurs in Utrecht is geannuleerd. De huidige, strenge lockdown, die tenminste tot 19 januari 2021 duurt en de onzekerheid over wanneer Jaarbeurs daarna weer open kan, liggen ten grondslag aan deze beslissing.



De overheid zal op 12 januari 2021 duidelijkheid geven over wat er vanaf 19 januari weer mogelijk is. Als pas eind januari de maatregelen worden versoepeld is het niet haalbaar om alsnog een goede invulling te geven aan deze speciale editie.

Alternatieven

Eerder dit jaar bleek al dat een reguliere MOTORbeurs Utrecht met de kwaliteit die de organisatie wil bieden, niet kon worden georganiseerd. De anderhalvemeter- en veiligheidsregels die van toepassing zijn maakten het onmogelijk om de start van het motorseizoen met 90.000 bezoekers in Utrecht te vieren. Jaarbeurs is nog in overleg met haar partners om te kijken hoe toch gezamenlijk het motorseizoen gestart kan worden, zodat exposanten en bezoekers met elkaar in contact kunnen blijven.

Op de hoogte blijven kan eenvoudig door aanmelding voor de nieuwsbrief van MOTORbeurs Utrecht en het volgen van de Facebook pagina.

Save the date

Van donderdag 24 t/m zondag 27 februari 2022 staat de eerstvolgende, traditionele MOTORbeurs Utrecht gepland. Wederom groot en ruim opgezet met het meest complete aanbod wat de motorbranche te bieden heeft aangevuld met entertainment en gezelligheid.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Indian Motorcycle Benelux verwelkomt een nieuwe dealer voor het nieuwe jaar

Antwerp Motor Store opent op 2 januari zijn deuren als officiële dealer van Indian Motorcycle.

Indian Motorcycle Benelux 

verwelkomt een nieuwe dealer voor het nieuwe jaar

 Indian Motorcycle Benelux verwelkomt een nieuwe dealer voor het nieuwe jaar

Antwerp Motor Store opent op 2 januari zijn deuren als officiële dealer van Indian Motorcycle.

Indian Motorcycle Benelux heeft Antwerp Motor Store aangesteld als de officiële dealer voor de regio Antwerpen, die daarmee het stokje overneemt van Bikes & More, waarvan de eigenaren, Dirk en Godelieve Praet, gaan genieten van hun welverdiende pensioen.

“We bedanken Dirk en Godelieve voor hun belangrijke bijdrage aan de snelle groei van het merk Indian Motorcycle in België en wensen hen het allerbeste voor hun pensioen,” aldus Lynda Provoost, marketingmanager van Indian Motorcycle Benelux. “En terwijl we afscheid nemen van Bikes & More, verwelkomen we Antwerp Motor Store bij de familie, een sterk team met een lange geschiedenis van groei.”

De eigenaren van Antwerp Motor Store, Luc Collard en Anthonie Broodhaers, die gespecialiseerd zijn in tweedehands Amerikaanse V-twins, hebben een constante groei doorgemaakt en zijn in hun 14-jarige bestaan al drie keer naar een groter pand verhuisd. De nieuwste locatie van Antwerp Motor Store is nu de thuisbasis voor Indian Motorcycle geworden, als onderdeel van het officiële Indian Motorcycle-netwerk.

“Anthonie en ik zijn al heel lang vrienden en hebben altijd een passie voor motorfietsen gedeeld,” aldus Luc Collard. “We begonnen het bedrijf hobbymatig in een klein magazijn waar we aan een klein aantal motorfietsen werkten. Maar naar verloop van jaren groeide dit uit tot Antwerp Motor Store. Samen met monteur Jaimie, die ons drie jaar geleden kwam versterken en verantwoordelijk is voor de werkplaats, zijn we zeer verheugd een officiële dealer voor Indian Motorcycle te worden”.

“Toen we te horen kregen dat Dirk en Godelieve van Bikes & More met pensioen zouden gaan, hoefden we niet lang na te denken” ging Anthonie Broodhaers verder. “We wisten meteen dat we hen wilden opvolgen als dealer in de regio Antwerpen, omdat we zeer enthousiast zijn over Indian Motorcycle en veel ervaring hebben met V-twins. Bij het volgen van de ontwikkelingen van de afgelopen jaren, waren we erg enthousiast over wat we zagen: de uitbreiding van het aanbod elk jaar, de prachtige modellen en de superieure technologie.”

Luc, Anthonie en Jaimie openen hun deuren als de nieuwe officiële Indian Motorcycle-dealer op 2 januari 2021. Ze kijken er ook naar uit om iedereen te verwelkomen tijdens de ‘open dagen’ op 16/17, 23/24 en 30/31 januari waaraan ze deelnemen en waar klanten kunnen profiteren van gratis onderdelen, kleding en accessoires ter waarde van € 1500 bij de aanschaf van een nieuwe Indian Motorcycle.

Ga voor meer informatie over Indian Motorcycle en Antwerp Motor Store naar:

Website: www.indianmotorcycle-antwerpen.com



Monday, 21 December 2020

Harley-Davidson Looks Set To Go Ahead with the Chinese Made, Benelli Derived 338R

 Harley Looks Set To Go Ahead with the Chinese Made, Benelli Derived 338R

By Ben Purvis

Having forged a deal with Chinese firm Zhejiang Qianjiang, parent of Benelli, Keeway, Generic and the newly-launched QJMotor brand, Harley-Davidson has been quietly working on a Chinese-made, small-capacity model for more than a year.
Despite the upheaval following the departure of H-D CEO Matt Levatich in early 2020 and a wholesale change of plans introduced by his replacement, Jochen Zeitz, the project appears to remain on track for a 2021 launch.

Design patent filing for the new QJ-built 338 R

When Harley first announced the project in 2019, the firm showed two sketches of the new machine. However, more recently, design patent drawings have emerged showing precisely what it will look like. The designs confirm that the frame, swingarm, forks and engine design are the same as the Qianjiang-made Benelli 302S, but it loses the Sino-Italian machine's rather nondescript styling in favor of a flat track-inspired shape.
The 338R's planned 338 cc capacity appears to come from using the short 45.2 mm stroke from the Benelli 302S's 300 cc parallel twin combined with the 69 mm bore from the same firm's larger 500 cc model. Since Harley announced its project, Qianjiang has announced another model based on the same mechanical components - the QJMotor SRK 350, which features a 353 cc version of the same engine thanks to the 45.2 mm stroke and an even larger 70.5 mm bore.
Early prototypes of the SRK 350 even featured the words 'Harley-Davidson Motor Company' cast into the engine covers.



Though heavily borrowing from QJ's Benelli designs, this appears to be an early closeup picture of a 338R prototype

The similarities between the three machines - Benelli's 302S, QJMotor's SRK 350 and Harley's 338R - mean we can take an educated guess at its weight and performance. Both the 300 cc and 353 cc engines made around the same power - 38 hp - although the larger motor peaks at 9,000 rpm and the smaller one at 11,000 rpm. The 338 cc Harley is likely to split the difference. Weight will be around 180 kg.
The small parallel twin is intended not for the West, but as a means to bring the Harley name to customers in developing markets around Asia. By putting a low-cost Harley onto those markets, the idea was that as riders there become more affluent, the firm's more luxurious offerings will pick up sales.


Although Zeitz has overturned much of Levatich's ambitious 'More Roads to Harley-Davidson' plan for the future, canceled the water-cooled Bronx streetfighter that was shown in late 2019, and pulled the brand out of 39 markets to refocus on Harley's core products, elements of Levatich's scheme have survived.
The 1,250 cc water-cooled Pan America adventure bike, for instance, and the similarly engined but as yet unnamed custom bike that was previewed in 2018, have survived the cull. At the moment, it seems that the 338R has also remained on track, perhaps because its development was already well advanced when Zeitz took the reins.
Asked about the small displacement bike during Harley's Q2 earnings presentation, he deflected the question, saying: "As I said, we would like to reveal our products much closer to actual launch. And whether and when we are going to launch specific products is not something that I would like to elaborate on right now. We will provide further detail in the fourth quarter. At this point, there's really nothing new to say about that."
However, investor-relations documents from the latest presentation still list "the Company's ability to … develop and maintain a productive relationship with Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Co., Ltd. and launch related products in a timely manner" as an important factor in the firm's future results.






ONE MORE TIME - NEW PRODUCT FROM CORBIN SADDLES FOR THE R 18 BMW

 

 Classic Solo & Pillion

2021 BMW R 18



 

Classic Solo provides an excellent riding position combined with a nostalgic look. Wide, dished seating gives you a greater area of body contact for superior weight dispersion. Naturally our Classic Solo is built with our high-density Comfort Cell® foam for a firm supportive ride that will last all day.

Classic Solo works with our removable rider's backrest for added back support. Corbin backrests are fully adjustable for a tailored fit to your posture and are simple to install with just a single lock screw under the saddle. Once installed angle adjustment is simple and does not require removal of the backrest. Choose any of the backrest models we offer to suit your taste (#BR Ovalbac shown).

Corbin's Classic Solo works with a Touring style passenger pillion pad for passenger capability. Corbin pillion bolts up easily on your R 18 and offers the added option of a passenger backrest. Our Touring Pillion provides a generously sculpted seating position built thick for long-range comfort and support.

 For those chilly morning rides we offer an option of heated rider seating. We incorporate a heater unit under the leather seating and a switch on the left side of the saddle (so you can turn it on without removing your hand from the throttle). Just flip the switch and the seat will warm up and maintain temperature automatically. Corbin's

Friday, 18 December 2020

Sacramento Mile Announces AFT Doubleheader Events for 2021

 Sacramento Mile Announces AFT Doubleheader Events for 2021


While the full schedule for the 2021 AFT season is still awaited, some promoters are already confirming their place in the calendar - especially those who are going to again host doubleheaders.



The Memphis Shades backed Springfield Miles were confirmed recently, and SDI Racing has now confirmed a doubleheader for the return of the legendary Sacramento Mile - Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds.
"All three Progressive AFT classes will compete on one of the most beloved Mile racetracks on the circuit, delivering a weekend of high-speed race action the NorCal crowd will not want to miss.
www.americanflattrack.com

Motor Saloon kleding nieuws - Let it Snow - de Harley-winter is er!

Let it Snow - de Harley-winter is er!


De nieuwste Harley winterkleding, daarvoor ga je naar Motor Saloon.

Voor dames en heren is er in de kledingshop van Motor Saloon weer het nieuwste van het nieuwste te zien. Nieuw in de H-D Clothing Collection zijn de leren jacks, maar ook heerlijk warme truien, sjaals en mutsen!

Er is een uitgebreide collectie stijlvolle kleding, voor op de motor maar ook casual te dragen, voorradig in de kledingshop bij Motor Saloon en via de webshop: https://webshop.motorsaloon.nl

Verkrijgbaar bij Motor Saloon in Amersfoort Tel. 033-4617398

E-mail: info@motorsaloon.nl  Internet: www.motorsaloon.nl



Ducati - 'Best third quater ever'

 

Ducati - 'Best third quater ever'

Ducati has announced results for what it says is its best third quarter ever "despite the complex global situation" - closing the quarter with 14,694 total motorcycles delivered worldwide.

Claudio Domenicali, CEO: "Although 2020 is a stormy year, the third quarter recorded the most positive performance ever."

September confirmed a recovery trend that began in June, with 4,468 motorcycles delivered to customers, of which the Panigale, Ducati Scrambler and Multistrada were the families with the best results. From the beginning of the year to the end of September, China, Switzerland and Germany recorded higher sales compared to the same period in 2019.
The company says that "thanks to the positive market trend, since June we started to recover the decline in performance recorded in the first months of the year, partially filling the sales gap compared to the previous year caused by the slowdowns that are affecting the whole world".



Diavel 1260 Lamborghini - just as the VAG board in Germany officially recognises that it may sell its Italian interests (Ducati, Lamborghini, Italdesign), this 630 unit limited edition special is described by Ducati as "the first motorcycle born from the collaboration between Ducati and Lamborghini - a Diavel 1260 inspired by the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37". It's a lovely bike (the car's not bad either) - but it is a good job Volkswagen never bought the Zanussi washing machine company!

The unveiling of the new V4 Multistrada represented the entry into production of the world's first motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar technology. This is the fourth generation of a model that has already seen production of more than 110,000 units.


Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, said that "although 2020 is a stormy year, the third quarter recorded the most positive performance ever. Now the situation is worsening again, unfortunately just when we are about to present to the world the new models for 2021, on which we have worked continuously despite the difficulties introduced by the pandemic.
In addition to a slew of new Scramblers, the Multistrada V4 and updated XDiavel, 2021 sees Euro 5 and other updates to the SuperSport 950, Panigale V4 and V4S, a numbered Panigale V4 SP (Sport Production) series delivering 214 hp, 12.6 KGM of torque, and weighing in at just 173 kg dry; plus new Italian THOK powered electric mountain bikes, including the TK-01 RR Enduro eMTB.

The new Multistrada features Ducati's new lightweight V4 Granturismo engine - "developed for maximum smoothness of operation with record-breaking maintenance intervals," Ducati says the new engine is "compact and light, performing, featuring rich torque values: an engine designed for "adventouring" use, at the same time able to offer great thrills and sportiness".

In additional news, the rumours about the sale of Ducati by VAG do appear to be back on the agenda, at least it has now been admitted as being within the realms of the possible, as Ducati parent company Audi endeavours to streamline its structure and lay down the foundation for its electric future.
Can you have too much of a good thing? Maybe! The 800 cc Ducati Scrambler Nightshift - one of four more 800/1100 cc Scramblers added to what may be in danger of becoming an uneconomically oversized family.


According to the Reuters news agency, Audi subsidiaries Ducati, Lamborghini and Italdesign are being wrapped up in to a single, Italian legal structure. VW CEO Herbert Deiss has stated that these brands "may not fit into the era of intelligent networked vehicles which provide on-demand mobility. Are [those brands] really valuable in the new world, we don't know yet". Addressing the possibility of disposing of their Italian assets, Deiss said "it's probably a bit of a slower process, but it's on our agenda."






Italy - 2020 motorcycle registrations +41.14% for November

 Italy - 2020 motorcycle registrations +41.14% for November


Having been +1.94% (6,502 units) in October, new motorcycle registrations in Italy for November were massively up at +41.14% (5,012 units).



This follows a market recovery that saw 6,663 units registered in August (+42.25%) and +25.96% for September (8,728 units). The latest data available from ANCMA, the motorcycle industry trade association in Italy (and the owner of EICMA), shows the statistical direction of travel as up since May -11.35%, with the Italian market at -6.33% (90,070 units) for the YTD.
Italy is an important scooter and moped market, so total PTW registrations (of all displacements and styles) is a telling sign of underlying market activity; having been -13.85% at 15,761 units for October, they were +19.93% at 11,001 units for November and are running at -6.58% YTD (210,981 units).
The top selling motorcycles in Italy YTD have again been the Benelli TRK 502/502X (3,513 units YTD), followed by the BMW R 1250 GS (3,054 units YTD) and the Honda Africa Twin (2,894 units). The top selling scooters remain the Honda SH 150, 125 and 300 range (in 1st, 2nd and 4th spots respectively), with the Piaggio Beverly 300 ABS in 3rd spot. Piaggio's Liberty 125 ABS is 5th, the Kymco Agility 125 R16 is 6th, with Yamaha's big TMAX scooter in 7th place, and the company's XMAX 300 in 9th behind the Honda Forza 300.
For the record, in 2019 the Italian market was again Europe's largest at +6.26% in motorcycle registration terms (98,883 units) and +5.65% in total PTW terms at 231,937 units.


Thursday, 17 December 2020

Corbin New Product Alert - Dual Touring Saddle for 2021 BMW R 18

 

 

 

 Dual Touring Saddle

2021 BMW R 18



 

Corbin has taken the touring quality comfort to the next level with our ergonomic sculpting and wide supportive bucket shaping. Notice how the shape of the seat is lowest in the center which relives central pressure from your tailbone. This shape is contoured out to cradle your body and disperse weight over a greater area. This all adds up to comfort and support that will keep you in the saddle long enough to use up that fuel tank!

We have the option of electric seat heaters built into our saddle with independent switches for rider and passenger seating areas. Conveniently located switches are on the left to you can activate without removing your hand from the throttle. Temperature is controlled and maintained automatically to provide luxurious heat on those chilly mornings. To add a touch of class and conceal the heating pads, we use a tasteful twin stitch pattern in a tuck & roll style in the leather seating areas.

This seat model also works with an optional removable rider backrest in both the front and rear positions to add comfort and support. Use a single backrest transferred front to rear as needed or order two for full time use. We offer multiple backrest models to choose from including our new Ovalbac #BR model shown here. Backrest support hardware is built into the saddle for a very clean look.

Corbin backrest are easily adjustable to rider posture without removing them from the

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

H-D Announces MY2021 Single Global Digital Launch Event for January 19th

 H-D Announces MY2021 Single Global Digital Launch Event for January 19th

Harley-Davidson is to announce its MY2021 model range via a "global virtual launch experience" in January 2021 as a much trailed alternate to its traditional August Dealer Meeting and subsequent press releases and test rides.
"Throughout Harley-Davidson's 118-year history, the brand has never before brought the entire world together to experience the debut of all-new Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On January 19th, 2021, that all changes with a single virtual event. 


Momoa riding the upcoming Pan America


"During H-D 21, the company's first virtual launch experience, Harley-Davidson will announce new 2021 motorcycles, parts and accessories, riding gear and apparel.
"Those who participate will hear from Harley-Davidson leadership, product experts and passionate enthusiasts who are leading and shaping the industry on all that's coming to Harley-Davidson dealerships in 2021."
The company says that the global virtual launch is part of its "streamlined and overhauled approach to bringing products to market for customers. Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson announced significant shifts including streamlining its planned product portfolio by 30 percent, shifting its new model year debut to align with the start of the riding season and amped-up marketing efforts to drive desirability and maximize impact in the market."
VP Marketing Theo Keetell is quoted as saying: "We're thrilled to bring the world together virtually to showcase the inspiration and passion behind our 2021 motorcycles, including a glimpse of our first adventure touring motorcycle, the Pan America."
2021 FXLRS


American actor, producer and motorcycle enthusiast Jason Momoa will play a key role in the event. "Momoa will share his thoughts on how Harley-Davidson's upcoming Pan America motorcycle has expanded his passion for Harley-Davidson and created new opportunities to explore endless horizons beyond paved roads."
Momoa is quoted as saying: "Harley-Davidson has unlocked opportunities for me to find adventure with amazing people, awe-inspiring places, and expand my inspiration seen in the 'United We Will Ride' content series.
"I was excited to collaborate with Harley-Davidson for a first look and chance to ride the Pan America 1250 motorcycle. It's the perfect vehicle that combines my love of the outdoors, the unknown and Harley-Davidson. People are going to be completely stoked about this bike that Harley-Davidson has created."
Harley says that the "all-new Pan America 1250 adventure touring motorcycle will be previewed in the January 19th H-D 21 virtual launch experience, but will be bringing the world back together on February 22, 2021 to reveal the motorcycle's full details in a separate digital event with the spotlight on the new Pan America motorcycle specifically."


To take part in the H-D 21 virtual launch experience, register at www.H-D.com/21



Tuesday, 15 December 2020

NEW MOTO GUZZI V7

 Nieuwe Moto Guzzi V7

Na jarenlang groot succes wordt een nieuwe Moto Guzzi V7 geboren

De nieuwe, krachtige, 850 cc, 65 pk motor maakt zijn debuut

De nieuwe V7 is sneller, comfortabeler, verfijnd en heeft een betere uitrusting, maar met behoud van het karakter en de authenticiteit van iedere Moto Guzzi

Breda, 14 december 2020 - Meer dan vijftig jaar na de lancering van het allereerste model presenteert Moto Guzzi met trots een nieuwe en belangrijke evolutie in de geschiedenis van de V7: een prominent symbool van Italiaanse motorfietsen over de hele wereld.

De vernieuwing is zo ingrijpend dat de progressieve nummering in Romeinse cijfers, die kenmerkend waren voor de verschillende evoluties van het model sinds zijn terugkeer op de markt in 2007, verdwenen is. Toch blijft het karakter en de authenticiteit van de V7 intact, want deze waarden blijven ook in de loop der tijd bestaan en zijn ingebed in de genetische code van iedere Moto Guzzi.

Er zijn twee versies beschikbaar: de patriarch, V7 Stone, met zijn sterke en minimalistische stijl, wordt vergezeld door de V7 Special, met klassieke en elegante lijnen.

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NEW MOTO GUZZI V7

AFTER YEARS OF GREAT SUCCESS, A NEW V7 IS BORN

THE NEW, HIGH-PERFORMANCE, 850CC, 65 HP ENGINE MAKES ITS DÉBUT

THE NEW V7 IS FASTER, MORE COMFORTABLE, BETTER EQUIPPED AND REFINED, MAINTAINING ALL THE CHARACTER AND AUTHENTICITY THAT EVERY MOTO GUZZI BOASTS

More than fifty years after the launch of its first unit, Moto Guzzi is proud to present a new and important evolution in the history of the V7, a prominent symbol of Italian motorbikes around the world.

The revamping is so profound that the progressive numbering in Roman numerals, which had characterised the various evolutions of the model since its return to the market in 2007, is gone. But the character and authenticity remain intact, as these values are destined to last over time and embedded in the genetic code of every Moto Guzzi.

Two versions are available: the patriarch, V7 Stone, with its strong and minimalistic style, is joined by the V7 Special, with its classic and elegant lines.

A new Moto Guzzi engine makes its début on the new V7, a close derivative of the one that powers the V85 TT. This is the most recent and modern drive built in Mandello, which guarantees better performance and overall greater efficiency in order to provide maximum riding pleasure, fun and reliability.

It has 25% more maximum power, going from the previous 52 hp at 6200 rpm to the current 65 hp at 6800 rpm. Maximum torque has also increased significantly, going from 60 Nm at 4250 rpm to the outstanding value of 73 Nm at 5000 rpm, with more than 80% of the torque already available at 3000 rpm.

Compared to the previous version, the new addition from Mandello is generally more complete in terms of equipment and demonstrates superior maturity, also evident in the aesthetic impact of the larger engine, which stands out for its generously sized exhaust pipes in a different layout; the view from the rear highlights the larger cardan final drive and the wider rear wheel, as well as the more robust pair of Kayaba shock absorbers.

The stylish side panels are new, as is the shorter rear mudguard, elements which, along with the new exhaust system, give the new 'eight and a half' a revamped and more seductive look.

Many new features have been introduced to improve stability and comfort, leaving the proverbial handling of the Moto Guzzi best-seller unaltered.

The frame has been evolved with the addition of steel elements in the headstock area, whereas the new pair of shock absorbers with greater travel and the new, two-tier saddle ensure greater comfort. With this same goal in mind, brand new rider footpeg support are used.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone has the new, full LED light system with the headlight that includes a DRL in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Eagle, whereas the new instrument cluster is perfectly in line with the look of a minimalist motorcycle, entirely digital on a single, circular dial. The aluminium wheel rims, in the sporty style that equips the Stone, are also new; the rear rim is shod with a wider 150/70 tyre.

V7 Special maintains the elegant, dual dial analogue instrument cluster (speedometer and rev counter) and the ultra-classic spoked wheel rims.

V7 will also be available in a reduced-power version, in line with Italian A2 driver's license restrictions and ideal for new Guzzisti. It will also come standard with adjustable MGCT traction control (which can also be disabled).

V7 Stone is available in three satin-finish colour schemes: Nero Ruvido, Azzurro Ghiaccio and Arancione Rame. The colour variants of the V7 Special, the version closes to the classic and elegant spirit of the original model, are Blu Formale and Grigio Casual.



Ducati presents the 2021 Apparel collection

 Ducati presents the 2021 Apparel collection

The 2021 Ducati Apparel collection has a large offer able to satisfy the needs of every type of motorcyclist

Attention to design and materials makes Ducati Apparel garments safe and comfortable for all uses

The entire collection is available at all Ducati dealers and on the Ducati Online Shop

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 15 December 2020 – After presenting the entire range of Ducati and Ducati Scrambler motorcycles for 2021, Ducati launches the new clothing collection.


The 2021 Ducati Apparel collection is created to satisfy all motorcyclists. From travels, even the most adventurous off-roads, to sporty riding on the track or everyday commuting in the city. And, for when you're not riding, Ducati offers a range of accessories and casual clothing.

Ducati clothing is conceived just like the motorcycles, with great attention to the combination of design and technology, with the aim of ensuring the maximum performance in terms comfort and safety, always with an unmistakable style. All Ducati garments are subjected to strict quality tests.


The Ducati technical apparel collection is divided into the Racing line dedicated to track use, the Sport line for sporty road riding, the Touring line to travel on and off-road, and the Urban line to move around the city without having to compromise on the level of protection.

Safety is a key element for Ducati during the development of Racing products, such as the new DC V5 helmet. Its SNC2 (Structural Net Composite) fibre outer shell is strong, round and smooth to protect against impact and dissipate impact energy. It is also reinforced with the "Peripherally Belted" construction, a patented fibre reinforcement band positioned along the top of the helmet. The visor system gives a wide field of vision when riding at any lean angle and is equipped with an opening mechanism derived from the automobile industry, with optimized ventilation for maximum stability and efficiency at high speeds. The helmet is made on an Arai base with a design studied in collaboration with Drudi Performance.


The Ducati Corse C5 leather jacket from the Sport line is designed for sporty road riding and has a design that stands out thanks to the use of Ducati logos as graphic elements, which give the garment a modern look. Equipped with interchangeable aluminium plates on the shoulders and composite protectors on the elbows, it is designed for the insertion of a back protector and chest