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MotoGP 2017 is coming!

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Spring is upon on us, which means muthafuckin MotoGP.  I'm like one of three people that I know that actually cares about this, but the rest of you are uncool as hell so yeah,.. you're not cool. Typically during the seasons I side with individual riders, last year it was Valentino Rossi. Gonna try something different this year an me pick a team. 

MY TEAM IS DUCATI. 

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Rider Jorge Lorenzo joins Andrea Davizioso on the Ducati squad which is dope because both riders finished in the top 5 riders in 2016. We may actually see a team place two riders on the podium. Which of be a great statement for the team and brand.  

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The brand's short offseason saw new radical designs in built in, aerodynamic fairings due to the banned winglets, rider shuffle, and new tire talk one the racing front. It also saw the introduction of 5 new bike models ( Scrambler Desert Sled, Scrambler Cafe Racer, Monster 797, a new XDiavel, and the insane Superleggera.)  I'm hoping all of this newness equals championships.

The Blue Shark

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What do you do when you receive a new Ducati Panigale 1299 R? If your answer was drive it.. you're wrong AF! You strip it down, make is it a naked café racer.. one that's insanely fast. Throw some 2mm aluminum on the shit, covert from LED lighting to an old yellow retro light from the 60s, and mold a soft, rich leather saddle to keep your ass comfortable.

When you look at a sports bike you see a sleek, sporty shell around the the bike hiding off the view of the workings of the engine. People often strip them and make naked bikes, but this is a SUPERBIKE. Built for the track but baaaaaaarely street legal. To strip a $35,000 Limited number Ducati is insane. I'm not sure what's crazier.. stripping the bike, or the gorgeous contrast of brass and brushed aluminum of the engine.

Everything on this build is neat, precise, and super polished. The modern electronics of the dash remains but the dated headlight and micro wind shield quickly remind you..  CAFE RACER. Looking closely, the wires are tucked away so well, you almost wonder if the bike is just for show. I also questioned the one mirror also. I'm a man of symmetry but then I looked at the gas cap being opposite of the mirror and found the evenness, still doesn't explain one mirror though.

 

I'm not a super big fan of this The Panigale R exhaust system. It's plenty loud and has a sinister growl, but the double muffler shit in the back is ugly to me. This feature is on the production/showroom version on the bike. It ugly there too. It's a tribute to bikes past that I don't think was needed, but I'm not on the design team, so my opinion doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. If I were to buy the bike.. it would be the first thing changed.  

Lastly, I'm a huge fan of the single side swing arm and the spoke wheels. That is. The combo is dope. 

Cool bike bro. 

Check out more pics and the full story of the bike HERE

Stripped down - UMC 038 Hyper Scrambler

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Upon visiting my blog anyone could pick up on my love for Ducati. Their are no storage of cool bikes if you take a scroll. This post will be no different. A few days ago I started seeing this super load, extremely stripped down bike. At first glance I could put my finger on the original base the bole was built on. I found a few detailed pictures and the signature Trellis Frame was he dead giveaway. My search for the builder went dead but then the bike emerged on Jay Leno's Garage. The builder was able to break down the process of the build, the inspiration for the color, and specs of the bike.

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By using previous model Ducati and cool Italian aftermarket parts the bike came to life, and came to life 85 pounds lighter. With the lighter weight and some tweaks to the computer system on board, power was increased by 10%. 

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The Ducati Superleggera red made the frame big the bike the focal point. The loud Red/Orange was also applied to a blocked section of the rims, allowing your eye to start and either end of the bike and flow through the design. One of my favorite features is the vertical LED headlight. Much cooler than that big ass stock bell  looking light.

 

Click the video above high

-blaq

Brand New Scrambler with Customization or Used Stock Monster?

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Every time I think I make my mind up about which Ducati bike I want to purchase, someone shows off their customization of their motorcycle, or Ducati releases something totally insane. When the Scrambler was released last year.. Wasn't feeling it. They people added creativity to something I felt was eh and now I want one.

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And then there's the Monster. It's just bad ass. Sounds beastly. Looks cool, has all the top of the line features. Etc etc. Still my top pick in the Ducati family. It just cost more than the Scrambler and I'm poor. 

Only difference is... The Scrambler needs some dopeness added.. The Monster stands as is..badass. Would you rather make something uniquely you, or have the perfect bad ass ? Sighhhhhhhhhhh.. 

Guess the decision could be much harder if you threw in the new Xdiavel Cruiser.

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Whatever Ducati. Disstewmuch.