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Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. has provided
webBikeWorld with an exclusive look at its latest
motorcycle accessory, which will be unveiled at U.S.
Ducati motorcycle dealers starting today.
"Spiffy Spokes are all the rage in
Europe" said Festo "Primo" Aprilius, the Managing
Director of Ducati's new Wheel Design Group.
"Since our American customers have
helped raise Ducati sales in your country from 1.6% to
1.8% in market share over the last 10 years, we wanted
to give back to you this special design treatment that
has been so much the same of fun for the riders of
Italia" he announced during our exclusive interview.
What's so special about Spiffy Spokes?
The secret is their ability to slide up and down the
length of the spoke, providing continuous wheel balance
at speeds up to 350 KPH, or 217.4799 MPH.
watch a MotoGP race, pay close attention to the wheels
on Casey Stoner's Desmosedici GP7. You'll notice
that Ducati has switched from the super-lightweight
carbon fiber rims back to spoked wheels to allow the
use of Spiffy Spokes on the racer's bike, thus
accounting for his surprising win at the recent 2007
Qatar MotoGP event.
A side benefit of using Spiffy Spokes is
that the constant motion of the product as it runs up
and down the length of the spoke prevents dirt and road
grime from clinging to the spoke, allowing it to
maintain its factory shine. Ducati claims that
this solution will also resolve the chrome pitting
problem that Ducati SportClassic owners have recently
But one of the coolest features of the
Spiffy Spokes are their ability to increase motorcycle
visibility. "It is with question that auto drivers
will look at you with surprise and compassion", said
Dottore Aprilius during our telephone interview.
Spiffy Spokes are available in three
different styles and it's certainly hard to pick a
favorite. The "Bottle Cap" Spiffy Spokes are
definitely the most high-tech, with their 3D holographic
image glowing in a rainbow of colors as the wheel
rotates. We noticed that this seemed to create a
hypnotic effect on neighboring vehicles, which may or
may not have the intended results for the motorcycle
The Spiffy Spoke "Tennis Balls" are also
very cool; not only do they slide up and down the length
of the spoke as the wheel turns, they also spin on their
axis, increasing their speed of rotation depending upon
the lean angle of the motorcycle.
We noticed that the balls will actually
stop and reverse their spin in the twisties during tight
back-and-forth turns. This is great fun to watch
for the bystanders, but the rider must be careful not to
try and view the Spiffy Spokes at the expense of
Not to be outdone, the "Reflecto" Spiffy
Spokes may not look as exciting at first glance, but
they have become the favorite of European BMW owners, a
usually stodgy bunch who have been surprisingly
accommodating to the fad. "Why not have fun and be
safe at the same time" seems to be the refrain heard
from more than one rider.
During our exclusive interview, Dottore
Aprilius implied that Ducati is also working with
Harley-Davidson on a special edition Spiffy Spokes
application, specially designed for the thicker Harley
spokes. These will be in the form of playing cards
that are installed opposite each other on the spokes.
As the bike increases speed, the plastic
cards will actually look like a deck being shuffled.
As the bike comes to a stop, the hand that is displayed
can be used for recreational wagering and may also be
useful for poker runs. Unfortunately, the "Big
Deal" Spiffy Spokes aren't being released today because
the supplier is still trying to fine-tune the sound that
the cards will make as they rotate through the spokes.
The world of motorcycle accessories has been pretty
boring over the past few years, and Spiffy Spokes are the
hottest thing to come along in recent memory. The
best part is the price -- the Bottle Cap and Tennis Ball
Spiffy Spokes are available for only $1.29, while the Reflecto version is priced slightly higher at $1.59.
The Big Deal playing card version will retail for $2.59
and should be in Harley dealers on June 31.
Review: Spiffy Spokes
Ducati Motor Holding SpA
Retail Price: Varies
|Colors: Fluorescent yellow,
orange, green or
blue. 3D holographic on the Bottle Caps.
Cafone Moto Accessories
Comments: Very cool accessory sure to be a hit with Superbike
owners. Review Date: April 1, 2007.
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From "H.H.": "These things are so great, I decided to even
put them on my BMW 330i. Sure it's a car, but I figured that if Casey
Stoner is using this at MotoGP level, then I should benefit from it too for my
The first issue was replacing my 18 inch light alloy wheels with something
spoked. Luckily for me my neighbour's kid didn't mind me exchanging him
for his wheels off his Datsun B210. Sucker! Those steel rims were a
bit dented, but with the help of a ball peen hammer they look as good as new (at
night in the fog). Next stop was Pep Boys for a set of spoked plastic
chrome hubcaps, then I was all set to mount the Spiffy Spokes.
All I can say is wow. The difference in performing is outstanding. I
never knew a BMW could drive like this! The only downside is some joker
keeps putting baseball cards in my spokes. Ah well, I still give this
product a 9.5/10. Thanks for letting me know about this webBikeWorld!"
From "B.S.": "I can't tell you how cool these look on my
ZX14 -- I actually replaced my old chromed custom wheels that cost me $2,300
each with a 21" spoked wheel in front just so I could use Spiffy Spokes.
My friends thought these things were girlie but believe it or not chicks dig
guys with Spiffy Spokes."