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More:  2008 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V photos and specifications  |  See the wBW Moto Guzzi Griso review! The Griso was first listed in the 2004 Moto Guzzi product catalog in the “Supersport” category, along with the MGS-01 Corsa and Serie. The Griso is somewhat hard to categorize; it’s sort of a cross between a cruiser (“techno cruiser) and …

Outfitting the Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 4: Evolution of a Relationship The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys …

Kawasaki Versys Specifications The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

BMW Scooter Owner Reports and Feedback This page has information, feedback and reports from BMW scooter owners, listed below in order of date received. It will be interesting to read about owner experiences with the new scooter. Since this is a new product for BMW, we can all learn…and hopefully there won’t be too many …

BMW Scooter Owners Report Stalling Problem I have received reports from owners of a stalling problem on their BMW scooter. This is apparently a major issue, so I’ll add any reports I receive to this page and we’ll see what happens. In the U.S.A., report all safety issues to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here. …

Installation Instructions 1. Unscrew the plastic nuts located on the front side of the windscreen that attach it to the upper mounting arms. 2. There is about 40mm of flex in the windscreen due to the flexibility of the rubber gaskets on the bottom attachment points. I have tried various sizes of spacers, and the 50 mm …

BMW Scooter Safety Recalls The BMW scooter has already undergone a recall in the U.S.A. Let’s hope there aren’t more, but just in case, I started this page to list any safety recalls as I learn about them. [UPDATE: More recalls added below!] In the U.S.A., vehicle owners can report issues directly to the National …

Replacing a turn signal or directional relay on a BMW R100RS I recently purchased an R100RS (see photo), and as I was going through it to check the routine maintenance and prepare it for the state’s motor vehicle inspection, I noticed that the turn signals were not working correctly. When the turn signal was on …

Part 2: A Versys Mid-Term Report Breaking in a new motorcycle can be a frustrating experience. Example: The Versys 650 owner’s manual calls for a 4,000 RPM limit for the first 500 miles, then a 6,000 RPM limit from 500 to 1,000 miles. That 4,000 RPM translates to about 52 MPH in 6th gear. But …

Fork Guards for the GT1000 I received an email a few weeks ago from Paul Smith (no, not that Paul Smith), letting me know about some GT1000 SportClassic fork guards he had for sale. Paul makes the fork guards, which will fit the Ducati Sport 1000, Sport 1000 S and the GT1000. He does not have a …

Fitting a Monster Fairing to a Ducati GT1000 I saw a monster fairing fitted to a Gt1000 at the Corbin seats web site (here) and it looks great. Tried the same with items sourced in Australia. Thought I might pass on these notes in case someone else out there thought of doing the same. The …

Ducati GT1000 Centre Stand Before I get into the fitting of the stand I’d like to pass on a few things that I’ve discovered. There were two centre stand kits available for the Ducati SportClassic range when I purchased mine. One kit is designed to fit the Sport 1000 (bike info) and the Paul Smart 1000 (bike info). …

The Ducati Riding Experience For the fifth year in a row, Ducati will be organizing a series of riding courses aimed at those who would like to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their street or track skills. The 2004 edition of Ducati Riding Experience saw a massive influx of attendees, both male …

Ducati Slipper Clutch – STM Slipper Clutch Diagram of an STM Slipper Clutch for a Ducati – More info can be found on the STM site; STM slipper clutches can be purchased (if you have a big wallet!) from Hard Racing. (Thank you Chris Edwards and the Mid-Atlantic Ducati club for these diagrams!) STM says : “It’s the only slipper …

Ducati announces the Ducati 3D Extreme and Ducati 2Extreme mobile phone video games! New releases of the best-selling 3D mobile motorcycle racing game capture the action and thrills of the famous Ducati motorcycles. The games are now available for mobile phones.  Producted by Vir2L Studios LLC and Superscape Group PLC, global publishers and developers of …

DUCATI 999 MOTORCYCLE The new Ducati 999 is the motorcycle of the future. It is the most advanced, highest performance production twin-cylinder motorcycle ever produced at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, Italy. Moreover, the Ducati 999 is a powerful symbol that encompasses the history of Ducati racing and represents the evolution of the …

THE PUPPIES ARE COMING! The ultimate Italian stuffed animal – the Ducati Cucciolo – a collaboration between Ducati and Accademia creates a collectable animal that celebrates the first Ducati sport motorcycle, the “Cucciolo” of the 1940s and 1950s.  (Available for worldwide purchase at the Ducati shop). Bologna 9th November, 2004: It all started with a little …

Ducati Fast Throttle Cam The Electraeon Fast Throttle Cam for Ducati motorcycles allows the throttle to reach full open with 75% rotation of the hand grip compared to the stock throttle cam. Reducing the amount of hand grip rotation provides greater control and comfort by allowing the throttle to reach the full open quicker and …

Ducati Monster by Peg Pérego Ducati motorcycle for children aged 3 and up. Peg Pérego, in close cooperation with Ducati, has reproduced a faithful scale model of one of Ducati’s most successful motorcycles, the Ducati Monster. Peg Pérego is somewhat familiar in the U.S.A. as a maker of carriages. The company was started in Italy with …

Ducati and Puma Announce Panigale Footwear Inspired by PUMA’s motorsports tradition, the two iconic brands invent the “Moto Lifestyle”.  The first fruits of the PUMA – Ducati collaboration — the Panigale — arrive in stores this April. The shoe is specifically designed by Puma with creative insights from the Ducati Design Team. T he name …

It took me just about one year to get this hugger installed on my Multistrada 620.   Hopefully you can do it in about 1/52 of that time. The story starts on March 15 of 2008, when I ordered the “official” Ducati carbon fiber hugger for the Multistrada 620 from the local dealer.  They charged my …

Shell Advance and Ducati Shell Advance Ultra 4’s tailored blend of lubricant plays a key role for Ducati in lubricating the engine’s rotating and oscillating parts and the constantly moving components of the gearbox. Shell says that the oil has been optimized to deliver maximum performance and liberate new power, while maintaining its protection properties …

Tight tolerances make this job more difficult than it should be.  The bags can interfere with the frame and the saddle.  And watch out for soft aluminum threads, which strip all to easily! I bought the GT1000 back in August of 2006, ordering a set of Ducati saddlebags and windscreen on delivery day. But I’ve …

Ducati Case Guard – Chain Guard The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a rather appropriate description of this small item.  However the word “pound” should be replaced with “a couple hundred pounds and a fistful of cash”!!!  This little item can literally save you that much. What …

Ducati Substitute Oil Filters and a Multistrada 620 Oil and Filter Change Editor’s Note:  Most of the information you’ll need to change the oil and filter on a Ducati Multistrada can be found in my Ducati Oil and Filter Change article. After a year or so of ownership, I had changed the oil and filter on the …

GT1000 ECU Replacement To make a long story even longer, my GT 1000 has been popping and backfiring on the overrun since it was brand new. But lately it’s been stalling when I come to a quick stop, especially when the engine temperature is under 180 degrees F. I thought the popping sounded cool and …

Ducati GT1000   New GT1000 Project Bike! Our Triumph Tiger served its purpose during the last 18 months or so as the webBikeWorld “hack” bike. It was time to look for something different. Burn usually has 6-8 motorcycles in his garage at any given time, but there always seems to be more parts on the …

Ducati Sport Classics Parts & Accessories We’re starting to collect lots of information on parts and accessories for the GT1000 and the Ducati Sport Classics, so we’ll list them all here. If you’d like to add something or if you’d like to write an article about installing an accessory or a repair or maintenance task …

Desmosedici V-4 Racing Replica Street Bike: Another Ducati Dream Comes True Ducati gives the go-ahead for the MotoGP replica bike. The announcement was made at WDW2004 in front of thousands of Ducati fans. Misano Adriatico (RN) 22 May 2004 – In the magical atmosphere of the WDW (World Ducati Week, the giant bi-annual meeting of …

Ducati Sport Classics Technical Specifications DUCATI PAUL SMART L.E. 1000 Engine Type L-twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled Displacement 992 cc Bore x Stroke  94 x 71.5 mm Compression Ratio 10:1 Power 67.7 KW – 92 HP @ 8000 rpm Torque 91.1 Nm – 9.3 Kgm @ 6000 rpm Fuel injection Marelli …

Ducati SportClassics Technical Features Chassis The SportClassic models all take advantage of the signature Ducati ALS 450 steel tubular trellis frame, specifically engineered to give the bikes precise and confident handling. The frame’s high torsional rigidity ensures gratifying, sure-footed road manners even when pushed to the limit. This trellis frame is used on all Ducati …

Ducati Multistrada Specifications The Multistrada – Chassis and Running Gear      Frame     The Multistrada utilizes the signature Ducati Trellis frame. It’s strong and light thanks to its ingenious trellis design using welded ALS 450 tubing. The mitered and welded tubing gains it’s rigidity from triangulation and material integrity, not volume as is the case with the …

Ducati Multistrada Engine, Chassis & Transmission Specifications Motore – Engine Tipo / Type L-twin cylinder, 2 valve Desmodromic, air cooled Cilindrata / Displacement 992 cc Alesaggio x Corsa / Bore  x stroke 94 x 71,5 mm Rapporto di compressione / Compression Ratio 10:1 Potenza / Power 62 kW – 84 HP @ 8000 rpm Coppia …

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tank Bag Review and Installation The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS tank bag accessory is a high-quality (and expensive) piece of luggage. It may be worth the cost though, because the bag fits the bike perfectly and it mounts on a ring lock on top of the fuel filler, so there’s nothing …

Suzuki GW250 Tank Bag Review and Photos The Suzuki GW250 tank bag is an excellent piece of luggage. It’s very nicely made and as you’d expect, it’s a perfect match for the curvy GW250 fuel tank. The bag has a rubberized bottom and fully 6 large 60 mm diameter magnets, which grip tightly to the …

2015 Ducati Diavel Information and Specifications We first reported on the introduction of the Ducati Diavel during the live event from the 2010 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The 2015 Diavel sport cruiser is a modest update to the original design. Ducati said that the engine and exhaust system is new, designed to provide a somewhat more refined experience …

Ducati Announces the Sport 1000 Biposto In the 1970s, the most sports-oriented motorcyclists used to modify their road bikes according to what they saw on the track, including clip-ons handlebars, rear set footrests and aggressive colours. The aim was not just to make your bike look better but to enhance its performance too. And that’s …

Ducati Announces the Sport 1000S Following the 1970s trend for uncompromising individualism and enhanced performance, Ducati introduces the Sport 1000 S with a classic aerodynamic upper fairing which takes its styling cues directly from the “Race” models of the era. More Sportclassics on wBW:  Paul Smart 1000  |  GT 1000  |  GT1000 Blog and Maintenance  |  Sportclassic Parts and Accessoriess  …

Ducati Announces Paul Smart LE (Limited Edition): Only 2,000 examples to be made (see below). More:  Paul Smart 1000  |  GT 1000  |  Sport 1000  |  Concept Bikes Home More:  Here’s a photo and story of the original1972 Ducati motorcycle as ridden by Paul Smart at Imola. Photos and text courtesy of Ducati Motor S.p.A. More:  Sport Classics Nearly Ready!  |  Ducati to …