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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 …

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 …

Multistrada Chain Adjustment Adjusting a motorcycle chain isn’t much fun, no matter how you slice it. But adjusting the chain on a Multistrada (the 620 anyway) is about as simple as it gets. We’ve covered motorcycle chain adjustments before, with articles on replacing sprockets and a chain.  Also adjusting a chain on the Triumph Tiger and adjusting the chain …

Ducati GT 1000 Throttle Cable Adjustment I’ve been noodling on the possible reasons for the GT1000’s super-sensitive throttle.  It could be anything from a too-light flywheel to fuel injection and probably is amplified by the abundance of torque from the 1000DS engine at low RPMs. But something Chris told me about similar problems with 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 …

Powerful Heat With the EXO StormRider Heated Vest The fabrics used in the EXO StormRider are of high quality and the vest is very nicely made. It’s comfortable and useful whether the heating elements are turned on or off. The special fabric does not use traditional internal wiring, which allows it to provide very even …

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 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 …

The G-Line Doheny Jacket & Pants The latest industry figures show that women are the fastest growing segment of the sport. There are now over 4.5 million women motorcycle riders, and that one out of every three riders enrolling in motorcycle training classes is a woman. I’ve had motorcycle industry executives downplay the role of …

Scorpion Announces the New “Fem-TECH” Line of Motorcycle Clothing Good things come to those who wait. Starting March 2008 ScorpionExoWear will be available to female riders. Fem-TECH is the first collection of women’s gear to be released by Scorpion Sports Inc. ScorpionExoWear for men was first introduced in August of 2007, with everything from mesh …

Hein Gericke Announces the New Super G Line of Motorcycle Clothing Here’s an interesting press release that came our way from Hein Gericke. The Super G clothing lineup looks very interesting, with over-the-top designs and graphics that have a semi-custom appearance. The clothing is offered in four themes: Tatoo, Skulls, Character and Punk Rock, which …

Roadgear MultiTasker Briefcase Commuting to work or school on a motorcycle or scooter sounds like a lot of fun, but reality often leavens the thrill. There aren’t many places with a perfect dry and sunny climate that encourages carefree two-wheel commuting. Most of us have to consider things like the type of outerwear that will …

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 …

Super-Solid Hard Bags Happy Trails makes several different types of panniers and the Imnaha version is the smallest and lightest. The Imnaha bags are probably too small for true long-distance adventure touring, but they’re rugged and waterproof and their light weight is barely noticed on the DR650. The mounting rack system makes it all work, …

Eclipse motorcycle luggage has been made in the U.S.A. for just about as long as I’ve been riding motorcycles.  The company was started in 1973, and it was in the spring of that year, if I recall correctly, that I purchased my first bike, a 1968 Bultaco Metralla (of all things). Back in those days, …

Motorcycle Touring Bag One of the benefits of soft vs. hard luggage for motorcycles is the ability to use the soft stuff for multiple purposes.  Let’s face it, you’d look pretty dorky carrying a Jesse aluminum pannier into a Vegas hotel. But most of the recent crop of motorcycle soft luggage not only looks cool, …

The FAMSA 246 tank bag system consists of a base plate and two separate bag modules that can be used individually or zipped together to create one large tank bag system. The larger of the two modules has an expanding mid section that allows you to roughly double its capacity by undoing a zip that runs all …

FAMSA Model 246 I remember the first time I saw a tank bag on a motorcycle.  It was back in the early ’70’s, and European motorcycles were as rare as hen’s teeth in my neck of the woods. But there it was — a BMW, flat handlebars, cruising right down Main Street, and what was that thing …

Motorcycle tank bags are available in all different shapes and sizes, with prices that will fit just about any budget. From tiny bags that can perch on top of the smallest fuel tanks, to condominium-sized Haulmeisters like the Famsa Model 246,  soft saddlebags and even over-the-shoulder messenger bags, there are plenty of storage options. Perhaps Chicane USA …

The Wolfman Explorer Tank Bag Have you ever purchased a piece of gear that looked great on the shelf or in the catalog, only to find that it seemed to have been designed by someone who had never seen a motorcycle? The Wolfman Explorer tank bag neatly disposes of such nonsense with smart features and …

Messenger bags were originally used to rush important documents back and forth by bicycle messengers in big cities like New York and London.  In the beginning, they were known as courier bags. They were, and still are, dumpy looking things that get the tar beat out of them by their banzai owners.  Somehow, the bike messenger …

Ducati and MV Agusta Photos I went to the Duc Pond Motorsports Ducati open house during the summer and took some photos, and finally got around to posting them here.  Duc Pond sells Ducati and is also the newest MV Agusta dealer in the area. You’ll notice the photo of the black Multistrada 620; this is where I …

In the run-up to the presentation of its complete Model Year 2006 range at EICMA in Milan from 15 to 20 November, Ducati chose the prestigious Motorcycle and Scooter Show in Birmingham (UK) to preview two of its new models due out next year. The first is an exclusive version of the 999R, in the …

Moto Guzzi North America will be offering 50 MGS-01 “Corsa” track ready motorcycles to the US market later this year.  A street or “Series” version is expected to follow in the 3rd quarter of 2004. The MGS-01 Corsa comes to life from the imagination of the famous Moto Guzzi Style Laboratory. In early 2002, with …

Moto Mag sent us these photos of a Moto Guzzi; supposedly the V11 GT prototype.  I had originally thought it might be a prototype of a water cooled sport-tourer, but sources tell me it’s air cooled.These photos were taken several years ago, but the design still looks great today.  Will it ever be built? Who knows…!  …

With the arrival of the new Nevada Classic 750 i.e., Moto Guzzi becomes one of the few motorcycle manufacturers in the world to boast entire range equipped with electronic fuel injection and catalyzed exhausts with Lambda oxygen sensor emission control.  Every model in Moto Guzzi’s 2004 range fully complies with Euro 2 standards. The Nevada …

The Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Serie is the 1000cc street legal version of the MGS-01 Corsa.  Specifications below. MGS-01 Serie Technical Specifications Engine Type Air Cooled, 4 Stroke 90º V-Twin Displacement 992  cc Maximum Power 102 hp @ 8400 rpm Maximum Torque 65 ft lbs @ 7800 rpm Valves Overhead Camshaft – 4 Valves Per Cylinder with Positive Drive …

Passing the Torch From Grandfather to Grandson It was Fall of 2003 at the Tokyo Motor Show and Ducati announced its plans to introduce theSportClassic line of L-Twins. “Motorcycles that capture the essential beauty, timeless style and emotion of the original Ducati sport bikes of the 1970’s.” read the press release. “Even though they reflect the …

The Ducati Monster S4R Official Press Release The first true production Ducati “cafè racer”, it is an evolution of Italy’s – and the world’s – best loved racing motorcycles from Ducati. The basic design that has made the Ducati Monster such a huge year-after-year success has been retained, but now – for the first time …

The twin-cylinder Scrambler adds a new twist to the Modern Classics range. A fresh take on Triumph’s past, the Scrambler is a redefinition of the bikes made famous by 50’s thrill-seekers such as Steve McQueen into a contemporary urban context. A ‘do anything, go anywhere’ kind of bike, inspired in part by the relaxed culture …

Radical New Husqvarna Street Bikes Announced Husqvarna announced three new street bikes at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, Italy today, November 4, 2014. Two of them are among the most radical-looking street bikes ever — you’ll either love ’em or hate ’em. Husqvarna is no stranger to radical street bikes; they announced the Nuda 900 …

2012 Triumph Motorcycles Triumph Introduces Three New Motorcycles for 2012 Fresh from recording record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever line-up, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan on November 8 and webBikeWorld will be there …

Vilner “Stingray” Aprilia February 2013 – Here’s another interesting custom by the Vilner Studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. It looks like the donor bike was a 2011 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R? As is apparently typical for Vilner, very few details were provided (see the custom Vilner Predator BMW F 800 R). For example, there is no information on the original …

1974 Ducati 750 GT Custovation Diary During my years of riding, restoring and collecting vintage British and European bikes, I fell in love with four distinctive vintage marques. The muscular engineered Vincent Rapide; the gentlemanly smooth Ariel Square Four; the petite and potent Velocette Venom thumper and the Ducati 750 V-Twin, an Italian blend of …

Moto Guzzi Introduces the V11 Sport Ballabio Motorcycle To celebrate its victory in the 2002 edition of this motorcycle race against nature, Moto Guzzi introduces the V11 Sport Ballabio motorcycle, the maximum expression of everything it takes to excel on twisty mountain roads. In northern Italy, not far from the Swiss border, is the small …

Honda CTX200B Bushlander Review Down on the Farm With the CTX200B If you live in North America, Europe, Asia or 95% of Africa, you’ve never seen my motorcycle. The Honda CTX200 “Bushlander” falls into the dual-sport category, but it’s a sub-species referred to as “agricultural motorcycles” or simply “farm bikes.” Such machines are like utility …