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Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2019 – Mert’s Hands

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Mert Lawwill is a motorcycling legend who’s been inducted to both the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. You may know him from his success in the glory days of flat track (he was the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion), his prominent role in On Any Sunday, or maybe even his run of 19 bikes …

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Out of Office – 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+

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I’m currently in Arizona for the launch of the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+, so posts will be a little less frequent for the next couple of days. If you have any questions about the new Versys, let me know here. Otherwise, I’ll be riding around Arizona for a couple of days, and then riding the bike back home …

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What Do You Want To Know? 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+

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The Versys is getting fancy. Last year, the Versys 1000 (only available in the touring-spec LT model is the US) was a hell of a bargain as it included ABS, two ride modes, traction control, 28L bags, a center stand, assist/slipper clutch, and plenty more for just $12,999. For 2019, the Versys 1000 gets some extra letters (SE LT+)…and a …

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What Do You Want To Know? 2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon

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Ducati brought back the Scrambler name in 2015 with a bike that was so successful that it became its own model family and spawned a lineup of 400cc, 800cc, and 1100cc machines. Though the Scrambler has been around for 4 years, I still haven’t had the chance to ride one. That’ll change today as I head up to the Bay …

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What Do You Want To Know? Chatting with Ducati

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As part of this week’s MotoGP festivities, yours truly is getting the chance to have dinner with Claudio Domenicali (Ducati’s Global CEO) and Jason Chinnock (Ducati’s North American CEO). I’ve got questions for them about the potential of the V4 motor in other platforms (Streetfighter), the end of their eight-year streak of increasing sales, and what the inevitable future of …

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April Fools 2019 in Motorcycling

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It’s April Fools Day, which means there’s going to be a couple of fake news stories that are good for a laugh or a cringe. In alphabetical order, here’s everything I could find in terms of April Fools stories this year from our favorite brands in US motorcycling:

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Join Me – “Electric Revolution” Exhibit Opening at the Petersen

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Almost exactly a year after the debut of Paul d’Orleans’ Custom Revolution exhibit at the Petersen, he’s back for Revolution 2: Electric Boogaloo. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. According to the Petersen, Custom Revolution was the world’s first exhibit that’s focused on “alternative motorcycle customization”. Electric Revolution continues Paul’s pioneering guest curation ways as it is “the world’s first exhibition …