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There was a point in Ducati’s history when everything wasn’t so hunky-dory for the Italian automaker. Back in the 70’s, Ducati was in the middle of one of the worst stretches in its history, having failed to catch on to the 250-, 350-, and 450-cc markets.

Nevertheless, Ducati soldiered on, and from 1975-1977, they were able to build a bike - the 125 Regolarita Six Days - that ended up being one of the rarest Ducati models in history.

The scarcity of this bike doesn’t have anything to do with the modest power train - a 124 cc two-stroke single engine that’s mated to a six-speed transmission - nor does it have anything to do with the relatively heavy frame either (it weighs 238 lbs!).

People are going crazy for this model today because the bike was cancelled relatively early in its production cycle, making it one of the most difficult bikes to get a hold of.

The bike had an expected auction price of €3,500 - €4,500, which is around $4,500 - $5,800 based on current exchange rates, when it went up for auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. Actual selling price was $8,333.

There’s no question that the Brammo Enertia was built for one purpose: produce grins for newbie and experienced motorcyclists.

This bike is poised to become a popular ride, thanks to some of the best features you’ll find on the market, particularly a promise from Brammo that the Enertia comes with a quiet sound and zero-emissions.

All that can be achieved by a tuned exhaust barking a staccato note from a high-compression engine with the Enertia’s whirring 72-volt, brushless DC motor and 428 gauge DID chain. Sprockets are practically all you hear other than the wind rushing past your helmet. This feature fits the people who don’t like the noise.

Brammo’s zero-emission bike is promising to be a real motorcycle that offers a deep hue of environmentally-friendly greenness, making up for any apparent performance shortcomings. Even if its juice comes from coal-fired power grids, its pollution footprint is but a fraction of catalytic-converter-equipped motorcycles, which is always a good thing.

Find out more about the Brammo Enertia after the jump.

Don’t be duped into thinking that the Aprilia SX 50 is a lightweight on two wheels. On the contrary, this bike, while clearly dedicated to young riders seeking the best technology around matched with head-turning good looks, is one that’s been designed with high-performance capabilities that few bikes in its segment can compete with. You certainly don’t expect anything less from Aprilia , a company that has taken the task of building the most efficient bikes in the market, whether it’s 50cc machines or their flagship models.

The SX 50, in particular, draws from years of innovation and expertise on 50cc bikes. The design offers sharp, clear-cut lines that are derived directly from the RXV/SXV off-road style icons, a testament to the enduring design of Aprilia bikes in all its forms. The SX 50 supermotard is also the epitome of a high-performance 50 cc machine, as evidenced by an advanced liquid cooled, single cylinder two stroke engine that uses the latest in single-cylinder technology, ensuring exceptional performance from a surprisingly low weight bike.

Find out more about the Aprilia SX 50 after the jump.

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The BMW R1200 GS is already considered one of the coolest cross motorcycle in its class, but with the addition of a the special Triple Black version, the model became even cooler. Thanks to the Triple Black treatment the R 1200 GS Adventure Triple Black is without a doubt a true eye catcher.

The Triple Black model is finished in a tasty combination of sapphire black, granite grey and asphalt grey. Moreover, the seat of the R 1200 GS Adventure has a special and exclusive feature as it is available for the first time without the GS symbol.

The BMW R1200GS is powered by a flat twin (’Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, DOHC engine with a capacity of 1,170 cc. The engine is rated at 110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 89 ft-lb (120 Nm) of torque at 6,000 rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure Triple Black.

It’s been quite the weekend for Suzuki , hasn’t it? On the same day that Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima broke his own record at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb while driving a Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, the Japanese auto and motorcycle builder also went ahead and unveiled their latest product: the 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS.

Among the changes made on the new V-Strom 650 include a bevy of aesthetic and aerodynamic improvements that should get fans of the bike up and excited over the 2012 version.

For starters, the bike’s windscreen is now adjustable in three positions and the new V-Strom-embossed logo now sits 15mm higher than its predecessor, improving rider comfort by giving them the chance to stretch their legs a little more. Likewise, the air outlets on the both sides of the cowlings further improves the bike’s cooling and wind protection, while also giving it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Even the muffler and the rear luggage rack each sport new designs with the latter now made out of resin material, as opposed to the aluminum make of the existing model.

The new V-Strom 650 also gets a new liquid-cooled oil cooler, which should help in stabilizing oil temperatures, thus improving the bike’s engine reliability.

As for the engine, Suzuki also gave the 2012 V-Strom 650 a new V-Twin, 645cc engine that further improves the bike’s overall performance, especially in the low-to-mid rpm range.

All in all, the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 takes all the elements of its predecessor and completely improves them. The new model is even 13 lbs lighter than the previous version, making for a lighter, more powerful, and more rounded bike.

Every once in awhile, it’s good to push all worries out of your head and do something you enjoy just for the sake of enjoying it. Too many times, many of us get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life and we just forget to sit back and take in all of the good things around us.

That being said, we could learn a lot from the gentleman in this video. This guy loves his motorcycle and decided that he wanted to explore the world around him. Thankfully, he brought his video camera along with him to capture his journey through the beaches and mountains of Panama, even catching a glimpse of the bridge of the Americas which crosses the Panama Canal.

This unknown man says, "I love riding motorcycles, any kind of motorcycle. It just so happens that right now I have a KLR650 , and in my mind that means it must be the best motorcycle in the world. In time I will get a different motorcycle, and it will become the best motorcycle in the world. This film is about loving, and riding what you have now. Stop worrying about not being able to afford your dream bike, and just enjoy this moment with whatever motorcycle you may have."

Now it’s time to take his advice, sit back, and enjoy his journey. After that, go out and enjoy your won journey.

When you put together two professional racing superstars, something cool is bound to happen. Let’s take Gee Atherton and David "Knighter" Knight for example. Atherton is a professional racing cyclist who specializes in downhill and four cross mountain bike racing. He is also a multiple national champion, multiple World Cup winner, and 2010 downhill World Cup Champion. David "Knighter" Knight is a three-time world champion enduro rider from the Isle of Man.

Now, give them two bikes to toil around with, put them together, and what do you get? This ultimate challenge of man versus machine took place at the home of UK mountain biking, Fort William.

Atherton is a little bit more familiar with this track, after all he has been practicing here for around three years, but will this be enough to take on Knight? To be honest, we don’t really care. What we do care about is that we got the chance to watch these two guys battle it out while proving that they absolutely know what they are doing.

For the sake of our sanity; please don’t try this at home.

Source: Red Bull
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Having “smelled” the recent frenzy generated by the launch of the all-new Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré and Ducati Multistrada 1200 , which come as direct competitors for the BMW R1200GS, Oberdan Bezzi decided to bring a fourth player to the game in the form of the Honda Africa Twin 1200. He so revives the Japanese enduro legend that was only produced with a middleweight engine (750cc) through the 1990s and up until 2003.

In order to make it on today’s much more competitive market, the new bike would have to develop around 140hp and rely on an extremely versatile chassis, just to start with. Comfort, good looks and many touring accessories should tip the scale in favor of Honda if they ever decide to revive the Africa Twin in the upgraded form demanded by today’s enduro standards. We believe Obiboi’s sketch marks the spot.

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Following the evolution of its bigger sibling (the Suzuki DR650SE ), the Suzuki DR-Z400S remains visually unchanged for 2010, but ads a few distinctive touches in order to stand out by its own. Mechanically, the new DR doesn’t feature any late additions worth to brag about, so it remains the same bulletproof built machine on the trails and a docile commuter when not on them.

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Suzuki doesn’t miss a year from impressing its consumers with the middleweight V-Strom model, so the bike is not only present in the 2010 lineup, but comes in three different versions: the V-Strom 650, V-Strom 650 ABS and V-Strom 650 SEA ABS Touring all get their general characteristics from their bigger siblings, the V-Strom 1000 models so there’s plenty to expect in all possible matters.


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