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Ducati Panigale

It’s here — the Ducati Panigale V4, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 916 superbike. Just 500 units will be made. So act fast if you want to get your hands on one of the most iconic bikes to ever come out of the Borgo Panigale factory.

Underneath the new Panigale is a handful of special parts. Among them are an Akrapovic exhaust, a dry clutch conversion, and a Panigale V4 R front frame. You’ll also find forged magnesium wheels care of Marchesini here. Not to mention other bits and bobs straight out of the Ducati Performance catalog.

“In all of modern motorcycling history, no bike has been as era-defining as the 916, both in terms of design and performance.”

That’s Francesco Milicia, Global Sales VP of Ducati Motor Holding, speaking at the unveiling event at Pebble Beach.

“I’m incredibly proud to present this exclusive version of our Panigale V4, itself a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 916.”

Ducati presented the bike with none other than “King” Carl Forgarty himself. Fogarty took the Ducati 916 Superbike to victory twice in the World Superbike Championship. Presenting it on the American Superbike stage, says Milicia, underscores the automaker’s dedication to the US market. He adds he’s sure bike enthusiasts and collectors alike will appreciate the uniqueness of the new Ducati Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916.

Bike number five from the 500-unit allotment is going up for auction. Proceeds will go to a fundraiser for a charitable cause. Hit the link below to find out more.


Photos courtesy of Ducati

The Pocket Rocket Bike

No surprise why the Pocket Rocket won the German Design Award prize. This bike looks straight out of a Ridley Scott sci-fi flick; just look at that sharp chassis and that downward triangle holding it all together — a masterclass in design if there ever was one. We’ve finally come across a bike that’s as enjoyable to ride as is parading it around.

If you’re still not impressed by looks alone, you should know that this bike runs on ecologically viable electric energy, leaving no carbon footprint whatsoever. Still not impressed? Well, did you know every bit of this bike’s electronics and machinery is cleverly stashed away in that triangular design? How could everything have fit in such a minimal frame? Designer Manuel Messmer & Sol Motors are keeping the mystery alive, but we’re willing to live in the dark; true magicians never reveals their secret, after all.

The only downside to this bike is it’s name — Pocket Rocket. Do a quick Google search and you’ll understand what we’re talking about. But it’s best to save juvenile humor for another day and focus on the good: the Pocket Rocket is probably the cleanest bike e-bike design we’ve ever seen, not to mention the sleekest. You get all the modern amenities a biker could ever want, like a saddle, a headlight, and a tail light.

The product is unfortunately still in the conceptual stage. In other words, it’s not real — not yet, at least. Specifications are out of the question, too. But that’s fine. We’ll be here, patiently waiting for it to become real.


Pure Cycles Brewster Beach Cruiser

Summer is nearly over, sure, but you can still head to the beach for a last hurrah before fall ushers in, and what better ride to accompany your beach trips than this first-class Brewster Beach Cruiser from Pure Cycles?

You can get one now for just $299, certainly a small price to pay to go to beach in style. But make no mistake — this bike is just as robust and reliable for city use in any season, thanks to the excellent craftsmanship and topnotch components Pure Cycles has put in. The ride features classic roadster lines and warm accents that practically screams “California.” The untrained eye would call its aesthetic mellow; we call it inspired, subtle, and reminiscent of lazy summer days where all you want to do is head to the beach and get some sun.

Other features include a coaster (kick-back) brake, which ensures stopping the bake is easy and hands-free. There’s also what Pure Cycles calls Sure Foot Technology, which makes for stable starts and stops. You get a Pure City saddle for a “cloudlike” ride, plus eco-friendly cork grips that’ll work in any kind of weather. Pure Cycles finished it off with comfy 26×2.25-inch balloon tires, plus a beach-ready 44:18 gearing system built for boardwalks.

The Brewster Beach Cruiser is fun, sophisticated, and authentically old school. It’s probably one of the best things you can buy if you want a cool ride for all seasons. The price tag might be tad bit too high for some of you, but in exchange you get top quality components in a simple design that’s truly evocative of summer.


Photos courtesy of Pure Cycles