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Ducati Releases the 1199 Panigale R  
Ducati 1199 R 
Ducati 1199 Panigale R
For those seeking the slickest in Ducati superbike machinery, the 1199 Panigale R is without a doubt the top candidate.

The 1199 R, which was unveiled at EICMA in Milan last month, is basically a race-bred "S" model.

Ducati's improvements are highlighted by a three-percent increase in power from the Superquadro Desmodromic powerplant, which brings the oomph to over 200 horsepower, a four-point adjustable swingarm, and a lighter 367.3-lbs. design.

Much of the weight savings arrive from lighter engine parts, and a host of carbon-fiber pieces that also further add to the Ducati's already sexy design: a rear hugger, rear suspension guard, heel guards, ignition switch surround, top fairing inner panels, and protectors for the single-sided swingarm and clutch cover.

But the enhancements don't stop there; the Bologna-based manufacturer also adds a race kit, which consists of a full Termignoni exhaust system with enhanced ECU, and a 15-41 final drive to quicken acceleration (the stock 1199 arrives with a 15-39 ratio).

Also included in the Race Kit is a "high-penetration" racing screen and fairing mirror caps in machined alloy.

The 1199 R is further enhanced by Marchesini wheels, and a unique red and brushed-aluminum scheme on the fuel tank.

For additional information and pictures of this $29,995 desire, click here.
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Honda Unveils the Transitional 500s
Honda CBR500R In America, sportbike designs are split into three segments - the entry-level quarter-liter bikes available from only Kawasaki or Honda, the mid-weight 600 class, and the top horsepower liter-bike class.

The gap between the 600 and 1000 class is currently filled by one bike - the infamous Suzuki GSX-R 750. But unless you own an archaically-designed Ninja 500, nothing exists in the transitional phase between the entry-level sportbike and the 600cc classes.

For 2013, however, Honda is out to change this with the release of the CBR500R. The CBR is powered by an all-new, liquid-cooled, 500cc parallel-twin that features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and a counterbalancer for smoothness.

This new engine will also be used to power two other new transitional models - the standard CB500F and the adventure CB500X, which help to fill other voids in stateside motorcycle offerings.

At, some of the most popular stories surround entry-level motorcycles. But the problem has always been lack of available models. You either have a Ninja 250, the new Ninja 300, or the CBR250R.

But for 2013 that grows with the CBR500R. Thanks for paying attention, Honda. Other manufacturers, please follow suit...

For additional information on these models, here are some links: CBR500R, CB500F, CB500X.
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 the Lawndale motorcycle jacket, designed with top-grade Buffalo leather in a three-quarter length design with four front pockets.

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* Top grade Buffalo leather
* Chest vents combined with underarm sleeve vents and a rear exit vent, to provide flow-through ventilation
* Durable main zipper closure with dual wind flaps to seal out the elements
* Adjustable waist straps to help fine tune the fit
* Traditional chest and hand warmer pockets for ample storage
* Two zippered hand warmer pockets, four bellows pockets and one internal pocket
* Pockets for optional CE approved armor at the elbow and shoulder built into the jacket
* Tour Master Z.O.Q. (Zip-Out Quilted) liner with warming 100g polyfill insulation with removable sleeves that can also be worn as a vest
* An 8" jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side included
* External foam padded shoulders for comfort and protection
* Triple and double stitched with high strength, bonded nylon thread
* Rotated sleeves for riding comfort
* A zippered chest mesh liner pocket


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6D Unveils the Innovative ATR-1 Helmet  

6D ATR-1
Our magazine editor, Don Williams, was recently in Brea, Calif., for the unveiling of 6D's new off-road helmet - the ATR-1.

This lid is loaded with innovative designs, including the Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) Technology, which is designed to lower the number of concussion injuries for motorcyclists.

6D's design is further enhanced by the use of "elastomeric isolation dampers" in the helmet's liner, something that gives the helmet its 6D brand name - these dampers move in six directions (up,down,front,back,side-to-side).

The 6D design brings the latest technology into the world of off-road helmets, increasing safety by huge measures. To read more about the 6D ATR-1, click here.

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Looking for a top-of-the-line suit, just like AMA Pro Racing's Danny Eslick or Dane Westby wear?  There is no better time than now to order your RS Taichi suit.

During the SUIT PROMOTION, you will receive FREE gloves up to $219.95 value. And there is no better place than Moto Liberty of Dallas to purchase your new suit.
Moto Liberty has been selling motorcycle gear and specializing in race suits since 1987. Moto Liberty has the largest inventory, and a longer history with RS Taichi than any other dealer in the USA.  With over 30 off-the-rack sizes available, as well as custom sizing and graphics available, you can own the perfect fitting suit that also offers the ultimate in safety, comfort and ventilation. Styles start at $949 and can go all the way to $2999 for the T-Raps Airbag suit.  And that's why you want to choose the dealer with the most experience in RS Taichi suits to find the perfect suit for your needs.   

For additional information on RS Taichi and other fine race and street gear, click here. For all other premium gear lines available from Moto Liberty, visit or call 1-800-214-RACE. GSX-R1000 Yoshimura Fairings GSX-R1000
When seeking aftermarket fairings, three major problems exist - lack of quality, high-shipping costs, and dull custom graphics, if any are offered at all.

But the Charlotte, N.C.-based is changing this. Firstly, it offers injected-molded ABS plastic design (the same as OEM fairings), free shipping and custom graphic designs at no extra charge.

Ultimate MotorCycling recently enhanced a long-term test Suzuki GSX-R1000 with set of plastics that mimic the look of AMA Superbike rider Blake Young's Yoshimura Suzuki, and was beyond impressed with the quality.

To read about our impressions, click here.
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Ron Lieback
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