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WHEN SOMEDAY IS TODAY: Ducati Multistrada 1000S DS by Nico Dragoni Motociclette

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Written by Tim Huber.

Unlike the Hypermotard, MH900e, Supermono, and Sport Classic, Pierre Terblanche’s design for the original Ducati Multistrada received a less-than-positive reception from the motorcycling public upon its release. Routinely included (and ranking high) on lists of the ugliest motorcycles in modern history, the first-gen Multistrada was all kinds of awkward. Between the cyclops headlight, a windscreen and fairing top that turned with the forks, and a sporty 999-esque tail that just didn’t mesh well with the trailie-vibe, the Multistrada was largely regarded as a visual mess.

Underneath the ill-favored bodywork however, the Multistrada boasted a solid engine backed by a well-engineered frame and quality components — the up-specced S model even more so. With top-shelf Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension fore and aft, and a healthy 92hp on tap, the Multistrada 1000S DS is a competent performer that lends itself particularly well to customization. So when a customer approached Northern Italy’s Nico Dragoni Motociclette with the idea for a modern Ducati build, Giada and Nico, who run the operation, suggested starting with a 1000S.

“The client requested something that would perform well and not have too extreme of a riding position, but beyond that, he gave us carte blanche on the project,” Giada tells us. The duo started by completely stripping down the 2005 S DS donor to a rolling chassis. The stock subframe was lopped off and a new, shorter hooped unit was added, jetting up at a steeper angle and following the existing diagonal line of one of the steel trellis frame’s cross-sections. They also crafted U-shaped sections underneath that support the above framework and help to mask the profile of the build’s new sub-seat battery and electronics box.

“Sadly there wasn’t enough space under the tank for the battery, so we made a custom box

Born To Ride TV Episode #1229 - Roscoe's Chili Challenge

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Born To Ride TV Episode #1229 - Roscoe's Chili ChallengeThis Week on Born To Ride TV Episode #1229, we take you to Roscoe's Chili Challenge, the greatest old school biker party in the world for mini bike races, outhouse races, and body painting. We even have an interview with the one and only, Roscoe himself, as he gives us an inside to how it all started. The 34th Annual Chili Challenge is COMING! November 7th-10th! Then Dr. Paul Bearer takes us to Quaker Steak & Lube for, Halloween Horror Bikes! He'll be lurking AGAIN at Quaker Steak & Lube... Wednesday, October 30th! Follow Us: ►Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/BTRBornToRide/?sub_confirmation=1 ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BornToRideTVMagazine/ ►Website: https://www.borntoride.com Song: Born To Ride Artist/Band: Soul Circus Cowboys ►YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SoulCircusCowboys/featured ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulcircuscowboys/ ►Website: https://soulcircuscowboys.com/

Motorcycle Gear And Accessories Seen At AIMExpo 2019

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AIMExpo 2019 is bringing together so many different motorcycle industry exhibitors under one roof (and outside) of the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, from September 26–29, 2019. With so many manufacturers, aftermarket companies, and gear companies the amount of products and services are abundant. Here are just a few that caught our eye while we roamed the convention center floor.

Industrial Moto G.U.S.

Industrial Moto G.U.S.
Industrial Moto G.U.S. (Serena Bleeker/)

Situated in the Kenda booth this tiny, but mighty Grom was on display with a sidecar attachment full of camping equipment. Industrial Moto partnered with Kenda for this Grom Utility Sidecar on display. You can see Kenda's Big Block tire affixed, ready to take on the gravel roads to the campsite. The company is based out of Virginia and not only makes sidecar attachments for Honda Groms, but for Honda Monkeys and Kawasaki Z125s as well. Click here for more information. Looking for even more mods of the Grom? Check out this list of top performance mods for the minibike.

RAM Mount Quick Grip

RAM Mount Quick Grip
RAM Mount Quick Grip (Serena Bleeker/)

Smartphones seem to be getting larger, and in order to accommodate them RAM Mounts is offering the Quick Grip as the solution. The RAM Mount Quick Grip cradle shown here is designed to fit larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for example. Like RAM Mounts' other products, the Quick Grip system is modular, allowing you to attach it to your bike with the different bases or cradles, so prices do vary.

Atlas Throttle Lock

Atlas Throttle Lock
Atlas Throttle Lock (Serena Bleeker/)

Described as a “mechanical” cruise control by the folks at the booth, this Atlas Throttle Lock gives you the chance to hold your throttle position with the touch of a button. While at first I questioned the safety of the device, they did say that the throttle can be twisted while the lock is engaged, and there’s a button to disengage the device. On the throttle grip demo the device did not take much grip space. The device comes in either polished chrome ($145) or black ($135). Also, they informed me they’ll be launching in summer of 2020 a “Safe Brake” system, which is a new electronic disengage for the Throttle Lock which will turn off the Throttle Lock with input from the clutch, front brake, or rear brake.

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