Rossi R1, Multistrada SE at Quail Moto Gathering
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Ducati is so stoked about winning last year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that it's releasing a Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition in honor of the occasion.
I can’t wait for the third annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering this weekend. Posted up a preview called “Black Falcon, More at Quail Motorcycle Gathering
” a week and a half ago, but since then I’ve learned of some new developments that are sweetening the pot further.
First, we found out that Ducati plans on unveiling the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. The new Multistrada is being built to celebrate the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb victory by Greg Tracy on a Multistrada 1200. The Italian marque will also have the Monster 1100EVO and the Diavel
on display. The 1100EVO is claimed to be the first air-cooled Monster to produce 100 hp and is the first Monster to feature the Ducati Traction Control system. Ducati is one of the event sponsors and is offering a sweet package that includes a VIP ticket to the event, free “Ducati-only” parking and free gear check for less than the general admission price. Interested? Go to www.ducatiusa.com
I also heard that So-Cal Speed Shop, renowned for its custom car creations, will debut its new line of motorcycles starting with The Miler at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. So-Cal Speed Shop is branching out, calling its new endeavor So-Cal Moto Sport and The Miler is the first of several limited edition bikes it intends to produce. The motorcycle is influenced by Triumph flat trackers of the 1960s and ‘70s and will source an 865cc twin-cylinder Bonneville engine spooned into a superlight frame. I plan on snapping a few photos and nailing down more information at the Gathering.
How would you like to own a Valentino Rossi-inspired Yamaha R1 with graphics applied by Rossi's helmet painter, Aldo Drudi, racing components and autographed by The Doctor himself? It will be on the auction block at the upcoming Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
Recently learned that a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 with Valentino Rossi’s “Five Continents” AGV helmet design will be up for auction in the Bonhams & Butterfields auction, too. The graphics on the bike were applied by none other than Rossi’s helmet painter, Aldo Drudi. The R1 comes with a racing pedigree courtesy of Ronin Wheels donated by Roland Sands, Bridgestone BT-003 tires, Ohlins suspension, Akrapovic exhausts and more. It is billed as “the civilian version of the MotoGP bike campaigned by former World Champion Rossi” and has been autographed by none other than “The Doctor” himself. All proceeds from its sale will go to Riders For Health, a non-profit organization that brings medicine to people in remote areas of Africa via motorcycles.
Looking forward to checking out all the vintage and historically significant motorcycles scheduled to be on display, too. A 1929 Sunbeam Model 90TT, the motorcycle that won the 1929 Isle of Man TT, and a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning from the Gene Brown Collection are but two of the bikes I hope to get a close-up look at. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering takes place this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in beautiful Carmel, California at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club. Tickets are still available, so hopefully I’ll meet plenty of Motorcycle USA readers there.
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