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Make no mistake about it: motorcycle racing is at the nucleus of Ducati. Never is this more evident than the release of the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike. This fifth generation Italian-built sportbike makes use of radical technologies born from success in World Superbike and MotoGP competition. For the full tech analysis read the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike First Look and 2012 Ducati 1199 Superquadro Engine Info analysis as this review focuses on the hour-long riding impression aboard the up-spec S model ($22,995) from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

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A computer-generated animation of a new safety system designed for motorcycle riders called the Safety Sphere.

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dainese-d-air-racing-airbag-suit-635x668Getting a look at Dainese & AGV’s 2012 collection, Asphalt & Rubber was down in Orange County earlier this week to see the highly anticipated Dainese D-Air Racing leather suit, which has a four liter airbag system that helps reduce the risk of injury during a motorcycle crash. Dainese has been working on the D-Air Racing system for 10 years now, and after soft-launching the airbag suit in Europe, the Italian company is ready to bring the game-changing technology to American soil.

If you watch MotoGP or World Superbike, you have  …  More

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If you wear a full-face helmet, chances are you chose this type of helmet for its protective qualities. But what about the difference in levels of protection between different makes and models of full-face helmet? In the U.S. there isn’t much information to go on. Helmet safety certification uses a pass/fail system: a helmet either earns a DOT-approved (or, in some cases, Snell-approved) rating or it doesn’t. In the United Kingdom that’s changed with the government’s “Safety Helmet Assessment and Ratings Programme,” better known as SHARP.

The key word there is “Rating,” as in   …  More

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