Ducati recently unveiled the new, 2014-spec Diavel at the Motodays show in Italy and the Motorräder Dortmund show in Germany. The new Diavel gets the latest version of Ducati's Testastretta 11° 'Dual Spark' L-Twin engine that produces 162 horsepower, a new exhaust system and a new full-LED headlamp. Of course, the bike still has its full suite of electronic rider aids - ABS, traction control and multiple riding modes that tailor power delivery to suit road and weather conditions.
Colour options for the new Ducati Diavel include red and matte carbon, with red frame, and white and matte carbon, with white frame. Black forged wheels from Marchesini are standard with both paint schemes. The new Diavel will be in Ducati showrooms worldwide from April 2014 onwards.
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Concept motorcycle “India” is developed by designer Chetan Rao, who tried to modern India internationally. India has never been famous for innovative designs of cars or motorcycles, but the Indian economy is growing at a tremendous rate, and this applies to all areas of activity, including education and technological level.
Rao borrowed the design of the front suspension and steering from famous inventor Norman Hossack, although the frame and chassis designed independently. At the heart of the concept of set he used V-twin engine, which is a relatively unconventional, the center of gravity bike as low as possible. Overall, motorcycle design is made in a futuristic style. “India” motorcycle concept design is very innovative and elegant.
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To the many cocktail aficionados reading this, the humble grapefruit might seem like a rudimentary, even boring, piece of fruit. Drinks that tend to garner attention these days contain all kinds of exciting ingredients, like jackfruit, dragonfruit, passion fruit or, my all-time favorite, Ugli fruit. But while the terms ‘exotic’ and ‘esoteric’ have become part of cocktail vernacular, there’s no shame in keeping things simple. Enter the grapefruit.
Known technically as Citrus x paradisi, grapefruit is most likely a cross between the Southeast Asian pummelo and the standard sweet orange. It’s one of the newer fruits on Earth, having been first discovered on the island of Barbados in the mid-18th century. The name comes from the fact that fruit clusters on the tree look somewhat similar to a bunch of grapes. While lemon and lime are our preferred bartending citrus, the grapefruit has leant its own unique charms to a wide variety of wonderful and timeless drinks.
One only has to turn to the Hemingway Daiquiri—an august libation to be sure—to see what a delightful ingredient grapefruit juice can be. While the history of this recipe is far from certain, it’s about as cooling as drinks come and perfect for parties.
Right now, grapefruits are in season, and their color, especially in the highly coveted Ruby Red type, is deep and inviting. While the ruby is a little sweeter and a favorite of bartenders, the yellow variety (also known as white grapefruit) has more acid and can actually work better in balancing out sugary components.
A case in point is the Brown Derby, which was perhaps created at the famous hat-shaped Los Angeles restaurant of the same name. I’m a big fan of the simplicity of this drink, but it can err on the sweet side if made with pink grapefruit juice.
That also goes for a rather unknown but delicious cocktail called the Blinker. The drink was first mentioned in Patrick Gavin Duffy’s 1934 The Official Mixer’s Manual but was resurrected in Ted Haigh’s wonderful Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails. It is another simple and elegant concoction, calling for rye whiskey, grapefruit and either grenadine or, even better, fresh raspberry syrup. Again, use a yellow variety here for balance.
And speaking of easy, a great drink to bust out at a gathering for a lot of people is the Paloma, pretty much the only “cocktail” you’ll find in Mexico. (No, the locals do not drink Margaritas.) In its homeland, this ubiquitous highball is made with a sickeningly sweet grapefruit soda called Squirt. But when made with fresh grapefruit juice and topped with sparkling water, the result is one of the most refreshing drinks you’ll ever try.
Grapefruit also matches beautifully with Aperol, Campari and some bitter Italian amari, as well as almost all spirits, proving that it might actually be the most versatile citrus fruit out there. Now show it some respect and make these drinks!
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You know what they say. “It’s the simple things in life that are often the best.” And nothing represents that more perfectly than today’s bike. It’s a beautifully simple, perfectly restrained Moto Guzzi from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand. With not much more than a new seat and a perfect eye for clean lines, Michael Dobson from Raumati’s Two Cats Garage has help this rather maximal Italian beast shed more than a few pounds and become the svelte, beautiful bike she somehow always should have been.
“It’s a 1970 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, which was also called and Ambassador in US,” notes Mike. It’s actually our second Pipeburn appearance – we were luck enough to be featured previously for our 1986 BMW R80RT we called ‘Bopper’. For this one Gary, the bike’s owner, came to us with the concept and we did the rest.”
“Essentially, it’s a very simple update on a very bulky bike. Sure, it’s not radically and could easily be achieved at home… but that’s what we like about it. Half the work was already done by Moto Guzzi; it just goes to show that if you start with a good product you just have to reveal it. We were also amazed at just how much lighter the bike looks. Like chalk and cheese.”
“The main parts of the build include new alloy guards, the removal of the side covers, a new gel battery which we installed lying down and some subtle pod air filters. The crash bars were removed, a set of lower handlebars were added and an LED tail light was attached. Oh, and a clean, single seat. Obviously.
Then there’s the 70′s Ural peaked headlight rim which gives that classic, forward attitude to the bike’s looks. The custom mufflers were made by Damon at Cycleworks. The battery’s leather belt picks up on leather seat and the gold tank pinstripe as well. Overall, the look is the proven formula of black and chrome. There’s a good reason why it’s classic – and that’s because it looks so damn good.”
[Photos by Ireen Demut]