When Audi bought Italian motorcycle maker Ducati last April, the motorcycle press speculated the auto maker might release a sportbike under the Audi four ring logo. Now autoevolution is reporting the brand has released design sketches and photos of a clay model of The Audi Motorrad. A concept of French designers Thibault Devauze and his brother Marc Devauze. Clement Couvreur shaped their concept, and according to the report, is powered (or would be powered) by a Desmodromic 850cc L-twin Ducati engine with a dual clutch, but very little else was revealed.
Seems that Audi is metaphorically slapping BMW’s face with an Italian gauntlet. A well crafted, sleek gauntlet.
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One of the oldest motorcycle rallies in the South is on indefinite suspension. The Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally & Concert has been cancelled until further notice. According to sources close to the rally, the Cherokee Tribal Council, who controls the Tribal Fairgrounds did not renew the promoter’s license. It was speculated that Council was responding to pressure from the management of Harrah’s Casino to end the rally, which has been in existence since the 1980’s. There is no word if and when the rally will resume.
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A fire at a large warehouse in New Albany Indiana destroyed over 100 uninsured vintage motorcycles and sport cars, according to a report in the Courier Journal of Louisville.
According to reports, there were no injuries in the fire Tuesday night in the former New Albany Truss Co. building.
Owner Roger Harper says the loss is at least $100,000. View photos here
On the local television station, WLKY, Harper said, “The building, being as old as it is, and made out of wood and thin metal; it just caught on fire and went up like a match,” Harper said. “We were working on a motorcycle and trying to get it started and it backfired, and the motorcycle caught on fire. Before we could control the fire, the fire spread.”
He says the fire started when he and a friend were trying to start a motorcycle and the vehicle backfired.