New 2015 Ducati Scrambler Model Unveil and Video

The new Ducati Scrambler is here and looks to be a exciting modern classic with a handful of models coming right out of the gates. There's the Icon which will come in ''62 Yellow' or 'Ducati Red', then there's the Urban Enduro in "Wild Green", the Classic in 'Orange Sunshine' and the flat tracker-inspired Full Throttle in 'Deep Black'. Ducati really wants to create a new youthful and fun feel with this bike and I think their newly released video (below) sums it up pretty well.

To make things even more interesting, Ducati chose to drop 4 different versions on us all at once. There's the Icon in two color ways, the Full Throttle, Classic and Urban Enduro, each with it's own color scheme.

'Icon' in '62 Yellow
 'Icon' in Ducati Red
 'Full Throttle' in Deep Black
 'Classic' in Orange Sunshine
'Urban Enduro' in Wild Green

What do you think of this new bike? I think this is going to open up a whole new world much like the modern classic line by Triumph did. People will get inspired by the different versions above and build their own.

Which model is your favorite?

*UPDATE* - Go here for a feature we did on the Full Throttle model.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2014 :: Sept 28th Worldwide

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride has hit their target fundraising goal of $1 million raised for prostate cancer research (currently at over $1.25MM) for 2014 with a few days to spare. In 2013 over 10,000 riders kick-started their engines across 145 cities, spreading sartorial splendor and raising the tone – and funds for men’s health research – astride their classic and custom motorcycles.

Hopefully in 2014 we can collectively raise the bar even higher. With over 57 countries taking part, surely you can find one near you. And if you can make it for a ride, spread the word, donate and make sure you're there next year!

If you are taking part, let us know. Where are you riding? Tag us in your pictures with #thebullitt and if you look like a proper gentleman (or gentlewoman) we'll share your posts!

SoCal Supermoto swingarm

Getting Dirty with Socal Supermoto

Having a blast with Socal Supermoto

Riding a motorcycle is fun almost always...yes, it is even fun to commute on. The streets can pose many more perils and unknowns than will be found on a racetrack. It's easy to say, "well, I just can't afford track days"... That very next weekend said person over does it in the canyons and slams into oncoming traffic.

OK, that may be a little dramatic but riding a track is a great way to push yourself within relative control. Add an instructor to the mix and you have yourself a solid recipe for becoming a better rider. That bring us back to the whole "too expensive" conversation. Most of the is. Obviously there's a ride range of variables such as track and season, but more often than not it's expensive. If only there was a cheaper solution, maybe one where they provide bikes, instruction, photography, track fees; all for a fair price. Enter Socal Supermoto.

Socal Supermoto is exactly that mythical wonderland described above. For under $240 you get a bike provided (Suzuki DRZ400), instruction, track fees, trackside photography and he even throws in a tee to commemorate your day. All you need to bring is your own gear - leathers or full MX - and some lunch for yourself.

Upon arrival you're greeted by SoCal Supermoto founder Brian Murry, who immediately sets the tone with a chill vibe and a friendly handshake. He can be serious about safety and rider improvement all while keeping it mellow and unintimidating for all riders. Our group had a wide range of experience levels with only one dirt-virgin.

The first few sessions of the day Brian keeps us all off the dirt. Af first, I was admittedly saddened by this, but quickly realized this would allow us to focus on the lessons at hand. We first covered simple things like choosing the right lines, what's a 'double-apex' turn, and BRAP (brakes, ass, push).

Sean from Revzilla gets some body positioning advice from fellow rider Happy.

Once the dirt section opened up, it was a whole different animal. Front brakes are worthless (or should not be used) in the dirt at all. The slicks provide little to no traction and you get a little remember that you're on slicks every time you turn off into that dirt. Most of us grew up on dirtbikes so adding this element to the already crazy fun morning was insane. 99% of the crashes that day happened in the dirt (2 of them being my own).

We all started to get more confident in our abilities and the abilities of the bike and were getting more comfortable pushing it. During our last session, Murray stopped us all and gridded us up. There will be 4 laps and a victor would be crowned. Nothing serious, nothing riding on this other than the unparalleled feeling of beating your buddies.

We speed off at the drop of his Socal Supermoto hat and we're off. I get the holeshot and held the lead for almost 2 laps. Laughing and grinning ear-to-ear in my helmet I was already picturing my victory lap. Boy was I wrong! A good friend was putting pressure on me so I thought I'd burn him in the dirt. Whoops. I took the first berm a little hot, X'd the bars up and went straight over the top. Luckily my face broke my fall. I ended the race in dead last, but still had that shit-eating grin stuck on my face.

Can you guess which one is me?

Photos by: Patrick Flynn, Sean MacDonald and Brian Murray

Rad 02 Metralla by Radical Ducati

Rad 02 Metralla by Radical Ducati

Getting RAD with Radical Ducati

Yes it's true, Spanish-builders Radical Ducati closed their doors after fifteen years of building well...some pretty radical Ducatis. While their spirit is carried on by French builders Ducatiamo, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last 'Rad 02' build by Pepe and crew. The Rad 02 Metralla sums up everything we love about their signature style; a raw, lightweight Ducati stripped down to only the essentials.

Rad 02 Metralla by Radical Ducati

Rad 02 Metralla by Radical Ducati

Rad 02 Metralla by Radical Ducati

Rad 02 Metralla Specs:
-RAD 02 Aluminum frame
-RAD 02  Montjuich aluminum subframe
-ST2  swingarm
-Extreme tech rear schock (Tech 2)
-RAD 02 cnc machined yokes
-749 tin fork with RAD radial calipers holders
-Tobby stearing dumper
-Discacciati radial calipers
-Discacciati rotors
-Discacciati radial brake and clutch pumps
-Discacciati  special rear brake kit for RAD02
-Frentubo brake lines
-BST carbon fiber wheels
-Rizoma footrest
-999 front mudguard
-RAD classic front plate number
-RAD02 aluminum fuel tank
-RAD02 F3 carbon fiber solo seat
-RAD carbón fiber rear mudguard
-RAD02 two valves carbon fiber airbox
-Monster 1000 engine overbored to 1100 cc, Pistal high comp pistons, ported heads, DP camshafts,
-EVR antihooping clutch, Big valves,  999R gearbox.
-Febur big oil radiator
-Wolfman 2 in 1 exhaust system
-Mass titanium silencer
-EVR 3 ecu , Castro Maroto mapping
-LIPO battery
-RAD02 race electrical wiring
-Aviacompositi dashboard

Photography by: Del Perro

The Couch Surfer by Federal Moto

We’re big fans of small displacement bikes, and have love for the CB350 as we’ve spent countless hours tinkering around, and studying the microfiche for the Honda’s old 350 ourselves with our Bullitt CB build. Federal Motos, a quartet of young Canadian builders, have put together a simple and practical little tracker themselves and dubbed it “The Couch Surfer”.  

The Couch Surfer was built for "a young guy that lives, works, and parties downtown and wanted a whippy little tracker that he could tear around downtown, jump curbs, and have fun with.” 

Simple and clean will never go out of style and the boys at Federal Moto seem to get that evidenced by both this, their second build, and by their first homerun, a 1974 Norton Commando 850 tracker affectionately known as The Ace

We'll definitely be watching these guys in the months to come and suggest you do the same. Stay in the loop through their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.