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Ducati Panigale V4 wins ‘Most Beautiful Bike’ in Milan award



Surprise! Ducati win the ‘Most Beautiful Motorcycle at EICMA’ award for the third year in a row.

It will perhaps come as no major upset to anyone that the fan’s choice award for the bike that people found ‘Most Beautiful’ in Milan last week was Italian. It’s even less of a surprise that it was the utterly stunning Ducati Panigale V4.



In fact, not only is this the third year in a row that the award has been given to a Ducati bike (the two previous winners have been the Ducati Scrambler and Ducati Supersport) but it’s also the third year in a row that the designer of the bikes has also been the same.

We’ve been following Julien Clement and his work since we first spoke to him about his Ducati Scrambler, and after falling in love with the Supersport last year it’s incredible to see that he’s followed up that double-win with a hat-trick of not only stunningly beautiful machines, but significant ones too. Somebody must be in line for a substantial raise at the Bologna HQ.

As for the rest of the top five, that’s more of an interesting mix.

In number two was the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR. Which – of course – is another Italian but is also rather tasty.



Third came the Honda CB1000R, which whilst looking great in pictures is actually less attractive than it’s younger siblings (in our eyes at least) but nothing beats CC numbers it would seem.



Fourth – and this should be an absolute surprise to pretty much everyone – was the new Harley-Davidson Fat Bob, so maybe their is life in the ol’ bar and shield yet!



And rounding up the top five most beautiful motorcycles of Milan, comes the left-field but emotionally evocative Fantic Motor Cabellero Scrambler 500.



Quite a solid selection all round. Congratulations to all the winners.

And Julien, if you’re reading this… Feel free to take a year off next year to give some other people a chance eh? ;p

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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