Well I had quite the motorcycle week, visiting Italy to score the world's first review of the 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale. Here's everything that happened while I was gone, including a really heavy new BMW, a really pretty Russian sidecar and blue and yellow Husqvarnas.
Top 10 Motorcycle Myths: "I just had to lay it down, bro." Yeah right. This and other assorted nonsense that doesn't actually apply to bikes. (RideApart)
2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure: The bike people seem to think they should choose to ride around the world actually weighs more than a medium-sized elephant. How are you supposed to pick that up, unless you're followed by a team of support trucks? (CycleWorld)
2014 Ducati 899 Panigale Review: Like an 1199, but less insane. I rode it at a very, very wet Imola and managed to live to tell the tale. Could I have done the same on its 195 bhp big brother? I'm honestly not sure. (RideApart)
Ural Gaucho Rambler: A Russian sidecar inspired by American cowboys. It actually makes more sense than you might think, and results in one very nice looking bike, complete with its own blanket. (IMZ-Ural)
The New Husqvarna: So Austrian company KTM purchased formerly Swedish, currently Italian brand Husqvarna from German company BMW. Keeping Up? Good, because this is why the new bikes are just rebadged Husabergs, in the same Swedish-flag colors. (Enduro21)
How To Buy A Used Motorcycle Like A Pro: Want to score a sweet deal on a used bike? It might be harder than you think, but here's how to do it. (RideApart)