Ferretti launches first motor yacht of the Ferretti 920 series

Ferretti Yachts has announced the launch of the first Ferretti 920 close to its shipyard in Cattolica. Designed in conjunction with Zuccon International Project, she has the flexibility to switch from a 4 cabin layout to 5, as well as a bow area usable by guests and a beam of 2.2m for accessing shallower waters.

The first Ferretti 920 motor yacht was recently launched at the Cattolica shipyard

The first Ferretti 920 motor yacht was recently launched at the Cattolica shipyard

Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer Stefano de Vivo commented:

“2017 has been another year full of all sorts of exciting news for Ferretti Yachts, which is celebrating another memorable occasion: the outstanding Ferretti Yachts 920 technical launch.

“Like our other yachts, we are sure that this new model will attract a great deal of interest in Europe and the United States, where it will be presented in the coming months and help to get a landmark year for the brand underway.

“In 2018, Ferretti Yachts will celebrate half a century in business: a magnificent milestone that it has reached in exceptional form, with six new models presented in three years and great prospects for growth and even more international success.”

The second unit is expected to be launched in the upcoming months, while the first Ferretti 920 will make her debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monte Carlo, running from the 8th until the 10th of September, before becoming publicly view-able before at the Cannes Yachting Festival from the 12th-17th of September.

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Ferretti launches first motor yacht of the Ferretti 920 series

Ferretti Yachts has announced the launch of the first Ferretti 920 close to its shipyard in Cattolica. Designed in conjunction with Zuccon International Project, she has the flexibility to switch from a 4 cabin layout to 5, as well as a bow area usable by guests and a beam of 2.2m for accessing shallower waters.

The first Ferretti 920 motor yacht was recently launched at the Cattolica shipyard

The first Ferretti 920 motor yacht was recently launched at the Cattolica shipyard

Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer Stefano de Vivo commented:

“2017 has been another year full of all sorts of exciting news for Ferretti Yachts, which is celebrating another memorable occasion: the outstanding Ferretti Yachts 920 technical launch.

“Like our other yachts, we are sure that this new model will attract a great deal of interest in Europe and the United States, where it will be presented in the coming months and help to get a landmark year for the brand underway.

“In 2018, Ferretti Yachts will celebrate half a century in business: a magnificent milestone that it has reached in exceptional form, with six new models presented in three years and great prospects for growth and even more international success.”

The second unit is expected to be launched in the upcoming months, while the first Ferretti 920 will make her debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monte Carlo, running from the 8th until the 10th of September, before becoming publicly view-able before at the Cannes Yachting Festival from the 12th-17th of September.

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Motorcycle.com Best Of 2017

With August just around the corner, we’re cutting to the apex as we prepare to launch our annual selections for what are the best in motorcycling. MO’s Best Of awards, or MOBOs, begin unveiling the first of August, which is typically the closest the moto industry gets to a bit of a lull period in new motorcycle product launches.

Motorcycle.com Best Of 2016

The previous 12 months saw the introduction of dozens of new and updated models as manufacturers look for ways to appeal to younger riders while maintaining relevance to the Boomers and Gen-Xers who continue to underpin the motorcycle industry. OEMs delivered most everything a consumer could imagine, from sub-400cc gems to the best sportbikes the world has ever seen, plus a passel of intriguing offerings in the cruiser, adventure, standard and retro markets.

As always, we begin the MOBOs with our choice for Best Product, which is followed the next day by Best Technology. After that begins the rollout of the motorcycles that have become our favorites in 12 categories that encompass what’s available in the moto world, including both a winner and an honorable mention. Each weekday will see the unveiling of a new category and its two leading players, culminating in the crowning of our 2017 Motorcycle of the Year award on August 21.

It’s been entertaining to watch as new bikes get announced and then ridden, leaving us to dissect and distill the crop into its superlative elements. Come along for the ride as we share our favorites!

History of the MOBOs:
Best Motorcycles of 2015
Best Motorcycles of 2015
Best Motorcycles of 2014
Best Motorcycles of 2013
Best Motorcycles of 2012
Best Motorcycles of 2011
Best Motorcycles of 2010
Best Motorcycles of 2009

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Vivax Bikes

Vivax is back in the news with reports from the Italian press that a masters racer was caught by officials with a motor in his bike. Google Translate this article and it reads like a script treatment for Tour de Pharmacy Part Deux, Motor Doping.

The Vivax system is a valid, enabling tech for a variety of reasons; including an assist up hills for cyclists with degenerative diseases. It’s precision manufacturing and bottom-bracket based design also means handbuilt bike makers can build one too with materials like steel and titanium.

I know this because Bill Davidson is making Vivax bikes in Fremont  at DKCB. As long as a Vivax bike isn’t showing up to race at a sanctioned event, I think they’re great and hopefully a toxic roadie topic can get redirected to how it’s helping cyclists who can use it.

Read this post for more about the Vivax bikes Bill is building. And, here’s more on the topic.

 

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Indians Wrecking Crew secures 10th First Place Finish at Calistoga Half-Mile

Indian’s Wrecking Crew continues to dominate the 2017 American Flat Track season securing its 10th first place finish at the Calistoga Half-Mile. The Minneapolis-based manufacturer now holds the top three positions in overall standings. 

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING SECURES 10TH WIN OF SEASON AND HOLDS TOP THREE POSITIONS IN SEASON STANDINGS

Jared Mees Wins Calistoga Half-Mile; Scout FTR750 & Wrecking Crew Tallies 25 of 33 Podiums

CALISTOGA, CA (JULY 31, 2017) – Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 secure its 10th first-place finish of the 2017 American Flat Track season with Jared Mees’ dominant performance at the Calistoga Half-Mile. Mees captured his sixth win of the season, and was joined on the podium by fellow Wrecking Crew rider Brad Baker, who placed third. Together, these finishes propel Indian Motorcycle Racing to 25 of 33 podiums on the season.

Mees remained red hot and proved to be unstoppable around the Calistoga Speedway on his Scout FTR750 during the main event. Mees finished the 25-lap race with a significant 3.571-second margin of victory and sailed by the checkered flag in a one-handed wheelie. The closest battle was for third place between teammates Brad Baker and Bryan Smith, with the former edging out by 0.067 of a second for the podium finish.

“It felt good to get my sixth win of the season at Calistoga Half-Mile,” said Mees. “It was a long three week break since an AFT event, but my team continued to work hard and have my Scout FTR750 dialed for this race.”

Through 11 races this season Mees and Smith own ten first-place finishes. The Wrecking Crew also holds the top three positions in the season’s point standings with Jared Mees at 227, Smith at 209 and Baker 166.

“Indian’s return to flat track was contingent on our ability to develop a truly best-in-class race bike. It goes without saying that we’re incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished with the Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “With seven more events, our Wrecking Crew will continue to prepare and work toward finishing the season as strong as they started.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle on August 6.

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Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLA Spied in Germany

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz debuted a lightly refreshed GLA lineup. The compact crossover received minimal changes to its front and rear ends, new fog lights, optional LED headlights, and some additional interior bright work. However, while the refresh extends the car’s life, this model isn’t long for this world as Mercedes-Benz is hard at work designing the next generation that we’ve captured testing.

Spied in Germany, this GLA mule wears less body cladding and camouflage than the last one we caught. Like the previous model, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA will again ride on the A-Class’ platform when the next-gen cars arrive. Though the current GLA was clearly distinguishable from the A-Class hatch, it appears the next-generation cars will look more alike, if similar-looking recent test mules are any indication.

Although the camouflage is still obscuring much of the car’s features, some aspects are easily made out. At the front, a more aggressive hood and front bumper encompass the new headlights that resemble the GLA’s distant cousin, the AMG GT.

Moving rearward, the wheel wells have been enlarged and given protruding fender flares, very similar to the fender flares we saw on the E-Class All-Terrain 4×4² concept shown not too long ago.

Further back, the hatch appears to have a reshaped rear spoiler, new rear fascia, and new taillights. Engine options are likely to remain similar to the current model, with small-displacement turbocharged engines expected to make up the bulk of powertrain choices. It’s also likely that there will be another AMG-tuned model like the current GLA 45 AMG with a hotter engine.








The GLA will also likely receive a host of diesel options, but with Mercedes-Benz’s recent commitment to electrification, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw an all-electric GLA, or at the very least a hybrid GLA, further down the next-gen GLA’s life cycle.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t disclosed when the new GLA will launch, but given that the German company just released the updated GLA earlier this year, we’d guess the next generation won’t arrive until the end of next year at earliest.

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