Posts Tagged ‘Italian’

Ducati Retailer Launches CorsaVino

April 21, 2009

Are you as devoted to fine wines as you are to fine Italian motorcycles?

If so, you may want to check out CorsaVino – a wine brand of limited availability launched by Arun Sharma, the general manager of MotoCorsa in Portland. MotoCorsa was named a 2007 Dealernews Top 100 motorcycle retailer.
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Originally “not much of a drinker,” Sharma’s many trips to Italy ultimately exposed him to the passion of winemaking. Sharma says the Italian winemakers’ obsession with detail and the quality of each component – all ultimately for the purpose of enjoying life – resonated deeply with his appreciation for Italian motorcycles.

Determined to mirror classic traditions of Italian winemakers in his Pacific Northwest home, Sharma sought out Italian motorcycle enthusiast and winemaker Rich Cushman, a vintner renowned for his award winning wines. Thus CorsaVino was born.

CorsaVino’s four wines include Cabernet Sauvignon Il Mostro Rosso, Viognier, Syrah and an already sold-out Cabernet Sauvignon commemorative edition.

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Mostro Rosso, limited to a production of 98 cases, retails for $314 by the case or $29 by the bottle; the 2007 Viognier, limited to a production of 54 cases, retails for $260 by the case or $24 by the bottle; and the 2005 Syrah, limited to a production of 217 cases, retails for $292 by the case or $27 by the bottle.

The sold-out 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon commemorative edition was limited to a production of 300 bottles.

MV Agusta’s Massimo Tamburini to Retire

December 3, 2008

This is straight from MV’s site as of today, Dec. 3:

MV Agusta Design Chief Massimo Tamburini will retire from the company, effective Dec. 31, 2008. Tamburini has been with Cagiva since early 1985 and has headed up MV Agusta’s engineering and design center, Centro Ricerche Cagiva, in San Marino for over 13 years, where he and the staff designed what are widely regarded as world-class, premium, high-performance

Tamburini and great mood lighting

Tamburini and great mood lighting

sport motorcycles, including the legendary F4.

“I have dedicated a significant part of my career in motorcycle design to Cagiva and MV Agusta and am immensely proud of the beautiful and thrilling motorcycles we have created,” said Tamburini. “While my decision to retire was extremely difficult to make, I am confident the highly-talented designers and engineers in San Marino will continue the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of MV Agusta. I have been privileged to realize so many dreams during my years with Cagiva and MV Agusta and look forward to seeing more great things yet to come from the company,” Tamburini said.

Tamburini plans to pursue design interests outside the motorcycle field and to spend more time on his other outside interests.

“Massimo Tamburini is one of the legends of the motorcycle industry and leaves a great legacy at MV Agusta,” said Claudio Castiglioni, MV Agusta Chairman and Director of Motorcycle Research and Development. “The capabilities he built at MV Agusta’s design center are outstanding and his legacy and vision will now be carried forward by the team he assembled and mentored over many years. While we will miss his presence, we respect his decision to retire and wish him all the best for the future,” Castiglioni said.

Wonder if this has anything to do with Harley-Davidson’s purchase of the legendary Italian brand? I’d love to have seen a collaboration between Tamburini and Willie G.

The Kymco Like — “Classic is one scooter …”

November 26, 2008

OK, Kymco’s already got scooters with names like the People and the Xciting so I guess the Like isn’t that far out there. In fact, it’s the kind of name that definitely sticks with you. What’s the Like look like? It’s profile is even more memorable. This is a pretty sleek looking scooter.

Future retro? Sleek? Whadda ya think?

I don’t have much info on the new 125cc scoot unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan, but what I can gather from the Italian blog Motoblog it’s a 4-stroke machine that cruises around on 12 in. wheels. It also appears that a 2-stroke 50cc version is somewhere around the corner. Can anybody translate some Italian for me because here’s how the translation tool in Sherlock reads the info:

Kymco Like 125/50 is new scooter a style retrò, cured from designer
the Italian Zaniboni Maximum; classic is one scooter, but with one
modern and personal, dry and compact line, ricercatissima in finishes
and the details evoked to you.

Like is born from one deepened study of the history of the scooter of
years fifty and sixty; the new Kymco is a comfortable vehicle and
adapted to every requirement: the wheels from 12 inches render it
perfect for the city traffic, but also ideal for gite outside the door
in the weekend.

Like is introduced in the versions 125cc and 50cc, both movements from
powerful single cylinder 4 times 2 valves, with cooling to air; in
future, version 50cc with motor to 2 times will be also available one.
The refraining system is to double disc (monodisc for the 50cc) and
the equipments are to the top of the category, with complete
instrumentation, beacons you halogenated and wide space portacasco.