American motorcycle pioneer Norbert Schickel has been named to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame’s 2011 class. Schickel founded Schickel Motor Co., in Stamford, Conn., in 1912, a year after exhibiting his first “two-cycle” motorcycle at the Chicago Motorcycle Show. Schickel Motor sold more than 1,000 motorcycles between 1912 and 1924 when the company filed for […]
Portland’s MotoCorsa Opens Museo Ducati Exhibition
You may remember MotoCorsa as the dealership behind the awfully funny “Manigale” photoshoot, featuring male employees in bathing suits and heels posing like female models on a Ducati 1199 Panigale. The Portland, Ore., dealership clearly knows how to have fun. MotoCorsa also knows Ducati‘s heritage, opening an exhibition of more than 30 significant Ducati motorcycles spanning seven decades.
The “Museo Ducati” exhibition runs through the month of January at the dealership and is open to the public free of charge. The motorcycles on display include several rare and landmark models from Ducati’s history, with some motorcycles being shown in public for the very first time.
The models on display range from a 1957 Ducati 175 Sport to the 2013 Diavel. Some of the highlights include a rare “Green Frame” 1974 750SS, a 1982 TT2 (among the first Ducatis to feature the now-iconic trellis frame), a 1993 Supermono (one of only 67 ever produced), and a 2008 Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica.
So if you’re a Ducatisti traveling close to the Pacific Northwest this month, stop by MotoCorsa and take a look back through Ducati’s history.