After seeing the headline, you might ask yourself, how are motorcycle racing teams based in Italy and Germany good for our tucked away, little Rogue Valley? Whether you are or aren’t a fan of motorcycle racing at any level, it is a fair question.
If you are unfamiliar with racing, Ducati and BMW are practically dictionary definitions of the very word. Ducati has had immense success in MotoGP premier class racing, and World Super Bike racing alike. After a long sabbatical from racing, BMW entered the World Super Bike ranks a few years back and have achieved immediate success. These two racing organizations represent the highest form of the sport, and hobby in general.
This is where you have to follow along. Motorcycle companies, in general, will usually give their street-going bikes hand-me-down technology from racing bikes as different electronics and parts become more advanced. (Car companies do the same thing, the changes are just usually harder to notice, such as safety features.) To become more advanced and progress the overall build of the bike, these companies rely on detailed analysis from computer systems, and riders alike. In order to afford the best technology and best engineers, you have to have a lot of race wins, and generous sponsors. In order to get race wins and generous sponsors, you have to have good riders. Ducati currently employ arguably the best rider ever in the sport of MotoGP in Valentino Rossi, and former MotoGP champion, American Nicky Hayden. BMW’s various race teams employ some of the most seasoned veterans in the sport as well, such as Troy Corser.
The riders, race wins, and everlasting thirst for unbridled speed and handling put Ducati and BMW at the forefront of sport bike development. The Rogue Valley just so happens to be surrounded by roads and tracks that benefit from the refined nature of these stunning machines. Afterall, Medford and the surrounding areas boast destination rides such as Greensprings Highway, Dead Indian Memorial Road, Highway 96, Redwood Highway, Portland International Raceway, Streets of Willow, Thunderhill, etc.
The bumpy, blind, tree-lined, hair-raising, blisteringly fast turns and straights (mostly turns) of said roadways, are the perfect proving ground for the finely tuned offerings of the Ducati 1198 and BMW S1000RR, among others. The demanding nature of the roads requires excellent focus and technical ability, but also perfectly tuned machinery. Since these exotic brands aren’t much more expensive than their Japanese rivals, combined with a down economy, it might be a wise time to do some new bike shopping.
Beyond all the great asphalt in our beloved area, the great Northwest is also home to grueling weather patterns, and stubborn outdoor enthusiasts. So when the temperature drops and you want to take a bike in the mud, snow, dirt, or whatever, it is shocking, yet fitting that you still don’t need to look past the Italian and German manufacturers. With offerings such as the Multistrada and GS, respectively, your adventure needs will be met with the highest standards.
Perhaps we should all be thanking our lucky stars that Medford is home to a dealership that just so happens to sell both of the aforementioned bike manufacturers. Reach out to Hansen’s BMW Ducati Triumph in Medford to have a look at these bikes and others.
Enjoy the ride.