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Turning heads at the MotoGP

September 12, 2008
Thousands of bikers are expected to descend on the area over the weekend for the inaugural MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The series is about as upscale as motorcycle racing gets, sort of like a two-wheeled version of Formula 1.

So, if you want to brave the rain and turn heads of this speed-crazy crowd, what would you ride?

Probably a Ducati Desmosedici RR, says Bill Carr, co-owner of Ducati Indianapolis in Zionsville.

They’re in effect a street-legal MotoGP motorcycle with about 200 horsepower and capable of going more than 200 mph. The Italian manufacturer doesn’t give them away: The list price is $72,500.

Another respectable steed would be the MV Augusta F4, Carr says. It’s also a street-legal racer made by an Italian company.

Those of you who ride, do you agree? And with standards like these, would you dare show up on a Harley-Davidson?
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