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Posted at 2:04 PM ET, 01/11/2006

Get Your Motor Running

By Fritz Hahn

It pales in comparison to the L.A. and Detroit auto shows, but the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center, is big news for those who prefer two wheels to four.

Among the companies in town for the event is Italian sportsbike manufacturer Ducati. Ducati is launching three retro-style models in its SportsClassic line -- the GT 1000, the Sport 1000 and the Paul Smart 1000 -- and kicks off the weekend by hosting a Thursday night block party on 14th Street NW.

There will be live music at the Black Cat with local rockers Monopoli and Chapel Hill, N.C., indie band the Meek; a fashion show at Muleh; and a chance to peek at the new Ducati models and meet Paul Smart, winner of the 1972 Imola 200, along with members of the current Ducati team and company bigwigs.

A red carpet will run between Cafe Saint-Ex, which is hosting a special dinner for the mayor and invited guests, and the Black Cat. There's a $5 cover for the Black Cat show, but everything else is free. (Buzz from the ever-popular rumor mill says new dad-to-be Brad Pitt will be in attendance. Pitt, a long-time fan of Ducati bikes, owns several.)

I have been told the schedule is:

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m: Invite-only dinner at Saint-Ex
8 p.m.: Saint-Ex and the Black Cat open to the public
9 p.m.: Fashion show at Muleh begins, and bands take the stage at the Black Cat. Each band is doing a compact 30 minute set, so get there early.

-- Fritz

Update: Unfortunately, Pietasters frontman Steve Jackson says the band isn't playing after all. Sorry for getting your hopes up.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 11, 2006; 2:04 PM ET
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