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Old 03-20-2013, 12:53 PM   #1651
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Off to COTA! Shuttle leaves in 5!
Speaking of which...





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Old 03-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #1652
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Here's a few pics from CW
http://www.cycleworld.com/olgallery/88192/88199
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In short, adaptation is the precursor to growth and seeking out difficult, uncomfortable and challenging situations accelerates development, enriches our lives and provides us with the kind of awesome fucking memories that will sustain us until a final sleep rounds our little lives.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #1653
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Speaking of which...





Hey, that's me!

Back from Austin. Beat. Very exhausted. Will post a complete review once I can get my head around what just happened.

I will say in advance, though, that my respect for Ducati has grown significantly. After having spent three days with 'em, it's clear now why bikes such as the Panigale, Multistrada, Streetfighter, etc., exist. Everyone at Ducati is a fanatic. The end result of relentless dedication and passion? Extraordinary bikes and the extraordinary experience of riding one. (See above.)
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:43 PM   #1654
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:21 AM   #1655
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Wicked pics, Dennis....looks like you had a super time. Wow!
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #1656
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Hey, that's me!

Back from Austin. Beat. Very exhausted. Will post a complete review once I can get my head around what just happened.

I will say in advance, though, that my respect for Ducati has grown significantly. After having spent three days with 'em, it's clear now why bikes such as the Panigale, Multistrada, Streetfighter, etc., exist. Everyone at Ducati is a fanatic. The end result of relentless dedication and passion? Extraordinary bikes and the extraordinary experience of riding one. (See above.)

GoPro footage. Right. Now.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #1657
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We still doing dinner at 'The Bear' next month? Looking forward to hearing MORE 'bout your COTA 'XXXperience'!!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:49 PM   #1658
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Hey, that's me!

Back from Austin. Beat. Very exhausted. Will post a complete review once I can get my head around what just happened.

I will say in advance, though, that my respect for Ducati has grown significantly. After having spent three days with 'em, it's clear now why bikes such as the Panigale, Multistrada, Streetfighter, etc., exist. Everyone at Ducati is a fanatic. The end result of relentless dedication and passion? Extraordinary bikes and the extraordinary experience of riding one. (See above.)
Old friend of mine is a journo, at the same event. Sounds like you had more fun than him, but he's been doing these things too long. I need to go in his place next time.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:37 AM   #1659
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read the whole thread a few weeks ago, been watching it ever since. my heart aches with joy to see someone living their dream so fully.

go get 'em AntiHero! you're a true inspiration!
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #1660
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Not of me, but a Youtube vid of the experience:




3B43: Just got word that I will have to be in Pittsburgh next month for a meeting. On the 25th, no less. Stay tuned--if the meeting ends on the 24th, I might be able to get a late night flight back to CA.

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Old 03-22-2013, 12:53 PM   #1661
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So any news on your bike?
The bike you rode at the track, is that a limited edition?
Just wondering, do to the paint scheme.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:02 PM   #1662
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Imagine if he did this trip on a goldwing.... Even with great writing and pictures, no one would care

When it comes to motorcycles, go with your gut! ;)

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #1663
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Look, guys, I wasn't claiming that everyone can be in the NBA just because they wish it so, nor was I claiming that anyone can be the next Einstein. My point (before it gets lost completely) is that we are all more powerful than we think we are and the world is far less powerful than we think it is. Test it out. I do, everyday and it's worked out quite well for me. None of my own personal achievements (including this trip) would have been possible without a, 'fuck it--I'll see if it's possible before saying it ain't' attitude.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. (Eliot)

If this is such a horrible personal philosophy, I am not quite sure what to say.
I'm a bit late to the party, but AntiHero has hit the nail on the head. If you really want to be successful, you need to have the balls to fail, lose everything, and then start all over again.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:36 PM   #1664
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After all you've been through, both before and after the trip -- I can't believe someone did that to your bike. Hope she's back to herself shortly.

Can't wait for the inevitable pic-dump of the Ducati event. Hell For Leather just posted a write-up about the event, cross-posted on Jalopnik. It can be read here:

http://hellforleather.kinja.com/ride...le-r-458416213

Sounds like it was a great event! At least you get the good with the bad, eh?
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:34 PM   #1665
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So any news on your bike?
The bike you rode at the track, is that a limited edition?
Just wondering, do to the paint scheme.
My bike is in getting an estimate.

The bike is the R version of the 1199. 250 will be imported into the US.

Here's a pic dump for y'all. These are the official Ducati pics included in the press kit we all received:













Designed to mimic the gaze of Mr. Domenicali:













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