Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. AntiHero

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    BikePilot: for your sake I hope you're not my twin! But if so, ya might want to get an MRI.... ;)

    Hey Joe, I'd visit Australia just to meet you in person and hear more of your f'in jaw-dropping stories. Didn't know it was so cost-prohibitive to get a bike in and out, though....I'll have to figure something out when I make it a little closer. Course if you can make it to Europe....

    Ruin: glad you enjoyed. Welcome to the addiction that is ADV.

    Trek: Thanks for the feedback. You're a madman to read the whole thing in 16 hours. Good luck with your own C2C adventure. Stay tuned for more.
  2. trust7

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    That, is fucking awesome. We have wild coyotes behind our house and talk at night and I always wanted to hang out with them. Very cool moment for you.
  3. trust7

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    I have never heard of a person wishing they had been more calm and less adventurous and bold in their lifetime.
  4. Flashwing

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    Hey everyone!

    This is my first time posting up in this thread, but per Dennis's suggestion I wanted to share something with all of you in hopes of helping promote the various messages in this ride report.

    There is a niche community on Youtube known as Motovloggers (Motorcycle Video Bloggers) where, quite simply, we ride our motorcycles while vlogging about various topics. Some of them are bike related, but others are not. I wanted to take some aspects of Dennie's message and bring them to a different audience and I wanted to share this with all of you here on ADV.

    This particular vlog isn't done on my bike due to the length, but I'm trying to bring a message of inspiration to my subscribers and all the philosophical discussions here are really fantastic. I hope you check out the vlog and if you've already read this report, you'll recognize some themes.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YQ3IGeSKqEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    **I hope the admins don't punt out my first post. I did share this with Anti-Hero's permission**

    I do want to say that I appreciate all the time people have put into this RR. This has inspired me to do my own trip and I look forward to posting my own report soon.
  5. KHVol

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    AH - pardon me for asking but I have searched the thread and can't find anything on it..and since your writings are the sole reason ( "soul" reason) I am now looking for a Panigale... were you ever able to do anything about the heat issue ?

    Thanks,
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  6. AntiHero

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    The updated heat shield helps quite a bit. Even in the original stock form the heat is no reason not to buy one, though. So do it. Every day you don't own one is a day you'll later regret.
  7. nicoveto

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    Hi there Dennis,
    I meant to write for some time now but just didn't take time to sit down with the keyboard....
    I don't mean to hand over a laurel wreath BUT I must say thank you so much for sharing your experience and writing your thoughts as you went from coast to coast.
    I had a pretty bad bike accident in the summer of 2005 and went through three operations (over an 8 month period) in order to save what could be of my right arm.
    Before that, I was a hard working guy trying to do his best to keep things as good as possible for his family and himself even if it meant working 60+hrs/week. I was pretty healthy back then (black belt karate, diving, sailing etc) but was not enjoying my life as everything had to get done almost as if to get it out of the way, waiting for that day when things would finally slow down....
    So I wrecked my arm hard against an oncoming car and I've got some nasty scars, constant pain and loss of mobility to show for it BUT in the spring of 2013 (march the 28th), my surgeon told me that the bone healing process was pretty much OK (yeah, 8 years of hoping the bony plate would not break) and that I could put what stress I desired on my right arm!! :clap
    I therefore went and bought myself a bike in order to get my trembling worried ass back on trail!! I sold that one pretty quick and bought a GS adventure wanting to go on some long term riding (hence subscribing to ADVrider).
    And then, my twenty years old son went and bought himself a Hypermotard (a month after getting his bike license and coming back from an eight month trip to Australia by himself and working to save some cash) which got me looking into Ducati on internet and there I found this youtube vid about Antihero on a Panigale coast to coast. :freaky I sold my (too clinicaly "perfect" but lacking fun factor for my liking) GS Adventure in order to buy what I thought would be a more lively ride in form of the KTM Adventure :huh Up for sale now in order to buy a streetfighter 848 which is what I really lust after :wink:
    I started reading your thread and I was hooked, deeply as if I was waiting for some of your words to wake me up and realise I was wasting precious time. It's not that I didn't know it, it's that I needed it to be said to me in such a way that I would get up and moving and working against my lasy self!!
    "Dynamic duo" and "the fuck it attitude (Descartes)" are two of the great things you wrote that really stirred me and I must say thank you.
    I've read your other threads and would like to offer a very welcome stay in my modest flat in Bastia (french island of Corsica in the Mediterranean sea near Italy) showing you around this beautiful island (mountains in the sea, white sand beaches and twisty roads to your heart's content) -some of the official Ducati vids have been filmed here-.
    I've cleared three weeks worth of free time for myself upcoming july (will be on my bike then of course but where is a big question mark which will be answered as the days unfold :D -I'll be taking the ferry to Italy or to France and will probably turn north since I don't look after hot weather riding as we have enough of that around here but after???). If it may be, I would really like to bump into you if our roads meet and if that would be to your liking.
    I hope everything works out for your coming over to Europe but something tells me we're just at the beginning of discovering a great adventure as you get on with your great trip!!
    Thanks again and keep the good writing coming :D
  8. AntiHero

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    Thank you for your note, Nicoveto. Sorry to hear of your accident and your long recovery, but congratulations on seeing Red. I, too, love the Streetfighter and hope to have one parked next to my Panigale if and when I ever have a garage of my own.

    I will most definitely take you up on your hospitable offer in Croatia and perhaps our paths will cross in July.....
  9. mbravo

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    It's Corsica, not Croatia if I read it right :) you know, Napoleon homeland
  10. Platinumgrit

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    You are too kind Dennis, too kind :) Sorry I've been out of touch for a while, my employer (a bank) has had me hot-desked in the bowels of Racoon City in a uber-secured no-outside-access intranet slaving away on a top-secret project. I'm not kidding - we team members weren't even allowed to talk about it to ourselves!! We all had to speak in code and were told whoever spoke about it openly even within the team would be fired. It was quite funny in a Yes Minister sort of way. Especially performing System and System Integration Testing on something someone can't actually talk about!

    Am scanning flights as we speak (or write, rather). Would love to sneak a quick few days of Europe in; the other option is a few days in Asia? If you're going to be in Japan for the MotoGP let me know, my cousin & I are planning 1-2 weeks at MotoGP time. We're going to rent bikes and thrash about, get into the spirit of things. Let's just hope the Japanese Police look kindly upon such proclivities ;-)
  11. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Took your advice and started on this report. Having fun and many smiles and memories reading it. Don't know how I missed it the first go round. Must a been on the road somewhere's in the US or Canada. Still remember my 1st trip up Pike's Peak in '82 on my new '82 Yamaha XV920RH. Rain then rain and sleet to sleet and snow to snow on the top. Fun part was the muddy road going up and getting traction with street tires.
    Have this bookmark and will enjoy reading on it daily. Thanks.
  12. Carlo Muro

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    NEVER heard that one! :1drink

  13. longrides1

    longrides1 Been here awhile

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  14. robcig

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    WOW, I've just read 137 pages. So inspiring....now onto Italy,
  15. AntiHero

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    Happy to see this thread still being discovered and enjoyed.

    Maybe it's just the Portuguese in California. I lived in a city with a lot of cemented in front yards....and they were all Portuguese.

    (Kind of like the giant-sized wooden Fork and Spoon on the wall of many a Filipino house--or the oversized wooden spoon in the living room of the same house that the mom beats the kids and dog with.)
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    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    Add one more dude...as per your recommendation Im currently combing my way through this one as well. Super interesting reading about the origins of tis epic adventure of yours...pg 8 and counting....there goes my productivity at work for the next week or so.:lol3

    Man....just lovin that your doing this all on the ani. Tested one last fall along with the new Hypermotard.....no comparison. The Hyper was just not very inspiring....which is odd as I loved the old one...but the 1199...:eek1.about sold all my bikes right then and there to get one. Such a great ride.....there will be one in the garage one day to be sure:evil
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