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

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

  1. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Onto the rest of the ride!

    Back to where this trip began:

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    Having hit 15,000 miles in Death Valley (or maybe even a little before), I brought my bike into Ducati Newport Beach to have my first 'major' service done. I hope you're sitting down. When I called to ask how much it was I was not. Though Ducati has done a great job of doubling the time between valve adjustments (15K for the 1199 vs. 7500 miles for the 1098/1198/848), the frameless design requires complete disassemby of the bike. Swingarm, forks, everything. 16 hours, $1898.24.

    Makes the look of these in the showroom a little less appealing:

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    If that wasn't bad enough, Ducati Newport Beach doesn't have loaner bikes. No loaners? That might not seem out of the ordinary for a Kawasaki or Yamaha dealer, but EVERY Ducati and Triumph dealer I've been to offered me loaners for anything more than a blinker fluid flush. Hell, for $2K I could have bought a bike! Aaron, the sales manager, offered to let me use his personal bike, but instead I just holed it up at a motel a couple blocks away (which added another $180 to the cost of the service for a two night stay).

    And if that's not bad enough? The valves were in spec and didn't need adjustment. Fuck me!

    The service guys did, however, completely detail the bike while it was apart, which probably took 10 hours alone. Still....
  2. HoyaXC07

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    I found this RR a few days ago and I am so glad I did. What an incredible ride. This summer I'm talking a two week leave from the Army and going on a similar, albeit shorter, ride myself on my s1000rr. If you are ever headed up to the PNW let me know, I can take on some amazing roads. You'll have to ride the North Cascades Highway, to Mount Saint Helens and tour the Columbia River Gorge. Just wait until it warms up, its miserable here.
  3. lucati

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    $1900!!!! fuck me is right!!!
  4. 3B43

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    Heh Hoya, I was in the Cascades last year, on a trip tha took me from N. Kalifornia ('bout 100 miles south of the Oregon border) to N/E Oregon-McCall-Stanley-Salmon-Missoula-Omak to I5 and home. The Cascade ride was gorgeous. And what'd mean the weathers terrible....it was a balmy 28 this morning!
  5. AntiHero

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    My friend Asura from Asura Design took pity on me and came to pick me up for a late night dinner and drinks. We ended up at Habana in Costa Mesa. Very cool locale:


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    Everything went well until the topic of MMA and Martial Arts came up. Take 1 Aikido expert (Asura) and 1 ex-Kickboxing/Shootfighting instructor (me); add gin, vodka, wine, rye and a shiny parking lot and, well, it doesn't take long before theory turns into practice. Frightened customers ran for safety (refusing our invitations to participate); police were called. The intensity of the struggle, leisurely 911 response times and the ability to affect sobriety permitted: 1 cracked rib, 1 thumb fractured, 1 esophagus bruised, 1 shirt destroyed, 1 digestive system turned inside out (twice), 0 arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct (woohoo!) and 1 tap.

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    Remember that shit I said early on in the R/R about it being the stupid things we remember? That reckless, fearless stupidity is the prerequisite for building the kind of memories that can sustain us until a final sleep rounds our lives? (When it doesn't kill us.) Well, this was one of those examples. Priceless.
  6. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Love the talk about the sparing at the bar/restaurant/pub/watering hole/what ever, but you really knocked me on my ass about the valve adjustment! WOW, and I've had 2 friends buy Panigales! I can't afford the maintenance, so I might as well not even look at the bike! LOL
  7. musicman

    musicman Been here awhile

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    There are plenty of great independent shops around the country that will do Ducati maintenance for about 1/2 the price of dealers. Their work is as good or better than most dealers, although YMMV. That said, the Panigali 15,000-mile service is about double what the dealer wants to do my MTS 1200.
  8. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    I don't know. Sounds like the rapage from the Ducati dealer would still be cheaper than the hospital bill from one night of drinking with Dennis...

    :deal
  9. DucHym09

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    I've had my Hyper for 16 months-put 3000 miles on it. Just paid 1300$ for the standard 7500 mile service
  10. AntiHero

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    Agreed. Unfortunately I'm the first private owner in North America (and I'm guessing the world) to have 15,000 miles on the bike. No shop has ever done the service before, but at least factory Ducati dealers have had the formal training. (Something no independent shop has had.) I'd also hate for something to go wrong at, say, 20,000 miles and have the dealer deny a warranty claim because the service wasn't performed by Ducati. One of those, 'ya wanna play, ya gotta pay' situations that sucks balls!
  11. AntiHero

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    Hyper 7500 mile service should be somewhere between $550 and $700. Perhaps you got the Manager's Special?
  12. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Anti

    Thanks for reminding me why I ride a Honda V-Twin (a Superhawk)

    Fcuking hell $2k for a service, I hope the included a hooker for that price

    Great R/R

    Stay safe
  13. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Agreed! LOL
  14. lytew8

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    :eek1 Mad Servicing cost! Like you said, I buy bikes for that price!
    I would absolutely buy a copy of the book but as amazing as these pictures are, the writing is what has influenced me the most. Add me to your list for a full write-up :)

    Loved the DV section, will be visiting and trashing my own bike off-road.

    Be safe!
  15. D.Kinsey

    D.Kinsey Been here awhile

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    Who won? :clap
  16. AntiHero

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    Done! Enjoy Death Valley (very hard not to).
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    I took the most damage (my thumb still hasn't healed), but he ended up in the guillotine. >)
  18. JS_MENACE

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    $1900 service. I guess it's the price you have to pay to ride the sexiest bike on the road. Great RR, been quietly following
  19. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    I just spent my weekend reading every last page of this ride report. Absolutely inspiring! :clap

    Keep up the good work, and safe travels.
  20. GeorgiaBound

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    I spent last night reading this entire RR and was even a little late for work today because of it and I say F@#$ it was totally worth it! Thanks to Antihero for sharing his adventure I loved it!