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

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

  1. TigerMike

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    Wow. I've been reading incredible RR's and the best are ones, like yours, with so much soul and insight. It's incredible to hear how this has added more significance to your life story.

    The unique factor of your Panigale has certainly raised some eyebrows for those like myself that have slowly gotten away from sport bikes and also made me question why we can't do rides like this if we put our minds to it. Then I consider retreat back to my big comfy riding position and seat. But it's good to know I shouldn't automatically dismiss the idea. Speaking of raising eyebrows, I'm excited to hear about your time with Ducati at COT. Remember what you've done here and consider offering them with a thrilling adventure through Europe. Remind them you just need to find a bike for the journey.

    I've taken a road trip through Europe and I suggest at some point you drive the San Bernindino Pass, no regrets. Probably the best road I've ever been on. The nurburgring is worth seeing and driving, but as I drove the track in my comfy cage and passed motorbikes I couldn't help but worry for their safety. I know my warning should lead you the right way direction though :)

    I may be moving to Costa Mesa in the next few months so ill have to watch for adventures you take in and around Southern CA.

    Lastly, I found the part in minneapolis interesting. I've known John Meyer for some time and when he started DOOM I knew he would do with it what he does with most things in life. He really has put 150% into that and it's great to see what it's become.
  2. Scooterquest

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    AntiHero,
    I was just turned on to your RR last week, and have to admit I'm a little sad to be reading it as history instead of history in the making. I'm sorry to have missed you in Savannah, pizza at Vinnie Van Go-Go's is on me next time you pass through. As an absolute introvert (the kind who would make Jung jump up and say "That! That's what I'm talking about!"), I have thoroughly enjoyed your "one man, one motorcycle, and what-may-come" mission and the introspection and insights it wrought. My friends and I meet twice a year at Deals Gap for a week of all day riding, followed by all night lie-telling and philosophizing around the campfire- so I also appreciate the discussion, debate, and camaraderie you've inspired here. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
  3. zingo

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    great adventure !


  4. manban9888

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    I'm only on page 12 of this thread but wanted to let you know I love your RR. I'm new to ADV but own 3 bikes and absolutely love riding. I'm gonna read this all the way through and have my 2 boys read it too at their own pace. Your story isn't just a fun read but a lesson on living your life even through the hard parts. Hope to meet you on the road someday
  5. AntiHero

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    Well put.

    GoPro footage to come. Editing 2.5 hours of video is no joke, though! Give me 48 hours...

    TigerMike: I'm happy this R/R could rekindle your passion for sportbikes. Don't dismiss....perhaps some upcoming video footage will push you over the proverbial edge.

    Scooterquest: INFJ? (You can PM me your reply.)

    zingo: glad to have you along for the ride. You, too, manban.

    Now onto LA!!!!
  6. AntiHero

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    Early on in this R/R I received one of the most difficult to respond to messages that I received the entire trip. It was from a guy who followed his dream to become a Navy SEAL. He spent years preparing for BUD/S, including traveling to Jordan to learn Arabic to increase his chance of admittance into the program. He was accepted, made it through four weeks, but lost focus one night and DOR’d (voluntarily dropped out on request).

    (It's a brutal program. Google "Hell Week" or get on youtube and check out the torture required day-in-day-out.)

    On one particular Friday, exhausted, fatigued, mentally vapid, he withdrew in the middle of it all. As the pain subsided, clarity returned and immediately he regretted his 'decision': “Years of hard work, gone in a moment of weakness, and its only my fault. I followed my dream, I gave it everything, I took the chance and failed hard. I have learned more about myself in those weeks than ever before. I know nothing in my life will be as physically demanding as buds. Sadly, learning who you are is learning who you are not. What do you do when you can’t follow your dream anymore?” (His words.)

    Keep in mind he sent me a this message very early on—as a response to the brain tumor post if I recall. I’d been robbed of two of the greatest dreams in my life, so I think he saw me as someone who might have some answers about 'what next'? At the time all I had was hope, but no definite answer.

    “Seems weak and discredits the hard work if the goal is easy to get over, seems lame to not get over it.”

    I admit that last part as being poignant. Exactly so. It put a fine point onto the pain I myself was experiencing, a pain that I still feel daily. I knew nothing I could say would make anything better (for him or me) and could only give him the advice I was trusting to work out for myself: focus your passion and energy on the next goal.

    Not all dreams come true. Even for someone like him who had the intelligence, focus, resolve and dedication to prepare for years. If a guy who survived some of the most brutal physical tests in the history of mankind failed, what chances does a normal person have to achieve anything? I don’t think I have an answer to that question other than, 'you’ll regret not trying far more than never attempting it in the first place'; failing is less of a regret than not trying.

    While down in LA I was fortunate enough to meet up with him. I feel rude not to use his name, but due to his position as a ____ ____ ____ (yes, just like in Russian novels), pronouns will have to suffice. He’s still beaten up about SEALs, and probably always will be (I don't blame him). But survival requires adaptation. It was redeeming--five months later--to hear that his energy and passion have been transferred into a new position within the military that has the same objective: get the bad guys, protect the good guys and the people who don't think the bad guys are out to get them. It's the kind of behind the scenes, 'sacrifice your own life for the benefit of others who don't know you exist' work that deserves admiration rarely discussed and (fortunately) rarely sensationalized.

    After a night of random exploring, Mexican food, Tequila shots and Rum/Beer at the S/S, he shook my foot at 5am. It was Cars and Coffee time, Irvine. 5:30 am to 7:30 am. Like all of my other adventures on the this report, discovering great things that I never knew existed was the outcome….
  7. AntiHero

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  8. AntiHero

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    Not all dreams come true. Even for someone like him who had the intelligence, focus, resolve and dedication to prepare for years. If a guy who survived some of the most brutal physical tests in the history of mankind failed, what chances does a normal person have to achieve anything? I don’t think I have an answer to that question other than, 'you’ll regret not trying far more than never attempting it in the first place'; failing is less of a regret than not trying.

    Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  11. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Even with him taking himself out of SEAL training, he is still more accomplished than 99.999999% of us. Much respect for him just making it that far.

    Wow, beautiful cars. Love the red corvette.
  12. JayReif

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    I love you, man. I'm just catching up with this report, but if you're ever down in the Houston TX area, give me a shout. Brews are on me, and there's a guest bed open to you.
  13. Badjuju

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    AH: Sweet Cheeses! Hell yeah I'd get up at 5 AM to look at classic auto porn! Great pics as usual, altho they make me feel somewhat inadequate about my financial situation.... :cry
  14. DigitalDissent

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    First post here, I have followed the RR here and on Ducati.ms also. Great stuff everyone!

    And I had to chime in, I love the original M1 and 917
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    Was that a real Porsche 917 made street legal?
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  17. AntiHero

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    JayReif--I'll hit you up next time I'm in Houston. Or hit me up when you're in CA. Badjuju--you and the rest of us!

    As for the 917--the dude's dad own's 2 originals, he owns a replica, but it has the real engine in it....and holmes showed up on slicks. 600hp and 1200lbs I think he said? Lots of videos of the replica (Bailey Cars) on youtube. Sick stuff. I'll have to fish out the video of his car pulling up.
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