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

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

  1. jpod999

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    There really isn't much more out there is there? Going to Thunderhill is great, just sucks that it is in such a shitty location haha
  2. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Anti, u seen this? Coulda been u and Dr. J, some interesting discussion about the Panigale awesomeness after the race.

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  3. ewaugh

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    I haven't checked up in a coupe of days, but I would highly recommend Barber's. I have a few hundred laps around the place in a slow car. If I ever get back to making money again I plan on getting a track bike and having fun, but it's not in the cards at the moment. In the mean time here's my much slower than your S2000 ITA car. There's video of me losing the rear at 100+ at Nashville if you look hard enough too. Maybe one day I'll be able to put the car back together...

    How far is Leguna? I hear that is a pretty amazing track as well.

    http://youtu.be/ITyVdL5JUEw
  4. 3B43

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    A buddy of mine has done track days at TH, Laguna, and Sears Point (sorry, it'll always be Sears Pt to me....was there in '77 watching Brad Lackey and Roger DeCoster!) and his opinion is: Sears is his favorite, a very flowing track. He enjoyed Seca, but said it has many high speed turns and his balls weren't big enough to keep the throttle pinned!
  5. desmodab

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  6. sstorkel

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    As a veteran of 60+ Thunderhill track days and all 108 pages of this thread, please trust me on this: for the true AntiHero experience you must visit the Maxwell Inn in Maxwell, CA. I don't know how an out-of-the-way bar managed to land a 4-star chef, but they did! The rack of lamb is highly recommended, but everything I've had there has been terrific (though it's been quite a while since I've eaten there). Despite outward appearances, the place is quite a bit fancier than anything else in the area. They've never turned us away, but you'll probably feel more comfortable if you're wearing something other than shorts and a T-shirt.

    And remember: if you don't see the polar bear, you're not in the right place!
  7. RPS1030

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    Read the whole thing yesterday. BRAVO!!!
  8. 3B43

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    Really? In Maxwell? I'll put it in the 'must eat' places, as I'll probably do 4 track days at TH this year.
  9. Hewzie

    Hewzie Honda Crosstourer

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    I have been procrastinating for too long. Always looking for the obstacles.
    I've only read up to Pg 19 of this thread and already I'm looking for a start date for my round Australia ride.
    I won't take much either..just my imagination and a KTM SMT990.
    Thanks for all your efforts, Antihero.
  10. ewaugh

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    In one day? Did you stop to eat?
  11. sstorkel

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    No lie! 81 Oak St. just west of I-5 a couple of exits south of Willows. I used to do 20+ track days a year at Thunderhill, so I've eaten at just about every place in the area. If I were making up a story about a great (at least the last time I was there) restaurant in the middle of nowhere, I couldn't come close to the surreality that is the Maxwell Inn.

    Definitely the sort of place I could picture AntiHero enjoying, assuming the food (and bar) is still as good as the last time I was there.
  12. AntiHero

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    Damn, that's a quick Si! Good luck with the rebuild--or let me know if you just want to purchase a low mileage S2000 that's ready to go!

    Laguna is maybe 5 hours away from Thunderhill--but imho is a fairly boring track in cars. Other than the corkscrew and Rainey curve, it's just mostly just a straight, then a 90 degree turn repeated far too many times. Nice surface, though. And I'm sure it'd be a lot more fun on a bike than in a car.

    RPS1030: You're a madman. :clap

    sstorkel: Maxwell Inn it is! Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds great.
  13. AntiHero

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    Hadn't seen. Thanks for posting. And yeah--the 1199 IS that hard to launch.
  14. AntiHero

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    Help, please!!!!!

    I will be going to Austin on Monday for the 1199R launch. Ducati has asked me to bring a few books. And--I don't have any! And if I order today they won't be here in time.

    Anyone in the Bay Area with a copy, please PM me ASAP! I'll come pick it up from and then order a replacement + hand deliver a signed, gushingly appreciative copy when I return.

    Thanks in advance!
  15. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Sorry dude - I only have the iPad version... Good luck.

    DD
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    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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  17. AntiHero

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    Blurb prints the books out each time there is an order. Earliest date to ship is 3/23. The event will be over by then.

    No worries, a couple dudes came through. Thanks everyone! Getting stoked for Austin. And Ducati just sent me a box full of gear!

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  18. manban9888

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    I'm up to page 65 of your RR. I've been enjoying the hell out of it the last couple days. Great writing and awesome pics. I ride the crap out of my very comfortable 08 Vulcan Nomad and can't imagine how tough that ride could be on your beautiful Italian supermodel. You have a lot of talent. Thanks for sharing
  19. mario33

    mario33 Howling around...

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    Now you're true Ducatista, Dennis :D

    Just not let them drag you into their corporate inners. That would hurt yourself worse than any fight with no immediate stitches available...

    Have fun in Austin though :thumbup:
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