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

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

  1. crowonapost

    crowonapost n00b

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    Did an equivalent at Church. Ya. Church with my Multi. In front of a mom & kid. Thought the damned thing was a mountain bike & tried to turn on a sidewalk & watched myself going off the edge of a sidewalk & decided to try & turn at about 2 miles an hour. Dropped it. Broke my brake lever on the handlebar, that was about all. To replace...too much money. Bought an aftermarket that was better. Still, should have not have been seduced by the simplicity of the machine.

    F'n Ducatis's.

    Must mention. I dropped the bike before the first payment on a dirt rut from a big truck tire, dried, embedded in the ground that I then immediately fell into a HUGE puddle on the right, created by said tire. Rode home with the entire right side covered in mud. The bikes white.
    That was my christening.
    Love this DUC beast. 17000 miles later & just one year.

    DO WTF YOU LOVE!

    I KNOW you, even if you do not know me.

    Thanks for YOU.

    One random person to another.
  2. BenZvan

    BenZvan N7

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    I see your point, but you missed the part where I'm a perfectionist and didn't think I could do it justice. A lot of that criticism is my own. So I choose to do the things I'm extremely good at and the things I want to learn to be extremely good at instead.
  3. jpod999

    jpod999 n00b

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    Saw someone with a black helmet and jacket riding a panigale today around 10 in San Rafael this morning. You in the area Dennis?
  4. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I didn't miss your point; I just disagree with letting self-criticism undermine one's joy. Been there, done that.

    It's all good, though. As I wrote earlier, I'm not trying to change your mind. Just throwing some fodder out there to chew on. Eez all good, man! :D
  5. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    I am. But my bike is still in the shop--As soon as my clip ons come in I'll probably pick her up, seeing as though all the other parts will probably take some time to come in. So if you see someone on a Panigale with jacked up bodywork, it's me!
  6. M0t0Rider

    M0t0Rider Been here awhile

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    Living and working in the Nashville, Tennessee area I been seeing a couple Panigale motorbikes. Man what eye candy! I was at the Farmers Market in downtown Nashville Thursday (March 28th) and got to meet and greet with a owner of one of these bikes, he was riding with a older BWM 600cc boxer engine bike. I could have stared at that bike for an hour (Ducati). I told him about your adventure (AntiHero) and where to find it. Being a Motorbike tire installer, I offered up my service to him, maybe I will get lucky to work on this mans bike. I just need to score a Single sided swingarm stand.
  7. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Hmmm...unless you're a Glock...you'll never reach perfection.

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  8. Old Blue

    Old Blue Shallow waterman

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    Bravo on the report. Fantastic:clap:clap

    Come through Corpus Christi/Rockport and I'll fire up the grill.
  9. ewaugh

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    So I read an article that made me think about some of the stuff that has been said here. Well, really the whole theme behind this ride report. See I'm doing the crossfit open, which is a five week long worldwide competition which also acts as a qualifier for the bigger events (which I will not be qualifying for). But anyway the workout for this last week was a three rep ladder (3, 6, 9...) of 135lb clean and jerk and toes to bar. Well my max clean and jerk is 165, so 135 gets heavy pretty quick, even more so going overhead with it. But, if you decide that every rep is going to count, that every time you put your hands on the bar it's going over your head, if you trust yourself and the bar guess what, its goes overhead. When you start doubting yourself, shit don't happen. You know what, no matter what else happens in life, no matter who tells you you're awesome or a piece of poo, the bar doesn't lie to you. When you decide to make shit happen, shit happens. When you start doubting yourself, shit don't happen.
  10. BenZvan

    BenZvan N7

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    I'm pretty fond of my Springfield XD45. Glock is way too mainstream for me. :wink:
  11. euromedic

    euromedic Peter...n00b

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    That is awesome AH, both in imagery and execution of a gravel hillclimb on a sportsbike. Very cool.
  12. euromedic

    euromedic Peter...n00b

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    Appropriate ;)

    Primitive road? Ya think! Government :duh:
  13. bttran

    bttran Been here awhile

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    I'm halfway through the RR and already wanting to take my duc on a similar journey as yours. Fantastic reading!
  14. luckyguy19

    luckyguy19 Adventurer

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    This is about the most profound reading I've ever done on the internet. This ride report has infected my daily thoughts. I gave up my beloved 1098 to get a R1200GS so my 9 year old daughter and my wife can go riding with me. I will be back on a Ducati when I can afford to keep the GS and have the Ducati.

    I think very few people understand how motorcycles can become a way of life. This report captures what itÂ’s like to live and breathe motorcycles day in and day out. Pure sport bikes and dirt bikes are my favorite because there is little there that doesn't absolutely need to be. There is truly nothing better than being one with the machine and it becoming your companion, almost transcending being an inanimate object. Thank you for the time and commitment it took to document your trip.
  15. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    Very well stated and I couldn't agree more. I hope a Ducati comes back into your life sooner than you expect.
  16. Yoyodyne

    Yoyodyne Adventurer

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    Just had dinner with Vicki at the weekly S.FL Ducati Owners Meetup last night and brought this discussion up with her. She DID send word of this Ride Report to Ducati, but in her words, she's not sure whether or not Ducati Corporate was already aware of AH's ride...

    ...she really is the "eyes and ears" for Ducati, given her vast social network.
  17. himv

    himv n00b

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    I'm on page 77.
    can not find the words to describe your talent. your biggest ability is to hit a perfect match between words and feelings. it's like you know how to refine so many thoughts into a resonant sentence. you were blessed dude! waiting for your book (and if necessary will translate it to hebrew [yep, I'm jew but will do it for free]).
    I'm about to do a us roadtrip this summer (the common R1200GS , still do not have the guts to drive on a superbike) and will definetaly read your RR few times again.
    warm greetings from Israel.
  18. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    PMs sent. Always a great feeling to log in and see so much great feedback. Should have a fairly substantial update soon, so stay tuned!
  19. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    +1
  20. kneedrag

    kneedrag Adventurer

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    Damn, each time I see that photo of the bike on its side it makes me cringe.
    I hope the dumb ass that was the cause makes his way to hell before the rest of us!