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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    I hope for the same.
  2. manban9888

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    I have a feeling your greatest adventures are yet to come. Thank you for sharing them. I'll be following them closely. Ride free brother
  3. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    That's beautiful. I totally get it. The whole awe-crush-kiddie-rapture of being out of your element. Mix in a bit of intimidation and feelings of undeserving and you're positioned for an interesting evening.

    I'm optimistic that Ben was way laid back and just took you at face value. Authenticity wins, man. On both sides.
  4. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    This RR is inspirational, to the point of being life changing. I hope you have some understanding of the effect this RR has had on some of us. I had some time last night, so I began re-reading it (now at page 10). This RR is showing me I can take my VFR solo, cross country; that self doubt and fear are merely a precursor of growth. Thanks again for your hard work and insight... please keep us posted on when your book will be out.
  5. musicman

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    Don't know if Vickie Smith was there, but she is a Ducati insider who pulls strings for American Ducati customers. Since USA is their biggest market, it would seem wise of Ducati to sponsor you on a similar trip around Europe even if the sponsorship was no more than a bike, air and hotels. :wink:

    So many rich possibilities from a journalistic standpoint.. compare, cultures, riders, etc.
  6. BenZvan

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    Best placeholders ever.
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    As soon as Spies sat down, I would've offered to autograph my placeholder helmet for him to keep. :deal
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  8. lurw

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    Dennis, with everyone of your posts here I think now you reached climax, now it can't get any better, surely this has to stop sometime. But it just doesn't. You keep motivating and entertaining us with awesome little glimpses of your life. To think all this started with you getting your dream bike and heading off into the unknown and ended where you are right now is unbelievable. My hat is off to you! :clap

    By the way, I did a little trip on my bike by myself through France and Italy myself the week after Easter, and felt many of the things you described. I surely could relate to some of the stuff! Will have to do a longer trip in the future.
  9. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    You have arrived!
  10. AntiHero

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    If my past history is any indication of what's to come right when things start getting good, the hairy hands of fate intervene. Perhaps that's one reason I just want to keep moving.

    :rofl:rofl:rofl Classic. Next time!

    "Europe with an Italian Supermodel" is all I can think about lately....I fell asleep last night examining google maps and planning out routes on my iPhone.


    Thanks for saying so. Everyone's support and feedback has changed my life as well. The beginning and the end of the novel are 'finished' (meaning only 20-30 more proofreads/changes, etc.), which is a relief, because it has been the most difficult writing I've ever done. The middle is a mess at this point.

    Ben was super cool! More on him in the next update....which I may not have time for until Sunday!!!

    (Spoiler alert: I literally just packed my gopro in and charged up my camera batteries. R/R: San Francisco coming up soon!)
  11. manban9888

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    Europe on an Italian Supermodel....That's gonna be a one hell of a RR. I hope you can make it happen
  12. rico2072

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    AH, I kind of see why you would feel out of place, but you got invited to be there because you accomplished something mighty on a bike that was not made for that. You are not a journalist for a magazine, or a factory test rider, but you have just proved to a lot of people that the Panigale is a durable, rideable bike. Plus they didn't have to spend a ton of money for it.
    You deserve to be out there! You don't get publicity like that for cheap! lol

    So, how about telling us about Ben!
  13. r3mac

    r3mac Been here awhile

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    Absolutely - the idea that a fragile Italian superbike could accomplish the trip that you took is a huge event in itself. The kudos should be never ending.

    I continue to come back to this thread and reread the report because of the positive vibe and energy you've weaved into words and pictures.

    Cheers
  14. Tepi

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    Be sure to hit up Finland. The scenery up north is breathtaking, plus its an easy route up to nordkapp.
  15. bills3t

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    I started reading Friday (4/12/13) just finished today. This is " EPIC " . I've never seen a RR when the writing and photo's are stunning . First off , I want to say thank you for sharing this . Second don't stop with the writing or photo's ( still amazed at the insight and the beauty ) . Third , hope all is well with the Italian supermodel .
  16. Scooterquest

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    Wow! Just catching up, and can't believe your good fortune. First, an all expense paid trip to Texas, and then dinner with a genuine Texan- Ducati sure knows how to say thanks!

    Oh yeah, something about motorcycles in there too, I think...
  17. lmyamen

    lmyamen Been here awhile

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    Man I forget to check in on this thread and more greatness happens since the last time I posted up. I am looking forward to more posts!!!

    On another note it was your thread and words that actually helped me purchase my 2nd bike, You said and I quote..

    "I briefly considered the advantages and disadvantages of particular makes and models of bikes, but when it comes down to it, comfort and convenience are overrated; masochistic machines cultivate will and test mental fortitude, so something built for mileage was totally out of the question. In the end it came down to only one choice: the 1199 Panigale S"


    For me I was not in a place to be able to purchase a Panigale I was on a limited budget but I purchased something I wanted rather then something that was made for "built for mileage" like a 1200gs or Tenere. I did purchase a 03 Z1000 which I have put 1,200 miles on in the past few weeks and plan on doing some larger trips this summer on it...


    Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration to through practicality out the window and purchase what you want rather then what everyone tells you that you need to have.


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  18. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    Thanks!

    For so eloquently relating just where your motivation came from to take the road less traveled and to do what some may consider to be beyond their limits. Isn't "limit" just another way of expressing the boundaries of one's "comfort zone?"

    Even when you were sitting in stopped traffic, in a tunnel, moving at a snail's pace, still, the road less traveled was beneath your tires, though not necessarily to be found beneath the tires of those around you. This has so little to do with the road itself and was more only because of the rider making an adventure of life.

    It is a pleasure to follow you on this journey pushing boundaries and discovering your adventure along the way.

    Happy trails!
  19. AntiHero

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    Thanks for the suggestions, comments and positive encouragement guys! More Austin to come in just a few....
  20. GeorgiaBound

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    This has been my favorite RR on here so far. Keep up the good work Antihero you really are an inspiration to new riders such as me. I cant thank you enough for sharing what has been an extremely personal part of your life. Its folks like you that inspire people to push thier personal boundaries of whats possible. I honestly hope you can make the Euro trip happen you have given me so many hours of pure entertainment, tips, hints and tricks I cant thank you enough. You should come up with your own little sticker LOL.

    Sticker slogan submissions:
    "Antihero doesnt know limits"
    "WWAHD"
    "Antihero says F@#$ it lets ride!"

    Ok sorry just havin a little fun back to your RR