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

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

  1. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,411
    Location:
    Above ground
    Fookin' hell--you guys never cease to be one of the most rewarding parts of this entire trip. I've been jammed up with work and travel (the airplane/conference room/rental car/variety)....flying back late tomorrow after which time I'll respond individually. Just wanted to say thanks again before I crash hard.

    Zzzzzzzz
  2. Rider14

    Rider14 Rider14

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    158
    Location:
    Chicago
    Just finished catching up over the last week. This thread is hard to describe - suffice it to say that it not only grabbed my attention like a vise grip plier, but inspired me to try a few new things.

    ONLY QUESTION - what the hell did you name your bike??!? If you mentioned it, I missed it...


    Great thread, great journey. Enjoy everywhere your trip took you, and will take you.

    - Dan
  3. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    7,492
    Location:
    Cypress, Tx

    I was wondering the same but feel that Ducati is a pretty good name.
  4. Holy Smoke

    Holy Smoke Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Oddometer:
    24
    Location:
    Apex NC
    Bravo....



    Did you ever detail your packing and clothing strategy?

    I am T- 364 days from starting my adventure. I am still in the early planning stages but my 50th year on this planet will be epic. I am trying
    to pack as light as possible.

    Thank you for letting us ride along.
  5. zingo

    zingo @ ?

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    27
    Nice track ride and review , I still follow with Envy. Stay Safe Tonight...
  6. Mifune

    Mifune Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Oddometer:
    493
    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    As a long-time ADV inmate and Ducati lover, I could not resist being drawn to this thread. You did a terrific job of drawing me in with your initial pre-departure posts, AntiHero. Since I was seliing my 1098 and contemplating a courtship with her younger sister, I dipped in from time to time, hoping to read more about your experiences with the bike. Your 1199R review tipped me over the edge, so thanks very much for that. I put a lot more stock in the views of someone who's spent over 15,000 miles on a comparable bike than in anything the pros have written. I also really enjoyed your photos and will definitely pick up a copy of your coffee table book to drool over while I wait for my R to arrive.

    What I have to say now is definitely going to rub some people the wrong way and I want to preface it by saying that it is not intended in any way as a criticism of your ride report (except that I really would have liked to read more of your impressions of the bike)....

    I've now read the thread from beginning to end - almost 2000 posts. And the reader posts really left me wondering when the ADV community turned into such a small minded, whining, and resentful bunch of pussies. I'm sure AntiHero is a nice guy, but there are hundreds of reports here and on HUBB that recount more remarkable adventures. The political and social commentary so many of you seem to have found profound is largely sophomoric -- certainly nothing to compare with Hunter S. Thompson, Robert Pirsig, or even Melissa Holbrook Pierson. I found AntiHero's commentary on the CosPlay crowd quite the most interesting section,having once been seated between two fully-got-up participants on a cross-country flight. And while I agree with one other reader that AntiHero could have shown more empathy for his subjects, I also get that he's not out to emulate Bruce Chatwin. Yes, he took the Panigale on a few fire roads, but I know people who have ridden their Ducatis over the Transfagarasan and Transalpina before they were paved. There's nothing here approaching the ballsyness of, say Nick Sanders or at least a dozen other super bike adventurers. So I just don't get the fawning reaction of so many readers.

    While I thoroughly enjoyed the report and don't wish to take anything away from AntiHero -- who of course cannot be held responsible for his fans -- some of you guys should really get out more often, read a little bit, get some perspective on the world, and overcome your pent up frustrations and petty resentment.

    -Mifune
  7. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,463
    Location:
    Washington, DC
  8. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,411
    Location:
    Above ground
    I retracted her name, and like you, feel "Ducati" is the most suitable. It's going to take some time for me to warm up to the idea of human names.

    As for my clothing/packing strategy, Mr. Smoke, I outlined that a while back...shoot me a PM if you have any particular questions. What worked for me might not work for everyone.

    The 5-6 hours of footage (total for the event) they shot of me will most likely get condensed into 90 seconds of video, no clue what they will keep/won't keep or what the final cut will look like.

    Mifune: I think I speak for everyone when I say, "thank you" for demonstrating how to not be whiny and resentful. :norton
  9. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,411
    Location:
    Above ground
    Loved the fact that even the water jugs are Ducati. :)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Sad times. The party had to come to an end sooner or later:

    [​IMG]

    MCN Journalist Michael Neeves somehow got Ducati to agree to let him out on the track all by himself. He filmed a few exits onto the straight, then flipped a bitch, rode CCW and did it again.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Gabe and Matt!

    [​IMG]

    The only ADV sticker so far to grace CotA!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  10. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,193
    Location:
    Failville, CO
    Antihero, could you perhaps explain a little more why your chose the Panigali? Obviously the performance and badass factor is off the charts but with the heat it throws off, range, you name it, there's so many other bikes you could have bought that wouldn't have been so tortourous, the Multistrada in particular comes to mind.

    Awesome read and I'm only on P.7
  11. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,411
    Location:
    Above ground
    If you're on page 7 you're not that far from the answer, Colorado Rider. Short version: there is no other bike I'd prefer riding for 16,000 miles.

    [​IMG]

    GPS unit tucked into the nose. Pretty trick:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    After the sessions were over, we all went up to a reception at the tower.

    [​IMG]

    View from the top was insane:

    [​IMG]

    A 200hp beast makes the track seem small. But from however many stories up we were the circuit was anything but.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  12. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,463
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Wow what a view, can really see how technical that track is
  13. Back in da saddle

    Back in da saddle Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2013
    Oddometer:
    20
    Location:
    Southwest with Sun everyday
    Excellent report DM! You look really smooth on the R bro. :nod Thanks for sharing the experience.
  14. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,411
    Location:
    Above ground
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Exactly! I still can't get over how big the track really is. The sight of it when not in motion is so different than the perception of the course at speed.

    The observation deck had a glass floor that was pretty cool (would be way cooler without those dots):

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Lots of unbridled joy:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    If you grow up and can still smile like this, you're probably doing something right. :)

    [​IMG]

    We stood for a group picture. I kept thinking about architectural disasters of the past....

    [​IMG]

    Course not everyone was thrilled to stand there:

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    After everyone left there was still more work to be done. There was also a lot of champagne.

    [​IMG]
  15. ewaugh

    ewaugh Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    17
    The vertigo part of my brain would not have been happy on the glass floor.
  16. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    7,492
    Location:
    Cypress, Tx
    To me, the name Ducati is a three syllable word ( dew-cod-tay ). The intonation of the second syllable is similar to how you would express good sex in a past thence. :rofl
  17. falconati

    falconati baller

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    682
    Location:
    WI/NYC
    Wow, just reached the (current) end of this thread. I've been reading through it in my spare time for the past week. What a great read. It was a real rush to read as you created this memory of a lifetime. Thanks so much for your time writing. I think the thing I appreciate the most is the photographic journal. I've always been very poor at taking pictures on my trips, and your journey has redoubled my resolve to take more in the future. I have a lot of amazing memories, but only few are documented outside my brain (which will likely be riddled with Alzheimers).

    I don't want to take up much space in your thread, as you deserve the spotlight here; however I agree with many of your motorcycling sentiments (from motorcycle purchases to the feelings of a lone rider, the road, and adventure). After my first motorcycle, I've been buying the motorcycles that I want - not the ones that are 'the best for the job.' My second purchase was a Ducati ST3, which I rode the hell out of (including a trip around the great lakes, unplanned - meaning I rode in 48 hours of downpour...without rain gear :D). After buying a few Aprilias, a Triumph, another Duc and an MV Agusta F4; I can tell all those not subscribed to the 'fuck it' philosophy that they are truly missing something in life. Everyone's 'fuck it' bike will be different (in fact, my next one will likely be a low-power dirt bike), but ultimately our goal of riding what makes us smile is the same.

    Very jealous of your experience at CoTA. I'm excited to read more. Also, if you're ever back in Wisconsin, there are a handful of folks that could take you to some of the nicest, unpatrolled twisy roads :D

    Oh, we have amazing food and beer, too. First round is on me.
  18. manban9888

    manban9888 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2013
    Oddometer:
    66
    It's really simple..we like him and enjoy his RR. Don't YOU take this the wrong way but you are such a typical cloned name dropping self righteous pompous ass that you're laughable. Look around and realize that your oh so enlightened opinions simply don't matter. Why anyone would take the time to write such negative sophmoric(your douchebag word) drivel on someone else's RR says more about you than the people you trashed. It takes a special kind of coward to hide behind his adventure keyboard sipping his fruity fat n testosterone free snooty latte and talk out of his ass. If you don't like it here stay away. We won't miss you. Maybe you should drop the keyboard and make your own RR and maybe someday some other prissy little so called adventure rider will drop your meaningless name..
  19. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    327
    Location:
    Tampa Fl
    I guess I missed that post....lol
    Very well put.:clap

    I've read plenty RRs here, I can say, Antiheroes might not be the best RR in one particular subject, but it is dam good in a lot of them. Plus I've really enjoy it, do to the fact of bike he chose. I've been riding sportbikes for 21 years this summer and reading someone doing such a ride on a sportbike, inspires us crotch-rocket riders.
  20. Ron_G

    Ron_G n00b

    Joined:
    May 11, 2008
    Oddometer:
    9
    Unfrickin' believeable!
    I just finished reading this RR and all I can say is thanks. I'll never be able to do a ride like that (and stay married) but reading your report allowed me to live vicariously through you for a while. I am sorry though that your only impression of New Jersey is the stinking Turnpike. But if you ever get this way again I'd love to show you some parts of the better parts of my state (don't judge us by the Turnpike).

    Anyway, thanks again.

    Ron G