'Round the World with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. itlives

    itlives Adventurer

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    Thanks to your bud GreekPT, I'm back on the train. I followed your first flight away from standard life, but lost you somewhere in my standard life.
    Glad to be back.
  2. bluestar

    bluestar the rain maker

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    That doesn't sound like a bad thing actually. Might be able to enjoy seeing the city without swarms of people everywhere.
  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    If you have time to swing through Firenze, after seeing the Domo etc, you might inquire about Ducati dealers around.
    In 1992 ,I went to Italy with my daughter on a school trip. It was on the bus,do a tour, then free time. Well free time if I stayed with the group was shop,shop shop. Just shoot me instead.
    So ,after the tour,the day before Easter, I split off on foot to see if I could find a moto shop. I did ,but, they were closed because of the holiday.I noticed a guy putting his packages in the saddlebags of a 3 &1/2 Moto Morini.I walked up to him and held out my pictures of my bikes and of the bikes I'd raced at Daytona the month before. Having no Italian ,this was the key to comunication with fellow moto-heads.
    Anyway ,Pablo, got the idea and said " You need to see Rominelli's. If I have a spare ,I'll take you."
    And he fished out a beannie helmet from the saddlebag and off we went.Now, Pablo was a small guy and I'm not really, so ridiing behind him with a tiny helmet high on my head probably looked comical.
    A few miles later we pulled up to a yellowish compound. Mr.Rominelli and his wife lived on the top floor, the showroom was the ground floor and the workshop was in the basement. The courtyard had a garden and citrus trees.
    We looked through the window and though the bars of the courtyard . The shop was closed also. Then Pablo started knocking on the door and eventually Mr. Rominelli came down looked at my pictures and let us in. In the showroom there were several race bikes with Pantah motors and one off frames. They were from the 80's when 16" front wheels and various versions of monoshocks were being tried.
    Pablo told me that Mr. Rominelli's son had been killed racing and now he just kept the bikes at the shop. There was a model of a WW2 bomber on his desk and it turns out Mr. Rominelli had been in the Italian Air Corp.
    We later went to the shop/basement and a couple of other guys showed up . All I could do was listen and look around.
    Anyway if you could locate the shop, it would be cool to see a pic. Time marches on though,Rominelli and his shop may be gone.
    And Roma !
    After trying all week to rent some wheels I finally got some in Roma.Not too get excited though, all I could get was a 125 Vespa. But, I was riding.
    When you see a 2000 years old Roman built bridge with cars going across it, well, that's a sight.
  4. AntiHero

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    Good stuff, everyone. Been a struggle to get online. No way I can upload anything with this thread of a connection I have to the outside world. Have a place in the Dolomites tomorrow that should be better.

    itlives: tell that homo Phil I said 'sup.

    bk brkr: I'd really like to find a Ducati dealer. Punctured a tire today. Hope it holds until I get to the land of the living.

    Networker: yeah, no....Rome is far from unpopulated. The locals may have fled, but it's crowded as all hell still. Same with Florence. Maddening.
  5. Old Blue

    Old Blue Shallow waterman

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    In/subscribed. Good luck and safe travels, AH.
  6. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

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    Enjoy the ride.
    Ones in Dolomites try to do this loop, Just a relaxing ride http://goo.gl/maps/d6LCU

    Also, if you can, (I don't know what route you''ll take) but if you'll be around the area, go thru the Manghem Pss (B) - http://goo.gl/maps/IzkuH
    Excellent real German food on top :)
    I hope the weather is cooperating.
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    wildmanlex1 n00b

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    Bex says you look like wolverine
  8. tamnidium

    tamnidium n00b

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    Antihero, I`m following your journey from the beginning and was at Lago di Como with my Panigale when you started in Milano, so quite close. In the meantime, I had my experience with an italian lady who on a small mountain road decided to do whatever instead looking on the road, drifting completely to my side. She left just very little space between her car and the cliff. In the end I had to hit both in order to prevent a front crash. Luckily I had a good leathers on, but unfortunately only my second best shoes. I`m now in the hospital with two broken feet. Luckily I managed to get moved from an italian hospital to a swiss one, what a difference. I hope you have a good health-insurance ..... take care!
  9. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile

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    Hi Tanidium,

    bad luck.... My best wishes for getting healthy again fast without keeping any injuries for the future.
  10. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Tamnidium - that's terrible to hear - wishing you a speedy recovery...

    (Sorry for the hijack Anti)

    DD
  11. AntiHero

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    Very sorry to hear Tamnidium. I had a close call myself that would have ended everything for me the other day. Gotta love ABS and lightning fast reactions of the bike. Hope you heal up well.

    2Wheelie--last night I was thinking north, and that route would have been perfect. Today I'm thinking east into Croatia and Slovenia...we'll see which witch I decide to follow.
  12. AntiHero

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    Roma:
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    Booked a small apt. on a 500 year old property about 20 min. outside of Rome. The property embodied all the romantic notion of Italy those of us who live outside of Italy have. Confirmation: it does exist.

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    I had planned on going into Rome the first day. But I was so fucking aggravated by GPS (exit freeway, ride around an industrial park behind an airport, then ride around it again, then get back on the road I was on). My Garmin has the built in prank exit option I suppose). So instead of dealing with 'guess my route', I instead cooked up some of the fresh vegetables from the garden into an eggplant/bell pepper/ghost chili and tomato 'salsa' and devoured all of it. The place had two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, etc. It was large enough to live in FOREVER. I think I'm getting back into the swing of a new house every few days because instantly I felt right at home. Kind of hard not to, I suppose.

    Oh the stories if only these walls could talk:

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  13. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Croatia, Slovenia and Austria are all great venues for exploration.
  14. itlives

    itlives Adventurer

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    What a contrast between the old and the "forever" and the new and the "temporal".

    I love this picture!

    Question - your screen name. Do you say it Frankensteen or Frankenstyn?
    AnteeHero or Ant eye Hero?
    It's true, I have nothing better to ponder this morning..... so sad.
  15. AntiHero

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    Most people don't think of this when they think of the Coliseum, but it's an unfortunate reality:

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    An unfortunate reality made worse by the complete comfort Italians have with disorganization and inefficiency.

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    Yeah, 5 or 10 lines all smashed up together. No one ever thought, 'hey, where do the people who just got done paying go?"

    Inspiration for the ticket counter must have come straight from the band scene at the end of animal house.

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    But once that horse pill makes it way down the esophagus, you enter the Colosseo!

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    It's massive--the largest Roman Coliseum built--but it's not quite as massive as most think it is. (Guess it just looks a lot bigger on TV). At 1945 years old, give or take, it still looks pretty good, despite the efforts to restore it.

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    Other than its size, I think most of us get a sickening kind of thrill when thinking about the battles of mortality, of both man an beast, that took place here.

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    Yes, yes, I know that killing for fun and entertainment is wrong, but it's still fucking bad ass, as awful as it is. And not everyone participating regretfully did so. The animals just did what animals did in the wild, sort of. But c'mon....think about the most excitement you've ever had while waiting for a movie to begin. Then multiply that by 100. Can you imagine what kind of thrill it would be to be sitting there watching 20 baboons pick fleas off of themselves in a corner until...drums roll and 2 hungry lions appear in the center of the amphitheater. And in the rare event that the cats are just feeling lazy, there's always 10 hyenas waiting to rock 'n roll!

    Get to the gladiators and like it or not, the crowd then would roar no louder than they would today. And safe to say if it was purely voluntary you'd have no shortage of Gladiators signing up to battle to the death. They'd surely need a new design for the ticket counter, though.

    And when they needed to wash up the blood, the entire Coliseum could be flooded for mock naval battles. Happy is the city which in time of peace thinks of war.

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    Sound disgusting? Regrettable? Horrific? Look around. Movies and television are dramatic, artificial mock-life-or-death struggles, sublimations of the 'darker' side of our psyche. Life-and-death struggles are core to our existence and because they were--and still are--an everyday part of our lives. It's too early in our history to eradicate this propensity for violence, too. Look at the wars ravaging on across the globe. And look at the people fighting them. Not all of them aren't not enjoying it.

    But even in peace there are those who, without war, still have to exercise this primal need to dodge spears. Die Hard 6 sometimes just doesn't cut it. I suppose it's boredom on a life-or-death level. So we ride motorcycles, take chances, fight in MMA, or in bars or on the street, take our aggression out on those closest to us, jump from airplanes, race cars, push ourselves right up against the limits of what our bodies can do with mountain bikes, marathons, triathlons. Civilization isn't easy to adapt to. Coliseums were therapy. A place for people to witness (and participate in) the experiential hazards and dangers that we're still hardwired--and thirsty--for.

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  16. AntiHero

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    Can go either way. Thanks for the pic like, too.
  17. msprygada

    msprygada Adventurer

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    I saw a t-shirt that applies to this perfectly "Bad decisions make for great stories".
  18. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

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    Well said.

    How would you describe riding in Italy?
    Do they comment on your Cali plates? The big the euro bike plates comparing to US ones :)

    Rounabouts; I love them. No need to constantly stopping at the stop signs or a light, and no probability that someone will jump the stop or a rd light on you.

    Your bike is always "naked". Where is a photo of a bike in action - loaded for the ride? (or all you have is on your back?)
  19. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile

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    If you want to make it to North Cape you should not wait too long - because weather is getting colder in the northern part of Europe sooner than in the Mediterranean part.
  20. AntiHero

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    Riding in Italy is brilliant. I always knew how fucking stupid American drivers were and how retarded most of our traffic laws are. Italy has proven that white people can drive--and that traffic can flow smoothly without 1950s era stoplights and 6 lanes (of which all six are typically backed up by people driving at-or under-the speed limit). As for accidents--I saw two, both at less than 5mph. Normally in LA or the SF Bay Area you're bound to see one or two accidents for every few hundred miles. Not so here. Everyone pays attention, everyone knows what they're doing.

    As for the police--damn. Yeah, there's speed cameras. And they have signs on 'em saying so. If you get busted it's cause you're not paying attention. The US needs to hire Italian road planners and pay each of them several million dollars a year, which would actually save American taxpayers and businesses several hundred million a year, if not more.

    Going back to CA is going to be even more infuriating than it was before I left.

    As for riding, I have a small tank bag from SW Motech for electronics and a backpack.