'Round the World with an Italian Supermodel

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

  1. 02Deuce

    02Deuce Where next?

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    Hi Dennis,

    I have finally caught up with this Ride Report. Which I hate because it will be weeks before your journey will continue for me. Like your Coast to Coast, this has been an epic read. Maybe I'm wrong, but I believe that your reporting has changed a bit since you got your health back. Hopefully because you are having too much fun to have time to update your posts.

    I will repeat what others have said, your ride reports are full of thought provoking insights, provided by both you and the ADV inmates following along.

    My personal favorite insight: "The insatiable need to experience the history of the world is a reflection of a desire to live forever; but the passion to feel alive now requires living moment to moment." I guess I've always felt the need to experience the history of the world (and live forever), but I never quite connected my desire to ride a motorcycle with the passion to live moment to moment. But that's what you do when traveling on a motorcycle.

    Thanks again for the insightful read and I wish you more safe and interesting journeys.

    Btw, unless I missed it, you never posted a picture of the worn out sprocket. ;-)

    Bruce
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  2. AntiHero

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    Guys, many thanks. My apologies. I've been falling off the world a little more frequently than usual and for longer durations. Rest assured, I'm spending my time wisely, but as a few of you have mentioned, this RR is different than the C2C. I am more reserved. For a very long time my writing here has been a formidable outlet for some of the nonsense that I've wrestled with for years in my head. For the past year, my writing efforts have gone into a novel which so far no one but me has access to. It will be some time before it is ready to share, but for those who are interested, subscribe to the news feed below and when it's ready I'll notify you. Maybe even share some in advance. (FYI--for those who have subscribed to my newsletter, I haven't sent anything out yet.) And Bruce--I'll try to find a pic of the sprocket. It was ugly. Now it's become part of the recycling supply chain in Norway....

    Whowardb: Good catch. I am fond of anthimerias.

    Ok, now....where were we?

    Ah yes:

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    I was back in the Alps again. Other than Death Valley, the Alps remain on my list of favorite places in the world. Had I known how glorious they were, I would have just ridden back and forth and back and forth on, in, up and down them. Not merely because they offer incredible rides, but because of the various tiny little villages nestled into the landscape along the serpentine ribbons of black.

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    I'm guessing the Romans were here. I forget the name of the town. I was not very welcome if the glares the people of this quiet community communicated anything. It was Austria, after all. No offense against Austrians, but they seem the most open when it comes to expressions of disdain. I'll admit, the place was peaceful and my bike is, of course, anything but.
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    Someone wanted to hitch a ride, though. First time in a long time I'd seen a bee:

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    (And no, that's not blood, it's paint.)
  3. sherpa7

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    The Austrians should be used to motorcycles given KTM is from there.
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  4. OK Lucinda

    OK Lucinda n00b

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    IMO, if his ongoing story prompts you to be as reflective as anti-hero is, then this RR is gold. It's brilliant.
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  5. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    I'm glad to hear your working on a book. While there are thousands like me who devour your stories. . . you deserve to get paid for the entertainment and joy you bring to your readers. May you sell a billion copies and make enough money to fund whatever the hell you want to do for as long as you want to do it.
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  6. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

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    Fantastic stuff. Can't wait for a whole book to devour!

    I read an interesting article on Cycleworld today, Kevin Cameron's ode to his Ducati 900SS. The whole thing is well worth a read, though there are a few choice phrases that stood out and resonated with me.

    "Getting off my Honda 750 and climbing onto the Ducati was like leaving the Hilton and entering a Trappist monastery, a dark place lighted by torches where you slept on a stone floor. No mini-bar in this room, pal. We’re looking for salvation through austerity."

    "Ducatis also carry with them a bracing touch of fatalism. The owner has to be somewhat willing to dive into the unknown (or at least be willing to endure a desmo valve adjust) in order to make life more interesting and less predictable. The bikes serve as a kind of compensation for putting up with everything safe and mundane in this world, a thumb in the eye of caution."

    http://www.cycleworld.com/2016/03/1...ycle-peter-egan-feature-cycle-world-classics/
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  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Done. Love your style. I have a great life, with a successful business, 2 beautiful kids and a supportive wife, but there's a part of me that always wanted to do what you've done. Clearly, I have very small balls. Society tells us what we "should" do. I have no regrets, but I should've listened to what I "wanted" to do. I'd like to live in a parallel universe.
  8. AntiHero

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    Brilliant stuff, Tim_Tom. It's funny how owning a Ducati tends to make you think in certain ways....either that or perhaps people who think in certain ways are just more attracted to the brand. Maybe both.

    Levain, you bring up one of the hardest topics in life to contemplate. Life is best understood looking backwards, but can only be lived moving forward.

    I had a guy reach out to me from Israel a few days ago. Young dude, 23. He was actually fearing what most of us have been through: Wife, kids, and a complete loss of freedom before he had the chance to do something he'd always wanted to do. Most of us regret not doing something in the past, but this kid is regretting things he'll be doing in the future! He's either tormenting himself unnecessarily or he's just smarter than the rest of us ever were.

    The biggest misconception when traveling is the thought we'll miss out on some opportunity or event by being away. But the reality is every moment of every day we're missing out on opportunities that are happening somewhere else in the world where we aren't. Let that sink in for a moment.
  9. kiwial

    kiwial Allweatherrider

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  10. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling Long timer

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    I know a ton of people do it, but man that's the dumbest thing. If you don't want to get married and have kids, then don't. If you do want to get married and have kids, then do. It's not a complicated thing; it's just difficult. Figure out the price you're paying for whatever it is you want, whether that's circling the globe on an absurd bike or joining the quiverfulls and then actually do it. There's no choice you can make that's free, whether you're spending time or money or relationships, but you should actually be choosing.
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  11. AntiHero

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    I hear ya, keepshoveling, but easier said than done, sort of. I suppose it's like the nursery rhyme. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage....

    And now back to our regularly scheduled program:

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    For some reason, the most enduring memories I have of travel are most often just random places like this.

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    No reason to be there. No reason to stop. No reason, really, to stare. Unless you're a horticulture expert, it'd be really difficult to determine the location based on the scenery. Could be Colorado, could be Italy, could be California. But being there you for some reason wouldn't mistake it for anywhere else. I suppose it's kind of like looking out of the window of a skyscraper and actually hanging by a thread staring down. You see the same thing, but the experience couldn't be any more different. And that's how I feel out there, alone, far away. Always like I'm dangling over a precipice, held aloft by, well, a lightness of being, to steal from Kundera. The only thing unbearable would be that when the thread is cut, I fall back not to death, but what I fear could be an unbearable weight of living normally.

    No doubt about it, the sun is setting, the shadows long.

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    As much as I enjoy my bike, exploring on foot has its own unique advantages. Instead of everything blurring itself by, I can actually stop and lean up against a wall or a pole and watch the world come at me, albeit at a rate that can be a little slow.

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    Can't recall the town. It, I assumed, was simply a normal place where people lived and worked. Where nobody vacationed. But like most European towns, would be a place I'd consider immensely livable. I'm so sick of every damn place I go to be so charming. In the US, I can barely find a place I want to live, but in Europe I could be happy pretty much anywhere. HATE IT!

    And finally....back to Italy.

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  12. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    This.
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  13. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    1st > Anti great stuff as usual!

    2nd > I guess I have a good outlook on life & an understanding woman. While I've not lived & traveled every where, I've done some, with nary a regret.

    3rd > I have 4 kids, not easy, but my kids are mostly very good. But I was never told by anyone the pros / cons of having kids. Wouldn't change anything.

    4th > Kids are overrated.

    OK back to Anti - We Need More!

    Stay safe

    Rhino
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  14. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    THIS. I was nervous about getting my Monster, but I was assured that being a 2 valve model, valve checks are no problem. And in the grand scheme, they're not bad at all, despite a little learning curve through the first one.

    They're now due again. I hoped to hell they'd all be in spec, or close enough. Pulled the tank off last night and started measuring the vertical. One of the closers is a little lose, but barely. One of the openers is too tight, but I can fix that easy enough with some emery paper and little effort. onto the horizontal, and the first one I check has an opener that's too tight and a closer that's WAY loose. Fuck me. Makes you not want to live anymore haha.
  15. AntiHero

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    I hate adjusting valves. 15k intervals on the Panigale! TIme to upgrade, mr. All Season. >)

    So here's where I ended up in the Italian alps:
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    A little bit more resolution reveals a little bit more detail:

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    Muhuhaaahaa!

    Had the video camera running the whole time. Will get to some of that eventually. Lots of other dudes on bikes, including a good 6-7 Panigales. It was either a club event or some of the guys use the road I was on as a test bed?

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    I needed gas, but there was no attendant. So I went to nab some Euros. Ah yes, Italy. So many memories are now comin' back to me.

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    Hard to stay frustrated for long.

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  16. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    Still living my dream vicariously through you :)
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  17. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    "Guasto".....that's what happens if you don't adjust the valve clearance on your ATMs regularly!! As usual you managed to make limoncello out of dried out moldy lemons, so to speak! Cheers!
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  18. Flipflop

    Flipflop Been here awhile

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    That last picture is incredible...
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  19. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Italy. In the spring. On a Ducati. Bastard.
  20. lronW0lf

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    Now and again, someone opens up in search of happiness, purpose, meaning, passion. Things we try to find the answers. Change environment, circumstances, relationships, things, whatever... and keep going in that direction cause maybe there is a great revelation just around one corner, or another mile ahead. Like a false promise of hope that something will surface otherwise buried somewhere deep in subconscious. We often don't talk about it for the fear of being judged, or maybe an overdeveloped sense of privacy, or maybe because of ignorance to own self awareness. There is a notable difference between making a conscious choice and simply breaking away from programmed and conditioned stereotype of how to live a life you meant to live. And then, don't we make the meaning as we go along? Like a picture of your own shadow, or stopping to check out the creek under a bridge. Being in the moment. For that, I applaud you the most.