The Wild West on a Ducati Scrambler

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. CKutzGO

    CKutzGO Been here awhile

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    I haven't ridden one, but your description put words to the impressions i got when i sat on one at a show.
    just wants to play. Nothing too serious about it, though not a joke.

    looking forward to more.
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  2. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    I have a yellow one on deposit. This thread is both helping and hindering the pain of waiting for it to come in.
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  3. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Long timer

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    Death Valley is a magical placeÂ…looking forward to your photos and perspective. Enjoy! :clap
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  4. mammal

    mammal Been here awhile

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    Dammit! I've been mulling the idea of getting a Scrambler on the west coast and riding it back home, just...well....because, dammit! I'd just about calmed down, and now this...:lobby
    Looking forward to the rest!
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  5. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney Nubile Adventurer

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    You sir, are a dirty rotten tease.
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  6. WDG

    WDG Not entirely domesticated

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  7. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Sorry about that. (Ok, no I'm not!). What I am sorry about is time....I don't have enough of it to keep up with how fast life is comin' at me. I did throw a couple videos up on Instagram, though, if you want a quick fix and have a bunch of pics there. IG feed is dennis_matson. Or if you don't have Instagram on your phone, here's the online version:

    http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/user/582907155/

    I'll be riding all day every day, which will give me tons of content, but little time to do anything with it. I can promise a few more posts tonight. Facebook and Twitter links can be found on my website, if any of you want sneak peeks into what will be comin' to an ADV Theater near you.
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  8. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Yea!
    Another AntiHero Ride Report. :clap

    Your Ride Reports with the Ducati are partially responsible for me doing more touring on my BMW S1000RR, much to the chagrin of my three KTM 950's.

    Keep it coming and thanks!
    Q~
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  9. nunzo

    nunzo nunzo

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    Just after getting addicted to Italian Supermodel, you need to change things up and travel the US on a Scrambler. I am in! ( Now I resume my lurking nature!)

    It's all good Dennis!:D
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  10. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    so smart on Ducati's part.

    continue well, Dennis, and fun travels. :deal
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  11. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Awesome!! Antihero on a Scrambler in my backyard!!!:D
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  12. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Surprised Ducati didn't set you up with the Urban Enduro. Keep posting :thumb
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  13. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Thanks for all your support and continued interest, gentlemen. Much appreciated. Would love to keep on riding the Scrambler across the US, but the Supermodel currently stranded without me in Ireland is getting very impatient.

    But for now....

    After fighting off Scrambler gawkers with a stick, I followed my bud Michael back to Las Vegas and then we went to his buddies house for dinner. His friend is a pro-golfer who's friends with, drumroll please....Miguel Duhamel and Jason Pridmore.

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    For 95% of my life, I seriously dreaded social situations. I had valid reasons. But during my Coast to Coast ride I had a rule: accept any invitation someone throws your way. Sometimes it meant riding through the remnants of a hurricane in the freezing rain to spend the night at a stranger's house I'd never before met, sometimes it meant showing up at a harbor to search for keys hidden on a dark 'boat' wondering if I was going to get shot. But I always ended up having an incredible time. And that feeling of discomfort most of us get at a stranger's house has forever vanished. However....showing up for dinner with not one, but two motorcycle racing legends....well, yeah, made me pause for a second and reflect on how I got there: Let's see....Ducati called Friday night. I picked up a bike Sat. morning. I ride all day, then end up eating a viciously good steak with four super cool dudes, two of which entertained the rest of us all night with the most insane behind-the-scenes stories of racing at all levels all across the world. The fact that they knew a bit about my travels and were asking me questions....well, it's a crazy world is all I can say and I have a backstage pass.

    Ended up having an unexpectedly refreshing philosophical conversation with Duhamel that covered a good 2000 years of religion, science and philosophy. Here's a guy I saw wheeling up the back straight at Laguna Seca with my mouth wide open years ago....and now we're pouring wine, watching motocross and debating amicably.

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    Great guys. All of 'em.
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  14. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    In!
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  15. AntiHero

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    Next morning I went to my first ever Ducati club meeting. (Come to think of it, my first any club meeting since being traumatized by a 4H club in Idaho when I was 11.)

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    Then a little riding around town:

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    And then we rode a couple other bikes....

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    Insane. The HP4 is mental--the whole time on it I felt like an escaped mental patient. And it seemed as though the HP4 was an escaped mental patient, too. Unlike me who was smiling silently, it just screamed all the time.

    The ride on the Superleggera has me at a loss for superlatives. Demonic.

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    Hopping back on the Scrambler gave me a very clear idea of what it's all about. Every bike has a personality. And riding one infects you with it. On the SL I felt evil. On the HP4, insane. But the Scrambler: joy. Just like their advertisements purport. Now, I'm not by general disposition cheerful. Ask any of my ex coworkers to describe me and you'll get a list of hostile synonyms. So to just be able to flick a switch and twist a throttle and feel so upbeat and animated....odd how something like a bike can completely change your biochemistry. Kind of like just how impossible it is to be depressed or angry when a friggin overgrown puppy is jumping all over you.

    Anyhow....I still had to make it to Death Valley in time to find a place to camp out for the night. We took a few more shots of the bikes before I headed back to pack.

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    The man who filled 24 hours with unforgettable memories, the hero of this episode who made it all possible, my friend Michael:

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  16. AntiHero

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    And then....back on the road:

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    On the way to Titus Canyon in Death Valley, I stopped by Rhyolite.

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    Oooh la la...perky!
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    As you can see, the sun was setting and the 'entrance' to Titus Canyon is easy to miss, esp. in the dark.

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    The 'entrance' is also 7 miles long and it's fairly gravely. And I'm on a bike that's not mine and I don't want to crash. I wasn't as worried about injury / having to crawl my way out of a ravine with a femur sticking out of my thigh (Miguel Duhamel's stories are still fresh in my mind)--I was worried about having to tell Ducati I wrecked one of their bikes riding offroad in the dark.

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    But I got on quite well...except for the fact that riding in the dark (with a pukka LED headlight) is far safer than riding DIRECTLY INTO THE BLAZING SUN.

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    Couldn't see a f'in thing. Braille navigation at its finest. Did I mention the Scrambler's front end has great feedback?
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  17. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Nice to see one "out there"...my klr has aged a few years just as I type this.
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  18. Coffeeman

    Coffeeman Coffeeman

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    I want one



    Great thread, great pictures, great analysis, as usual of course.
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  19. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    D, could you please expand on this a bit?
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  20. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    Great ride report so far! You are a lucky guy...

    John
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