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

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

  1. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8 Supporter

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    I can hardly wait till you get to the Ducati factory!
    Woo who. it should be a grand tour.

    Swing by the Guzzi factory too. lol

    Maybe a little completion while you are over on the other side of the pond:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=858688

    Damm! I'm going to need to learn Twitter!
  2. MichaelBusa

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    Dude hope you can come through either Dubai, UAE (Where I live) or Vietnam (Where I have a house and a few bikes). I'll help all I can in both places. I'm sure the Ducati Owners Club in the UAE will be a great help.
  3. mikegc

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    Dennis,

    I just got back from a ride from NC to California and, when in Death Valley, I think I met some old friends of yours:

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    When I got down to the Crowbar in Shoshone, I told the waitress about them and she said, "Oh, yeah, that's Ike and Mike. They hang out around there."

    Mike
  4. KHVol

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    Great pics....
  5. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Beautiful animals.
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  6. Tallbastid

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    Not sure how I missed this, but FUCK YEAH. Can't wait to read more!
  7. AntiHero

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    Michael, you know I'm gonna hit you up in Vietnam. Especially since it'll be unlikely I'll be able to get my bike across the border (we'll see). (Michael owns/runs Vietnam Motorcycle Tours,and is a great guy, if anyone finds themselves looking for a bike in SE Asia!) Would love to make it to Dubai, but it's doubtful I'd make it there by road.

    Awesome pics, Mike! Ike and Mike, eh? They sure look smaller next to your bike than they do mine.

    Tallbastid: Yes, it's on and is all coming together.
  8. mikegc

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  9. BikePilot

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    Very excited for your trip. I could almost be your younger twin--very similar personality and affinity for uncomfortable motorcycle touring (racked up 60k miles touring on a suzuki TL) :freaky
  10. Platinumgrit

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    I cannot express how happy I am right now :D
    Fuckin' respect.
    In the unlikely event you do make it to Australia, (it is unlikely, as the quarantine regulations and expenses importing a used bike are prohibitive) a good mate of mine is the Sales manager at Fraser's Ducati. You'll be taken care of. Not to mention when you're in Sydney you'll not pay for drinks, food, or accomodation if we can help it.

    I think I'm going to have to figure out some fundraising ideas. I'm so fuckin' proud of you dude. I might also have to head Europe-ward and grab a bike again.
  11. KHVol

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    Accurately expressed....:thumb
  12. ruin

    ruin Been here awhile

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    Read the full RR starting a few days back, and like many others, amazed and inspired enough to register just to say thanks, AH!

    I live in NH, traded in for a '13 Ninja 1k last year and this story has moved my "ride this thing out to NV this summer to visit dad" idea from "maybe not such a bright idea" to "maybe, just maybe, a brilliant idea!"

    Done plenty of cross country trips in a cage, maybe it's time to do it on two wheels after all.

    So thanks again, looking forward to more.
  13. trek686

    trek686 Been here awhile

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    Just read your entire RR in less than 16 hours. I'm currently sitting here entirely jealous of all your adventures, and you are 100% correct that we control our own destiny and that everyone has to overcome adversity. I've always had the dream to ride coast to coast and like yourself, I'm not one to sit idle and let my dreams just be dreams. Your story has inspired me to speed up my plans on the coast to coast trip.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I really enjoyed your writing style. The commentary was funny, interesting, and honest. I can't wait to read your RR for your global trip. I applaud your choice to bring the same bike. The bike is now your soul mate and it would be so unfitting of you to not bring it. I look forward to the day of your Panigale with 100k on the odometer.<o:p></o:p>
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    Best of luck on your journey! As you already know, you have tons of people routing for you.<o:p></o:p>
  14. AntiHero

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    BikePilot: for your sake I hope you're not my twin! But if so, ya might want to get an MRI.... ;)

    Hey Joe, I'd visit Australia just to meet you in person and hear more of your f'in jaw-dropping stories. Didn't know it was so cost-prohibitive to get a bike in and out, though....I'll have to figure something out when I make it a little closer. Course if you can make it to Europe....

    Ruin: glad you enjoyed. Welcome to the addiction that is ADV.

    Trek: Thanks for the feedback. You're a madman to read the whole thing in 16 hours. Good luck with your own C2C adventure. Stay tuned for more.
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    That, is fucking awesome. We have wild coyotes behind our house and talk at night and I always wanted to hang out with them. Very cool moment for you.
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  16. trust7

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    I have never heard of a person wishing they had been more calm and less adventurous and bold in their lifetime.
  17. Flashwing

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    Hey everyone!

    This is my first time posting up in this thread, but per Dennis's suggestion I wanted to share something with all of you in hopes of helping promote the various messages in this ride report.

    There is a niche community on Youtube known as Motovloggers (Motorcycle Video Bloggers) where, quite simply, we ride our motorcycles while vlogging about various topics. Some of them are bike related, but others are not. I wanted to take some aspects of Dennie's message and bring them to a different audience and I wanted to share this with all of you here on ADV.

    This particular vlog isn't done on my bike due to the length, but I'm trying to bring a message of inspiration to my subscribers and all the philosophical discussions here are really fantastic. I hope you check out the vlog and if you've already read this report, you'll recognize some themes.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YQ3IGeSKqEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    **I hope the admins don't punt out my first post. I did share this with Anti-Hero's permission**

    I do want to say that I appreciate all the time people have put into this RR. This has inspired me to do my own trip and I look forward to posting my own report soon.
  18. KHVol

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    AH - pardon me for asking but I have searched the thread and can't find anything on it..and since your writings are the sole reason ( "soul" reason) I am now looking for a Panigale... were you ever able to do anything about the heat issue ?

    Thanks,
    KH
  19. AntiHero

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    The updated heat shield helps quite a bit. Even in the original stock form the heat is no reason not to buy one, though. So do it. Every day you don't own one is a day you'll later regret.
  20. nicoveto

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    Hi there Dennis,
    I meant to write for some time now but just didn't take time to sit down with the keyboard....
    I don't mean to hand over a laurel wreath BUT I must say thank you so much for sharing your experience and writing your thoughts as you went from coast to coast.
    I had a pretty bad bike accident in the summer of 2005 and went through three operations (over an 8 month period) in order to save what could be of my right arm.
    Before that, I was a hard working guy trying to do his best to keep things as good as possible for his family and himself even if it meant working 60+hrs/week. I was pretty healthy back then (black belt karate, diving, sailing etc) but was not enjoying my life as everything had to get done almost as if to get it out of the way, waiting for that day when things would finally slow down....
    So I wrecked my arm hard against an oncoming car and I've got some nasty scars, constant pain and loss of mobility to show for it BUT in the spring of 2013 (march the 28th), my surgeon told me that the bone healing process was pretty much OK (yeah, 8 years of hoping the bony plate would not break) and that I could put what stress I desired on my right arm!! :clap
    I therefore went and bought myself a bike in order to get my trembling worried ass back on trail!! I sold that one pretty quick and bought a GS adventure wanting to go on some long term riding (hence subscribing to ADVrider).
    And then, my twenty years old son went and bought himself a Hypermotard (a month after getting his bike license and coming back from an eight month trip to Australia by himself and working to save some cash) which got me looking into Ducati on internet and there I found this youtube vid about Antihero on a Panigale coast to coast. :freaky I sold my (too clinicaly "perfect" but lacking fun factor for my liking) GS Adventure in order to buy what I thought would be a more lively ride in form of the KTM Adventure :huh Up for sale now in order to buy a streetfighter 848 which is what I really lust after :wink:
    I started reading your thread and I was hooked, deeply as if I was waiting for some of your words to wake me up and realise I was wasting precious time. It's not that I didn't know it, it's that I needed it to be said to me in such a way that I would get up and moving and working against my lasy self!!
    "Dynamic duo" and "the fuck it attitude (Descartes)" are two of the great things you wrote that really stirred me and I must say thank you.
    I've read your other threads and would like to offer a very welcome stay in my modest flat in Bastia (french island of Corsica in the Mediterranean sea near Italy) showing you around this beautiful island (mountains in the sea, white sand beaches and twisty roads to your heart's content) -some of the official Ducati vids have been filmed here-.
    I've cleared three weeks worth of free time for myself upcoming july (will be on my bike then of course but where is a big question mark which will be answered as the days unfold :D -I'll be taking the ferry to Italy or to France and will probably turn north since I don't look after hot weather riding as we have enough of that around here but after???). If it may be, I would really like to bump into you if our roads meet and if that would be to your liking.
    I hope everything works out for your coming over to Europe but something tells me we're just at the beginning of discovering a great adventure as you get on with your great trip!!
    Thanks again and keep the good writing coming :D
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