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Old 02-28-2013, 05:33 AM   #1561
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Ducati at full song

OK ive been lurking for quite some time reading this thread and wondering when I would chime in. That video pushed me over the edge.

In 2000 I bought a Duc 996 Mono with Ohlins and the 5 spoke wheels. It was my dream bike. My dad had died the year before after a very short bout with cancer. His life was one of mostly work and his chair in front of the TV when he got home. Later on when I was older I dragged him off the couch and we scuba dove together and played golf... He finally came out of his self imposed day to day hell. I realized his coping skill for dreams unrealized was mind numbing tactics like drink, food and tv. Fortunately I helped him break out.

His life and then sudden death had me want to taste life from a fire hose. I bought the Ducati and a set of leathers At 38 I wanted to do something I had dreamed about doing since I was a kid. Take to the track and drag my knee around a corner. It was NHIS and BCM track days and Tonys Track days that year. Like heroin of motorcycling, was the Duc on the track. I couldn't wait to get back out there.

That time led to signing up for club racing. What do you know I was pretty good at it. I even got a second place at the Daytona national in 2003 and won a bunch of amatuer races at NHIS including one in the rain where I was dragging my knee through the puddles. Ah what fun! The best part was all the like minded people I had met. The parties that would start up when the racing ended where as much fun as the racing...

Yes that Ducati at full song triggered some strong memories. Good ones that I will hold onto.

Regarding touring on a bike not meant for it-

In 2008 after a breakup with a woman that you don't forget easily I found myself in a bit of tail spin. I had to work at Lincoln Memorial University in the north eastern section of Tennessee. I looked at the map and saw it was not far from Knoxville. Which is not far from the famous Deals Gap Tail of the Dragon. I asked the owner of the company if I could put in for mileage rather than fly down and rent a car for a week. As a rider himself he understood and approved the idea. I shipped my work clothes and laptop to the hotel near the college and then with only a small tail pack I suited up in my two piece leathers and rode my Buell XB12R down to Deals Gap via the Blue Ridge. It was an epic ride as the mid July temps were perfect and not a bit of rain during the whole time down there. These little twists of fate kept happening where I led met a bunch of cool people with dinner rides and drinks on porches and stories being told.

The ride home was like the horse to the barn. Two days of slab riding on the Buell was no fun but the awesome memories made it passable. I put on 2500 miles on the Buell Firebolt that week. What an awesome adventure.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:14 AM   #1562
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Tom - Sorry to hear about your father. I think we need a writeup on your 'business' trip!
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:26 AM   #1563
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First track day on the Panigale. First track day on a bike. First track day after my cerebellum was scrambled. No brain issues whatsoever (until today). Was very very happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpylO...ature=youtu.be
Holy crap! You sure that was a racetrack? Grab your leathers and head to Barber.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #1564
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Holy crap! You sure that was a racetrack? Grab your leathers and head to Barber.
Yeah, BW kind of sucks. In a car it's not too bad, but there were a couple sections of extremely rough pavement just post apex that you had to watch out for. Barber looks better in your video than it did in person. Great to see you tearing it up on the 675. You make me miss mine even more.

Tom, I'm glad that vid changed your lurker status. Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry about your dad as well. Motorcycles are the best therapy (for all tragedies it seems)--and it seems like you have a diverse enough of a collection to deal with anything that comes (or gets in) your way!

Even the thought of the track used to really bother me because I was incapable of doing something I loved so much. Though I'm still not ready for the g-forces of my S2000 again, I'm overwhelmingly pleased--even shocked--that I can handle the forces of the bike (turmeric and ginger pills to the rescue!).

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:50 PM   #1565
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Great video!

Love the BW video- maybe the rough track, but it has the quality of a WWII dogfight film. That Bitch/Goddess we call the GoPro camera has granted us stunning HD quality, but forces us to endure endless hours of mind-numbingly boring rides. It's refreshing to find the rare vid that makes you hold on to the edge of the desk and lean through the turns...

Then again, maybe after following this RR so long, I'm just preloaded to live vicariously through AntiHero- Gonna find myself in a ditch beside the NJ turnpike if I'm not careful!
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #1566
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Looks like there has been too much frameless red sexiness for photobucket. Oh well, they'll get over it. Cheers, and by the way, Dolin dry plays well with an unusually cucumbery gin. Superlative RR!
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #1567
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What good is 29.99 per year with unlimited bandwidth on photobucket if they still cut a paying bastard off? Tomorrow's the first., pics will be up again.

CJ...Oakland....CJ Yothxx???
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:53 PM   #1568
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Not me, I came here from the BARF. Sadly, if any "service provider" uses the word "unlimited" in accordance with it's accepted definition, let me know so I can sign up.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:26 AM   #1569
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What good is 29.99 per year with unlimited bandwidth on photobucket if they still cut a paying bastard off? Tomorrow's the first., pics will be up again.

CJ...Oakland....CJ Yothxx???
The 1st and still no dice on the pics. Anyhow, incredible RR. Thank you very much for the time and the effort that was put into this. It was inspiring personally for a connection I may not even be fully aware of yet. Thanks.

As for photobucket...check this link...

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features/

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:36 AM   #1570
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Yeah, BW kind of sucks. In a car it's not too bad, but there were a couple sections of extremely rough pavement just post apex that you had to watch out for. Barber looks better in your video than it did in person. Great to see you tearing it up on the 675. You make me miss mine even more.

Tom, I'm glad that vid changed your lurker status. Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry about your dad as well. Motorcycles are the best therapy (for all tragedies it seems)--and it seems like you have a diverse enough of a collection to deal with anything that comes (or gets in) your way!

Even the thought of the track used to really bother me because I was incapable of doing something I loved so much. Though I'm still not ready for the g-forces of my S2000 again, I'm overwhelmingly pleased--even shocked--that I can handle the forces of the bike (turmeric and ginger pills to the rescue!).

I saw the photo early this AM. I thought I could hear the tell tale signature of knee puck on the ground in your video. NICE! Glad you're back to high-g sports. That feeling is so much fun.


Something about that feeling relates to snowboarding and high G turns and your fingers brushing the snow or surfing. Ah good clean fun!

Thanks for the comments. Yes I have a quiver full of arrows in the garage. Google - Why motorcycles are better than women...
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:52 AM   #1571
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From Photobucket:

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:27 AM   #1572
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Photobucket is back up

Glad I went back and looked, that must have been a great car show. That Black Lamborghini looks like a stealth fighter. Love the Cobra, and there are a few cars that I have never seen before.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:39 AM   #1573
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Looking good on the track D, so what kind of speeds were you hitting?
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #1574
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Damn, AH!!! What kind of track day were you running? There was a serious disparity among the skill set, closing speed, riding abilities and track experience of the riders on the course at the same time. Never seen a facility that allowed novice and advanced riders--with unrestricted passing rules--on the track at the same time. Kind'a reminded me of rush hour traffic in Cincinnati...
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:00 PM   #1575
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DC: 140 on the front straight (indicated). Only for a second before nailing the brakes.

Badjuju: Errr....well, ok, so I was passing on the inside and outside, but only because passing on the outside only was impossible unless I went into the dirt. Slower riders should have been staying off line, but when they were on the line what do you do? I expected to get chastised by the organizers (or get a B sticker), but the instructors on the track themselves would point me around riders and give me the 'go' signals. (I wasn't the only one passing on either side.) In person it didn't seem so extreme, but the video makes the speed differentials seem a little absurd and dangerous. In my defense, though, it still was my first track experience on a bike, but in hindsight I should have gone up a level.
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