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Old 04-13-2013, 05:16 AM   #1771
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AH, I kind of see why you would feel out of place, but you got invited to be there because you accomplished something mighty on a bike that was not made for that. You are not a journalist for a magazine, or a factory test rider, but you have just proved to a lot of people that the Panigale is a durable, rideable bike. Plus they didn't have to spend a ton of money for it.
You deserve to be out there! You don't get publicity like that for cheap! lol

So, how about telling us about Ben!
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:35 PM   #1772
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AH, I kind of see why you would feel out of place, but you got invited to be there because you accomplished something mighty on a bike that was not made for that. You are not a journalist for a magazine, or a factory test rider, but you have just proved to a lot of people that the Panigale is a durable, rideable bike. Plus they didn't have to spend a ton of money for it.
You deserve to be out there! You don't get publicity like that for cheap! lol

So, how about telling us about Ben!
Absolutely - the idea that a fragile Italian superbike could accomplish the trip that you took is a huge event in itself. The kudos should be never ending.

I continue to come back to this thread and reread the report because of the positive vibe and energy you've weaved into words and pictures.

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:29 AM   #1773
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"Europe with an Italian Supermodel" is all I can think about lately....I fell asleep last night examining google maps and planning out routes on my iPhone.
Be sure to hit up Finland. The scenery up north is breathtaking, plus its an easy route up to nordkapp.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #1774
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coast to coast (and back?) with an italian supermodel

I started reading Friday (4/12/13) just finished today. This is " EPIC " . I've never seen a RR when the writing and photo's are stunning . First off , I want to say thank you for sharing this . Second don't stop with the writing or photo's ( still amazed at the insight and the beauty ) . Third , hope all is well with the Italian supermodel .
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:12 PM   #1775
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Wow! Just catching up, and can't believe your good fortune. First, an all expense paid trip to Texas, and then dinner with a genuine Texan- Ducati sure knows how to say thanks!

Oh yeah, something about motorcycles in there too, I think...
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #1776
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Man I forget to check in on this thread and more greatness happens since the last time I posted up. I am looking forward to more posts!!!

On another note it was your thread and words that actually helped me purchase my 2nd bike, You said and I quote..

"I briefly considered the advantages and disadvantages of particular makes and models of bikes, but when it comes down to it, comfort and convenience are overrated; masochistic machines cultivate will and test mental fortitude, so something built for mileage was totally out of the question. In the end it came down to only one choice: the 1199 Panigale S"


For me I was not in a place to be able to purchase a Panigale I was on a limited budget but I purchased something I wanted rather then something that was made for "built for mileage" like a 1200gs or Tenere. I did purchase a 03 Z1000 which I have put 1,200 miles on in the past few weeks and plan on doing some larger trips this summer on it...


Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration to through practicality out the window and purchase what you want rather then what everyone tells you that you need to have.





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Old 04-16-2013, 01:44 PM   #1777
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Thanks!

For so eloquently relating just where your motivation came from to take the road less traveled and to do what some may consider to be beyond their limits. Isn't "limit" just another way of expressing the boundaries of one's "comfort zone?"

Even when you were sitting in stopped traffic, in a tunnel, moving at a snail's pace, still, the road less traveled was beneath your tires, though not necessarily to be found beneath the tires of those around you. This has so little to do with the road itself and was more only because of the rider making an adventure of life.

It is a pleasure to follow you on this journey pushing boundaries and discovering your adventure along the way.

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Old 04-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #1778
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Thanks for the suggestions, comments and positive encouragement guys! More Austin to come in just a few....
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:45 PM   #1779
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This has been my favorite RR on here so far. Keep up the good work Antihero you really are an inspiration to new riders such as me. I cant thank you enough for sharing what has been an extremely personal part of your life. Its folks like you that inspire people to push thier personal boundaries of whats possible. I honestly hope you can make the Euro trip happen you have given me so many hours of pure entertainment, tips, hints and tricks I cant thank you enough. You should come up with your own little sticker LOL.

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Ok sorry just havin a little fun back to your RR
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:12 PM   #1780
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So Ben sits down, Kevin Duke is next to me and Waheed is across. Banter begins and all we do is talk bikes, racing, traveling and more bikes. Mr. Spies was super cool. He was suffering from allergies and not feeling very well, but expended the last amount of energy he had talking to all of us. We talked a little about long rides (cycling, he's a rabid cyclist) and he entertained the table with some pretty f'in funny stories of him and Schwantz and bloody hotel rooms (literal, not figurative). And he talked about some of the downsides of being a professional motorcycle racer...like the fact that you spend months out of the year on planes and in airports. You definitely could tell that he was a little shy, not exactly comfortable with attention and very modest. Anyone who didn't know who he was would think he was just a normal guy from Texas.

Absolutely riveting to see someone with superhuman abilities who doesn't think everyone around him is a demi-human. The Ben Spies Method, in action. Great guy and I wish him much luck in 2013 and beyond.

Once dinner was over I figured all the journalists would head to strip clubs and bars, but everyone piled into the elevators and up to our rooms we went. What a bunch of professionals! Alarming and refreshing. These guys take their jobs seriously.

I walk into the lobby and see this:



I get restless and need to roam. Yes, I know what's coming in the AM, but I can't sleep so I wander around Austin, which I've now spent more time in than any other city outside of places of residency. Lots of good memories.




And a little sorrow, perhaps:





At night cities stop. SF stops. NY stops. Paris stops. So of course Austin does, too. Maybe not on Friday and Saturday, but on Mon, Tues, Wed, Sun, denizens and party-goers, coeds, bus drivers, business people and anyone else who feels the sting of responsibility, retreat. I wandered alone in the cold and saw a total of three people. Surreal, tantalizing. At night, in solitude, the world reveals so much more than it does in the presence of others.

The morning felt like Christmas in a shuttle filled with a bunch of 9 year olds heading to the North Pole.

If there was a Lexus "December to Remember" or a "De Beers" ad that aspired to answer the question, "how can I show how much I appreciate, love and appreciate (yes, I said it twice) my man, the love of my life?," this is what it would look like, minus the glare on the perspiration-coated bus window:



Unfortunately there's less women in the world who ask that question than there are 1199 Rs in existence. The only way to not feel slighted for all your unrewarded good deeds is to buy one for yourself.

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Old 04-17-2013, 05:22 PM   #1781
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This has been my favorite RR on here so far. Keep up the good work Antihero you really are an inspiration to new riders such as me. I cant thank you enough for sharing what has been an extremely personal part of your life. Its folks like you that inspire people to push thier personal boundaries of whats possible. I honestly hope you can make the Euro trip happen you have given me so many hours of pure entertainment, tips, hints and tricks I cant thank you enough. You should come up with your own little sticker LOL.

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Ok sorry just havin a little fun back to your RR
Perfect timing! I've designed a logo and just submitted an order for die cut stickers about 4 hours ago. :) Very cool design I think y'all will like.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:57 PM   #1782
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Perfect timing! I've designed a logo and just submitted an order for die cut stickers about 4 hours ago. :) Very cool design I think y'all will like.
Im in let me know when they are ready!!!!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:04 PM   #1783
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Perfect timing! I've designed a logo and just submitted an order for die cut stickers about 4 hours ago. :) Very cool design I think y'all will like.

Of reflective material?
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:16 AM   #1784
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Of reflective material?
Reflective could be v.2. :) Let me see how v1 works out first. This is a taste of the logo (ignore the photobucket Jaggies):

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:17 AM   #1785
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Back to Austin!

Once off the bus, we drooled over the Rs, grabbed our bags of gear from the bowels of the bus and filed in through this door:



It was around this point it became overwhelming that I was the only person taking pictures (other than the Ducati Photographers). Maybe everyone else has a photographic memory, but I broke protocol and snapped more than a few pictures to document what the 'behind the red door' experience was like.











AM briefing was pretty cool. Claudio covered a lot of the 1199 Highlights and disclosed information that didn't end up in the press kit. I took notes, though. Fortunately/unfortunately I didn't disclose any of it. I think there was some info that Ducati didn't want made public, so some powerpoint slides went too fast for most hands.



That's Hayden, btw:

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