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Old 09-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #16
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Or perhaps fate is merely lying in wait until one day, to all of our surprise, their world comes crashing down when they find out their daughter is a much adored internet porn star in Iceland, Greece and Cambodia—and has been since the 8th grade--thanks to the MacBook she got for Christmas.
Looking forward to the ride and your "unique" twist on the world.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #17
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Whats the odometer reed on your 1199 so far?
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #18
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When your close to Seattle let me know and I'll show you around the city.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:47 PM   #19
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My body ahead of my R/R. 22,400 miles or so now. I tend to update twitter with pics if anyone wants spoilers. My original plans have gone out the window (and did on, oh, day 3), so instead of a nice clean journey from SF to Portland to Seattle to Vancouver, it's looking more like SF to Portland to Seattle to Whidbey to LA to Seattle to SF to Vancouver to Seattle to Portland. (With the trips to CA on a plane while the Panigale is hopefully safe/sound wherever I can stash her.)

I've got some great pics and a few hours of video! Of course all those pixels take a bit of time to screw with, but am hoping to have a few up tonight. If only this was my full time job I'd be more on top of things. (But then again if this was my full time job I'd be broke, so all there would be to snap pictures of would be a kickstand-less moped and perhaps some abandoned nachos under a bus stop bench.)
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #20
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:22 AM   #21
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My body ahead of my R/R. 22,400 miles or so now. I tend to update twitter with pics if anyone wants spoilers. My original plans have gone out the window (and did on, oh, day 3), so instead of a nice clean journey from SF to Portland to Seattle to Vancouver, it's looking more like SF to Portland to Seattle to Whidbey to LA to Seattle to SF to Vancouver to Seattle to Portland. (With the trips to CA on a plane while the Panigale is hopefully safe/sound wherever I can stash her.)

I've got some great pics and a few hours of video! Of course all those pixels take a bit of time to screw with, but am hoping to have a few up tonight. If only this was my full time job I'd be more on top of things. (But then again if this was my full time job I'd be broke, so all there would be to snap pictures of would be a kickstand-less moped and perhaps some abandoned nachos under a bus stop bench.)
All the best plans are laid with the intention that something even better might come along. Can't wait to read about your next adventure.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:31 AM   #22
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Subscribed!!! Waiting to hear your wisdom from the road. chomping at the bit so to speak.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:56 AM   #23
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Day of my departure I stopped in at Ducati HQ for lunch and took a few pictures in and out of their offices.

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What's the adage again? Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life? I'll go more in-depth as things move on, but god damn, the boys at Ducati are the coolest guys ever.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #24
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #25
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Subscribed! Couldn't agree more with your outlook on life. Your intro was inspirational!
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:57 AM   #26
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Good to see you back on the road, Dennis.....enjoy the ride.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:44 AM   #27
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Thank you all for such a warm welcome back, guys. The pressure is on now, though! I'll do my best not to disappoint.

After lunch we came in through the tech bay where they prep and restore press bikes. Apparently very few bikes are actually wrecked by journalists. They quoted something like 2/300 bikes had been down. Seeing as though these bikes are beat on fairly substantially, that's a shockingly small number. I'd mentioned I'd never ridden a Diavel and 3, 2, 1 seconds later I signed a waiver and folded up a Ducati NA registration card while they zip tied a plate to the back hugger and checked all the fluids. Their GM had taken this particular bike out last, so they had to do things like check to make sure he hadn't ground off any necessary pieces of the bike.

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I told 'em I was only going out for a quick ride and they wouldn't have any of that--"Go hit up Hwy 9--and don't come back until you have."

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Well, if you must insist....
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:33 AM   #28
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Disclaimer #1: No, I despite how much I'd love it, I don't work, nor am not being paid by Ducati. I don't receive any special compensation from them other than being a very fortunate owner of one of their superbikes and a grateful recipient of their genuine hospitality and camaraderie. But I'll admit that my cynical ass would probably wonder ‘ is this whole "X to Y on an Italian Supermodel" thing just a deceptively clever ‘reality marketing’ strategy on behalf of Ducati?'. If all of this had been architected in advance, it would be a clever move. But it is not so. Now if Ducati wanted to hand a legal-sized white envelope to me stuffed with cash (I'd actually prefer a larger manila envelope) to pontificate about their company and their bikes, I could be convinced to meet in dark alleys at midnight. But ‘tis not the case. So until then, please PM me if you know of anyone needing software to help their company comply with 21 CFR Part 11 so I can keep words on the page, gas in the tank and rubber on the road.

Disclaimer #2: I don't like the idea of other people's bikes. I always feel as though if I'm going to crash, it's going to be on a bike not my own. That's just the way the hairy hands of fate operate. But I’m an addict who cannot resist the temptation of twisting the throttle of any bike, so out I set on this particularly pristine Ducati-owned Diavel reminding myself to, well, not do anything stupid. That meant no running over banana peels, no riding off of cliffs, no parking under Acme Anvils suspended by pulleys and no riding down any street in which men dressed like Mario or Luigi are moving panes of glass. And of course, on my bike or any other: in the event a Mentos theme song can be heard, safely pull to the right, kill the ignition and, with gloved fist, punch in the face anyone with a beaming smile and bleach-white teeth.

With that said I climbed aboard, and immediately felt like a moron. I couldn't figure out how to fire the beast up (after confidently stating I didn't need a primer on any of the controls). Being keyless (electrics are activated when the key is 6’ from the bike) I, err, did need some instruction. Instead of a push of a starter, there’s a red trigger-switch like button on the right bar that is pushed downward, which felt remarkably like a weapons system had been activated. Simple, cool.

The riding position of the Diavel is definitely more outlaw-hooligan and less MotoGP. In fact, I felt a lot like Mr. Grimm from Twisted Metal. All I needed was a chainsaw and instructions on how to launch the Diavel's rockets. To Highway 9 I went worrying about Needles Kane more than banana peels, driving in a manner that was a little less prudent than I anticipated and a little more like:


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Old 09-13-2013, 12:28 PM   #29
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I want that new diavel so damn bad, can't wait to hear your impressions! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:30 PM   #30
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Hwy 9 may have been devoid of flaming-headed clowns driving ice-cream trucks, but I did get into a little combat with a squid dragging his knees through as many corners as he could. Only thing I dragged were the pegs (and some of the brake pedal), and like all the magazine reviews have said, this bike in sport mode is capable of things it really shouldn't be capable of, as witnessed by the lack of difficulty I had sticking to the back of Mr. Racer Boy on his Gixxer. The Diavel is billet-solid in the turns, kicks you in the butt with a motor twisting out 162 hp and 90-some-odd ft.lb of torque and reels all that maddness in with brakes that could easily handle another 50hp. It's not the bike for me, but I have to say it was a blast to ride, reminding me of a particularly intense drive I had in a 600hp Z06 that burbled menacingly at stoplights and sounded like wails from hell under WOT. And although the stock-exhaust-rumblings the Diavel makes under acceleration could greatly be improved with some Termi Bazookas fitted, the off-throttle deceleration burbles and pops sounded as ominous as the bike looks. It's got the antagonistic demeanor of a 68 SS Camaro and the agility of a Carrera RS. I didn't think I'd have as much of a blast as I did on the beast, and definitely did not think it would be as capable of really hauling ass in the turns or on the stoppers. Think of it as the Lamborghini Aventador of bikes and the ride Batman would nab the keys of when he was really pissed off.

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The Diavel won't anytime soon replace my Superbike addiction, but for any power-hungry rider who enjoys feeding off of the souls of unwary GSXRs or CBRs or anyone hell-bent on on vehicular Armageddon looking for the perfect bike to mount a pair of water-cooled machine guns to, look no further.

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After the ride I was anxious to get back on the Panigale...after all...a much longer and much more uncomfortable ride awaited.

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