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Ducati Everest Challenge 2014 began hitting the roads early morning on 10th of June. Ducati Motorbike Expedition that involves the cross border Friendship Highway all the way from Nepal to Tibetan capital Lhasa is an action packed ten days tour.
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This really sounds like a fantastic adventure.
Roadtrip! Today we look at a Diavel backrest mod...
Yesterday we ran a windshield comparison from Ducati.net contributor Gene. Today Gene is going to share the details of the other modification he has done for “Road Comfort” with the help of Donnie Unger, from Ducpond (Ducati Winchester), a Diavel backrest that has made Gene’s fiancee, the lovely Nora very happy.
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Ducati's 2014 Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is fast, nimble and can haul plenty of luggage.
The Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is Ducati's top of the line motorcycle for adventure touring.
Equipped with huge side cases (73-liter capacity each) and a 48-liter top case with passenger backrest, this 1198 cc, 150 hp beast is made to haul butt while hauling close to a week's worth of luggage.
I recently had the opportunity to test the Multistrada with a week-long ride topping 3,000 miles. I rode from just outside Baltimore to Key West, Fla., then back again with a few detours, including Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Savannah, Ga. and New Bern, N.C.
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A Newbie On a Ducati Discovers Our National Parks
In July 2013, I packed up my 2004 Ducati Multistrada and hit the road for a nine-day, 2,800-mile adventure across Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. I only had 10 months of riding under my belt when I left, so I got plenty of "last looks" from friends, really taking me in like it was the last time they might see me. "You're going by yourself?!" I think I heard that 50 times before I left. Stuff like that makes me want to share my story with everyone.
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It is a well-known fact that Thailand, our neighbour to the north, is a hugely popular destination amongst many Malaysian bikers. Given its rich sights and tourist-friendly cities, many opt to ride cruisers and go on a sight-seeing sort of ride across the kingdom. However, there are the brave few who opt to take up a more challenging path across the country as how the recent Ducati Strada 1000 Corners Adventure did.
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Davisville Village area resident Chris Willenberg is hopping on his trusty motorcycle and taking an international journey to help battle diabetes.
Willenberg grew up in a family where diabetes is frighteningly prevalent. On July 1, he will embark on a trip from Toronto to Los Angeles on his 2001 Ducati 996 to raise awareness of the disease and collect funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
“There are a lot of causes out there to pick and choose from, but my sister’s a type 1 diabetic and has been for 38 years, since age four,” he said.
“Both my parents are type 2 diabetics and I have aunts and uncles who have diabetes as well.”
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The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel is a highly acclaimed motorcycle touring guide book by Dale Coyner, it comes widely recommended and I’d strongly suggest grabbing a copy if you have any plans to spend some of your summer going cross country on two wheels.
The book is divided into four main sections:
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Thought this might come in handy for summer roadtrips. Even if you have your own system guides like this one generally have a new trick or two...
Sunny Gajjar loves photography and motorcycling so much he will be spending two months riding 23,000km of Australia’s most picturesque roads happily snapping away. The 32-year-old from New Delhi, India, has ridden around Australia before and estimates that he has clocked up close to 350,000km in 15 other countries pandering to his two great loves.
In 2007 the self-proclaimed ‘MotoGrapher’ rode 22,000km around Australia with another rider from India, but this time around he is solo on his trusty 1200cc Ducati Multistrada, after commencing his journey in Sydney on April 22.
Sunny is enamoured by the photographic opportunities and solitude that the open roads of outback Australia afford....
Dreamers take a lot of flak in this world. “Real life” is meant to be one big bowl of broccoli, steamed into properly ascetic green mush. Don’t tell the hall monitors that somewhere, out on the high plains, a couple of dedicated riders are doing what motorcyclists do best: cheating life.
“My idea was always that we’d buy expensive motorcycles and people would come and ride them,” Doug Watt explains. “I just made the assumption that it wouldn’t pencil unless I could do it 12 months a year. Then I saw all those riders go by on the 97.”
String straight and deadly dull, the four lanes of Highway 97 are nonetheless a golden ticket to the glories of central Oregon, a rider’s paradise every day that it isn’t a snowboarder’s paradise.
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The Grand Australian Roadtrip, put very simply and honestly, is a ride celebrating the innate desire that we riders have to ride a motorcycle on open highways under a blue sky. About having that freedom to stop when we want, where we want. The feeling of opening the helmet lid to let the cool wind hit your face and the scent of the pines invigorate you. That’s what it is, this road-trip. That and because it is cool to think you are MadMax for 23,000 kms! If you dont know who that is, read here!
For Charity? No sir. I believe that charity is a personal thing; I will do good to feel good. I will not to do good to be judged as a good person by my audience. I also do not believe in casting what my underlining objective of the trip is within an altruistic cocoon. And this is not to demean the plethora of good motorcyclists who ride for charity. My best wishes to them, and Godspeed.
But then there’s much more to this road-trip beyond the basic instinct of riding and taking corners on a motorcycle. It is a personal challenge, like all my previous road-trips have been, only tougher. The challenge is to be on the road for days at end. The challenge is to find my breaking point as I ride, take photos, take videos, blog, update social media, meet the expectations of sponsors, of my audience, of friends and family, and to manage my ‘office’ back home in Delhi (the xBhp HQ), which by itself is one of its kind in India where many a motorcycling ideas, events and motives have taken birth.
I will try to produce the best photos I can, posting them regularly on the blogs of this website. And posting them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and 500px. I will also be hopefully Instagraming a bit....
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We like this adventure because it's real, one guy, and a camera. And, the photos are good
When you’ve just had enough of it all and desperately need a break, what better way to clear your mind than a good old road trip with a friend.
Even better if your friend has a spare motorbike and just happens to live in California!
Here two good friends meet up at a moments notice, pack their bags and camping gear as they set off on a motorcycle road trip to some of California’s most extreme landscapes, enjoying life on the road for a week as they get-away from it all.
Just think of a destination – pack your bags and set off – a dream ride awaits…
The odometer spins easily through everyday life, accumulating tens of thousands of clicks on workaday commutes and grocery store runs. In contrast, motorcycle journeys are personal mileage, forging more intimate connections between man, machine, and road. They remind us of who we are, and during the best of rides, who we will become.
This particular thousand-mile ride unfolded in Tuscany aboard a definitively Italian motorcycle over the course of a week. The excursion was organized and executed by Edelweiss Bike Travel, the Austrian outfit whose 30 years in the touring business has previously focused on BMWs and Harley-Davidsons.
The inaugural run for the Ducati/Edelweiss collaboration kicked off in Bologna. Known as The Red City for its crimson-hued roofs, Bologna is also a metaphorically apt place to begin a motorcycle adventure. Its labyrinthine colonnades radiate from a central wheel, a hub - not to mention it is also home to the manufacturer's global headquarters, where every Ducati is born before being shipped to dealerships around the world.
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If there is one place that I look forward to playing every tour, it’s Nashville. With it’s home like feeling, endless talent and fun strip it’s one stop where friends are always plentiful and good times are always had. Nashville just happens to be where I met my wife, Melanie Martel!
Nashville is also the home of Brian Nutter, Keith Urban’s guitarist and background singer who just so happens to be an avid motorcycle rider. In fact, Brian takes a bike on the road with Keith on tour as well. Brian also happens to be a member of my little club, The Brit Iron Rebels. Brian showed up to the Bridgestone arena where we were playing on his Triumph Bonnie Black. A fine machine, but Brian was anxious to get up close and personal with the Diavel as he is also a fan of the Italian brand, owning a few over the years. Brian being a Nashvillian, it was only right that he would be my riding guide over the next couple of days in The ‘Ville....More HERE
Touring aboard the Ducati Diavel
As ideas go, I thought it was one of the more interesting propositions I have had in a while. What if you take an unusual new motorcycle and try and stretch the envelope of its design parameters on a ride the bike is not really designed for? What would you get? An interesting story? A riding challenge and new experience? All three?
That's how I found myself hurtling down Mt. Pinos Road in the Los Padres National Forest outside Frazier Park, Calif. on an all-carbon, Testastretta-motored Ducati Diavel power cruiser, complete with saddlebags and tailbag, on a three-day jaunt with friends to the 2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP.
"For me, motorcycle touring is all about balancing the journey, your experiences on the road, the sights that you see and the strangers that you meet."
In May 2011, a college undergraduate, Jacques Wood, won an Internet competition in the UK called My Dream Ride. He wrote and described that his dream motorcycle journey was to ride his Ducati 600SS from England to Borgo Panigale in Bologna, Italy. He wanted to ride across the back roads of Europe to the spiritual home of Ducati where his bike was originally manufactured, taking his father with him.
Ducati Passion: Living My Dream is the story of their epic father and son motorcycle ride across 1100 miles of secondary roads in England, France and Italy. With video, professional quality photographs, and entertaining narrative, this iBook shares the intense Italian passion encountered every day in Italy about everything Ducati and the fantastic VIP day they experienced together at the Ducati factory.
Read a sample or download Ducati Passion by Stephen Wood & Jacques Wood with iBooks.
If there is anything that defines Ducati these days, it’s Valentino Rossi. And this weekend, at the biggest Ducati celebration every held, he’s here and using his power for good. It’s difficult not to be star struck by him. One of the highest paid athletes in the world (20th to be exact) he casts his smile on an unsuspecting admirer and it’s like an alien spaceship power light. I watched him work a crowd of reporters and more importantly, one boy in a wheelchair and all you had to know about Valentino Rossi is that when he uses his power for good, it’s some powerful stuff. The joy radiating from that boy was really something to see. Rossi fans are a special breed, they believe he is special. I have always been a Rossi fan and will continue to be one in the future. He defines Italy for me in many ways and the crowds of patient fans, waiting, waiting, waiting for him is just part of the way this works....More here
The famous line in the old movie “Field Of Dreams” was “if you build it they will come” and it keeps running thru my head here today. Every time Ducati throws one of these World Ducati Week events it gets bigger and better. I should know, I haven’t missed one yet....More here
We come from all over. We speak different languages. We share one passion. Ducati is all we have in common and it’s everything. The obvious purpose of the World Presidents Meeting is to give the people who wave the flag the highest, a chance to live the dream. Ride Ducati’s in Italy, eat the food, experience the history and see the red,white and green glow that is Italy and it’s people. But what we take home, besides these memories is friendships, alliances, respect and camaraderie, with Ducati staff and other clubs. We hear stories of the price some have paid for their love of the brand (one President, who lives in a country that has become increasingly dangerous, was shot 4 times by thieves trying to steal his Ducati. He drove himself to the hospital, and now rides in a bulletproof vest). Maybe it’s not all so dramatic but these are the people that drive a car to the meet, with tents and boxes, so others can ride. For us, there is no explanation needed why we do it, if you have to ask, well, you probably wouldn’t understand.
By now we have established a pattern – early up, get the luggage to the truck, see what’s for breakfast and be on the bike and ready to ride by 8:45. Today’s route is one I know, in the opposite direction, from a past Motogiro d’Italia and we are looking forward to it’s complexity. The group seems to have settled in and the road marshals are outdoing themselves. At one point in the am one of them had somehow managed to collar two tractor trailers going in opposite directions and was letting the Ducati’s thread in between the two stopped trucks so we didn’t have to work to pass then on the road....More here