Tigh Loughhead at the Track (on a Ducati 996)

Tigh Loughhead Track Day: Tigho goes to New York Safety Track on his Ducati 996
Tigho's First Track Day: If you look closely, you can see my raw determination, fear and unadulterated exhilaration.
So, after nearly four years of riding a Ducati in New York City, one of my friends finally got me out to the race track on my 996.  I'll tell the full story in a later post...
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MV Agusta from Behind the Scenes #artoftheitaliantwowheel



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I stopped off at the Stuart Parr Collection this afternoon after lunch with the Elegran team to view the beautiful Italian collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel on Madison Avenue and 40th Street in Midtown, to show my coworkers some stunning bevel-driven desmodromic Ducatis and classic MV Agustas.

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Gotham City Ducati Ride to Connecticut County Fair


Ducatis out of NYC go to the fair in Ridgefield, Connecticut. 

Bimota Tesi 3D out of NYC, MV Agusta F4 312RR and Zero (Electric) Police Bikes

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D at Rockwell Cycle outside of New York City

Spring Ducs Come Out...

Brand New 2015 Ducati Scramblers: Red or Yellow?

DESMO's 15th Annual Oil Spill at European Cycle Services

I spent this blustery Saturday morning at the two nearest Ducati motorcycle shops outside of New York City, picking up my 996 from Rockwell Cycles, and heading over to DESMO DOC's 15th Annual Oil Spill at European Cycle Services (ECS).

Grom Gangs and Blinging BMW's on Easter's First Sunday Ride


Happy Easter! Today was the first real ride of the season, and I had to think back where I was last year, on an epic cross country ride across the Blue Ridge Parkway

Beautiful 998/996 Blizzard Run up to Bear Mountain

Okay, so it was cold today. Thirty something, no sun and snowing. Hard. I'm so eager to ride this superbike, but the fluids are filthy, and the belts haven't been checked, probably for four or five years since Ferracci last serviced it.  So I brought my 996 up to Rockwell in the snow for Ducati's  regularly schedule service interval, and got in a freezing, snowy ride. 

Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel. April 18th to July 18th at 285 Madison Avenue

Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

If you've been following this blog, a few weeks back I noticed a bunch of amazing Italian bikes on display on Madison Avenue. and I've been drooling a bit every morning on my walk to work each morning.  


The "Art of the Italian Two Wheel", featuring classic GP MV Agustas, Ducatis (ranging from Darmahs to 750GTs to 860GT's to Imola 900SS's, to Ducati 750SS's to 750F1A's and more) to LaVerda's and even a custom MV Agusta Magni, is located at 285 Madison Avenue (and 40th Street) in Midtown Manhattan, and will open April 18th and run through July 18th, with a catalogue to be written by the great Ducati historian and writer Ian Falloon.  More information can be found at www.stuartparrcollection.com and www.artoftheitaliantwowheel.com.

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Imola: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

Imola on Madison Avenue: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

 This was the bike that saved Ducati, and launched the company's presence and ultimate domination of the Superbike class, as well as the tradition that exists today of building racing motorcycles first, to then retrofit for the street.
 For details about "Art of the Italian Two Wheel" with a catalogue by Ian Falloon, check out my last post. This exhibit is going on now at 40th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City, though it's not open to the public yet.

Italian Motorcycle Classics Invade Madison Avenue

Antique Ducatis, MV Agustas and LaVerdas abound in Midtown

UPDATE: Exhibition is called "Art of the Italian Two Wheel" from the Stuart Parr Collection. The catalogue will be written by none other than Ian Falloon.

 I was walking to work this morning from Bryant Park east along 40th Street, when I caught sight of the unmistakable profile of an orange Ducati 750GT out of the corner of my eye inside a seemingly otherwise empty retail space along Madison Avenue.

Gleaming Red Ducati Superbike of My Own...

As long as I've driven Ducatis, I've had my heart set on a 916, a 996 or a 998.  Simply put, Massimo Tamburini's 916 is the apotheosis of motorcycle design.  Behind this flawless aesthetic was a beast of a machine, and throughout the 90's Ducati dominated the race circuit. This has been my dream bike, and I knew I would own one eventually.

13,000+ Miles in 2014 on Ducati Motorcycles

Photo Credit (not me): Nejat

International Motorcycle Show NYC 2014: Classics and Customs


There were a number of other customized and classic motorcycles at the motorcycle show.

International Motorcycle Show 2014: New 2015 Motorcycle Edition

R1s, H2Rs and RC390s for 2015

Among the most anticipated releases for 2015 were a flock of new race bikes including the Yamaha R1 (above), KTM's new RC390, and the 300hp Kawasaki H2R.

International Motorcycle Show NYC 2014: Ducati Edition

 New York City "Progressive" International Motorcycle Show

DESMO and Rockwell Cycles Holiday Party

I braved some miserable weather up to Rockwell Cycles this weekend with a friend from the DOCNYC, for their annual holiday party.  Good food, music and a great atmosphere provided a festive backdrop to Rockwell's beautiful motorcycle inventory, like this Ducati Panigale R.

That evening, the DESMO Ducati Owner's Club held our annual Christmas as well.  The party was a bit more subdued than last year, but we really appreciated all of the sponsors, including: Absolute Cycle Experience, Rockwell Cycles, Motorcycle Mall, Klim, Shoei, California Superbike School, Brillianize, EVS, Olympia, European Cycle Services, New Pig, Techspec, BST Wheels, Vortex Racing, Odyssey Battery, Sargent Cycle, RKA, Revzilla.

To find out more about the event, check out http://www.desmoducati.org/hp2014.html
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Union Garage's Second Annual Unsanctioned Block Party in Brooklyn with the DOCNYC

Unsanctioned Block Party at Union Garage


First Sunday in Ephrata feels like Fall

I woke up this morning with weather in the 30's, and realized I had no warm gear with me for the weekend in Pennsylvania. My brother in law wanted to hit the road early though, so I was on the road at half past seven, though my fingers were numb when I got to his house. 

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride: 2014 Unofficial DOCNYC Edition

Tigh Loughhead looking dapper on his Ducati.

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2014

Hipster Mayhem: 6th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2014

I was planning on visiting a few friends down at the track at Thunderbolt this weekend, but first  I wanted to check out the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, which I stumbled on last year.  Williamsburg is the hipster epicenter of the free world, and I was expecting a bunch of sick bikes, most that can't be ridden too far or too fast, some of which are incredibly built; others that are just incredibly loud.

Polaris Slingshot at Philly Cycle

 Ok, so this is arguably not motorcycle, let alone a Ducati, but it's bike-related and still pretty cool.  By the time I'm posting this, there have been fewer than 70 "Slingshots," marketed by Polaris as a "3 Wheel Motorcycle" sold in the world.
This 3 wheeled competitor to the Can Am bike packs a serious punch.  A 2.4 liter engine puts out 175hp, with apparently fantastic handling.  The angular, batman-esque styling is aggressive and modern, as if Tesla entered the dune buggy market, though the cockpit (for lack of a better term) looks suited for a larger man, more comfortable for the 6' tall and up gentleman.
 They're pretty rare, so I considered myself lucky to see a Slingshot, when my buddy needed to get a rear tire on his BMW S1000RR replaced at Philly Cycle.  The service staff were gruff and argumentative, so I can't say I recommend the shop, but bikes (and almost bikes) they had on display were pretty slick.
Slingshot Specs:

SLINGSHOT™

DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES
Dry Weight1666 lbs.
Curb Weight1725 lbs.
Overall Length (in/mm)149.6 in/3800 mm
Overall Width (in/mm)77.6 in/1960 mm
Overall Height (in/mm)51.9 in/1318 mm
Track Width (in/mm)69.1 in/1755 mm
Wheelbase (in/mm)105.0 in/2667 mm
Ground Clearance (in/mm)5.0 in/127 mm
POWERTRAIN
Engine2.4L DOHC
Displacement (cid/cc)2384 cc
Bore and Stroke88mm x 98m
Compression Ratio10.4:1
Valve TrainDOHC, VVT
Fuel91 octane or higher
PERFORMANCE
Rev Limit (RPM)7000 RPM
Peak Power (HP)173 HP @ 6200 RPM
Peak Torque (ft-lbs)166 ft-lbs @ 4700 RPM
FLUID CAPACITY
Fuel (Gallons/Liters)9.77 Gallons / 37.1 Liters
BRAKES
Brake Rotors (Front)Vented, 298mm diameter
Brake Rotors (Rear)Vented, 298mm diameter
WHEELS AND TIRES
Front Tire TypeKenda "Slingshot" 799
Front Tire Size205/50R17
Front Wheel TypeCast; 8 Spoke
Front Wheel Size17x7 J
Rear Tire TypeKenda "Slingshot" 799
Rear Tire Size265/35R18
Rear Wheel TypeCast; 8 Spoke
Rear Wheel Size18x9.5 J
TRANSMISSION
Clutch TypeDry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated
Transmission Type5 Speed Synchromesh with Reverse
1st Gear Ratio3.753:1
2nd Gear Ratio2.258:1
3rd Gear Ratio1.512:1
4th Gear Ratio1.000:1
5th Gear Ratio.729:1
Reverse Gear Ratio3.672:1
Gear Shift PatternH
Bevel Drive Ratio2.312:1
Final Drive TypeCarbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36mm x 147T
Final Drive Ratio1.590:1
STEERING
ActuationRack-and-pinion
AssistPolaris EPAS, Speed Sensitive
Steering Turns, lock-to-lock3.2
ELECTRICAL
Battery575 CCA
LIGHTING
Headlight2x Projector Hi/Lo H9 65w (Center)
Auxiliary Light2x Projector H3 55w (Outboard)
Tail/Brake LightLED
Turn SignalsLED
License Plate LightLED
Speedometer & Indicator LightsLED
DRIVER AIDS
ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)Standard
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)Standard
Traction ControlStandard
WARRANTY
Factory Warranty2 Years
-from the Factory Website
© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

Suddenly Philly for a Wednesday

My buddy Jay and I went for a ride today.  He had to get the oil changed on his newly acquired BMW S1000RR, and we set off  towards Pennsylvania, planning to snake around the Delaware River up Route 32 towards the Delaware Water Gap.

IMOC 2014: 31st Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally

Droves of Ducs and Garrisons of Guzzis at the 2014 IMOC Rally

Biking up Bunker Hill to an Obelisk in Boston

 Biking to Bunker Hill while Waiting for a Wedding

Last night, there was a pre-wedding reception for one of my best friends from college, at a bar in Harvard Square.  I had ridden up from New York City yesterday afternoon, and am staying with a cousin in Somerville, whose apartment has an excellent view of downtown Boston.

Since I have most of the day free, I wanted to do something educational today before the wedding.  Instead of spending $25 at the Museum of Fine Arts or the Museum of Science, I decided to ride a bit of  Boston's Freedom Trail.
 I got a little lost in Charlestown, MA, but eventually wound up at the Bunker Hill Monument.
 Two-hundred ninety-four steps later, lugging my helmet and weighted down with full motorcycle gear, I arrived at the pinnacle of the obelisk.
 Huffing and puffing, I was happy to get some exercise, and the pinnace offered full view of downtown Boston and the Leonard P. Zakim / Bunker Hill Bridge to the East.
 The Mystic River joins the Charles River in Boston Harbor to the South.
 There was a fellow with a musket demonstration and a history lesson when I came down, discussing period dress and the American Revolutionary Army.
I rode around Charlestown a bit, then got lost in Everitt, finally returning to Cambridge to get cleaned up for the wedding.

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Maine-ly Acadia Adventures with the DOCNYC

DOCNYC in Acadia National Park

Today is Acadia and I'm excited.
DOCNYC's Acadia Route
 I had planned alternate routes through the park last month, both to and from Nova Scotia, but in the moment, we had decided to just haul ass to get up to Canada, and push it on the way home.  We had ridden right by Acadia, but never got to go.

Maine-ly Ducati Weekend

DOCNYC Maine in September

DOCNYC in Portsmouth, NH

2014 Modern Classics Ride In at Martin Moto

1956 MV Agusta 175 CSTL

Martin Moto hosts the The Modern Classics Ride-In in Boyertown, PA

Zero S ZF11.4 Charging on the LES

Zero S ZF11.4 

This is a really cool motorcycle.  Coming back from the gym, I noticed this bizarre red bike plugged into the Hertz electric charging station outside my co-op on the Lower East Side.  I realized that this must be one of the Zero bikes, the first totally electric, commercially available motorcycle to exceed 100 miles on a single charge.

With a pricetag of nearly $20,000 for this model, (base MSRP is closer to $13K), this bike isn't cheap, so even the most ecologically-conscious playboy New Yorker would think twice about leaving it on the street. However, with a top speed close to 100mph, 54hp and 0-60 in under 6 seconds, this is much more motorcycle than electric scooter. With the power pack, the motorcycle can travel for 170+ miles on one charge, though trips need to planned carefully, as you need a specially designed charging station on the other end.

 Much of my love for motorcycling originates from the ability to simply take off and never look back, and this Zero S is close to useless as far as touring.  But as technology progresses, and open-source Tesla-like designs become the norm, who is to say this isn't the future of the motorcycle?  Part of me recoils at envisioning the loss of soul from a rumbling Ducati to a space-age Jetson's bike, yet imagine never having to change your oil, check your valves, or even worry about your engine?

© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

Desmo DOC's 14th Annual BBQ and Ducati Extravaganza

DESMO 14th Annual Ducati BBQ
Sunday was DESMO Ducati Owners Club's annual barbecue, a massive Duc extravaganza held every year at Thomas Bull Memorial Park, northwest of Middletown, New York

Storm King Mountain

Impromptu Run to the Storm King Highway

 I haven't had much of a chance to ride with the DOCNYC (my Ducati motorcycle crew) this year, because of motorcycle mayhem and long trips.  But last night, I noticed a couple friends on a forum itching to ride today, and about ten of us showed up at Rockwell this morning.

Brand New 2015 Ducati Monster 821 Photos and Specs



2015 Ducati Monster 821


Credit to cypherADFX08 

Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I love the old Ducati Monster style. This is a cool and slightly bizarre bike, looking like some prostrate beached alien built for speed.  The red wheels are a great touch, which I'm sure whizz by on this 821cc Testastretta 112hp Ducati V-Twin.
2015 Ducati Monster 821
ENGINE TYPEdohc V-twin
DISPLACEMENT821cc
SEAT HEIGHT30.9-31.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY4.6 gal.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT453 lb.
PRICE$10,995-$11,495
IGNITIONDigital transistorized with electronic advance
TRANSMISSIONSix-speed
FINAL DRIVE#525 O-ring-sealed chain
FRONT SUSPENSION41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Specs from CycleWorld

© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

Ithaca is Gorges

Ithaca is Gorgeous

 Bruce took us out on his newly assembled BMW K75 to look at some of Ithaca's best waterfalls.

Cruising with K Bikes | Bruce's Flock of 1980s BMWs

Bruce's Fleet of 1980's BMW K Series Scooters

I rode up to Ithaca, NY this weekend with my girlfriend to visit some old friends from my childhood that I hadn't seen in a while.  Dawn and Bruce actually live in Cortland, and they kindly offered to let us stay for the weekend and show us around some of the cool sites in Ithaca.

Ducatis Down on the Farm

New EBRs at First Sunday in Ephrata

First Sunday in Ephrata, PA.

Recently returning to NYC from Nova Scotia, I motored down to PA this weekend for my grandmother's 90th birthday Saturday afternoon!  Sunday morning, I joined my buddy Alex to go to "First Sunday," a large impromptu motorcycle rally in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, where hundreds of local motorcyclists convene in the early hours of the first Sunday of each month
The EBR 1190RS, full of carbon fiber 

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