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Ducati Motorcycles of Italian Sporting Bikes of the 70s Bike show


 I had been out really early this morning, riding all around White Plains and 22 up into Connecticut, first with a couple of friends, and then with a bunch of East Coast Ducs as well.  But, I broke off early, as Moto Borgotaro had organized a couple of private collectors to do a classic 1970's Italian superbike bike show in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn in concert with Union Garage and Alpinestars.

Riding the North Shore of Long Island

Tommy and I had an early morning today, meeting a few friends off Exit 48 of the LIE at 7am.  The weather was a bit foggy coming out of the city, but I made it from the Lower East Side out towards Mellville in just over half-an-hour.

2017 is the Year of the Ducati Supersport

I had mixed feelings when Ducati announced Project 1312, which turned out to be the "SuperSport," Ducati's return to sport touring.
 I love the ergonomics of my ST3, which was unfortunately killed off by the introduction of the Multistrada in 2007.  Though their capabilities overlapped, the Multistrada isn't the same, offering aa more upright riding position, and which never really felt like a sportbike.

Sharpie Edition Ducati Monster by Jody Whitsell

I met Jody at last year's DESMO BBQ, the 16th annual New York Ducati enthusiast's summer party. I had seen pictures of her bike before, but never had met the artist,  Jody Whitsell who one day took a Sharpie Marker to one of the most beautiful Ducati motorcycles ever built, a Ducati Monster S2R.
Sharpie Edition Ducati Monster S2R by Jody Whitsell
The funny thing is that I had the exact same idea to do to my Ducati 996, and even bought a set of cheap Chinese plastics, which I either wanted to vinyl-wrap, or paint or draw upon myself.

Anniversario


Baby Multi: First Ride on a Ducati Multistrada 950

I had the chance to take the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 out today, a baby version of Ducati's all purpose touring motorcycle.

International Motorcycle Show NYC 2016: Ducati Edition

 New York City "Progressive" International Motorcycle Show

One of my best friends from college, who I hadn't seen since he got married about two years ago, is coming down from Boston for the weekend. Now he's not a rider, though he wanted to come, so I bought him a ticket.  His bus didn't get in till late, so we didn't get a chance to go to Javits for too long, and I didn't get to meetup with too many people, or take as many pictures as in years past.

Dirtbikes in Deep Creek Maryland


I was a little worried that the riding season had come to close early this year. I had missed a bunch of events towards the end of September and October last year, although California was amazing.

West Coast Day 4: Lost Coast and the South all along the California Sea

Today was one of the most magical roads I've ever ridden, traveling across the Lost Cost through Capetown to Petrolia, and then back through the fog, most of the way down Route 1, all the way back to Santa Rosa.

West Coast Day 3: The Best Roads in Northern California

West Coast Day 2: Ukiah to Eureka California


I got up early today a little miffed. My goal had been to get to central Oregon, and the lack of available hotels had pushed me back down south and inland several hours the night before.

West Coast Day 1: Riding Out of Dreamforce on a Ducati

 This morning, after speaking at Dreamforce, and meeting a truly staggering amount of people, I rented a Ducati Hypermotard to ride up the California coast. Many more pictures and video are forthcoming, but I have spotty wifi at the moment, and will add some pics as I can.

Ducati San Francisco

Unbelieveably, in all of San Francisco, I'm staying about two blocks from Ducati San Francisco.  I've stayed for a couple of days in Portrero with a friend of my girlfriend, and then I'm crashing with a friend of a friend in the Mission, literally right down the street from Munroe Motors, the official Ducati shop in SF.

Motorycling San Francisco California

Off with the suit and onto the road...

Marketing guru and motorcycle fanatic

DESMO DOC 2016 16th Annual BBQ

I've been running around like crazy this weekend.

Superleggera at The Tuscan Gun


East River Sunrise

1299 Panigale Dark Ducati

Riding around on my Ducati Streetfighter this weekend was a blast, filled with that sickly sweet mixture of power and fear that makes your skin tingle and your throat tighten up, wondering about your mortality in the back of your mind (cue Song of the Sausage Creature...)

Ducati Lima in Peru


Motorcycle Culture in Peru: Andes to the Ocean

There are thousands of bikes in Peru, though mostly 125cc motorcycles.  Roncos, Pulsars, FZ125 and Yz125’s abound, and people use them for everything; from commuting to carrying pets to all-purpose delivery vehicles.  

Ducati Panistrada Project 1312 (2017 Supersport S)?


Is this rumor legit? Is Ducati about to unveil a Ducati Panistrada (a 2017 Supersport S) at World Ducati week in Misano Italy?


2017 Ducati Supersport S 939 Project 1312
2017 Ducati Supersport Project 1312 Image Credit MotorcycleNews

 © 2016 Tigh Loughhead

Bike Night at the Tuscan Gun

I've been riding and traveling for most of the spring, so I haven't had a chance to catch up on my ride reports, but had to recap a bike night in Brooklyn a few week's back.
NYDUCATI: Bike Night at The Tuscan Gun in Brooklyn

Ducati Streetfighter S 1098 First Impressions

To say my Streetfighter S is kind of scary is a little bit of an understatement.   The jump in horsepower is more than slightly unsettling (-compare about 115hp of my 996 to over 160hp+ on the Streetfighter, which is also a considerably lighter and more nimble bike)


Brooklyn Moto Custom Carbon Fiber 1198S Ducati

Coming back from Joshua's house, Mark from Brooklyn Moto had invited me to come to a motorcycle BBQ in Brooklyn, and watch MotoGP, the fifth round taking place in Le Mans in France.

East Coast Ducs May New Members Ride

I'm in the process of writing up a more detailed ride report, but last Sunday the East Coast Ducs went up to Hudson Valley Motorcycles and did a few hundred miles in upstate New York.

Evolution of the Ducati Superbike


A short history of the Ducati Superbike over the last 30 years.

Joshua cooks 52lbs of Prime Rib for the East Coast Ducs

The master chef of Mu Ramen fame, who happens to a so be a massive Ducati motorcycle enthusiast and East Coast Duc member, invited the club to spend the afternoon dining with him and 52 lbs of mouthwatering, dry-aged prime rib steaks and watching MotoGP.
I missed the last event he was generous enough to host at his restaurant, so I wasn't going to miss this,

NYDucati Does Brooklyn

So I've had a rough time getting my bike on the road this spring.  After going out with the East Coast Ducs first ride of 2016 and discovering that I needed a new clutch in my 996, last weekend my chain was really loose.
However, I'm finally using my GoPro Hero4 Silver, and I've finally got some great footage of riding around the city,
even though I ended up getting pulled over on the West Side Highway.
Worried about my chain and recent drama at my garage, and wanting to get some video footage of New York City, I rode over to Klutch NYC, where Rafael runs a great shop in the East Village for motorcycle apparel and gear.
Rafael reminded me that Mark at Brooklyn Moto was now open on Saturdays, and that I should run over and see if he could check out my chain.  
Unfortunately, my chain was kinked and stretched *(which is kind of dangerous to ride on),
so we hung out for a while with my friend Erik, who is helping out detailing bikes at Brooklyn Moto.
I rode back to my house and ordered a new DID 525 chain, and a new Michelin front tire from Revzilla, before my girlfriend came over and we walked back over the Brooklyn Bridge,
to walk around Brooklyn Heights,
and watch the sun set over Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
© 2016 Tigh Loughhead

Twin GT1000s find a crashed Noble M12 GTO 3R Supercar at Saucony Creek Brewing


Alex (with whom I rode Italy last year), needed to get out of the house and ride this morning, before my niece's first birthday party.  Our excuse was a beer run, about an hour's drive up to rural Kutztown, PA to a great craft brewery called Saucony Creek Brewing (note: the "Hop Suplex" is phenomenal, but don't drink too many if you need to ride, as it comes in at 10.5% alcohol).

My Ducati 996 Gets a New Clutch

Uggh... last weekend my clutch gave out hopping on the West Side Highway on the East Coast Ducs' first ride of the year.

Unfortunately, this is the third clutch I've had to replace in as many years (two dry clutches on my ST3 and one one wet clutch on my Monster), as well as helping friends replace clutches of their own, so I decided to create a little YouTube tutorial about:

How to Replace a Dry Clutch on a Ducati 916 / 996 /998

 I'm hoping to narrate a more comprehensive and useful guide, but here are some highlights on how to replace a Ducati dry clutch.

 © 2016 Tigh Loughhead

East Coast Ducs First Ride of 2016


Riding Istanbul in the Rain

Tigh Loughhead in Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
We woke up late to pouring rain this soggy morning, kind of depressed about the downpour.  We had a great night last night, and yet Barlas (and I) had been looking forward to this few days in Istanbul for months, with Barlas actually apparently lining up a friend willing to let me use his Diavel (which ended up in the shop), and when that didn't work out, contacting Ducati Istanbul to line up a Monster to rent to tour around Istanbul in the rain.

Turkey by Motorcycle



Barlas Gunay, Tigh Loughhead and Sinan Soyalp ride Istanbul by motorbike
I flew in to Turkey yesterday afternoon, to meet up with a couple of my best friends from college, who live in Istanbul.  My boy Barlas picked me up from the airport, and Sinan joined us after work.  Barlas has recently become a motorcycle fanatic, and was eager to show me his YZF250, a baby sportbike in the Yamaha R line.  They don’t import this model to the US, only to Turkey and Asia, whereas in Europe they import the R3, whereas the entry bike in the states is the R6.

Moto Guzzi Museum Motorcycle Tour 2 (1940-1960): Racing Pedigree

Tigh Loughhead visits the Moto Guzzi Museum with NYDucati
A quick walk up flight of stairs yielded another generation of Moto Guzzi racing motorcycles.

Moto Guzzi Museum Motorcycle Tour 1 (1920-1940) in Mandello del Lario, Lecco in Italy

Tigh Loughhead: NYDucati visits the Museo Moto Guzzi in Mandello Del Lario, Italy
Alex and I arrived exactly at the Moto Guzzi Museum, in the small town of Mandello del Lario, at exactly 3pm, which was perfect, as the museum only opens for an hour per day.

EICMA: Custom Ducati Motorcycles

NYDucati: Custom Ducati Cafe Racer shot by Tigh Loughhead 
One of the prettiest Ducati's I've seen, I'm pretty sure this was built from a 900SS. 

V. Addio Bellagio as We Bring the Bikes Back to Milan

The rest of the trip will feel odd without a motorcycle.  There is such agency that comes with a vehicle, and an added immediacy or presence on a motorcycle.  A motorcyclist engages with his or her environment in a way that no other mode of travel offers.  I never feel like a tourist on  a bike; rather I feel part of the landscape, as I feel the curvature of little pieces of earth as I wend my way down the road.

IV. Circumnavigating Lake Como on BMW Motorcycles

We didn’t get riding quite as early as we wanted yesterday, but we did get a ton of riding in today.  I think cheap grappa last night put me over the edge, and we needed breakfast, but the hotel turned out to be just as creepy as the night before, with the host hovering over the unappetizing continental breakfast that the hotel offered.  Also, no one drinks coffee here (café Americano, that is…), but instead; caffeine is consumed in tiny sips of expresso, which isn’t really enough to get me going in the morning. 

III. Lago Lugano around Lago Maggiore to Varese

Alex and I awoke this morning amazed at the roads we had already traveled.  Yesterday we explored nearly the entire western half of Lake Como, as well as most of the periphery of Lake Lugano.  Travel has been thoroughly smooth all the way from JFK to Milan to EICMA to picking up our bikes and hitting the road. Newly invigorated from our recent successes, we decided on an ambitious route for the day, to try to explore a THIRD lake, also situated in between Italy and Switzerland, to the west of Lugano, called Lago Maggiore.

II. Around a Couple of Lakes from Italy to Switzerland

Milan, Como, Gravadona, Menaggio, Lugano


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