Buonasera Milano!

East Coast November at Hawks Nest

I'm exhausted, and I should be packing for EICMA in Milan in a couple days, but even though my eyes are bloodshot and my wrists sore, I know that I won't put this up unless I get it done tonight, even though I was riding from eight this morning till nearly eight tonight.

One week till EICMA 2015 in Milan

EICMA NYDucati Tigho
The "Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori" (EICMA) is only a week away, and I have my bags packed and ready to go to Milan! This is the largest motorcycling event in the world, put together by the Italian Association of Bicycle and Motorcycle Industry Manufacturers.   

Ducati is rumored to be launching up to nine new models, and I'll be there (at least by Friday).  More to come! 

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The Most Beautiful Part of the Jersey Turnpike

The long Sunday return to NYC, where I found myself on the New Jersey Turnpike at dusk, with the sun glinting off the skyscrapers in Jersey City, as the buildings framed the masterpiece of a skyline I call home. 

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East Coast Ducs ride to IMOC 2015 in Massachusetts

East Coast Ducs Photo Credit: Alex

IMOC 2015 Italian Motorcycle Owner's Club Rally

IMOC 2015 Italian Motorcycle Owner's Club Rally with the East Coast Ducs

Star of the show? A couple of beautiful 1991 Ducati 851 Raymond Roche Replica Superbike Racers
I will write a ride report of the East Coast Ducati rider's club's trip up to Massachussets, but I wanted to catalogue some of the best classic bikes at this year's IMOC (Italian Motorcycle Owner's Club) rally.

Oil and Ink Expo at Jane Motorcycles

 I rode with my friends Jared and Chris straight from Motorcycle Mall's European Demo Day in New Jersey, straight to the Oil and Ink Expo in Brooklyn, an exhibition of motorcycle art hosted by Jane Motorcycles.

European Demo Day at Motorcycle Mall

Ducati Ben Bostrom Edition 998 at Motorcycle Mall from NYDucati
Ducati Ben Bostrom Edition 998 

 Motorcycle Mall has a yearly European demo day, where they let riders test-drive the new bikes.  Experience riders sign up, and Rich Gonello leads a little half hour tour around East Jersey.

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2015

I didn't ride much this weekend, as my ST3 sits languishing on the street, and on Sunday afternoon I was sitting, reading on my balcony, when I saw an email from Union Garage mentioning the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride next weekend, and the 7th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Rally today, which I had totally forgotten.

2015 15th Annual DESMO BBQ

The atmosphere was a bit subdued this year at DESMO Ducati Owner's Club.   I've gotten a few tickets over the past few weeks, and more than a few friends (or friends of friends) have had some motorcycle-related drama. 

Harley Davidson in Bloomingdales: the Height of NYC Fashion

 I had to make a quick stop last night at one of New York City's most iconic shopping locations, Bloomingdales in Midtown on 59th and Lexington Avenue in the cosmetics aisle.  While I prefer to spend my money on Italian bikes, I couldn't keep from stopping to gape at the cherry-blue 1947 Harley Davidson "Knuckehead" on display somewhere in the Men's section.

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Woodstock Weekend at Richie Haven's House on the 45th Anniversary of the '69 Festival

I wound up wandering around Woodstock this weekend, weirdly ending up at Richie Haven's house, on the 45th anniversary of the famous music festival in 1969. Richie Haven's was the first act to perform at Woodstock

2016 Aprilia RSV4RF

 My neighbor just picked up what appears to be a 2016 Aprilia RSV4.  It's a bike too beautiful not admire... and I think there were only few hundred of these made.
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Rest in Peace Mambo

Bike on Mountain

 I ran up to Bear Mountain last weekend after getting a tire changed at Rockwell Cycles.  My beautiful 996 complimented the stunning scenery on my favorite scenic spot in the park.

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle

Tesla Model M

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati 2
 Ok, so this is just a concept, created by Jans Schlapin, but electric motorcycles are really starting to take off (literally, as all of the torque is immediately available and linear across the power band).  At the same time, wouldn't be amazing if Tesla started to make motorcycles with the same attention to  style, detail and function they devote to the Model S.  Imagine going cross country, plugging into Tesla's Supercharger network.
Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati via Tigho 2

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati from the rear

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati concept
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Summertime in Montreal: Jazz Festival and the Old City

Old Port of Montreal below:
 Spending the day at the Old Port of Montreal, checking out the famous Jazz Festival, then cruising for food on the Rue Saint Denis during the Circe Festival.

Last Chance to see Art of the Italian Two Wheel TONIGHT

Thursday, July 9th 7pm-9pm at 285 Madison Ave (at 40th Street) - ALL RIDERS WELCOME for an Italian Bike Night 

Sadly we are closing the show early, as the space has recently been leased as a result of the buzz and traffic you have all generated by visiting the exhibition.***
**The last day of the exhibition will be Sunday, July 12th. 
The event will take place on 40th Street by Madison Avenue Thursday night (July 9th) at 7pm, and we'll have some refreshments and then ride over to the Ear Inn for anyone who is interested. 

We welcome all motorcyclists, so bring your friends! Find out a little more about the exhibit here: www.stuartparrcollection.com.

If you have questions, please contact us at 917-743-0200 or stuartparrcollection@gmail.com.

© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Bonjour Montreal! NYDucati back to Canada for July 4th

I haven't gotten out of the city for a while, and I've been getting restless (at least too far outside the city, and my wander lust has been kicking in)...
So, during my preparations for getting a bike night together for Ducati owners and enthusiasts with Stuart Parr, at Art of the Italian Two Wheel in Manhattan, I realized I had a long weekend coming up.
 I asked a few friends if they were interested in accompanying me on a quick weekend jaunt up to Quebec, but everyone already had plans for July 4th weekend.
 Luckily, my old traveling companion Jay was feeling similarly stuck in the city, and we decided Wednesday night to leave mid-day Thursday afternoon, and spend the week in Canada.
 I took off of work after lunch, went up to Harlem, and we were on the road by early afternoon.  Unfortunately, a cavalcade of holiday traffic especially getting through Albany, slowed us through the first leg of our journey.
 By the time we hit upstate New York, we were ready to drive FAST, and alas a northern Police officer took notice, where (somewhat unbelievably I got my first speeding ticket) which delayed us another hour or so.
 We finally crossed the US/Canada border around 10:30, and all of the signs abruptly turned exclusively to French.  I have been to Montreal before, but I was struck how foreign this wide-open country felt, although it was only a few hours away, and even the gas station attendants barely spoke English.
Jay and I checked into our hotel on the Rue St. Denis, where an exceedingly helpful innkeep named Pierre showed us to a massive double-room situated on a courtyard above a Jazz Club, in a kind of idyllic urban setting that reminded me more of Europe than North America.
After a few interesting cab rides (with a loquacious Greek gentlemen by name of Johnny), we finally ended up on Crescent Street (sort of the Quebecois version of Bourbon Street in New Orleans) for a few drinks, before finally returning to our hotel where Pierre graciously let us park our bikes under the stoop of the entrance of the hotel.

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Bike Night with Stuart Parr

Thirty Ducatis and Stuart Parr at Art of the Italian Two Wheel

Video below:

Last week, I organized a bike night with Stuart Parr to view his Art of the Italian Two Wheel exhibit at 285 Madison Avenue in Midtown NYC.  

NYDucati takes NYC: Stuart Parr leads Ducati Mob around Manhattan

Taking off from ArtOfTheItalianTwoWheel on 285Madison.
High resolution version here: http://gfycat.com/fortunatehospitablefireant
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Ducatis Appreciated Not Required: Bike Night w/ Stuart Parr

Amazing ride last night with Stuart Parr to the Art of the Italian Two Wheel collection last night, who showed up on another MV Agusta 750S, and joined the DOCNYC and a few other Ducati enthusiasts on a spirited ride around Manhattan, before stopping off at the Ear Inn.

 I'll write up a better ride report shortly, but for now I'm packing to ride my 996 up to Montreal for the weekend.
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THIS TUESDAY (6/30) 7pm: New York Ducati Bike Night at The Art of the Italian Two Wheel

Tuesday June 30th 7-8pm at 40th and Madison - ALL RIDERS WELCOME for an Italian Bike Night 

Ducatis Appreciated, but Not Required

The Stuart Parr Collection exhibit ART OF THE ITALIAN TWO WHEEL in Midtown is a phenomenal bit of Italian history, showcasing about 30 different 60's and 70's era Ducatis, MV Agustas and other classic Italian motorcycles.  These bikes have generated so much buzz around #285MadisonAve that the retail space was rented and the exhibit will be closing early. These vintage bikes should be appreciated properly by modern-day Ducati enthusiasts!!!
We will meet and park on 40th Street by Madison Avenue Tuesday night (June 30th) at 7pm, have some refreshments and hear a little more about the collection and the bikes from the owner himself, then head over to the Ear for anyone who is interested. 
The owner welcomes all motorcyclists, so bring your friends! Find out a little more about the exhibit here: http://stuartparrcollection.com/ or on my blog:  http://www.nyducati.com/2015/02/italian-motorcycle-classics-invade.html
The storied history behind being a Ducatisti is unique, and it will be incredible for New York Motorcycle enthusiasts to meet up at the exhibit Tuesday night.  
If anyone has questions, please contact me at (484)639-2377 or tigh@nyducati.com.
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Ducati Soho to Amish Country

Woke up Saturday ready to ride. and spent most of the morning mulling around Ducati Soho.
 Tricked out perfect purple Panigale with everything powder-coated from TheChopShopNY

Tigho Track Day: NYDucati at New York Safety Track

The goofy author of this blog...

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

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.

© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

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.

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