Distinguished Gentleman's Ride: 2014 Unofficial DOCNYC Edition

Tigh Loughhead looking dapper on his Ducati.

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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.

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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

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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.

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IMOC 2014: 31st Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally

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

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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.

© 2014 Tigh Loughhead

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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.

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Maine-ly Ducati Weekend

DOCNYC Maine in September

DOCNYC in Portsmouth, NH

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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

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