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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 (cafĂ© 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. 

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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.

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II Around a Couple of Lakes from Italy to Switzerland

Milan, Como, Gravadona, Menaggio, Lugano


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I We’re Renting Bikes in Milan to Explore the Italian Lakes Region

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EICMA: Belle Ragazze di Milano

Apparently, sexy girls sell motorcycles.

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EICMA: Ducati 2016 Ducati World Premiere New Model Pictures



2016 959 Panigale


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Buonasera Milano!

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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.

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One week till EICMA 2015 in Milan

EICMA NYDucati Tigho

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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East Coast Ducs ride to Ducati Montreal

The East Coast Ducs had a bit of a late start this morning.  A few of us were ready to go early, but everyone didn't congregate until about noon, so we didn't end up going to ride out of the city as we had planned. 

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East Coast Ducati Riders in Montreal Canada

Tigh Loughhead and the East Coast Ducs at the Schroon Lake, New York
I've been quite remiss in getting this post up.  In September, a bunch of Ducati owners dedicated to riding, made a plan to travel up to Montreal, Canada for the weekend.  I had been up to Montreal over July 4th weekend, and had such a good time, that a number of my other riding crew wanted to go.

The first East Coast Duc at Columbus Circle at 5:30am
Montreal is only about five or six hours from NYC, so I find it kind of silly when anyone with wheels in the City who likes to travel hasn't been up to Quebec yet.
11 Ducati motorcycles meet at the Executive Diner Restaurant/26 Sawmill River Rd.
I wouldn't say I love long trips with a lot of riders, so I had slightly mixed feelings when thirteen riders on eleven different Ducatis showed up to ride to Canada.
Pair of Panigales
On top of the simple fact that more riders (and differences in style, degrees of proficiency, etc) typically means less safety,  I feel like there should be some mathematical theorem outlining an inverse relationship between additional riders and overall ability to get from Point A to Point B.  Motorcycle riders are stereotyped as badass outlaws, when in reality- we're emotional, cranky travelers that probably need to pee sometime soon...
Tigh Loughhead and the East Coast Ducati Riders Social Club out of New York City
However, the East Coast Ducati Riders Social Club was conceived as a club devoted exclusively to riding.  I've ridden with a number of people in the Tri-State area, where a number of people get excited about riding, then never show up, and I was amazed that nearly everyone who had RSVP'ed to attending our Montreal trip arrived ready to go.
We had a great lunch at a Barbecue place off of 87, and slabbed it most of the way, stopping off at Schroon Lake for a photo op.
 I managed to lose the key to my luggage (see the sidecases on my ST3 below) at the pump at the gas station, which some idiot picked up and walked off with.
I scoured the entire gas station for probably fourty-five minutes, until a middle-aged man walked up to me, telling me he had pocketed my key and left.  I wasn't really even angry though, as the prospect of spending the next five days without toiletries or a change of clothes had gotten me a little stressed.

 Credit Gerald Charles
We pushed on throughout the day, and made it to the border by late afternoon.
East Coast Ducs at the Canadian Border
My other Ducati at the border crossing.
Most of the crew wanted to stay somewhere nice, so they booked luxury rooms at a place called the Hotel Zero1 Montreal.  I'm not nearly so picky (moreso about the pricetag), and so my buddy Shawn and I shacked up at a Travelodge a block away,  for less than half the price.

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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. 

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Harley Davidson in Bloomingdales: the Height of NYC Fashion



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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

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2016 Aprilia RSV4RF



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Rest in Peace Mambo

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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.

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Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle

Tesla Model M

Tesla Model M Electric Motorcycle on NYDucati 2

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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.

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Last Chance to see Art of the Italian Two Wheel TONIGHT

Please join STUART PARR FOR THE LAST "OPEN BIKE NIGHT”
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

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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.

© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

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Bike Night with Stuart Parr

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

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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.  

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NYDucati takes NYC: Stuart Parr leads Ducati Mob around Manhattan


Taking off from ArtOfTheItalianTwoWheel on 285Madison.
High resolution version here: http://gfycat.com/fortunatehospitablefireant
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

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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.
© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

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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

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