Ducati Lima in Peru


Ducati Lima

My trip to Peru has been the first non-motorcycle focused vacation I’ve taken over the last few years, and my first time visiting South America, and even the Southern Hemisphere.  

My girlfriend and I visited Cuzco and Machu Picchu (incredible), though I wasn't sure I'd be able to get anything riding-related into the trip, though the mountains and the people made me want to come back to ride all over the country.  
On our next to last day, I insisted we try to go to Ducati Lima, located in San Isidro, an upscale portion of the city.  A cab ride costs between $3-10 anywhere in the city, so we hailed a taxi and were on our way, even though we were dressed quite formally for dinner reservations at the world-renowned Astrid Y Gaston later that evening.
We had no problem finding the shop, located in slightly industrial, though respectable part of Lima. The shop is located downstairs, and the storefront still reflects the Ducati Scrambler craze around the world, and we buzzed up in to the showroom.
The shop owner Diego was more than friendly, offered to sell me a used Streefighter (and ship it back to New York City), and take me on a guided tour next time I came back to Peru. 
My girl on a Ducati Scrambler:
I was a little sentimental, as one of my Peruvian friends, riding buddies and club members had died last year, and visiting his hometown made me extremely cognizant of the ephemerality of life, and the danger of riding fast bikes.
This one's for you MAMBO!
 © 2016 Tigh Loughhead

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