Toys for Tots at Charlies Chop Shop

I've met Charlie a couple times over the years, but somehow had never been to his annual toy drive, where supercars and and the super-generous convene in Astoria to collect gifts for children.

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Carlin Dunne's Spider Grips Ducati Team Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

Seems like Ducati is branching out from MotoGP and Superbike racing.

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International Motorcycle Show NYC 2018

I've been going to the International Motorcycle Show every year since 2013, but last year Ducati wasn't in attendance, and I skipped the show.

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Panigale V4R Reveal at Ducati New York with Gotham Ducati

Ducati New York invited Gotham members and customers out last night to preview the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4R, a homologation superbike with 231hp and winglets capable of delivering 60lbs of downforce at 150mph, perfect for the West Side Highway of course. 
Gotham Ducati New York Panigale V4R Release Party

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Italian Motorcade from Massachusetts to Tennessee

I had stopped by my friend Chuck's house last week, en route to the 35th Annual IMOC rally.  

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IMOC 2018 35th Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally

Bimota V DueI've been to the IMOC (the International Motorycle Owners' Club Rally) three out out of the past four years, and was excited to get to go this year as an official Ducati sponsored event!

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HSS gets Nailed

Well, I've managed to keep my nose clean lately, or at least keep from running afoul of the law on my motorcycle... until this morning I guess...

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Gotham ECD Family Barbecue

Tigh Loughhead of Gotham Ducati and East Coast Ducs Tom Napolitano, Shawn Mathew, Walter and Albert Feliz
I've been riding with a club called the East Coast Ducs ever since we started the club several years ago at Walter's house back in 2015.  

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Third Annual Festival Fine Italian Cars, Bikes and Food

Who would have thought my Ducati track bike would win an award from the Ferrari Car Club of America today? 

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Pure Speed at Summit Point Main with Evolve GT

I'm so far behind on keeping up with this blog, but better late than never.

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Ducati American Flat Track at the Meadowlands

American Flat Track by Ducati at Meadowlands

Tigh Loughhead of Gotham Ducati and Steve Radt of Ducati New York at American Flat Track

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Desmo Silicon Valley Ride to Alices Restaurant to Big Basin Redwoods State Park


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Desmo Silicon Valley Bike Night in Saratoga California

I skipped out on Dreamforce a little early this year, to come down to Saratoga, California for my friend Patty's Desmo Silicon Valley Bike Night.
Gotham Ducati and Desmo Silicon Valley Bike Night 2018

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Revs up Fan Engagement at Dreamforce

My two worlds are colliding.. Ducati and Salesforce. Hot on the heels of the Ducati "Connected Customer Experience" last year at Dreamforce in San Francisco,

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Summit Point Shenandoah Track Day in West Virginia


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Gotham Ducati Track Day at NJMP

My boys from Gotham Ducati in NYC are joining me at the track today.  James showed up after dinner last night, but Jerry and Tommy got in late. They decided to ride down, and didn't get in till after midnight and unbelievably, they rode down from NYC.
Harlem Superbike School OGs

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Changing the Clutch on a Streetfighter 1098S

Well, I finally burned out the clutch on my Streetfighter.

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Crashed Panigale 1299RFE Final Edition

Apologies for posting this El Duro... 😛. 

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New Jersey Motorsports Park NJMP with EvolveGT Track Days


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2018 Ducati World Presidents Meeting Day 3: Modena

Today's the day we finally go for a real ride, and we're going to be touring around Emilia Romagna and Modena, the home of Balsamic Vinegar I believe (and not a bad place to find Parmesean cheese, either. 

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Museo Maserati: The Panini Motor Museum

If you ever have the chance to visit the countryside around Modena in Northern Italy, you'll find one of the most exquisite collection of Maserati cars collected from the last 100 years.  Nestled in one of the barns of a working family farm, you can get a tour of a Parmesan cheese factory, and experience one of the finest displays of antique cars, a collection so incredible it's been colloquially called "Museo Maserati." 

Parmesan cheese!


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2018 Ducati World Presidents Meeting Day 2: Ducati Factory



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2018 Ducati World Presidents Meeting Day 1: FICO Eataly World

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2018 Ducati World Presidents Meeting Day 1: Bologna

Today is the first day of the World Presidents Meeting.
I got off the plane from Casablanca, to be greeted by Lamborghinis at the Bologna Airport.
I didn't really know what to expect, but was hoping I had Wifi to call a cab to our hotel. 
Fortunately, I stumbled on a couple fellows with a "Ducati" emblazoned clipboard, and although I wasn't technically on the list,
ushered me into a pristine, new commuter van and took me half an hour down the road,
right by the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale.
Tigh Loughhead of Gotham at the Ducati Factory in Borgo Panigale
I wasn't really sure what to expect,
but I was ready for anything.
The hotel was called the HOTEL AMADEUS BOLOGNA
Indirizzo: Via Marco Emilio Lepido, 39, 40132 Bologna BO, Italia Telefono: +39 051 403040
And I didn't really know anyone.
But there were throngs of Ducati fanatics, that seemingly knew each other for years.
After picking up some intro materials, I was quickly offered a beer,
and introduced to the world's most passionate Ducatisti.
Awesome.

Next up: WPM Ducati World Presidents Meeting Day 2


© 2018 Tigh Loughhead

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How to pack for a motorcycle track day

Racing motorcycles is a ton of fun, but requires a good bit of preparation.  It's awful to wait for weeks for a track day, then drive several hours to NJMP or NYST to find that you've forgotten something essential important or essential.  I've put together the following pack list to remind myself what to bring along to a track day, but maybe you might find it helpful as well.



Track Day Basics

A bike: You should prep your bike and make sure it's running smoothly BEFORE leaving for the track.  If not, you'll fail tech inspection, and not be able to ride.  Most riders safety wire parts of the bike that might come loose during a track day, like an oil filter and bolts, which especially if you ride a twin (like a Ducati), often untorque due to vibration.

Riding gear: Most racetracks require full leathers (at least zipped together), and though you can rent gear, it won't fit nearly as well as something of your own, and I highly recommend adding a back protector if your suit doesn't already equipped. Most tracks also require "gauntlet" style gloves and race boots, and a decent helmet.

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Gotham at ProItalia in Glendale California

 For reasons that haven't been resolved yet, I haven't posted about our ride to California to celebrate Jon's bachelor party.

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Rockwell Cycles Track Day at NYST

My goal is 10 track days this season... a weekend per month.
Tigh Loughhead of Gotham Ducati Racing Motorcycles at New York Safety Track
Credit: Anthony Collins Photography

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Harlem Superbike School

Every weekend, when the mercury rises above 60 degrees, my boys and I are out at sunrise to participate in a ritual we like to call Harlem Superbike School.

We wake up around 4:30 or 5

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Racing Ducati 848s at New York Safety Track

Tigh Loughhead of Gotham Ducati rides an 848 at New York Safety Track
My buddy Jeff and I had been planning on racing Ducati Motorcycles at New York Safety Track for months now, having joined a race outfit called EvolveGT back on Black Friday last year, which gives discounts on track days.

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848 1098 1198 Track Day Motorcycle Tire Prep at New York Motor Works

Back at Jeff's New York Motor Works. I'm itching to get to the track, but I need new tires.

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Ducati New York Grand Opening in Soho

Last night I had the opportunity to attend Ducati's official "Grand Opening" in Soho.   Ducati Soho (the moniker by which the shop is more colloquially known) has been around for years, but the owner of Ducati’s most prolific franchise decided last year to divest the Triumph brand from his lineup, becoming Ducati’s flagship dealership globally.
Tigh Loughhead and Jorge Lorenzo at Ducati New York Grand Opening in Soho

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New York Motor Works StreetfighterS Valve Adjustment




My friend Jeff is trying to start a motorcycle maintenance business... or at least he's thinking about it.  He's got a fully equipped shop out near Huntington, and has immersed himself in Ducati knowledge, striving to be a DIY master Ducati tech.

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Gotham Ducati NYC Desmo Owners Club

Introducing Gotham Ducati, New York City's first and only DOC officially sponsored by the Ducati factory in Italy.  There are numerous riding and social clubs, as well as groups built around track days around the tri-state area.  There also quite a few Ducati fan clubs, spanning New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but until now, there hasn't ever been a dedicated club celebrating New Yorkers who ride Ducati motorcycles.
Gotham DOC DOCNYC New York Ducati Owners Club Manhattan Desmo NYC

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Track Weapon: Ducshop 848 1098 1198 Race Bike


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