Gotham Ducati New York

Gotham Ducati Desmo Owners Club at Ducati New York in Soho Manhattan NYC
Thanks to Edwin and Jerry, this is now the holiday window display at the shop in Soho at Ducati New York!  
© 2019 Tigh Loughhead

Gapalicious 2019 in Tellico Plains TN

 Every year for the past few years, I've headed down to Tellico Plains, Tennessee, at the base of the Cherohala Skyway to join up with an awesome community of MV Agusta riders who congregate from all over the world to party, enjoy each others' company, and ride some of the best roads on the East Coast, that snake around the Smoky Mountains down into North Carolina.
 Now I decided to come late this year, and there were no more rooms available at the riverfront lodge, where I had stayed the last two years.  In 2017 I lugged an Aprilia dealer sign all the way from New York City to Tennessee for my friends Art and Kevin.   And then last year, I flew down with the help of Chuck trailering my bike down, threw a bearing and blew out the engine on my Streetfighter, and maybe smuggling some moonshine in my luggage on the way back. 
This year I got a quaint, tiny little cabin for $35 a night, filled with a tiny kitchen a full size bed, and a rather ample-sized bathroom.  I drove down Wednesday, and we headed over to Tellicafe, a very wonderful (albeit podunk) restaurant in the dry county where Tellico Plains is located.  Unfortunately, the little doesn't have WiFi, so I'll need to head over to the lodge on Friday and work my way through the day. 
 Chrissy, the same waitress that served us back in 2017 is still working as a waitress, and we had a little fun sending this pic to Shawn, who's skipped out on the Gapalicious trip the last couple years.
 The large lodge up the hill is called the "Crows Nest," and this is where the bulk of the MV group stays.
 Each night, we get together bringing lots of alcohol in addition to our bikes.
© 2019 Tigh Loughhead

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride Pasta Fazools

 I've always had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, dating back all the way to 2013,

NYST Pig Roast

 Every year, New York Safety Track closes out the season with a famous Pig Roast, an upstate bacchanal to celebrate another season of riding motorcycles with the whole community.

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli MotoGP

I'm incredibly lucky to be going to my third MotoGP event of the year, and my second in Italy!! 

Ducati Paris on the Champs Elysees

 Ducati Paris is located directly on the Champs Elysees, one of the main thoroughfares and most beautiful avenues in all of Paris.  When you think of Paris, you probably think 1. Eiffel Tower, 2. the Triumphal Arch or Notre Dame, and 3. the Champs Elysees, and Ducati Paris has two out of three.

NYDUCATI Vespa Edition Paris

 Well, this post is not particularly Ducati related, but it concerns two-wheeled Italian machines, so I'll just say it: "I'm getting married!!"

Ducati New York Track Experience Round 2

After getting rained out for Ducati New York's first Track Experience of the year... we got rained out again.  :(
 Albert showed up with his brand new V4 Corsa (below), and Jerry on his 1299.
 It was sunny out for a bit, but mixed with torrential thunderstorms that kept the track all wet.
 Dave took out his multistrada, prepping it with his wife's help!
 And Jessie took out (and I think crashed) his old Multistrada.
 Tommy was NOT amused by the rain.
 But that was kinda the mood; we were all raring to go
 ... but rain kinda dampened the atmosphere.
 Lyndon had some fun...
 but there was little that could cheer the spirits of poor old Tommy Naples.
 Still pretty fun to hang out with friends though,
 as Brian changed Tommy's tire.
 And the prettiest bikes from Charlies Chop Shop stayed under the tent for most of the day.
© 2019 Tigh Loughhead

NYST with the Gotham Boys

 Whelp, I'm back at the track again, with my buddies Jason, Tommy, Craig, Web and Brian...

Keith Codes California Superbike School at NJMP

Tigh Loughhead graduates Keith Codes California Superbike School at NJMP
I've been waiting for this day for six months!

Ducati Revs NorthEast 2019 with Roger Lee Hayden

The last couple posts have been about track days... 

and the next few are NOT going to be any different.   I'm going to DUCATI REVS!! 

Ladies Invitational Track Day at NYST

I've been up at the track all weekend, but today is was put together to bring women (who might otherwise not venture) out to the track, for a day of instruction and track time.

Late July at New York Safety Track Day 2

Tomorrow is our friend Melissa's Ladies Invitational Track Day, but today I'm spending the day with my boys. 

Late July at New York Safety Track

Las Vegas was fun, but I was itching to get back to the track.  I'm also having my floors redone (for the second time in as many years, as it wasn't done right the first time), so I have no home to come back to.  Guess I'll just go straight to the track!
So, my girlfriend picked me up in the morning at Newark airport from a redeye from Vegas, and we found a park (which turned out to be Liberty National Park), threw down a blanket like the (temporarily) homeless people we were, and took a nap till I had to drive to La Guardia a few hours later to drop her off for a flight for a work trip.
Then I turned around and headed north towards Harpersfield to New York Safety Track!!
© 2019 Tigh Loughhead

Las Vegas: BellissiMoto

Las Vegas: Cooking at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

 The next couple of hours riding through the desert would be some of the most beautiful as well as excruciating riding I've ever done.

Las Vegas: Mount Charleston Nevada on a Hypermotard SP

I did manage to get up early today, as it's going to be a SCORCHER today, with temperatures in the the 120's...

Viva Las Vegas

Inman Ambassador Tigh Loughhead rents a Ducati HypermotardSP on the Las Vegas Strip
I have been in Last Vegas this week (for the first time somehow...), as an Inman Ambassador for Inman Connect Last Vegas

Raul Partakes a Panigale

While my track bike is in the shop, I'm helping others with their bikes, as it's pretty good to have a pickup truck.

My buddy Raul has been talking about a Panigale for years.

Tommy's trackbike gets a lift

While my track bike sits at Ducati New York (after crashing a couple weeks ago at NYST),  I helped out Tommy bring his track bike in for service from his dads house.

CRASHING at New York Safety Track

Tommy and Web's Ducati New York Track bikes. 

New York Safety Track Day with Tommy June 29

XDiavel at Harlem Superbike School

JZ added a new steed to the paddock this afternoon, trading in his beautifully customized Monster 1200S, 

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