COTA MotoGP Race Day in Austin Texas Day 4

Tigh Loughhead with Jorge Pister of DOC Mexico at COTA Motogp
 After four days, it was finally race day!!

COTA MotoGP Qualifying in Austin Texas Day 3

 Today started out very soggy... both from the excesses of the DOC party last night; as well as torrential rains in the morning.

COTA MotoGP Desmo Owners Club Party in Austin Texas

Golden Gate Ducati President Sandro Reis with Tigh Loughhead of Gotham Ducati
Patty Castro of Desmo Silicon Valley, Sara Cole of Houston Desmo Owners Club and Vicki Smith of Ducati.net put together an awesome bash this year in Austin to celebrate MotoGP and the Ducati owners' community.

COTA MotoGP Free Practice Day 2

COTA MotoGP Ducati Austin Party Day 1

Though I've been writing about motorcycles for nearly a decade, I've never actually been to MotoGP race in person.
 Tigh Loughhead of Gotham Ducati Desmo Owners Club at Ducati Austin MotoGP Party on a Panigale V4R

StreetfighterR: DUCATI Streetfighters 1198 Custom Superbike

Tigh Loughhead of GothamDOC's StreetfighterR: DUCATI Streetfighters 1198 Custom Superbike

Henry Crew at Spiegel in the East Village

Henry Crew 35000 Miles at Ducati New York on a Scrambler Desert Sled

Henry Crew of 35000miles Guiness Book World Record Holder for youngest person to ride around the world on a Ducati Scrambler

FormulaOne Motorsports in Oakdale Long Island

There is a pretty bizarre dealership way out in Long Island if you travel all the way out to a place called Oakdale on the South shore called FormulaOne Motorports.

Suspension Seminar with DucatiNYCs Dave You

Ducati New Yorks Dave You Suspension 101 class
 Dave from Ducati New York puts on a pretty amazing suspension seminar a couple times each winter,
 where he teaches you about the mechanics of how forks and shocks function on bikes,
and then how to tune them. 
 The event was pretty incredible (and educational),
 and for $40 came with a free Ducati New York t-shirt and a free suspension set up.

























© 2019 Tigh Loughhead

Ducati New York Chinese New Year

After the engine teardown in preparation for my StreetfighterR, Ducati New York asked Gotham Ducati to join to help ring in the new Chinese New Year blessing the shop.
Gotham Ducati and Ducati New York Chinese New Year with Tigh Loughhead

Streetfighter Engine Teardown at Ducati New York

Tigh Loughhead and Gotham Ducati New York on a Streetfighter Engine Teardown

StreetfighterR: Header Fabrication at Long Island Racing

The 848, 1098 and 1198 engines all drop right into each other's frame, but the main difference between these models is between the Superbike and the Streetfighter.
NYDUCATI at Long Island Racing in Brentwood, Islip for my Ducati Streetfighter R

Desmo Holiday Party 2019

DESMO's holiday party this year was hosted after Christmas, at an Italian spot called the Woodstone Pizza Bar and Grill.

StreetfighterR: New Motor

My Top 15 Rides of All Time

This week has been rough- with Monday blowing sub-zero temperatures into New York City...to nearly 60 and pouring by Thursday.  I'm working on a pretty cool project with my Streetfighter... (more on that later- I'm dropping an 1198 engine in the bike to create a StreetfighterR), but I've been doing some clean up on the website, and it has made me a little sentimental for rides gone by.

So much of my identity has come from the rubber I've laid down on the road alone and with others,  to the point that most of my closest people are now largely in the motorcycle community.  I thought I'd take the weekend to reflect, listicle style- on some of my absolute favorite rides I've ever been blessed to take.  So with all of that said, here are my top 15 Ducati motorcycle trips I've ever ridden, in no particular order:

1. Museo Ducati in Borgo Panigale


I've actually gotten to visit the Ducati factory a couple times by now, but the Museo Ducati is absolutely essential to visit if you go to Bologna (or even anywhere in Northern Italy).


2. The Cabot Trail


Going on 5 years ago (and before I took videos apparently), my buddy Jay and I embarked on a 12 day, 2500 mile adventure up to Nova Scotia and around the Cabot Trail, lugging a case of beer and camping out at Meat Cove, at the northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island.  This trip was such a self-affirming journey, for the people that we met, and what I discovered about myself, and even moreso discovering what was out there available to me in the world.

3. Riding up the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey to the Black Sea

Several years back, a couple friends and I rented bikes in Istanbul, Turkey and I rode a Yamaha MT-05 up the Bosphorus all the way to the Black Sea, bordering Russia.  We had a few drinks and dinner at an incredible seaside restaurant and proceeded to do burnouts on my buddy's Yamaha R25 (an R3 for the Asian markets).  Though it rained for much of the trip, it was one of the highlights of my life on a bike.


4. Northern California on a Ducati Hypermotard


The first year I was invited to speak at Dreamforce, the largest tech conference in the world, I rented a Hypermotard and rode alone as far up the coast of Northern California as I could, seeing some of the most beautiful country and sunsets I had in my life.


5. Lake Lugano, Switzerland


A couple of years ago, one of my buddies Alex and rented BMWs and traveled around Northern Italy and Switzerland.  Lugano was one of the highlights of the "Lakes District-" with dramatic mountainside towns, and tunnels carving through the mountains around the lakes.

6.  Quebec by Ducati and the Parc du Maurice


Before the days of Gotham Ducati, or even the East Coast Ducs, a whole bunch of us rode all the way up to Montreal on our Ducs.  Joe and Jerry and I pushed on even further, taking the scenic route up to Quebec City, passing through an incredible motorcycle road (and managing not to run afoul of the very tight speed limits) in the Parc du Maurice.

8. Southern California on a busted Scrambler


I got a chance to give NYDUCATI a shout out in front of several hundred people at Dreamforce this year.

Although I got a bum bike, the roads from San Francisco to Los Angeles are some of the greatest in the world.  The terrain is other-worldly at times, and whether you're along the coast by Big Sur or carving canyons of Los Padres National Forest, the trip is truly incredible to do by bike.


9. Lake Como in Italy after EICMA


I remember thinking at the time that I'd never seen such beauty in the world as when Alex and I rode up to Lake Como north of Milan in Italy.

10. Gotham Ducati Bachelor Party in Beverly Hills


via Gfycat
 I don't actually have a write-up for this, as the proprietor of RentaDucati.com is an absolute scumbag who tried to screw us out of thousands of dollars for doing a couple of burnouts.  However, getting to stay in Beverly Hills and ride the roads around LA was an absolute blast and the roads...some of the best I've ever done, and was lucky to share with my boys.


11. Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala

Every year, a dedicated group of MV Agusta riders gather in Tellico Plains, Tennessee for Gapalicious, to ride around the Smokey Mountains, which include the East Coast motorcycle Meccas of the Cherohala Skyway and the Tail of the Dragon.


12. Cross Country on Italian Superbikes

 Again, long before I carried a GoPro (actually I might have still had a Blackberry), my buddy Cameron and Jay decided to go cross country on Italian Superbikes, which Cam painstakingly detailed the life of his Panigale (the very first 899 ever shipped to the United States) at 899Adventures.

 I have to say, that even though I only got to travel part of the way of this epic journey, down the Appalachian Skyway, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and onto Asheville, North Carolina... this trip singlehandedly ignited a passion for travel and adventure by motorcycle.

13. East Coast Ducs take Montreal


 I still can't believe we had nearly ten Ducs ride all the way from New York City to Montreal. (Credit: Gerald Charles on the vid)
Hot as it was, we had an amazing ride and an even better time hanging out, drinking and eating Poutine together.
(Credit: Shawn Mathew w/ the vid)

14. Acadia with DOCNYC

This was one of my first long distance trips with the New York City Ducati community. Five of us slabbed it all the way to Maine to get to Acadia National Park, getting caught in a torrential downpour on Cadillac Mountain the last night.... worth it.

 

15. Harlem Superbike School


Every week, a couple of us wake up really, really... really early and ride up to White Plains and around the lakes.



© 2019 Tigh Loughhead

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Motos and Photos was back at Filipacchi tonight.

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