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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

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

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.

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.  

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!

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.

MV Agusta Edition: Tail of the Dragon

Tigh Loughhead rides Ducati Streetfighter Motorcycles at the Tail of the Dragon North Carolina
Motorcycles are one of the best things to ever happen to me...

MV Agusta Edition: Gapalicious Thursday


Fail at the Tail

9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2017

I stopped by North 14th Street with my buddy Eric last weekend for my fifth consecutive year attending the Brooklyn Invitational.
If you don't know, the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show is a custom bike show in Greenpoint, Brooklyn each year, started less than a decade by custom motorcycle-builder Keino Sasaki, artist John Copeland and photographer Jeffrey Schad.

IMOC 2017 34th Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally

Looking back through my Google photos, and I can't believe I never posted pics from IMOC 2017.

I had missed last year, but had been to IMOC 2015 rally with the East Coast Ducs in 2015,

The Simple Beauty of Walt Siegl Motorcycles Bol dOr MV Agusta

I saw this bike a few years ago, and was profoundly struck with its beauty, even though I didn't know a thing about one of greatest custom motorcycle fabricators at the time.

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.

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

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

MV Agusta from Behind the Scenes #artoftheitaliantwowheel



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I stopped off at the Stuart Parr Collection this afternoon after lunch with the Elegran team to view the beautiful Italian collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel on Madison Avenue and 40th Street in Midtown, to show my coworkers some stunning bevel-driven desmodromic Ducatis and classic MV Agustas.

 © 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel. April 18th to July 18th at 285 Madison Avenue

Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel

If you've been following this blog, a few weeks back I noticed a bunch of amazing Italian bikes on display on Madison Avenue. and I've been drooling a bit every morning on my walk to work each morning.  


The "Art of the Italian Two Wheel", featuring classic GP MV Agustas, Ducatis (ranging from Darmahs to 750GTs to 860GT's to Imola 900SS's, to Ducati 750SS's to 750F1A's and more) to LaVerda's and even a custom MV Agusta Magni, is located at 285 Madison Avenue (and 40th Street) in Midtown Manhattan, and will open April 18th and run through July 18th, with a catalogue to be written by the great Ducati historian and writer Ian Falloon.  More information can be found at www.stuartparrcollection.com and www.artoftheitaliantwowheel.com.

© 2015 Tigh Loughhead

Italian Motorcycle Classics Invade Madison Avenue

Antique Ducatis, MV Agustas and LaVerdas abound in Midtown

UPDATE: Exhibition is called "Art of the Italian Two Wheel" from the Stuart Parr Collection. The catalogue will be written by none other than Ian Falloon.

 I was walking to work this morning from Bryant Park east along 40th Street, when I caught sight of the unmistakable profile of an orange Ducati 750GT out of the corner of my eye inside a seemingly otherwise empty retail space along Madison Avenue.

IMOC 2014: 31st Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally

Droves of Ducs and Garrisons of Guzzis at the 2014 IMOC Rally

2014 Modern Classics Ride In at Martin Moto

1956 MV Agusta 175 CSTL

Martin Moto hosts the The Modern Classics Ride-In in Boyertown, PA

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