Why I Ride A Ducati and Why I Want An Arch

By · July 29, 2017 · Filed in Personal, Travel, Vehicles

I once asked a college buddy of mine who owned a sportbike and whose opinion I valued on the subject “Are the European brands any better than their Japanese counterparts?” His response was “No”. From that moment I went through a few Japanese bikes: 1995 Yamaha YZF600R, 2004 Honda CBR600F4i and finally a 2009 Honda CBR600RR before I finally got my first Ducati.

My last bike before the Ducati did everything I needed it to and unlike the “stigma” of European brands being “difficult to work on”, “too expensive to maintain” or worst of all “broke down all the time and spent more time in the garage than on the road” it was reliable and cheap to maintain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my Honda(pictured above)  I felt like I was 3x World Champ Marc Marquez(or even 9x World Champ Valentino Rossi who started winning championships on a Honda):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even if my lil’ 600 was far from MM93’s RC213V or even the “available to the public” RC213VS(both pictured below) I was on a bike of champions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, even the president(Mark) and VP(Dave) of the local Ducati Club(Arizona Ducati) still welcomed me with open arms although I didn’t actually own a Ducati.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So did I even need a Ducati? I even tried out these beasts, a Panigale 1299 and Diavel, the latter being the one which I thought would be my 1st Duc, however, being a “sportbike” guy I figured the Diavel would be a great 2nd bike when I had the money for such:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I even got so close to pulling the trigger on this 2016 BMW S1000RR that I posed with the crew from Go AZ West with the key to show “I’m getting this!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all that how did I “settle” on this, a 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was far from the typical “crotch rocket” I was used to and wasn’t even the right color(Red). Simple – I NEEDED it! The second of my now annual trip to WSBK Laguna Seca was just 2 weeks away and there was no way the “green hornet” would hold up for the long 700mi trip there and 700mi back not to mention there was no way I’d be able to pack all I needed in my Ogio No-Drag Mach 1 backpack. In addition, the original plan of “catch a ride to LA on a trailer and ride up” was not set in stone so I went with the Do Everything of Bikes!

Now at just over 12,000 (s)miles of riding including the 2 Laguna Seca trips that each ended up being over 1900mi of riding I flat out LOVE this bike! I don’t even regret not sticking with a crotch rocket as this thing literally does everything:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether it’s ripping through the CA-33 with full luggage, dragging knee or just a nice day trip in the rain to Jerome, AZ this bike is freakin’ awesome! Not to mention while I’m sure a Honda Africa Twin or Yamaha Tenere would do just the same neither elicits the feeling or emotion that having a Ducati does. To top it off after all this riding the only issue I’ve had was a bolt that came out of the center stand and a nail in my rear tire.

The ownership of a Ducati has basically been a “backstage pass” to meeting and hanging out with some of the coolest people in the world of motorcycling. With it I have created life long bonds with other Ducati Owner Clubs like Ventura County, Foothills and Desmo Silicon Valley. Not to mention being on Ducati Island at Laguna Seca is one hell of an experience!

After all of this I get to my final point, why do I want to get an Arch?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mean the Diavel from above does most of what this bike can do, but it goes back to that feeling that the right bike elicits! When I met the Arch team which of course includes my favorite actor I saw the passion they put into it and it brought me back to when I had dreams of being an automotive engineer for Porsche. Yes meeting that movie star was cool, but even better was talking shop with the engineers behind this labor of love and work of art on wheels, Ryan and Gard. It was also seeing the passion that Heath from Sales & Marketing(who came from Alpinestars) that convinced me this is the next bike for me:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The love of motorcycles can be somewhat irrational and us riders always want to stand out from the crowd. Not to mention having the means to purchase/own an Arch also means that I have succeeded in business so it’s a “dream board” item that I plan to own very soon.

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