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Why I Ride A Ducati and Why I Want An Arch

By · July 29, 2017 · Filed in Personal, Travel, Vehicles · No Comments »

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.

I hope you enjoyed this and please leave a comment to let me know what you think(NOTE: if it’s something blatantly negative, unrelated to this post or spam it will be filtered out).

Motivational Music – Carz by Sir-Mix-a-Lot

By · December 10, 2010 · Filed in Entertainment, Vehicles · No Comments »

He once said “have it goin like a Turbo Vette.” Now he tells us that we need to drive those Turbo Vettes, Lambos and every other exotic you could think of like the freakin’ exotics they are and not like some museum showpiece(like Cameron’s dad in Ferriss Buehler’s Day Off):

Enjoy!(I sure did!)

And oh yea, here’s the lyrics, I bolded the ones that I found most relevant:

Sir Mix-A-Lot – Carz

They call me Mister Lamborghini
See me believe me, we be hittin’ ’em twisties
Y’all can’t believe these crazy SV’s big wings Verde Ithica bright green
Ferrari Scuderia, F1 quick click and see ya
Hot shiftin’ that 60 mills and the prancin’ horse on the fender shields
Maybe you’ll see us, cars and coffee raise up off me
Poppa might get an Enzo, or a black Phantom with the smoked out windows
599 is fine, naught to sixty 3.5
Swoop through, scoop your daughter got a 458 on order
And my cars got miles, garage queens, that’s your style
LP 560, Batman grey with the CCBs
And the LCDs, flash the peace signs cause you can’t catch these

We love these cars, I keep my right foot planted, cops can’t stand it
We love these cars, turn off my phone, hear these tones
I love a car, I like to whip it, I love a car, I like to whip it, I love ’em
We love these cars, keep my suspension stiff I never drift
We love these cars, this whip is clean, watch me sheen
I love a car, I like to whip it, I love a car, I like to whip it, I love ’em

I ain’t no collector, you drive them thangs and I might respect ya
And even though I’m getting older I ride my shit and holla fuck you posers
Rent a car rappers, fuck you posers
Iced out wheels, fuck you posers
Hood long, big coupe but it still got balls
Murdered out black Ferrari 612, scag parties
Out at Tom’s house, he got the big white Phantom chrome mouth
Try to catch my crew, fuck us, fuck you too
Porsche CGT, big pimpin’ at the RTC
Clicked up, whip’s up, pickin’ up D cups, chicks up
The sound of Mike’s Gallardo… sometimes I follow NorthWest auto salon,
Clean the whips, shine ’em and gone, and Benchmark makes it pound
Y’all should hear this fucking sound

We love these cars I keep my right foot planted, cops can’t stand it
We love these cars, turn off my phone, hear these tones
I love a car, I like to whip it, I love a car, I like to whip it, I love ’em
We love these cars, keep my suspension stiff I never drift
We love these cars, this whip is clean, watch me sheen
I love a car, I like to whip it, I love a car, I like to whip it, I love ’em

Carbon fiber, guts fat, SLR in matte black
Couple that with a GT2 and finish my garage with a drophead coupe
My LP 640 goes up when I’m acting naughty
What you know about a Veyron, Bugatti shakes the body like heron
Can you fuck with the SSC, production shit hittin’ 260
And the Yankees come, with the Corvette ZR1
GTC, nothing flows like a drop-top Bentley
CL63, 22s on an MBZ and our everyday an R8, hit the spot and they hate
Aston Martin DBS interior blessed
And even when I’m low key, I’m in a fat S-Class on a HRE
65 AMG push start – fuck the keys

We love these cars, we love these cars
I love a car, I love a car, I love ’em
We love these cars, We love these cars
I love a car, I love a car, I love ’em

We love these cars, I keep my right foot planted, cops can’t stand it
We love these cars, turn off my phone, hear these tones
I love a car, I love a car, I love ’em
We love these cars, keep my suspension stiff, I never drift
We love these cars, this whip is clean, watch me sheen
I love a car, I love a car, I love ’em

We love these cars, we love these cars
I love a car, I love a car, I love ’em
We love these cars, We love these cars
I love a car, I love a car, I love ’em x2

Bottom line- he not only drives his cars, he drives ’em the way they were meant to be driven, not like all the posers out there who “roll up” in an exotic instead of hitting the backroads or hitting the track.

As for cars shouted out on this vid, it’s like a virtual exotic car all-star team:

Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640, Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570 SV, Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Ferrari Enzo, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Porsche Carrera GT(one of my two dream cars), Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Porsche GT2, Bugatti Veyron, SSC Ultimate Aero(my other dream car), Chevy Corvette ZR1, Bentley Continental GTC, Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, Audi R8, Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.

And while there’s no shout, you can see an Ariel Atom in the video.

In fact the only few cars I see missing from this video are: BMW M3/M5, Audi RS4/RS5/RS6/RS8, Nissan GTR, Lexus LFA, Gumpert Apollo, Lotus Elise/Tesla Roadster, Koenigsegg CCX/CCR, Dodge Viper and probably a few others I’m missing, but you get the point. This video rules!

On that note, on to hitting the twisties on this:

Jack's '07 Suzuki GSXR-1000