I purchased this bike close to 2 years ago. The bike was a rolling chassis with an engine half taken apart, the idea for this bike was to get it running again and turn it into a track bike. Every time I looked at it, I kept saying tomorrow I will dedicate some time to it until one day I parked it on my living room and put a cover on it where it sat for a very long time.
Along the way, I started collecting parts for it. Buying things I knew it needed and things I wanted to upgrade; one day while on the phone with a dealership (ProItalia) on the other side of the country, the parts guy told me they had a new engine with 500 miles on it for a great price. It was a better alternative to having the old one rebuilt.
The engine sat around my storage for about a year until recently when a friend of mine and fellow Ducati enthusiast moved near me and we decided to share a garage just so we could play mechanics with our bikes.
I knew this was the right opportunity to start working on this bike, I had been wanting to build it but due to the many things going on in my life I just could not spend the money; we being the tinkerers we are we decided to give it a go and try to do it ourselves.
Once we moved the bike to the garage, I remembered I knew someone I could trade some work with to do the powdercoating on the frame and wheels (something I was not going to do due to budget).
While the bike was apart, I decided to sort out through all the bolts and wires.
Once we received the frame and wheels back, we got to work right away. The powder coating came out great! They did an excellent job at covering threads and important areas.
Keith did not waste any time and started working on the engine, I was only going to change the belts but he wanted to make sure all the valves were adjusted and I am glad he did.
While I was visiting European Cycle Services for their open house (Blog to come). I asked Steve if he could mount my tires and the bearings, I forgot the damn center spacer for the wheel bearings so they could not install those.
Installing those bearings was a bit painful, I hit my hand a few times and bleed all over the wheels lol
We ordered the new shims so we can close the engine and start working on the wiring; for now I am installing whatever little pieces and things I can.
The exhaust was painted with High Temp spray paint, I figured it would look better than the metal patina on it.
Stay tuned for more!
After a few weeks of looking, we found a good deal in Ohio! It was the perfect opportunity for a road trip and to visit friends in Michigan.
We loaded up my best friend’s Harley 48 and off we went to pick up its new garage mate (they are a couple).
All pics, courtesy of Danni AKA @motomilosh
We arrived at a Harley dealership in the middle of nowhere; apparently they used to be a triumph dealer hence the leftover bike.
The idea was for us to ride from Ohio to Michigan and the girls follow in the car but it was too damn cold, so we put the bikes up on the trailer and started driving north.
Once we arrived in Ann Arbor, the weather changed for the better so we decided to go for a ride.
I love Ann Arbor, is just like the towns I saw in movies growing up. We had dinner, drank and hanged out with old friends.
The day to head back came quick, 4am we were packing up and heading back to NJ
And as we arrived home, the first moto adventure of 2015 was over!
back in July I had the opportunity to visit Italy so this was the perfect chance to check out the Ducati factory. I was going to Florence and I was not sure when I was going to make it to Bologna which made it hard to plan a factory visit since you have to make an appointment for the tour.
The factory is only open during the week, so the one day I was free I decided to take the risk and drive for 2 hours from Florence to Borgo Panigale which is a neighborhood outside Bologna and where the factory is located just to try and get into the tour. Once I got to the factory though I received the bad news that the tour was fully booked, so it seemed like I was going to have to do with seeing it from the outside and just visit the Ducati factory store across the street.
I went back to Florence and changed my plans so I could go back and stay in Bologna for a few days; the idea was to try and spam the Ducati contact email hoping that people would get annoyed and let me in.
After lots of emails my strategy worked and I was contacted by someone... Success!!!!! Time to take the train from the city center to the factory. (You can find info on how to get to the factory Here).
For the second time I was there!
Once you get to the gate you show them the approval email, pay 10 euro and you are in (if you are a Ducati club member then you show your ID card and entrance is free).
For the first part of the tour you cannot take pictures. They walk you into the assembly line, you get to see the man and women that build your bikes right at work.. For the engines, each tech puts together an entire engine and that tech is completely and solely responsible for its performance. You Walk along the assembly line and see each aspect of the birth of your baby!!!
Some models like the monster and the scrambler though are assembled either in Brazil or Thailand, depending on your market. Only the engines are actually put together in Italy then shipped to said countries and mounted on their respective models.
Once you go through the assembly line, you get to see the GP team.. Well u get to take a quick glance through a tiny window.. But right next to it is the dyno and if you are as lucky as I was then you will get to see the new 1199R being tested woot woot.. That sound!!!
So now to the graphic part.. You walk up to the museum reception and the current model lineup is sitting there (well supposedly but there were only a couple).
Then there is a small room where you can take a look at the famous multistrada that went around the world.
As you walk into the museum, you start seeing the beautiful vintage bikes
Once the tour is over, you are free to walk around to take pics and shop at their souvenir store. I was a bit short on time so I decided to walk out and came across the employee parking!!
I am not going to lie, I was expecting more. I would say, seeing the place where your favorite motorcycle comes to life is an excellent experience but as a Ducatista my expectations were higher; especially when I had such a hard time being able to visit it.