World Ducati Week Italy Adventure
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Salutations all, I just wanted to give ya'll a status update: It has been a wild last few days for me. This past weekend was the World Ducati Week motorcycle rally held in and around the Misano racing circuit near the beach cities of Riccione and Rimini, Italy. The event itself was awesome and exceeded all of my expectations.
It can be surmised as 48 hours of non-stop fun, partying and organized chaos. The weather was absolutely fantastic. Not a drop of rain, sunny skies and super hot and sticky air. It truly felt like summer. Thank the Lord I was wearing my Alpinestars Nero Skeletal Air-Flow Jacket and breathable Shubya canvas shoes, for if I was wearing any other motorcycle gear I might have melted!
From the people, the food, the roads and the countless things to see and do it is by far the most entertaining and unique motorcycle rally’s I've ever attended. This is impressive considering how much enjoyable the Honda Hoot event was during its final year in ’08 (yes, I’m serious). If you don't believe me then see how much fun I had in the 2008 Honda Hoot Day 1
, 2008 Honda Hoot Day 2, 2008 Honda Hoot Day 3
, and 2008 Honda Hoot Day 4 event recaps.
If you are a Ducati motorcycle rider or enthusiast I highly recommend planning a visit to the next WDW event. It truly is a one-of-a-kind affair and something that would be impossible to pull off in the States due to the complexity and un-adulterated fun-factor. Make sure to check out the 2010 World Ducati Week Saturday Part 1
and 2010 World Ducati Week Part 2
recaps. Look forward to an in-depth article, photos, and video in an upcoming MotoUSA magazine issue.
Before WDW wrapped up Sunday, I was already on my way back to Bologna aboard a 2011 Monster 796 in order to catch a plane to Sicily for more motorcycling adventures. As we left Misano and headed west toward Bologna, my pal Kevin Allen and I went on maniac-style death ride through Rossi's hometown of Tauvilla and the sovereign countryside of San Marino.
During our adventure, Kevin gave me the opportunity to pilot his red 998 Superbike (O.G. 916-generation) and wow! Having never ridden that model I was amazed at how far Ducati sportbikes have progressed in the last decade. Where the old Ducati's feel heavy, maneuvers slowly, and is generally difficult to ride, the current generations feel like an F-16 compared to an old Vietnam-era F-86 Sabre. It’s truly amazing how far high-performance sportbike technology has progressed and makes me wonder how much better bikes are going to get in the next few years…
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