Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Ducati Museum and Factory Tour

No trip to Italy would be complete without a visit to Bologna to visit the Ducati Museum and to take the Ducati factory tour. My chance came, and I was booked and ready to go before I'd even left home in Auckland.

Borgo Panigale

We were staying in Florence, so it was easy to take a train up to Bologna, and from there a taxi (E15) from Bologna Centrale to the factory in Borgo, Panigale. You have to book your visit first and they get back with a confirmation of date and time to ensure the group isn't too big. It also costs E10 on the day unless you are a Ducati Club member.

I flashed my New Zealand Desmo Owners Club card and all was sweet.

The Ducati Museum Tour

The Ducati Museo is pretty neat - take a box of tissues ;-) you big biker blokes don't want to be seen to cry (don't worry its dark inside). The tour includes a full history of Ducati and how the company developed over the years - including lots of bikes and trophies, of course.

From the baby Cucciolo and the mighty Apollo to the Desmosedici and Panigale race bikes.

The Ducati Factory Tour

The factory is strictly no-photos so I don't have any glimpses from inside. It was such a great sight to see the bikes being assembled by hand. There are only 2 people who make the Panigale, for instance. We saw all sorts of bikes being built as we ambled through the factory, and in every stage of development from the Parts Supermarket to the testing rooms and the load-out. There were a few Ducatis in the carpark too, worth a look. Only Ducatis though - other bikes not allowed.

The Ducati Factory Shop

Across the road is the Ducati Outlet Store where there were a few good bargains in clothing and gear. I didn't buy anything there, and then cursed later that I should have.


That coming weekend MotoGP at Mugelo, and there were a few people on the tour who had ridden over for the race and were doing the tours again. I can see myself doing it again - maybe when I go over to get my special factory Panigale R. Better buy two Lotto tickets this week ;-)

Cheers, johnhs.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The NZ National Ducati Rally 2013

The New Zealand National Ducati Rally for 2013 took place last weekend at the Wairakei Resort near Taupo. Evil Stig was there!

Check out the post on the Windingroad blog.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Waitangi Day Loop

I have been riding the Ducati to work in the city while the weather has been good, and I wanted to get out on the open road! Also wanted to check if the Ducati was performing well before the National Ducati Rally in March (NDR2013). That's Wairakei and the possibility of a trackday at the Taupo Motorsport park too.

Read the post on Windingroad.co.nz.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Proper Ducatisti

I have become an official Ducatisti, with membership of the Ducati Owners Club of New Zealand.

I will get a chance to exercise my new-found title at the National Ducati Rally in Wairakei in March. Really looking forward to that!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ready, Steady

Well, I've got the belts done, new WOF - all ready to jump on the Ducati and hit the Track Days of Summer!.

Where to Trackday

Here are a couple of links for track day facilitators that I can get to out of Auckland, NZ.

Play Day On Track
Hampton Downs days with separate bike and car sessions on the same day.

Auckland Motorcycle Club
Used to have Pukekohe, and now using Hampton Downs while the Puke track is OS

Moto TT
Run at Taupo and at Manfield.

You can do it!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Evil Stig and Javawocky hit Hampton Downs

What a beautiful Sunday in May to be at the prestigious Hampton Downs Motorsport Park with the Hampton Downs Ride Days guys!

Javawocky in full trackday regalia with the GXSR600. See vids

We had a great day - and what a work-out!!! We were in the Medium-Fast group Green, and that demands constant planning and focus - no cruising between corners.

My black Ducati 916 was running very well after Ramon and John from Haldanes gave it a tune up, adjusting throttle-bodies, new brakes on the front - and what a difference. She idles now ;-) and when throttle pinned just gives back strong performance. Problem belong me now - getting that throttle roll-on right through the corner.

A great day, looked after well by the HD crew.

Cheers guys

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Taupo Raining

We headed down to Taupo on Friday night, with all the weather reports and forecasts saying it was going to rain.

It did rain.

Waiting patiently in the trailer.

The Taupo track is reportedly slippery when wet - I wasn't going to do the 50-50 thing - chances are I would be on the wrong end of a dropped bike - not worth it. Disappointing. We watched for a while, and the weather didn't let up - the riders were tip-toeing around and coming in soaked. We trekked home again.

Nice drive though...