Monday, December 27, 2010

The Ducati Owners Club of NZ

I have been going to the DOCNZ (Ducati Owners Club of New Zealand).

There is a gallery, events and a forum that may be of interest. I would have gone along on the Ducati Rally in March however it was right around the time I was off on the Suzuki Boulevard Rally in Napier, and brownie points being what they are ;-) I missed the Ducati Rally the week earlier.

Go check it out. I should get along to the meetings: Auckland
Headquarters Restaurant and Bar - 132 Beaumont St Westhaven - Auckland
1st Wednesday of each month, Start time 7.30pm


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hampton Downs July 10

The mighty Waikato put on a splendid day at Hampton Downs last Saturday, and we were there taking the black 'cat around the awesome track.

Black Ducati 916

This was the break in the weather we have been waiting for, and what an excellent place to spent 6 x 20minutes session of one's life.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Metzeler Sportec M5

Thanks to being at the Motott trackday at Taupo in April I found myself the owner of a new set of tyres - Metzeler Sportec M5's to be exact. I have Metzeler Marathon's on the cruiser so I knew they would be good - but with all the hype... how good?

Hi-tech Motorcycle Tyres

The Metzeler Sportec M5 is a new concept whereby the tyre has 5 radial belts that are tensioned differently, to provide better support and a better contact patch. My black Ducati 916 took 180x55 ZR17 on the rear and 120x70 ZR17 on the front.

Scrubbing In

Initial ride was to scrub in the tyres - a process that needs about 150km of running before you start to lean on the tyres in acceleration, braking and hard cornering. I chose the route from Auckland - Kaiaua via Kawakawa Bay and return through Mangatawhiri and Hunua. I did about 250km and I would say that by the end of the day I was really impressed - I was confident and relaxed and the Ducati was really working well. These are great roads to ride too. In the main the road was dry so I haven't tried them in the wet yet.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Taupo Learning Centre

Ducati 916
MotoTT track day April 10th, pictures taken by Ian Laurie.

There were a few freelance photographers at the track - I am not sure whether they all offer pictures or not. More details and pictures of Taupo - follow the winding road.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Taupo Trackday

MotoTT track day April 10th.

We were there at the Taupo track on a beautiful clear and dry April day which started out a bit cool but warmed up nicely a bit later on. The track didn't heat up much, and I was running 30psi in the front and 32psi rear. Grip seemed good after a round in 3rd/4th to warm the tyres up before being any more challenging.

Great track, loved it! See more on the winding road.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Retro Ducati face

This reminded me of those retro robot faces.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Super Stig Ducati 916

Yes I was at the Hampton Downs track for levels 2 and 3 of the California Superbike School.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another Ducati Face

Another Ducati face that gazes up adoringly at its master, not showing any emotion, just doing its masters bidding without a question. This face is on a Ducati 916, and I have the privilege of smiling back each morning and each night - and if we have earned  the points, maybe a Coromandel Field Trip, or a relaxing run around Hampton Downs.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ducati 916 Eyes

Cars and bikes have faces... they have eyes - usually two eyes for a car, and one for a motorbike. The Ducati 916 has two eyes that look out from beneath a brooding rider, and find a smooth clean path around every corner on the winding road of life.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Black Ducati 916

The Evil Stig rides a black Ducati 916, as to be expected.

Black Ducati 916