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    EURoadTrip2018 – Mattighofen

    212km of unrelenting rain today. Soaked to the core, no coffee breaks, just ride! After some slipping and sliding, switched drive to “Rain Mode” for improved traction. 790 flawless through the entire 5609km. Average consumption of 5.4l/100km. Specifically designed maxxis tyres offering superb traction and longevity throughout the journey. Going to miss my Nurburgring Touring Edition. Think I shall collect her in JHB and Roadtrip home via ET… (Mpumalanga) anyone keen to join? Great catchup with the boss before returning to Munich for our last night in Europe. Thanks Fran for your assistance in making this dream come true. And lunch! And that dear friends concludes Euroadtrip2018!  

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    EURoadTrip2018 – Modena to Innsbruck

    At the risk of sounding melodramatic, no emotional PDA’s (public display of affection) allowed in our house. So I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my wonderful wife on our 23rd anniversary (not counting, but confirming). Thanks for you loving support, it’s been real. Enjoy Bali! The first, and only, compromise of the trip. We had planned to return via Stelvio Pass, but chose to rather take in Pagni, Lamborghini & Enzo Ferrari Museums in Modena, take a more direct route back to Mattighofen and enjoy lunch with the Boss and bend her ear with our war stories. Craziest day on the road to date, in the rain, most people &…

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    EURoadTrip2018 – World Ducati Week

    Blast from the past, great memories of WDW2002 come rushing back. 790 Duke stood their ground in a sea of red, loud & proud and very well received! Kudos to Ducati for allowing us into their domain! (I remember being upset about the non Ducati’s in the parking lot previously, I now have some sympathy for their situation!) Great to see the Ducati Brand growing from strength to strength, even Jorge made an appearance. Still a long way to travel with much to see and do, so we hit the road early. Popped into Pagani, Lamborghini & Enzo Ferrari Museums, decided to overnight in Modena. Mind blowing dinner!!! In desperate need of a…

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    EURoadTrip2018 – MotoRanch

    Slow start to the day after an epic night out. Seems Pedro cracked a nod to the Kravitz after party! Chilled, literally, in the pool all morning, followed by another tasty lunch in the country before we hit the road to Rimini for World Ducati Weekend… Pace definitely picked up, helps to stay awake in the heat. Awesome vibe along the way as Ducati’s appearing out of everywhere making the pilgrimage to their Mecca! Sleeping In the hometown of the GOAT, VR46, across the road from MotoRanch in Tavullia. Another one for the books! Guido (that’s what we call him) keeping a close eye on things. Big weekend ahead of us, lots to…

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    EURoadTrip2018 – Lenny in Lucca

    Left Saint Raphael for Lucca, via Nice & Monaco. Taking an hour to cover 14kms, we popped back onto the Autostrada to cover some distance quickly. Probably the fastest we have ridden on this trip so far, helps stay awake in the blistering heat. Bikes buzzing everywhere. Lovely to see. Emotions running high as I take the beautiful surroundings, contemplating the highs & lows as the trip draws to a close. Find myself grinning, in my helmet. Again. Gratefully privileged, would be an understatement. But wait! There’s more. Arrive at the ‘Villa’ in Lucca, with no expectations whatsoever. I’ll let the pictures do the talking here… “A Good Year” Refreshing swim, late afternoon…

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    EURoadTrip2018 – Saint Raphael

    800km of the 1100km liaison covered today, destination Saint Raphael, via Paris and Lyon, for dinner with the Doc! After yesterday’s excitement, no dinner and only 4 hours sleep, today was always going to be a long one with frequent stops and a power nap or two, as summer announces itself! Flat batteries all round, so only photos of cats today I’m afraid! 790s soaking up the KMs effortlessly!!! Missing my gangster and his mommy’s boy brother, although thanks to Grandma and her catnip, they have other things on their mind!!! Officially unveiled the Nurburgring Touring Edition of the 790 Duke. Solved only half the words problems during the morning, concluded their is…