Fun Ride About Town

Taking advantage of the final days of riding in Kuwait, I keep hearing people hitting the beach or going sailing while I’m still riding. I honestly never get tired of riding, its just such a rush and I want to ride as much as possible. This ride was very intense, we had a group of dedicated riders, arriving on time sticking to the route. I almost made no stops throughout the ride and kept everyone on their toes.

We try to find the best curves we can around town and there are some nice roads in Kuwait, but still we need some more curvy and banked roads around Kuwait. The more I ride the Ducati Diavel the more I love the machine, I don’t even know if that is possible, it seriously a fantastic machine. I go into corner just as fast as these superbikes and I love it, if they did this with the Diavel, I don’t know what to expect from the 1199. The first bunch of Ducati Panigales 1199 have been paid for, the next bunch arrives the end of the year, I can’t wait to see one. Seriously not enough time to ride in Kuwait. One of the things I enjoy is when I hear the exhaust of the MV Agusta 312 R passing me, it is music to my ears, Italians know how to build their machines. Ending our great ride at Q Cafe in the Village, amazing place to get a tasty bite to eat before going home.


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The Heat Is Coming

This is probably one of the more interesting rides we have had this season, we started off as five ended up being 11 machines on this little outing. We are trying to ride as much as possible these days because its getting hotter and hotter. That morning I felt pretty crappy because of a Flu that was on its way, I pretty much ignored the feeling, took Dayquil, drank some fizzy Vitamin C and headed out. I know it wasn’t the smartest decision, but I have one Friday and I have to ride at any chance that I get.

As soon as I was on the bike the fresh air cleared my lungs, I honestly felt more attentive to the details around me, more alive with the rush of air and the sound of my exhaust. We went around town as much as possible with a stop in Doha which you can see from the video below, and this doesn’t always happen but we had a request for the BMW S1000RR and MV Agusta Brutale to go head to head, and they are both lovely and amazing machines.

We also ended up going to Wataniya Airport just off Sabhan highway and it was faling apart, the roof was coming off, nobody was using it or maintaining it. The one time I think the government should have stepped in is to bring that company back. They left Kuwait Airways to fall apart over the years and the one time we had something to be proud of it launched during a difficult financial time. We kept on riding until it hit about 31 Degrees while we were outside, as long as we were moving it was cool, but you can feel that summer is here, and its going to get hotter.


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Last Ride of 2011

4 Italians & 1 Road!

The last Friday of 2011 and we really wanted to go riding, meeting up at 8 am in Starbucks Arjan in Bede’a. Surprisingly there were a lot of people still in town and I was really looking forward to the ride. The best part about the people I was with is that they knew how to ride hard and fast in a group, they knew the rules of staying together, and they knew how to handle themselves. We were supposed to take it easy, but that didn’t really work out, we were flying like demons from the start and there was Nobody on the roads. Everybody was out of town or at home sleep so we took full advantage of it.

We went to Doha as usual because its a fun route and there are some nice long straights and a few bendy curves on the way. Then we took the 7th ring road to the Airport road to Subhan and kept on going. It was a blast, I loved hearing the exhaust of all the different machines, and we were pushing the limits of our bikes through every turn and loved it.

The Bikes We Were Riding:

  • Ducati Diavel Carbon Red – I Was Riding Like a Madman!
  • MV Agust 312R – Demon On The Road
  • Ducati 1098 TriColore – Pure Speed
  • Ducati Monster S4RS – That was a very loud machine!


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A Rowdy Bunch

This was probably one of most unorganized rides I have ever had and we kept adding more and more people throughout the ride. Towards the end of our ride we were Eight Bikes and One Ariel Atom so it was quiet a high speed tour of Kuwait. We had our mix of machines and mix of riders, from the extremely well experienced to the novice so it was a learning curve for a few people.

  • 3 Ducati 1198’s (TriColore, 1198, 1198s Pearl White)
  • 1 MV Agusta 312R
  • 2 Diavel Carbons (One Red & One Black)
  • 1 KTM RC8
  • 1 BMW 1000 RR
  • 1 Ariel Atom

The weather couldn’t have been any better, sunny and slightly cold, the perfect weather to go riding. We had a route in mind but we didn’t a chance since one of the guys ran of out gas but we still had a fun time. One of our friends had a close call from a woman who cut across three lanes and almost took him out in a round about but he managed to avoid being taken out even though he still get hit. The crazy thing is that she didn’t even bother to stop on check on him, I stopped to check on him and had the urge to chase after her. The whole road was empty and she had all the road only to almost take him out. Luckily that didn’t kill our mood after we made sure everything was ok.

We are planning to be slightly more organized next week for a better ride and a lot longer. Keeping this many people on schedule is difficult as hell but when you get everyone on time its a ton of fun.


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Ducati – Vendetta

The Ducati 1098/1198 has turned into somewhat of an icon, a turning point for Ducati, and they have carried with success after success. One thing Ducati has managed that others haven’t is to cross different segments of riding without alienating their fan base and a majority of people are still insanely hardcore about Ducati. Now this is where the Vendetta comes in a little differently, Radicall Ducati & Dragon TT teamed up to create a new face to the 848/1098/1198. Taking the route that Ducati wouldn’t, a path down the darkside for an edgier, meaner looking machine. This is a body kit for the 848/1098/1198 with the same fittings, so something so menacing designed with simplicity in mind.

This might not be for everyone’s taste but thats probably why it is made by a speciality company. I’m tempted to get another Ducati 1098 and fit it with this kit, it is already a fine piece of machinery but its intimidating with this look.

The full Vendetta kit includes the following:

  • Aluminum front bracket
  • Front fairing with 2 high beam and 2 low beam ellipsoidal lights , windshield
  • Left and right sidepanels with incorporated blinkers.
  • Race type bellypan
  • Fuel tank
  • Solo seat with leds rear light incorporated
  • Solo seat under-tray
  • Air funnels
  • Two silencers adaptors

Link: Asphalt&Rubber


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Escapism

The state of having wandering and imaginative thoughts in order to remove one’s self from reality.

Seeing this makes me anxious to ride my bike right now, this video sums up the feeling that bikers have waking up before dawn and getting on their machines getting ready to go out and enjoy the ride. I keep thinking about taking a trip somewhere in Europe on a bike or somehow getting my bike on the plane with me, how great it would be to disembark off the plane and just get right on your bike and ride off to your destination.

Ducati By The Autodrome

This is the first time I pass by the new Ducati store by the Autodrome, and its right next to the Autodrome and one hell of a dealership. I walked in thinking that I was at the candy store, I kept looking at each machine. The new Monster 796 looks really good, and I loved the 1198R they had up on the second level. The design of the store is fantastic with so many bikes to look at, I just couldn’t get enough. If I wasn’t wearing a dishdasha I would have had my leg over each and every bike.

There was even an 848 Evo in the back, and that looked like a beautiful machine that I couldn’t get enough of. Those beauties kept teasing me every time I look at one of them, now to wait for the Ducati Diavel coming out in a few months, based on what the sales guy said it will be on the show room floor sometime between February to March.


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Night Ride @ 38C

It has been too long since I have taken a ride out at any point in time, the heat came with those sand storms and very strange weather. It made riding nearly impossible with zero visibility, and lucky for me I came back to the perfect weather, or the beginning of it at least. I can’t believe how nice the weather is early in the morning or after sunset. I came back from work a little annoyed with a few things on my plate and I decided to get a shave and take a ride to unwind.

Before taking my impromptu trip I called up TriStar and asked them to service all the machines, after I took off they came a few days later took the KTM RC8, Ducati 1098s, and BMW K1200R for a full service and check up. They changed the from discs and pads on the RC8 under warranty, they changed the rear tire of the K1200R, changed the oil and filters of all the machines, they changed the battery of the RC8 and 1098s, the chains were adjusted, cleaned and oiled. All three machines were run on the dyno to test it out. Got them all ready for riding season.

I changed from my dishdasha to my riding gear, and damn that felt really good, I’m just a little over weight and that requires adjustment. I had my playlist ready with music topped up on my iPod Nano. And I took off to Salmiya and later on drove down the GulfRoad to Miseela and then back home. It was just the perfect ride, I was in sync with my machine but I have to get my skills back up to par, I felt something was a little off with me and not the Ducati. I need to regain my sense of balance with this machine, I was one very happy rider, I caught myself a few times smiling while riding and listening to the music. The cool breeze was perfect even with the engine boiling my leg a little bit, these Italians knew what they were doing when they built this machine, so much passion, I felt like it was an animal that is happy to be out of its cage. I’m really happy that the weather is cooling down earlier this year, I will be doing some late night or early morning riding for the next couple of weeks, damn I missed riding.

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Ducati Street Fighter In Kuwait

I couldn’t believe these beauties in front of my eyes, Ducati have perfected an Art form. I got a text from Salem @ Tristar telling me that the Streetfighter and the Streetfighter S were both on the show room floor. I took off as soon as I landed from Singapore. The pearl white from Ducati is beautiful from every angle, they even had one pearl white 1198 just behind the two of these beauties. Then there was the red Streetfighter S which I couldn’t keep my hands off of, I really wanted to throw my leg over the machine and take off. I want to congratulate the owners of the machine whoever they are going to be.

Ducati have really struck a cord with these beauties and I really think they will expand to other beautiful machines. I didn’t know how they could improve on the 1098, then they came out with the 1198. I can’t wait to try the Streetfighter, it looks so enticing, and inviting to ride, I bet the experience would be exhilarating. The Streetfighter is selling 5250 KD and the Streetfighter S is going for 6250 KD, and I think these prices are comparable to the UK. The beauty of the lines, the curves, the shades of this machine have been crafted by an artist, it calls to any rider next to it.

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