An Amazing Night Ride

Riding season is upon us and so we must ride, honestly there is no better feeling of that rush when you first hit the road. I tried with all my will to remain calm and collected, to take it slowly when I get back on that bike, its been a few months since I was on, to get my bearings and the feeling right, but I was TOTALLY over the top and gunned it the moment I could, I didn’t even realize I only had a quarter of the tank left. This was right after work and Tristar just brought my bike back, I just updated my playlist and was ready to ride.

I love riding the Ducati Diavel is appeases my need for top-speed horsepower and throttle-cracking torque. This really feels like an Italian bread machine, everything about it screams Ducati attitude, I especially love the color scheme of carbon fiber and red. Heading down the road I was on a high, taking corner to corner as if my life depended it on it. I tried riding a bit more sensibly but I couldn’t get the excitement out of me. I could even see other riders and how happy they were riding, there were a few idiots on the road but they couldn’t ruin my mood. I was only out riding for two hours but it was a world of time and I made the best of it. Ducati has really come along over the years and the last thing anyone thought they would do a few years ago is make a cruiser, they thought they would stick to race bred machines, but instead they built the Diavel which is stylish, powerful, and an elite enthusiast machine.


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Riding Around The Corner

Ramadan has been amazing this year, I just love Ramadan in Kuwait even though its hot you get to see a lot of family and friends, it feels like your working a day shift and a night shift but your getting a lot done. I get excited about water activities and riding every weekend, its only the weather that decides what I do and I know its still too hot to ride but once or twice over the last few weeks I went out for a quick joy ride, even though its still pretty hot at night.

The funny part is that the rest of the world rides when its too hot for us to ride and I honestly get jealous that they can ride and I can’t. I have been looking at parts nonstop for the last few months to upgrade and customize my Diavel to my tastes but as usual very few parts are available for this lovely beast, and I have to wait until the Italians get back from the holiday this august to see any parts at the beginning of September. I know I’m still a few months off from Riding but it doesn’t stop me from getting excited, I see the bikes every other day in the garage I can’t help but get pulled to them and take a look at them. I have modified a few things and luckily the first thing I changed was the exhaust and it sounds very beefy right now. I have ridden in a few different countries over the years but I would love to take my Ducati out of town with me, it would probably Pyro because I just love that bike so much. I can’t wait until its riding season but for now I’m going to enjoy the water as much as possible.

Around Town

Its getting hotter and hotter these days, and you never know when a sandstorm will descend on us. So I ride as much as I can on the weekends and go to as many places as I can. One this ride I went all over town and emptied out the tank twice and the tank on the Diavel is on the bigger side then what I’m used to.

In one day I rode about 380 kms in a five hour period, I didn’t make any long stops except to get hydrated and fill up the tank when needed. I passed by Sahara since I haven’t been there in a very long time, and whats nice is that security opens up the door for me right away. I just went for a quick look before leaving. I always hope more bike friendly places open up in Kuwait in the near future, every year one place or another opens up and I hope they keep making bike friendly places.


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The Sunny Day On The Road

The other weekend was very fun filled day of riding met up with some of the Ducati Riding Club guys. We started off as a group of 7 then split up into two groups and we were a group of three. Two Ducatis and Yamaha and some very intense riding, I always love riding with people who know how to ride in a small group and pick up each other’s riding styles so they ride smoothly but fast.

We started off in Bida’a as usual, went to Shuweikh, then to the Airport, and loving every corner we get. I was impressed with the Diavel as I am following the Yamaha R1 around tight corners and at times overtaking the Ducati 999. The Diavel has amazing traction and handles like a sports bike and I love that it gives me the confidence to ride as hard as I like. The brakes on it take a nice big bite when I squeeze it, I just plan on changing the levers when I have a chance, and I really need a small windscreen, anything above 180 kph and my head starts vibrating and shaking like its getting tossed inside a dryer.

Its starting to get a bit hot these days after 10 am so we start riding earlier to try to get as much riding as possible in. I think we have about a few more weeks left of riding at best. The good thing about the Diavel is that my legs don’t get burnt when I’m stopped at a light so I can ride it for a little while longer while it keeps getting hotter as the days go by.


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The Few Days Left!

It was early Friday morning! The last day Kubayashi was in town before taking a trip and so we went out for a nice long ride around town. There were the usual morning riders, there weren’t as many as their used to be because of the weather and its getting a little hotter. On our route we went to the airport first before coming back down the fifth ring road and heading towards the gulf road from Bida’a round about. One thing that you start noticing are these new strange looking cameras, and some of them in specific locations. I don’t know how they work but they do seem to be intimidating. There is one just opposite the scientific center making it impossible for any rider to go around the very lovely curve at the speed that he can enjoy, and I don’t know how well it takes pictures or if it can see bike license plates but I didn’t want to try it out just yet.

After that enjoyable ride we stopped by Marina to meet up with some of the guys and get a bite to eat. So we went to Casper and Gambini, and while I was sitting down I got a call from my friend that an idiot was sitting on my bike and taking pictures, all I saw was red at that and I was furious. We were parked on the side walked since the parking was completely full and I saw a bunch of idiots taking pictures while sitting on other bikes. Me and Kubayashi walk over there, Kubayashi is a man of few words when he is angry and my mouth is like a bull horn. About from 20 meters away I see one guy get on a Harley that didn’t belong to him to take pictures, I shouted my head off and told the guy to get the hell off the buy and walked right up to him. I told him and his friend that they can take pictures but the next guy to touch an of the bikes will have his fingers broken and my foot somewhere they don’t want it to be. I was very very very pissed, grown men were messing around and touching things that don’t belong to them. Just as I was done with them some other idiot gets on another bike by the parking and so I bark at him, and he apologized, I told him that an apology isn’t good enough, you touch another machine and I will sure its the last he touches. The whole time Kubayashi is standing behind me like an man about to rip other man’s head off. One thing bikers will not tolerate is someone touching their bike in a way that could damage it, then I saw one of the Harley guys come and he was mad as hell too. A man’s bike is something which is very personal and these are grown men, older then me, not kids. Whenever I see kids doing it I don’t mind because they are kids, and if they are nice kids I help them onto my bike for their parents to take pictures. But grown men messing around with our bikes isn’t acceptable. I was angry for a while but cooled off after a bit. It was a great day of riding, got a little hot in the afternoon but still loved the outing, except for the idiots touching the Diavel it was a great day. (What I wrote was the PG version, there were a few words flying around because I was pissed lol)


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Ducati Diavel – Sibling Ride

I haven’t had a chance to ride for a little while due to a very busy schedule and traveling recently but I had to make time this past Friday morning. Please welcome the new addition to my stable, the Ducati Diavel, I really do think of my bikes in a stable because they each have a spirit of their own. This is the Carbon Red addition which I think is the sexiest of the bunch. When I heard that Ducati was making a sport cruiser, it peaked my interest but when I saw it, I went overboard, I couldn’t believe my eyes, it is such beautiful machine, and I love it lines, but pictures don’t do it justice.

I met up with Kubayashi at 7 am on Friday morning, his bike was being serviced so I told him to take Diablo out instead, and I found it fitting for the Diavel to be out with his older sibling. The Diavel my be categorized as a Sport Cruiser but Ducati are known for building fast machines and this bike is NOT slow. The first thing whenever you make a purchase is to read the manual, and in my case I was out the door on the road without a clue where the manual was, I was excited like a little kid in a candy store, like any man I pressed a few buttons, pushed a few levers, and assumed I knew what I was doing, then hit the road. I tried to make sure that I kept a level head when riding, I had to ride it for at least 100 kms to break it in initially, and that includes the tires so I get that protective layer of it, and then there was breaking in the engine and the gear box. I made sure to take it easy and keep it under 5000 rpm, and it can rev up to 11000 rpm which is pretty high, I would push it every once in a while and slowly keep increasing speeds around corners.

When I was riding it I was very surprised about a few things, it turns very easily and feels very light, I was taking turns much slower but I wanted to learn how the bike feels and reacts. The best thing about it is the brakes, it stops on a dime and has the brakes of a sport bike, when you squeeze those brakes it comes to a stop very very quickly. Plus those beefy tires give you a lot of grip and confidence around the corners, and to my surprise they were Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIs which are used for sports bikes, and this what Pirelli calls them “The Ultimate Sports Tire For Absolute Road Abuse”, these aren’t cruising tires, they have a lot of grip and they are on this machine.

Then there is computer system on the Diavel which surpassed my expectation, you have two screens, the one above which gives you your normal detail such as speed, rpm, and distance, and the second color lcd screen which is basically a computer. You can change your bike settings from mild to wild, and there three basic settings but you can customize it completely from the amount of Horsepower available to the DTC which is the Ducati traction control system leve, from full DTC to completely switching it off.

Ducati have made a perfect cruiser, I am person that doesn’t like riding slow or a slow machine, and this is a very well built machine, it goes fast and stops quick when needed. I was never really a cruiser guy but this not a cruiser, its a Ducati Diavel and its built out of passion from Italy, I love this machine and the way it looks. The LED integarted signals and brakes, the beefy tire, and the 162 bhp 1200 cc engine. I can’t wait to tweak it with a few parts and enjoy the ride.


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