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)


Continue reading…

Ducati Diavel Pricing

So we have a bit of a glimpse of the pricing expected for the Ducati Diavel, you can expect two available types. One is the is the base type and the other is the Carbon version. The Ducati Diavel will start with an MSRP base price of $16,995, while the up-market carbon version will hit the wallet with an MSRP of $19,995. Rumored to make around 165hp, the Diavel is based off the same Testastretta 11º motor as the Ducati Multistrada 1200, and weighs 456lbs according to Ducati. Ducati has also revealed that the Diavel will come with variable riding modes, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. So about 4800 to 5700 KWD, but I’m assuming it will probably sell around 5500 to 6500 KWD based on my past experience of Kuwait’s pricing model, I still think that its a thing of beauty. From the other details they say that the Shock will be mount to the swing arm so you can’t see it in this rear picture below. Then you have to factor in the Termignoni exhaust system which will cost another arm and leg, I can’t wait to see this machine. Only one week left until it is revealed in EICMA.

DucatiDiavelRear

Night Ride – Perfect Weather

The weather just keeps getting better and better these days, I have been looking forward to riding for so long now. I got home a little late from work but I was too worked up to ride that I didn’t even think about eating lunch. As soon as I got home, I changed into gear, my iPod read, camera in hand, and bike filled up. I didn’t have any specific route, I just wanted to ride, and as soon as I had my leg over the bike I was ready to go.

The thing I was happy as hell about is that my gear fits me, I closed my Alpinestar jacket easily, I’m not at my goal yet but I’m happy about the results. I also had some gear that I wanted to test out while riding, its a new recording device from a friend, wanted to see the quality of night time video and see if it holds on in excessive speeds. I took the 6th ring road and took the GulfRoad all the way around, I loved it from light to light, I didn’t mind the traffic at all. I was honestly in another state of mind, just extremely happy riding, I had a work appointment later but I wasn’t thinking about that. My mind was on the road, the corners, the cars, and I was pulsing to the rhythm of the music playing loudly in my ears. I can never get enough of riding, it was cool enough at 35C to ride comfortably, it is even cooler at night, but it was bliss riding the Ducati and feeling every Rev. Even when I got stuck on major traffic on the 5th ring road around 6:30 pm I was calmly passing traffic at a comfortable pace getting to my destination.


Continue reading…

Out For a Ride

I have been wanting to ride for a few weeks now, I have had a strange build up of energy and I needed to ride. I haven’t had a chance, things keep popping up and I kept making excuses. After work I told my family I’m heading out changed, got on the Ducati and took off like a bat out of hell. I didn’t care that it was a bit hot, but it was cool enough that I could keep my legs from burning if I’m on the move. I had an updated iPod and some good music to listen too, I took the seaside from Bida’a all the way to the first ring road.

I was riding a bit aggressively and I knew it, I just had this hunger for riding and I wanted to feel every rev and I could feel every time I was pushing my luck and my heart would thump hard. I tried to calm down and be sensible but there isn’t too much sensibility with powerful V-Twin and thrill hungry rider. After a while I got most of it out of my system and I was enjoying the smooth curves and traffic was picking up. I headed to Shuweikh for a quick test drive but that’s another story but that was a lot of fun. Riding is like rediscovering a side of you, something focused, fast thinking, and I was really concentrating. I wanted to ride by myself so I could ride the way I wanted, slow when I wanted and insanely fast at other times. I got home relaxed and happy I got it out of me, but I want to ride again and soon, this heat is creeping up on us very quickly.

(All pictures taken with the Google Nexus One)


Continue reading…

Tristar Service Center

I was planning on riding Friday night, so I went downstairs to get on Pyro. Things looked good and the biked fired right up even after 1.5 months of remaining stationary. So I put it into gear and it jumped as if I wasn’t holding the clutch, it was strange. After a few tries and that didn’t work, so I parked Pyro and decided to go out on Robo.

Started that beast and all I got was a hiss, the battery was dead. What a start to riding, so I texted the Tristar Mechanic asking him if he could take a look at both bikes these week. Saturday morning at 8:15 am while I was asleep, I get a call from the Driver at Tristar saying he will be here in 15 minutes to pick up both bikes which surprised me. They took both bikes in the morning and I passed by their workshop. I was very surprised and very happy to see such a nice garage. I think my garage is pretty nice, but they have tiled floors, five areas to work on bikes, a nice waiting area, and all the machines organized. Its very nice seeing these beautiful machines treated like this. I went home around 12:30 pm and the bikes showed up around 2:45 pm which is fantastic. They replaced Robo’s battery and replaced a clutch piece, turns out the times I was cleaning the bike water was going into the housing because its open, I just have to make sure to cover it when I clean it up.

Continue reading…