Hold Everything!

Just when I thought I’d seen everything about Ducatis in Thailand (See “Full Circle” post from Bangkok this website.), MaryAnn and I took off for Khon Kaen. This used to be a small agricultural town in the northeast of Thailand where I lived for three years about 40 years ago. During that time, there may have been a maximum of 25 cars in the entire town, and when we wanted to get anywhere, we’d take a pedal cab or ride our little Hondas. In any case, I was out for a morning stroll in Khon Kaen and came upon a shopping mall with a sign promoting a motor show inside. OK, so I went to the second floor where motorcycles were on exhibit, and there—get this—was a Ducati exhibit featuring a Panigale!  The photo shows the Panigale and me in a Ducati Udon(thani) T-shirt. Udonthani used to be a small town about 70 klicks up the highway. Now it has a Ducati dealership! Would you believe it?

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Full Circle

 

In Bangkok, 1972, the largest motorcycle you could buy here was a 125 cc, and most of us only came across Ducatis in magazine stories. (See the “Ducatista” story this website.) Now, in 2012, there are two Ducati factories here in Thailand, one of which assembles the Diavel, Ducati’s largest motorcycle. MaryAnn and I are in front of the Bangkok Ducati dealer, which is just a short hop away from the very hotel where I picked up my first copy of Cycle Magazine and began my 38-year journey with Ducatis, a journey that has now brought me back here, full circle.

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Carlo Linetti

This photo features Carlo Linetti on a visit to my home seated on my Ducati 905-CNR (see “Ducatista” story). Also visible are some of my vintage posters from the 1970s. Next to my Duck is another of my favorites, a 1978 BMW R100S painted in the style of the timeless R90S.

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Articles you may wish to read

This is the first issue of the Ducati International Owners Club Newsletter (United States) dating from July, 1976.  (It survived a short trip off the back of my Ducati over 35 years ago.)  I think you’ll enjoy seeing how the newsletter movement began, and I’d enjoy your feedback on these postings.  You can email me or subscribe to this blog.

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My Ducati under a full moon at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

 

I’ve been working on organizing my collection of Ducati history (and a bit of other personal history) for quite some time and am excited to share it with you all. I hope that for some it brings back wonderful memories and for others it awakens your interest in the birth of the Ducatisti community. I’d love to get your reactions to what you find here and welcome suggestions on how I might improve on what we have to offer and how we might make sure that what we’ve experienced is not forgotten. I encourage you to peruse the archived issues of Ducati enthusiast newsletters, as well as the movies of Cook Neilson and Phil Schilling’s final race at Laguna Seca in 1977. You might also be interested in some of the tangential stores under the “About Adrian” field under the “About us” tab.  I’d like to know what you think about this material.

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