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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