Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Aw jeez 270

Thought you would like to know I'm doing the couch to 5k program, and eating right. No fad diet or anything, just a common sense approach I guess. I'll use this as the official start point. I won't bungle up the tabernacle with this stuff Nate, I promise. I wonder how much weight I will have lost when I can see my pee-maker again without assistance? Taking bets.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

A present for you

Almost forgot to show you what else made it to Italy

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ducati Part 2

Trophy case. 300+ World chapionships if I remember right.
1cyl engine cut-a-way. Only 50 were made for special carbon bikes that cost 180k...
H loves engines more than I do!
The "Elephant" Enduro champion of Africa. Those side fairings are gas tanks too. Held 12 gallons total if I remember right.
60's race bike
This race bike was laid down in time trials. A little tape and a WWII cantina for an oil can and it was back on the track to win a race.
This is the bike that started Ducati's rear brake on the right, gear shift on the left trend. They switched from their normal crossed function cause the pilot's right leg was shorter than his left from a wreck. So since they don't use rear brake in racing as much they swapped controls for him to race and went with it from 60's to now. I think it took Triumph to late 70's to figure out it's better that way.
Old bike
another shot of the 4cy vtwin that never made production. One prototype bike was built and sits in a privet collection in Japan,
Race bike
Drafting non-CAD style
Old bikes
One of Ducati's first bikes utilizing his kit
Cockpit of the 46 record holder bike. It's so tight the rider couldn't put his feet down and need the pit crew to assist turning the bike around and starting it.
Engine close up of the bike below

Ducati's start. Ducati used to only build radios and radio components. After WWII ended they built this universal kit that was a small engine and drive to attach to ANY bicycle. I think it went like 12-15mph. Kit was called the "cucciolo" which means puppy.
Museum entrance
A Ducati radio

Iron Mountain Video

Finally got it up on YouTube. Sorry it took so long. I actually had the video done a week or two after the trip but was having trouble with movie maker formatting it and uploading it.
I had a total of 20+ minutes of video, I left it unedited, but condensed it by speeding it up 4x's speed. Hope you enjoy it and my selected music.
Wanna hear it here it goes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Who went to the Ducati factory & museum in Bologna, Italy?
A collection of the vintage era bikes. Not too many though. Seems like one model would carry 5-10 years back then.
I needed a brake from old churches & ruins in Italy. What better way to mix it up than some L-twin cut-a-ways!
No vacation would have been complete without engines!
Sorry honey...
H really liked these two. A vintage bike, '56 if I remember right, and this bad ass studded ice racer!
The Superbikes
Moto GP
Ducati's early attempt to cop H-D's V-twin, but 4cyl style!
Sorry honey, more engines...
The 1956 "Siluru". 46 world records set.... in 6 hours!
I'm in love...
....with my wife on our honeymoon I'm referring to.
This day started in Florence Italy with not much to do once we got through "Il Dumo" faster than anticipated. I had googled Ducati earlier that morning to see where exactly in Italy they were made. As it turn out, Bologna was the answer, and happened to be only 30min away by train. I asked Wifey, and she said "Of course we can go! Why not?" Thanks wifey. Got off train in Bologna, 10 min taxi ride and we were there. The only bummer was that we couldn't get the factory tour. Apparently it books by rsvp at least one week in advance. We did however get a few brief peaks in doors, and got the guided tour of the on site museum, which was pretty sweet. Second bummer, after the tour ended, the factory store across the street was closed for the standard 2 hour Italian lunch break. So we walked around the more barren outskirts of Bologna, ate at a Mexican cafe that had absolutely nothing Mexican about it. We ate "toast"(a ham & cheese) and drank nasty sparkling water. Walked back to the store and got some overpriced merch. All in all it was a good day, especially for being an impromptu visit. I did admire this Multistrada very much. I was told by my riding instructors no one bike could do it all, but I think they are liars now. Gotta go test ride one and figure out how to convince the wife I need one.
Probably twice as many pictures, I can email to ya later for the full view.
I hope if we ever go back I could see the factory tour too, but this experience was still a great one time opportunity.
Oh ya, thanks again for the fun, honeymoon-sidetrack day H!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wigwam Motel

Just saw this on a roadside show on NPT. Its next to the Dinosaurs on I-65 in KY. Just saying next time we ride down here, if we don't go east, we could use this place as a base while we explore the slippery state of KY

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Children of the corn

Out with Pete in Amish country

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Location:Thompson Rd,,United States

Friday, September 16, 2011


I wonder if he'll take a minivan for it?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mega slip n slide aftermath

Been raining since Monday. Dead grass shows the epic length. Hay bales for a bumper/ stopper. 1st location was on top of an ant nest. That was kind of funny though.

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Location:Cheatham Springs Rd,Eagleville,United States

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wtf, sent to me by my loving wife

This was sent to me via text from Melissa.

M: what is that?
RmfH: a dork. Or were you asking about the golf bag carrier?

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