Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Online Ducati Hangout!

A new Ducati Forum has opened up and I was asked to share this with my readers so here is a copy of the press release:

Desmodrome launches the FIRST SOCIAL NETWORK for Ducati enthusiasts

By Desmodrome
Dated: Feb 17, 2011

A new social media destination is being launched specializing in bringing together motorbike riders who
are fans of the Italian brand, Ducati. Founded by Daniel Rongo, Desmodrome is an international
community for the Italian two-wheeler fans.

It’s a Ducati, Signore!

 Where the Pneumatici da Moto Hits the Social Media Road

 LONDON, UK – February 17, 2011 – A new social media destination is being launched specializing in
bringing together motorbike riders who are fans of the Italian brand, Ducati.

 Pneumatici da moto is Italian for motorcycle tyre, incidentally. is the FIRST
SOCIAL NETWORK for Ducati enthusiasts, Ducati motorbike owners or simply people who are
passionate about the Italian two-wheeler.

 Founded by Daniel Rongo, Desmodrome is an international online community where you sign-up for free,
speak with like-minded people who are all about Ducati’s.

 “There are already a few online forums dedicated to Ducatisti but no one had ever thought to build a social
network around them,” says Rongo.

“Desmodrome is special because it completely revolves around members and it has been conceived to give users the same engaging experience of Social Networks like Facebook.  And it embeds an online forum too!”

 Described as, “Completely committed to and excited by new technological possibilities” by Computer
World UK, Rongo is no stranger to building successful social networks to satisfy specific societal needs.

  “Ducati is an Italian pride worldwide and it is more than a motorbike manufacturer.  We felt the need to
create something that would have been much more than an online forum for Ducatisti.  We wanted to
combine the latest internet technologies with an Italian fantastic tradition.”

 Of course, one of the key assets of Desdmodrome is the integrated online forum where users have several
participation options.  They can share feelings, stories about their motorbike, ask for technical help or
discuss accessories, parts and clothing – or just discuss the Ducati brand in general or organize meetings
and rideouts.

 But the most innovative categories include: Wishlist (What would you like to see or not to see on a new
Ducati?), Riding School (Tips and tricks on how to ride your Ducati, both on a track and on the road),
Internet Retailers (Good and bad experiences with online parts retailers), Product Reviews (Here you can
review bikes, parts, accessories and clothing. You are the judge) and the Best Price Competition (Ready to
buy? Ask the forum where you can get the BEST price for it).  There is a classified section where members
can buy and sell motorbike, parts, accessories and technical clothing. Users can even upload videos on how
to perform specific technical tasks, as well as the movies of their trips filmed with an on-board camera!

 The website includes also real-time chat, a photo section, and news from Ducati.  Regarding the photo
section, the most beautiful members’ photo of the week will automatically be published in the Desmodrome
home page.

 Desmodrome is NOT affiliated in any way with or Ducati Motor Holding S.p.a.  and arose
from the passion of the founder towards Ducati and with the mission to connect Ducatisti worldwide.

 For more information contact:

Ride on,

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Two Wheeled Riding Withdrawals

Two Wheeled Riding Withdrawals

Anyone who has been addicted for any length of time to riding on two wheels, specifically motorcycles, and has been denied access to that mount, may come down with Midlife Motorcycle Madness. (Click the link to go to the definition.) With Mistress down for repairs I have been acutely aware of the symptoms and peculiarities of this disease.

Riding on two wheels is akin to an alcoholic or drug high. You just can’t seem to get enough of it. Several things start to happen when not being able to ride, mostly just substitution. One is that you be spending a lot of time working on your bike performing upgrades, maintenance or repairs. You will probably spend every other free moment reading everything you can find about motorcycles in hard or electronic copy. You may also be spending a lot of time on forums & social media discussing everything two wheeled related.

When not doing these things you may develop some other peculiar symptoms of the disease. You will find yourself being a lot more sensitive to the sound of a v-twin or sport bike revving, even in the distance and it will draw your attention directly to it. Your right hand occasionally will twist like it is time to accelerate, usually right after a left foot shift twitch. You might find yourself driving along the far left lane of the freeway hugging the left stripe to see around the traffic in front of you. You may also find yourself wandering around the house leaning yourself around the corners.  Don't ask me how I know.

Truthfully there is only one cure and that is riding a motorcycle on the open road and the open road is optional! The acceleration, adrenalin, twisties and wind take away all the bad side effects. See you on the road soon.

Ride on,

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