Category Archives: 2012 Ducati Monster 696

Moto Photos

Its not all work and house build – the weather is getting really nice, and we were able to take a day off to go riding. I only have these few moto tag cell phone photos, but right now that’s … Continue reading

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Cornerspeed at VIR

It’s time to share another incredibly fun motorcycle experience: Kevin and I attended the Cornerspeed riding school recently, which is held on track at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Neither of us had ridden on a track before this school, and … Continue reading

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More Monster Farkling

Santa brought some tasty moto bits this Christmas, including some Motovation Accessories Universal Fit Bar End Weights/Sliders. The factory bar end caps on the stock Monster handle bar were just cheap plastic things that have been lost over time along … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 Moto Roundup

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Here’s a gallery of fall and early winter 2013 ride photos that mostly didn’t get their own posts. Most of these are moto tag photos from within half a days ride from home, as that’s most of the riding that … Continue reading

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A fall day ride

All of my plans to take pictures of the bikes with pretty fall foliage this year have been thwarted, both by mother nature, and by circumstance. Mother nature has given us more wet weather, and has yet to provide any … Continue reading

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On beginning motorcycle riding, and why the Ducati Monster is not a beginner bike (aka a tale of two cylinders; a manifesto)

First, I think it’s hilarious that my long, rambling post about modding my Monster for a camping road trip is BY FAR the most read post on this blog. That post easily gets 10x the page views of any other … Continue reading

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Civil War Reenactment (moto content lite)

A local history preservation group put on a small reenactment of the Battle Of Martinsville from the Civil War last weekend. I love “living” history presentations. From the period clothing, tools, tents, and paraphernalia and vendors, to the reenacting of … Continue reading

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Total Control

Rode up to Northern VA this past weekend for a little motorcycle skills practice at Lee Parks’ Total Control Advanced Riding Course (TCARC). I figure “you can never know too much” is a pretty good attitude to have about most … Continue reading

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2013 Austin, TX Moto GP Moto Adventure Gallery

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Here’s the gallery of pictures form our moto trip to Austin, including pics that didn’t make it into the post for that day.

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2013 Austin, TX Moto GP Moto Adventure Trip Stats

2013 Austin, TX Moto GP Motocamping Trip: 4/16/2013 – 4/26/2013 Totals: 11 Days 3311 Miles 9 States (NC, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, OK, AR, TN) Average miles per 10 riding days: 331 mi. Most miles in a day: 443 … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/26/2013 NC – Home Again)

Time to go home! Finally, the last day on the road. The lows last night were not in the 40s. They were in the 30s, and I was freezing, and did not sleep well. Thanks hun. However, the sun was … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (Day 10, 4/25/2013 TN-NC)

Thursday morning was still cold, but at least it was sunny. This brightened our mood considerably, as today we would get to ride the fabulous Cherohala Skyway from Tellico Plains, TN, into Robbinsville, NC.  We crossed into the eastern time … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/24/2013 AR-MS-TN)

This picture of me completely swallowed by every layer of clothing I brought, plus the rain suit, basically says all you need to know about the ride today. I felt completely ridiculous in that get-up, but I did manage to … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/23/2013 OK-AR)

Our desire to explore the Ozarks by motorcycle was not to be fulfilled on this trip. The weather conspired against us, and forced us out of the mountains and down onto warmer, drier, and less interesting roads. Our brief foray … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/22/2013 TX-OK)

In all of our traveling and riding around, neither of us had ever been to Oklahoma. Maybe it really is in the middle of no-where, as we’ve never had a reason to go, and it has never been on the … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/20-21/2013 – Race weekend! Austin, TX)

Saturday morning, race weekend! After four long days of riding, we were finally in Austin, Texas, for the first ever Moto GP race at the brand new Circuit of the Americas track. When the alarm went off Saturday morning, we … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/19/2013 LA-TX)

The front passed through overnight, and Friday morning was COLD. I am so glad we did not camp. Even with partly cloudy skies and dry roads, I stopped for a full half hour or more on our first break to … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/18/2013 MS-LA)

Having set up camp in the dark, we hadn’t realized we were on an RV spot, and not a tent site. Oh well. It was the first non-occupied spot we found. After stopping at the park office to pay (the … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – Austin TX Moto GP (4/17/2013 GA-AL-MS)

We could have spent a few more days at our idyllic forest campsite by the waterfall, and riding around the north Georgia mountains, but GP racing was calling louder. I’m serious when I say the southern Appalachians have the best … Continue reading

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Moto Trip – 2013 Austin TX Moto GP – Day 1 (4/16/2013 NC-GA)

The 2013 Moto GP season started with a fantastic race in Qatar earlier in April. I think Kevin and I are now officially Moto GP fans, as we’ve watched every race for the last few seasons. This year, there are … Continue reading

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Short Ride – Moto Tag: RAT

Ah, spring in NC, with fickle and rapidly changing weather. It still seems like its too cold out to ride most of the time. Temps were in the 40s yesterday morning, and I was firmly in the “nope, its too … Continue reading

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Moto Tag x 2

Why play one moto tag game when you can play two in one day? Spring decided to make a brief appearance on Saturday, with sunny weather and temps over 70° F. 70! In the middle of March! Of course we … Continue reading

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First Ride 2013 – Moto Tag

The weather looked so nice on Saturday, sunny and clear. Highs were supposed to be in the 50s. That’s warm enough to go for a ride, right? Well, technically yes, but it was still in the 40s in the morning, … Continue reading

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Moogfest

Moogfest is an annual music festival dedicated to Bob Moog, American pioneer of electronic music, and inventor of the Moog analog synthesizer in the 1950s. Moog analog synths are still made today at the factory in Asheville, NC, where we … Continue reading

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Fall Colors, Horses, and a Motorcycle Ride

Here are a few more pictures from last week. Both Cody and the horses get frisky in the cooler weather. I grabbed a few shots of the horses because its always a good time to post pictures of them. Last … Continue reading

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