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Old Sep 2nd 2014, 12:03 PM   #71
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Fantastic pics. Been round Italy a few times now on various Ducatis but looking forward to next July which is the target I am aiming at, to take the 1199SPS over to the Amalfi coast for my 50th birthday. That's the plan anyway.
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Old Sep 2nd 2014, 12:06 PM   #72
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Originally Posted by topolino View Post
Fantastic pics. Been round Italy a few times now on various Ducatis but looking forward to next July which is the target I am aiming at, to take the 1199SPS over to the Amalfi coast for my 50th birthday. That's the plan anyway.
Amalfi coast in July? You're a brave man indeed.
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Old Sep 2nd 2014, 12:07 PM   #73
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This whole trip is a strange experience for me. Some days I feel I've run off the cliff in a cartoon; that if I look down Iíll fall. Itís hard to resist that urge to look down once the thought that none of it might be real enters your head. So I look down, but instead of an accelerating landscape waiting to flatten me, I see only my tank, boots and blurred asphalt. Maybe itís just my way of dealing with a feeling of 'suspension'. Or perhaps itís my mind substantiating sensory data to ensure I'm still awake; a method for my brain to pinch itself and verify that, no, this is not a dream.

Life is ordinarily a continuous arc tracing a line from the luminous point our consciousness begins to the final, Ďdarkness visibleí point when it all ends. The linearity of this arc conveys clarity; curvature, a sort of recollective resilience. This arc defines the structure of our lives and allows us to preserve, describe, protect and justify how it is we arrived wherever it is we are. Tragedy might precipitate a downward spiral; good fortune or diligence, a voluted ascent. But if this geometric curve follows a steady, continuous, unbroken course for too long it forms a perfect circle. And itís in that circle, on a null, numbing surface that a comfort zone is found; a hermeneutic perimeter circumscribing future possibilities with a static, linear past.

In this model, the intrusive, cartoon-cliff metaphorical thought I continue to have makes perfect sense. At the end of an arc, at a point where it breaks off from a former life, Iím suddenly, inescapably weightless and ungrounded. Days are accidental to the point of being haphazard: random GPS failures, quantum-level decisions to turn right instead of left, or even mindless lapses in concentration, at best, can only form a fragile lattice that fractures behind with each step forward. When I look back there's nothing but an aging relic of my old life receding in the distance and remnant fragments glistening vacantly everywhere behind me.

And with nothing determinate in front of me, even relaxation can be notably intense. With every new day I just blindly step off, hoping this transparent precipice supports another day of unintended experience.

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Old Sep 3rd 2014, 02:33 PM   #74
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How many miles are on this bike now? Is it a 2012 and how has it held up, any issues?
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no, he switched to a 2014 after the high idle problem couldn't get fixed on time before his departure.
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Old Sep 4th 2014, 07:35 AM   #76
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See you at my home, Dennis. You are welcome to have dinner.
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Old Sep 4th 2014, 11:30 AM   #77
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Anti U coming by Norway this year or is that next year, but if you do come by, we can provide shelter for a few day in the Oslo area if you drop by
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How many miles are on this bike now? Is it a 2012 and how has it held up, any issues?
Issues were pretty much nil until the high idle thing. Ducati did a great job trying to fix it under warranty--and definitely didn't start out with the cheapest, most cost effective repairs (new heads, new pistons/rings). Fortunately, nothing nothing major was wrong. Unfortunately, the issue of the high idle persisted despite the $$$ parts. Trip couldn't wait for a fix, so I regretfully traded my beloved first bike in so I could get on with getting on.
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See you at my home, Dennis. You are welcome to have dinner.
Email sent. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Mordor: I have to wait 'till next year for Norway. See you around, hmmm....May?
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Old Sep 4th 2014, 01:47 PM   #80
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amazing journey you have there antihero.... i envy ur courage and funs you are having... wish i could do the same thing if it wasnt for these bills i need to pay every month.... lol

gl and hf on your journey!
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