162 AUGUST 2005
DUCATI EVENTS DIARY INSIDE
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2 EDITORS COMMENTS
3 DOC GB NEWS
7 FORTHCOMING EVENTS
8 STOLEN BIKES
10 DAYTONA MELONS
11 PRESIDENTS MEETING
14 BERTIE (PART 4)
16 A 916 AND ANOTHER LEVEL
17 BMF SHOW MAY 2005
18 MOTOGIRO 2005
21 TT BBQ
22 BOLOGNA VISIT
28 DUKES & QUEENS
30 RACE NEWS
38 BRANCH OUT
46 PANIGALE PARTS
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DESMO162 Editors Comment
EDITORIAL CHIT CHAT results seem to have
an indirect effect in
as much as if a
Seems that my request for rally reports etc Ducati wins,
fell on deaf ears …. There’s been plenty of suddenly people are
arm-twisting to get people to write about re-interested in the
club supported events for this issue, shame marque ... ever
that some have been not written about, as noticed the groups
other members enjoy reading all about of people admiring
events. With the Northern Rally and Ducati the bikes when
weekend coming up, maybe someone can parked up? The interest is proportionate the
write about those? Please ..? size of the victory …..
Good to see the Airwaves / GSE team Finally, good to see a pub that features a
sticking – quite rightly – to Ducati and Ducati in its signage – well done to
achieving success in the highly-prestigious Karen Lane!
British Superbike series. Not too sure if they
can beat the HM Plant team though …. And See you at WSB / BSB / Ducati weekend ….
let’s wish Stuart Easton a speedy recovery so
that he can uphold his challenge in the Ciao,
Supersport series. Although the days of ‘win Jilly.
on Sunday, buy on Monday’ are gone, the
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NEWS ITEMS two outer layers that provide the style and look
of the garment, but each has a specific use.
Northern Rally Update The first is a weatherproof jacket for winter
and inclement weather use. This can be
All the rooms at the Cavendish are now replaced in the summer by a lighter suit with
taken, however alternative arrangements can plenty of venting to help keep cool, this not
be made, if anybody would like to stay being so weather proof as its stablemate. Both
please contact Martyn Edwards on 01254 of these come as part of the overall deal.
707782 after 6pm to arrange alternative very All layers zip together and there is plenty
local accommodation. If anyone would like to of adjustment to ensure it all first snugly,
camp there are two sites within 3 mins walk although it is still quite bulky compared to
of the Cavendish. Look forward to seeing some riding suits. However, thanks to its
some new faces, and lots of old ones !!!! technical control of temperature there is no
need to have a multitude of layers beneath it
Martyn Edwards even on the coldest of days.
The venting in the outer ‘summer’ jacket
provides some breathability when the
MOTORCYCLE CLOTHING temperature rises and still allows you to
benefit from the protection levels offered by
For some months now I have been using the the garment. All three layers are machine
Halvarssons riding suit from Sweden and washable for ease of convenience and
have come to the conclusion that it is smartness and no doubt longevity!
probably one of the ultimate general purpose As far as price is concerned it is not
motorcycle riding suits in the world. cheap and is way above a set of reasonable
Its appearance just hits you in the eye and leathers, but it is far more adaptable than
when you look closely at it shows just how these would be for everyday use. Sure
technical clothing has become with leather will be better on a race track, but for
manufacturers now understanding that road riding you have to plump for the
to do the job properly you need a variety Hulvarsson suit.
of materials. (It should also be born in mind that you
Mine is really three suits in one, each need a waterproof suit as well as a lining suit
performing a different function. The inner layer for leathers which add to the costs!)
controls skin temperature, either by keeping Full details of current costs and shipping
heat in or wicking sweat away. This is done can be obtained from the manufacturer’s
by having a paraffin coating which reacts to website www.jofama.se
temperature by melting or solidifying.
The next layer, which looks like a knitted Ian Kerr
woolly bear outfit, provides the protection in
the event of a collision and co-incidentally it
will also stop a knife, which makes it of WEBSITE
particular interest to professional riders such
a police! This also houses pockets for the CE Details of a very useful web site
impact absorbing pads at the vulnerable has changed to
joint areas. www.lost-stolen.co.uk
These two layers form the basis of the suit – check it out for help with stolen bikes.
to be worn at all times. Over these goes one of
DESMO162 DOC GB News
GO CLASSIC JAPANESE bike down, just use the accommodation and
spend a day trail riding or vice versa. Use your
WITH RETRO BIKE HOLIDAYS own bike then have a day on a classic Japanese
Finding accommodation that is motorcycle mount, or even just catch a plane and pick your
friendly is often quite difficult, even more so when choice of steed – ancient or modern.
talking about foreign countries. Similarly looking You can have day, two or three, whatever you
for an interesting motorcycle holiday that has like such is the flexible nature of the operation.
some variety to it is equally difficult. You might even pick up some riding hints and tips
However, if you fancy the Dordogne region of along the way on the police method of riding as
France it may not quite be as difficult as you may an added bonus to the deal.
think. Retro Bike Holidays is run by Paul Bishop- Having spent a week there I can vouch for the
Bailey an ex police motorcyclist from the UK and accommodation which is first-class, as is the
his wife Julie. food. They really do go out of their way to look
Based in Le Bugue they offer quite diverse after you and the roads are just right for riding at
motorcycle holidays and can literally tailor the whatever pace you chose. It is also a great
experience to your personal needs. The whole opportunity to try out bikes you could never afford
area around their base is surrounded by virtually at the time they were the latest factory offering.
empty roads that are a motorcyclists dream in If this sounds like your idea of fun contact
every respect and take you through some of the Retro Bike Holidays at
more historic cities and towns of France. www.retrobikeholidays.co.uk or phone +33 614
Off-road trails also abound giving spectacular 234428 for more information or to discuss
views of the local area as well as good riding that your needs.
avoids contact with civilisation! In other words Ian Kerr
whether you want tarmac or dirt roads, history
and culture with a true French accent, it is all
around his home area.
Accommodation is provided on site and
consists of a Gite that will sleep up to six people,
or there is the choice of a log cabin for two also
within the grounds. These easily accommodate
secure parking for two or four wheels and also
give access to the on-site swimming pool, use of
which is included in the full-board package.
Should you choose you can turn up on your FEN-TIGER
own bike and engage Paul as a guide to the local
area. Alternatively dare I say, you can choose to Fen Tiger - based in Dorset - is a friendly family
use one of the classic Japanese bikes from the business specialising in the care and pampering
seventies and eighties from his garage to put a of Ducatis. A small company established in 1989,
different perspective on the local ride outs! Fen Tiger’s proprietor Lance is Ducati factory
If trail riding is you bag he can also supply an trained, having received the coveted Ducati
off-roader and take you off the beaten track for certificate whilst working in the USA in 1987. He
the day. But, if you want to use the option of a started working on Ducatis in 1982, and his CV
cheap budget flight into Bergerac airport but still includes working at Moto Vecchia. Fen Tiger’s
use modern bikes, he can arrange hire of these as areas of expertise include: paintwork, engine
well. Airport transfers are part of the deal and full work/rebuilds - bevel belt, single, twins,
back-up facilities exist in every case. restorations – everything your Ducati needs!. All
So the options are endless. Trailer or ride a work given 100% commitment, and as a Ducati
DOC GB News DESMO162
enthusiast, Lnce owns several. Pick up/delivery that everyone can do it. Please do. Please will you
service available. For more details contact Lance: also forward this to everybody in your address
01258 451021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org book, it won’t take too many ‘forwards’ before
everybody will know about this. It really could save
your life. For more than one contact name ICE1,
ICE ICE2, ICE3 etc.
However, there’s also this news too:
No, not the weather, but in view of incident in the ITS A HOAX !
UK this one has been doing the rounds, Be very careful with this one - although the
seemingly a good idea: intention is great it is unfortunately phase one of a
East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched phone based virus that is laying a path for
a national “In case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign propagating very quickly. Passing it on is part of
with the support of Falklands war hero Simon the virus interestingly, such is the deviousness of
Weston and in association with Vodafone’s annual the people who write these things. We have
life savers award. The idea is that you store the already seen the “second phase” where a
word “ICE” in your mobile phone address book, and program is sent as part of a ring-tone download
against it enter the number of the person you would that goes into your address book and looks for
want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency”. In an something it recognises - you’ve guessed it, an
emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff address book entry marked “ICE or “I.C.E.” or
will then be able to quickly find out who your next of whatever. It then sends itself to the “ICE list”,
kin are and be able to contact them. It’s so simple charging you for the privilege.
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Forthcoming Events DESMO162
on Sept 2nd / 3rd / 4th
Newlands Holiday Park, Charmouth, Dorset.
The site has all types of accommodation - luxury pine lodges, deluxe
caravans, apartments, and if you must, camping, - plus the additional
facilities - pool, restaurant, bar etc.
The Club is hoping to make this a big success. It’s a great opportunity to get
together with other members for a great social event. We can hold a
‘Ducati Only’ auto jumble - a chance to sell all those bits at the back of the
shed. I am hoping to have one or two local dealers in attendance. For those
who wish they can have a ride out. We will have all the club regalia
including some new lines. So support this event, make it a success (this can
only be done if we have a large turn out).
Free Beer and barbeque
for DOC GB members Saturday evening.
Thanks, Gaz B, Chairman.
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Please book your accommodation through the Park on 01297 560259
DESMO162 STOLEN BIKES
STOLEN DUCATI 748R STOLEN
Stolen from my garage on Monday 23 May
A very special
Registration mark EX51 motorcycle was stolen from a private
address in York during the night of June
XVO 30. This motorcycle is a one-of-a-kind racing
motorcycle originally purchased directly from
• Frame Number ZDMH 300AA1B008869 Ducati’s racing division in Italy.
• Engine number ZDM748W4B-001935 It has a significant racing history having been
• Colour Red with white rear number boards campaigned in various Superbike
• It has a Ducati race shift (One up five down) championships, most notably being Anthony
and Motec Rear sets (rigid,non-standard, Gobert’s spare bike in the US AMA
Black). • It has Termignoni race cans fitted. championship in 1998.
• It has noindicators fitted and only one mirror
(left one). • The racing specification engine size is 996 cc,
• Usual 748R bits and bobs engine number ZDM996W4*000951.
- plus carbon fibre clutch plate and hugger.
• It had Metzler Race Tec tyres fitted. • The frame number is ZDMH100AAVB000849.
• On the head stock there is a little plate
designating the bike 853 out of 1000. • This bike is not road registered nor can it be
• The bike is alpha dotted. legally registered for road use.
• It has a Data Tool alarm and
immobiliserfitted. • It has very distinct paintwork with one of them
being the original paint scheme as raced in the
It was not insurance covered for this theft and US with the Vance&Hines team.
I am offering a reward of 10% of the value of
the bike and/or for information leading to the • Among the very unique specification are
arrest Superbike Ohlins forks, Ohlins rear with an early
and conviction of the thieves (i.e. currently prototype hydraulic pre-load adjuster, longer
£700 reward). magnesium single side swinging arm with over
sized titanium hub ssembly, Marchesini
I feel more than a little powerless and magnesium racing wheels, 57 mm Termignoni
frustrated so anything I can do to make the titanium exhaust system, Brembo billet front and
thieves life more difficult I am prepared to do. rear brake systems, 60 mm carbon fibre fuel
injection system, oversized carbon fibre fuel tank
David Daws with “Ducati 916RS” lettering, and many other
INGRAM WINTER GREEN carbon fibre components. The second set of
Direct Line: 020 7845 7449 fairing which were on the bike at the time of the
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org theft are painted in a red/silver/black “speed
www.iwg.co.uk block” scheme with #195 front and rear and
“3Up Racing” logos.
• Two sets of wheels were taken, a black
painted set with Michelin Race 2 tyres and the
STOLEN BIKES DESMO162
other a gold painted Any information should be forwarded to the
set with Michelin wet North Yorkshire Police department at 0845
tyres. Front tyre size 6060247, citing case 1051820108. A
is 120/70-17 and substantial cash reward is being offered for
rear 180/55-17. information leading to a successful recovery
of the bike.
• Virtually none of
including the wheels
fit any road going
motorcyle as they
are unique to this
• Along with the bike, wheels, and fairing, the
theft included front and rear paddock stands,
motorcyle racing leathers, boots, gloves, and
helmets, and various other motorcycle related
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DESMO162 Daytona Melons
You marvel at how Daytona 200 competitors elevate those that participate in such an event at
maintain concentration for the full distance at such a venue at such velocities for so long onto
speeds of 170 mph plus however, as much as I another plane altogether.
can appreciate the skill level required for 200
miles on the Daytona banking and infield, how Regards,
does the following appeal :- Francis Duguid.
A race of 226.5 miles on public narrow
country roads; a course bathed in sunshine,
heavy rain, hail, mountain mist, all in the space
of one lap; through village, glen and mountain
pass; from sea level to 1300ft. asl; run off area
measured in inches in places, iron rod fencing,
granite rock wall and cliff face, in other areas a
short drop, others a steep drop; humped back
bridges; road surfaces in places likened to a
corrugated washboard; long fast descent with
a surface defect sufficient to worry an Ohlins
steering damper set to position 18; machines
requiring a frame rebuild, never mind the
engine, following the event; lap speeds in the
region of 127 mph with race average 125 mph;
top speeds at or above 180 mph; race position
unknown for 90 % of the time, you race the
clock; for long the domain of Scots and Irish
Super Gladiators; ——— I think by now you’re
getting the picture, “Mona’s Island”, The Isle of
Man TT Races and the Manx Grand Prix.
Back in the ‘70s a rider from Yorkshire,
England, called Mick Grant was timed going
through a tree lined area called Highlander at
181 mph, not on one of today’s sophisticated
WSB or Grand Prix projectiles but on an evil
handling Kawasaki 3 cylinder two stroke, the
predecessor to that ridden by “Superfrog”
himself, Yvonne du Hamel, on the smooth,
relatively safe, enclosed circuits in the F750
class, where it still illustrated its evil tendencies.
I write this not to denigrate the skills
of the modern short circuit jockey but only to
President’s meeting DESMO162
ANNUAL PRESIDENTS Hence from this
moment forward -
MEETING ITALY 2005. and I don’t care if it
sounds like we are
Well, despite the pictures being a bit cheesy
showing me having a hoot of a here as you are
time this was actually a serious either with it or
meeting (yeh right) with not!!!!! And if you
an agenda. aren’t then fine,
I had a list of things to do, but I reckon you
people to talk to, and one or two could be in a
tasks to achieve, and I am glad to minority.
report to the members that most of So the
what we set out to do I think I have buzz words for
sorted. I say ‘we’ as I took the club the
public relations man, Martyn foreseeable
Edwards, with me - this was so that future are “
Martyn could listen first hand to what Share the
the likes of Federico Minoli had Passion”.
to say, and also most of Look
Ducatis’ top people involved out for the
with the world clubs shirts - I will try and get
and events. them available asap. They
Mr. Minoli once again will say “Ducati Owners
reiterated to the clubs that Club GB” on one side and
he wanted all of us (the “Ride a Ducati share a
Ducatisti) world wide to Passion” on the other, and I
feel as if we are part of will get some knocked up in
a tribe - the biggest Italian as well….Easiest thing
tribe in the world and for me to do now is to say if
that every time we anybody would like to know
are together it is a what went on and what was said
tribal gathering. (Yes, I at the meeting either e-mail or give
know that there are people out me a ring and I will talk you to
there who think that this is a bit cheesy - death about it for as long as you
but each to their own.) This started last are happy to listen……..
year as ‘a family’ but he has now And miss out on WDW at
decided it can be bigger so your peril….
why not a tribe? He wants us
to share what we have with all Gaz B,
the Ducati riders in the world, Chairman DOC GB.
and to state it simply he has
emphasized the fact that we are all
sharing something that is best
described as a passion…………..
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DESMO162 Bertie (part 4)
Whilst talking around the kitchen table a so many parcels arriving and that my driving
week or so ago with Steve’s eldest Bill, the skills in the sorting office car park leaves a lot
topic of this column came up. Drawing to be desired, I should perhaps, get a strong
similarities from a popular TV program I said box or something to leave them in at home. I
“it’s not so much Sex in the city as Bikes in am also on first name terms with the UPS
the country”, we were all roaring with man who waves to me through the front
laughter including me, that is, until I realised room window instead of ringing the bell.
what I had just said! Oh, dur Ness! Along with all the new mods, there is the
Steve has now asked me to put a parental Pasty factor. This is to say over the last
block on his setting on E-bay because he’s couple of years Steve has put on, shall we
spending too much, (Clint, an 851 Strada, say, a few pounds. To combat this he has
better be the most fan dabby dozy bike you steadily changed various parts for lighter
have ever seen for the amount of money aluminium or magnesium and more recently
spent on it.) Steve making the Merlin rally on carbon fibre. With each pasty eaten, more
Clint, is as a distant dream as me in a size 12 has had to be changed. Then there comes
at the moment! But he has had me ferrying the point where nothing else can be
bits into work and back for a week now. The swapped, so then things have to be cut
trouble is, the planned changes to Clint’s away. Some of these are in the guise of
engine are so drastic it will take a while to put making it look ‘a bit trick’, but when they’re
it all into place. hidden behind fairings, you
One of these changes planned for Clint, (I have to ask, why? Holes are
can’t help thinking that Steve has bitten off also drilled left right and
more than he can chew with all three needing centre, this worries me
work) is to fit an oil cooler, now you would slightly. Still, so long
think that you could just open up some as they’re not by
blanking screws and pop it on, simple. No, the
by stripping down the 916 engine, purchased
from E-bay, and the 851 motor the
differences were obvious. There is a steel
plate similar to a two stroke reed valve, fitted
above the oil filter which directs the oil
through the cooler. Then there are adapter
stubs to take the oil pipes and 916SP
exhaust rocker covers to mount the
cooler itself, the cooler, again an E-bay
purchase, was taken from a 748.
The postman stopped me the other
day and suggested that because I have
Bertie (part 4) DESMO162
suspension and he doesn’t turn it into
something resembling Swiss cheese…The
weight, speed ratio is well understood now
and no more is said.
Bertie may well be getting a spare engine,
a 350. This, amongst all the other purchases,
i.e. the poo coloured magnesium covers for
Clint, is a good investment. The outer covers
may come in very handy in the future. Steve’s
thoughts turn to the tinkering possibilities, so
I’ve sent him to the shed to tinker with the
one that’s already in bits!
Steve and Ness Robins.
Ducati Proteam Ltd
Tel:020 8947 7555
Tel/fax:020 8946 8624
Unit 18, 59 Weir Rd.
ducatipr email@example.com eeser ve.co.uk
DESMO162 A 916 and Another Level
A 916 AND ANOTHER LEVEL
At certain times in your riding career a bike expensive, but with the help of Ebay the bike
will come along that helps you push your was soon on the road. On the first couple of
riding skills to another level. A few stick in outings I realised how different this bike is to
my mind, like the power surge on a 400 four the 851. It took me over 400 miles to get to
after passing my test on a 250, and after grips with this machine. It steers quickly and
owning a classic Kawasaki z1, swapping it you can power out of corners. You also feel
for a Laverda 650 Sport and learning how part of the bike, where as I never quite felt
modern suspension transforms your riding totally in tune with the 851.
style. (WOW that bike could turn in quickly) I find that I am automatically riding with
Three years ago I bought an 851, I really the balls of my feet on the pegs to give me
wanted a 916 but could not afford one. I was the leverage to shift about the seat for the
a bit nervous about buying a Ducati because corners. Never before have I explored the
of all the bad press they get for reliability. I edges of the tyres or lifted the front wheel on
never fully understood what people meant exiting corners. This bike has indeed taken
when they used the term “Planted” but the me to the next level of riding ability, so much
851 made this clear. You put these bikes into so that I have dared to book in on the July
a corner and they stay on line soaking up DOCGB track day at Cadwell. (Granted in
bumps without any fuss. They don’t have a the novice group)
steering damper because they don’t need one. I was sorry to see the 851 go as it was the
Now we come to the 916. I sold my 851 to most reliable I have had over the two years of
fund a 916 project. The previous owner had ownership, but there are no regrets in buying
had a camera on the tank and pulled a wheely the 916.
too far. The damage was purely cosmetic and Hugh
Northern Rally 5th to 7th August at the
Cavendish Arms in Cartmel, Cumbria.
There are some rooms left in the hotel but you need to speak to Richard and
mention you are a DOC member to book a room. If you want to eat you have to
book a table as well! There are three other pubs in the village and also some B&B
if the pub is full and Richard will give you details. I advise you to do this quickly
as there is the annual show on and rooms will be scarce!
There is secure parking in the Cavendish and a campsite close by in the
village. There will be a special T-shirt for those who pre-book - just send
a cheque for £10 to me at Steve Smith, 27 Stonefall Avenue, Harrogate HG2
7NR, and specify size and colour!
BMF Show May 2005 DESMO162
If you didn’t come to the display of
BMF Show then you missed regalia
out on a great weekend. thanks to
After months of organising, we had a stand Paul Johnston.
the club could be proud of and really showed Sixteen members joined the club over the
off what the club is all about. There were weekend. David Russell was the lucky new
posters advertising track days and a slide member to have his number drawn out,
show of past events and members bikes. On winning a years free membership. Keith
display in the marquee were twenty-seven Fothergill won first prize in the members’
DOC members’ Ducatis of all ages, from draw of a £50 Ducati
singles to 749’s. insurance token (kindly
The weather could donated by Ducati
have been dryer! The Insurance). Andrew Kozma
storm on Saturday came second winning a
evening had to be seen to £15 regalia token, with
be believed. Did we let this runners up Steve Bennett
dampen our spirits? No, just every thing else! and Ains Casson winning a t-shirt.
Saturday night was spent either chilling out in Thanks to everybody who helped over the
the marquee, or riding on the amusements, weekend and to all those who brought their
watching the live band and having a little to bike for display. A special thanks must go to
drink! Colin and Roz Darlow, Steve Gooch, Wayne
First thing Sunday morning was spent Penman and Keith Bartlett.
hammering in metal spikes to help drainage The stand was voted third out of all the
and moving bark chippings to soak up mud. club stands.
Luckily Sunday was dry so we saw more
visitors in the marquee enjoying the bikes Guy Gagen
and spending their money on the great
DESMO162 Moto Giro
Motogiro d’Italia 2005
Five years ago Ducati sponsored the revival of another.
the Motogiro d’Italia. Once one of the most The format has been increased to allow
important road events for motorcycles in Italy, it classic machines to join in with the original
had not been run as an international event for competition specification bikes and of course
44-years. the touring class for riders of modern machinery
The Italian government had banned all car who just want to enjoy the event in a hassle free
and bike road race events after a Ferrari environment.
plunged into the crowd during the Mille Miglia Basically now there are three classes, these
car race, killing several spectators back in 1957. being: The Vintage Racing Class, Touring Class,
Because of this and modern day rules and and Taglioni Memorial Class.
regulations it was obviously never going to be a The Vintage Racing Class has an overall limit
genuine race on public roads again. of 120participants and features motorbikes of
Ducati therefore decided to restage it as a up to 175cc manufactured prior to
regularity run using many of the original roads 1957.Competitors in this class are subject to
from past events. To decide a winner and still timed, competitive ability tests en-route.
have a competitive element to it, skill tests or Next up is the Taglioni Memorial Class which
‘prove di abilita’ would be used to decide a is now in its third consecutive year. Introduced
winner. to celebrate the decade in which Ducati
Back then a total of 140 riders set off for the engineer Fabio Taglioni created his legendary 2-
revamped event, half being entered in the cylinder motorbikes, it is open to street legal
vintage or competition class. Such was the and insured motorbikes and sidecars.
success of that inaugural re-run that it has Any make is eligible as long as they are 250
continued every year since, still enjoying the cc or higher, produced between 1968 and
patronage of Ducati. 1978.Competitors in this class also take part in
Now in its fifth year this has grown to a total the same ability trials of the racing class.
field of 400 with competitors coming from all Lastly there is the Touring Class for riders of
over the world to participate in one form or street legal modern bikes of any type and size
Moto Giro DESMO162
and is designed for those who 23rd May 2005 close to
wish to participate on a non- 400 participants had
competitive basis. It follows signed in at Cattolica close
the same itinerary as the to the Misano race-track.
others but at a more relaxed Tuesday saw the sun
pace. beating down, (as it was to
Entry to the event includes do all week) as the local
hotels, medical and full back town square was filled
up facilities. Vans follow the with bikes and riders.
route with skilled mechanics From there it was
and a whole host of spares to the racing class that led
get many of the well known off on a circular route,
Italian marques going again. finishing late afternoon in
Over the past few years the same place after
the organisers have tried 219kms. The route
moving the route around to wound through the hills
vary the roads used, even and took in sea
going to Sicily last year. panoramas crossing
However, this year it was Morciano, Pennabilli,
back to basics with a return Soglianoal Rubicone,
to roads that featured in the Santarcangelo,
original golden years of the Gambettola, Coriano.
event in the fifties So with the first day out of the way and
Initially the racing class was dominated by some of the minor teething troubles on some
Italian riders, many of whom were participants bikes sorted out, the group once again left the
back in the fifties, but nowadays there is a square in Cattolica bound for Perugia. The
considerable entry from other countries, second leg wound along Tavullia, S.Angelo in
although it must be said that most of these are Vado, Citta di Castello, Mercatale and finally
from the UK and the USA. ended the day at the M.U.Borzacchini Magione
Many riders have Racetrack.
come back every Here all
year, totally riders got the
hooked on chance of
the good several laps of
weather this excellent
and brilliant track that is
roads. A lot used for the
of these Italian
have now championships
bought bikes before a short
to compete ride to Perugia
on, having for the overnight
started in the stop.
touring class, Refreshed, the
such is the events riders started day three
appeal. on another circular route,
So on Monday totalling just under 300kms
once again finishing at the track for a special test. This
time the route took them through Perugiato Spello,
Sangemini, Terni, Collescipoli, Todi, Marsciano.
The fourth leg left Perugia, and the 266 kms of
this day saw Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino, Citta di
Castello, Acqualagna, Fossombrone, San Giovanni in Marignano
all visited before they arrived back at Cattolica.
The fifth and last leg began on the Saturday from Cattolica and moved across
Fano, Mondavio, Jesi, Pesaro towards the final destination in the medieval town of
Gradara. The total mileage being just over 1500kms.
After a welcome stop it was back to Catollica for a wash and brush up before retuning
to Gradara, in the evening for a prize giving dinner. During this awards were given
down the field with the overall winner taking home a specially painted 900 Ducati
If this sounds like your kind of event on some of the best motorcycle roads in
the world more information can be obtained from the official website at
Anyone wishing to join the ‘official’ DOC GB MotoGiro team
(adventures detailed in previous editions of ‘Desmo’), please
contact Brian Silver (Moto Marianna) on 01344 487928.
TT BBQ DESMO162
TT BBQ this the only CarboTech 999 in the world.
A bit special I would say. It weighs 140kg
without fuel, the motor is now 1067cc,
Once again the DOC put and it knocks out 175 horses. And cost
on an excellent club rally at a fortune!
the Waterfall Hotel, Glen Maye, on Mad So on Tuesday the DOC show moved on
Sunday. Problems with the weather on to Old Laxey, where new landlord Malcolm
Saturday meant the Superbike TT was Yates made us most welcome for the annual
postponed unril Sunday at 2 pm, with the DOC TT Barbeque. The evening sun shone
roads closing at 1.15. That meant that our on the righteous, and brought some stunning
rally was cut short at 12.30 (instead of the bikes out with it.
scheduled 2pm) in order for everyone to get As is always the case, several people who
to their chosen spectating site for the racing. couldn’t make it to Glen Maye showed up at
Nevertheless, we still had a good turnout, Laxey, adding to the variety of bikes to be
with the usual early arrivals. seen and ogled at. Here are some of them.
Here are some of the best bikes that The Spareshack Monster drew a big
showed up later. crowd, and there were a couple of the new
A lovely CarboTech 999....... a beutiful little Multi-Strudles Both Troy Bayliss and James
single belonging to Kevin Moore, Toseland turned up to have a look around
…Superlights and Monsters... 748’s stood (but couldn’t be found!!!).. and Angie
next to 999’s.. along with a fair few 916-998 BORROWED a 999 to come along (why don’t
variants Monsters were all I have mates like that?) while Hayley brought
over the place... but this her own Monster along.
Laguna Seca is a real The Barbie did a roaring trade in 7oz
rarity.... as is a DesmoBurgers lovingly prepared by being
750Gt from the mid doused in Bosun Bitter (yum) But then the
‘70s these days. boys in blue turned up to give Jonno a hard
But we had to make time over some illegal street trading in DOC
a decision for some Regalia, which gave us all a laugh until he
awards, and the Best realised it was a wind-up!
Two Valve award went to Then to finish the week off we adopted a
Stuart Green fron Onchan, horse called Bobby (see the Club News page)
IOM, for his luvverly 1975 Here’s looking forward to as good a time
750GT. Never raced or rallied (he says!) and in 2006.
only ever dropped once. He recieved a Thank you and good night from your Isle
helmet bag and trophy from Spaggy. of Man DOC Team, Spaggy, Jonno and
Regalia Sec Paul Johnstone presented the Geoff.
award for Best Four Valve to Brian Gee of
Derbyshire, for his immaculate 996. But the
honour of giving the trophy for the Best
Special went to Spaggy, and he presented
Arue Wolleusak, also from the Island, with his
trophy and a bottle of Champagne from the
Waterfall Hotel Management.
The frame is a CarboTech carbon fibre job
originally produced for the 996/998 series,
but a complete set of carbon clothes makes
DESMO162 Bologna Visit
What a month! I joined the club to meet like back to the
minded people and muck about with bikes. In hotel, (located
the last six weeks, we have: Been to the opposite the
Worlds at Factory)! for a
Silverstone, enjoyed several extra ride shower to freshen up
outs, and been to the Mecca of before the visit. We walked along to
all that is good on two wheels. the gates where Andy grandly announced
Yes, dam right, we went to that we, the DOC, were ready
Bologna to visit the Ducati to visit. ‘Es no open yet,
factory! you comer d back en a
Much to my disgust, work leetel a while”. Bugger, it
took me away from the was hot as an oven as well!
Worlds at Silverstone, the This gave us the chance to
rest of the team made it peruse a huge line of Ducatis
though to cheer the boy that were parked up outside
Toseland home. I’m told the factory.
gleefully, that it was a fine day out. Almost everyone that
Taking full advantage of the sunshine, we met works there rides one. There
up for a ride out to Rye. This is a great ride. must of been sixty of them, all
The roads are smooth and full in a lovely long line. At last
of long sweepers and there they realised who we were
is a ‘bike meet” car park at and let us in. First stop was
the end in town. We went the cafe. This is a very nice
down on a Sunday and sat in room full of huge murals of
the sun with about 50 plus Capirossi and Baylis giving
other bikes. If you want to test it some. We had coffee in
your preload, chips, fry-ups and a Ducati cup, with Ducati
ice cream are close to hand. sugar sachets. There
The Bury Hill meet on seemed to be a lot of sachets with
Thursday evenings is in full poor old Troy on, that they were trying to use
swing. I went up a few weeks up. Then it was into the factory for the tour.
ago and there were about 30 We were asked not to take
bikes of all shapes and sizes. As pictures in the factory for
usual, Bury seems to attract the obvious reasons.
amiable types and I enjoyed an The first production line
interesting chat or three. delt with the engine
Now what about the cylinders. These are
Factory? I flew down on a produced outside but are
Wednesday and met up with machined on site, removing
Andy, Debbie and Dave, who about 40% of the metal in
were already there. We met in the process. Then it was onto
downtown Bologna and enjoyed a coffee crankcases, the famous
whilst watching the world go by. Then it was desmo gear, and other engine
Bologna Visit DESMO162
gubbins. Once all the engine parts are made, allowed to take pictures here. All that is left is
they are loaded onto a trolley that gets to buy a memento from the shop on
hooked up to a moving production your way out. We left knowing we
line where the workers had seen something great and
assemble them. The wandered off into town to have a
engines are “dry” run meal and a few more gallons of
before being sent off to wine.
be put into the So that was that. I
appropriate frame along managed to do an evening track
with all the other day on the Indy at Brands as
components. The factory well. I almost saw the mother
has a very relaxed of all high sides as an upset
atmosphere and is 999 pilot tried to re take me after I had
populated by an passed him around the outside at Clarke. He
extraordinary number of very foxy ladies! flew up into the air and landed back on the
Imagine that, a saucy Italian bike, but hanging over the front of the fairing,
lass who can build a Duke. feet pointing at the sky. It was a good effort
The present Mrs Johns is that got him back into the saddle. I
on thin ice! Once the bikes waved my hand behind my
get to the end of the bum as I passed again to
production, they are run, convey my thoughts.
tuned and things like the We also went to an open
lights adjusted. There is day at P+H in Crawley. Walker,
one bloke, who sits in a Corser, Emmett and Eddie Kid
noise proof box on a were there and a very naughty
rolling road giving the girl doing burn outs with not a lot
finished bikes a quick thrash on!! Another contender for the
up and down the gear box. I reckon he future Mrs Johns.
does 1000 miles a day without moving a foot. What’s coming up? We are
The bikes are then boxed and sent off to the booked in for the weekend
various dealers. They knock out about 200 at Donington to see
a day and reckon that the Capirossi do Rossi at
Monster range is so the GP. Brands and the
popular, it is hard to Worlds are also paid
keep up with demand! for.....Bring it on!!!!
At the end we went onto So long ...Mark Johns.
the Ducati museum,
located on site. This is PS. A big thank-you
home to bikes from the to Jilly Penegar, who
beginning of Ducati and a organised the factory
stable for all their race visit for us, including
bikes that have won titles. sorting the hotel.
It is fairly small but is Don’t know what
enough to give you wood, we would do without her.
as you get up close and
touch every thing from Hailwood’s TT
machine through to the Desmocedici. You are
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This beautifully created diecast
replica from the Paul’s Model
Art Classic Motorcycle
Collection comes complete
in this presentation box.
1:12 scale 1978 Ducati 900SS diecast replica
Hailwood, perhaps the Hondas of Read and Ditchburn. But then they
the greatest rider of didn’t have Mike Hailwood in the saddle!
all time, retired from
two wheeled racing in The exquisite 1:12 replica
1968, with nine world
Diecast in metal with rubber and plastic fittings,
titles under his belt.
this collector-quality replica measures some 7”
Over the next 10
(17cms) in length.
years he rode on a
As with all the bikes in the Classic Motorcycle
handful of occasions.
Collection, the replica is a veritable masterpiece.
In June 1978, he
From the correct Lucas Rita ignition to the
returned to the Isle of
Girling shocks, every detail of the full-size bike has
Man from the wilderness to perform a miracle.
been faithfully re-created. Without doubt, it’s the
Racing an NCR prepared 900SS, re-worked by
most exquisite ever replica of one of the most
Steve Wynne, Mike achieved the unthinkable and
famous racing motorcycles of all time.
as the senior TT races had been given world
status, Hailwood earned his tenth world
How to order
championship and Ducati’s first! Like Smart’s 750,
Hailwood’s 900SS was built to win just one race The easiest way to order your Hailwood Ducati
but it should not have been in the same class as replica is to phone the Orderline on 0870 460
3456. The lines are open to 8.00pm and 5.00pm
You can, of course, also order from our
website; www.grandprixlegends.com, where
you will find hundreds of other diecast bikes.
The usual price of this replica is £59.99 but for
club members the cost is just £50.99.
Club members (P781212) £50.99
BSITE: www.grandprixlegends.com 27
DESMO162 Dukes and Queens
Dukes and Queens
The Plan was simple, meet at the Mercury in been a
glorious sunshine, ride over some wonderful pleasure as
Peak District roads to the small village of the roads
Hayfield to take part in their carnival(the around there
lonhest continual are nice and
in England)show twisty. Once warmed up
off our bikes and with a coffee we took our rightful place just
ride home. Well behind the fire engine at the front of the
the weather procession, Judy was walking beside us and
did not taking pictures, her eyes occasionaaly straying
disappoint, to the firemen!!
come After we sat in the pub car park and
Saturday proceeded to buy the local chip shop out of
morning the stock and then home, all in all a good day apart
rain was from our traditional spring weather, we have
bouncing been invited back next year which will be a
down !! But the couple of weeks later to try and get better
sun did show a weather, I hope to see a few more next year
promise of to really get the village in boincing to the V
possibly brighter weather as the morning went twin beat.
on, we had been invited specially to attend this
year and I did not really want to let them down, Martyn Edwards
but it was still raining, then a text came from
Andrew to say that he would meet us at the
Mercury as he had just got his Scrambler back
from an engine rebuild, well that was it, we were
going(even though the Scrambler was
A few confirmation phone
calls had a small hardy
bunch preparing for the
off, Paul(900ss) and
me(748) met Terry(ST2)
at the Mercury, we met
with Ian (ST2) and his
further along the way,
after enduring quite a
bad storm on the way
there the weather
cleared and turned out
quite nice as we entered Hayfield,
on a better day the journey would have
Hope that’s grabbed the attention of a few at least!
Well following the AGM I have been given the go ahead
to look into changing the CLUB LOGO.
For the benefit of those who did not attend the meeting I will explain (again!).
It is my firm belief that our logo is basically naff and, yes, I know we probably went through a
load of fuss etc to change it and it could well have been the best thing at the time (and I know
that some members still think its fine) BUT I believe that the majority - or at least those at the
AGM - agree with me on this -or are not actually that concerned as to voice any disapproval.
It’s too fussy, it’s confusing, it does not do what a logo should do primarily - and that is to
deliver an instant visual message one that simply says Ducati Owners Club GB. Its’ got too
many conflicting messages - if anything a bit like a road junction with too many signs for the
driver to take in all the info….!!!!!!
That’s my argument for it needing to be changed and it goes hand in hand with what else I
said at the meeting and that is our public image or our profile is poor at best (I would even go
as far as to say its non-existent). That’s what Martyn Edwards (our new PR chap for those not
paying attention) is going to help us change.
So I want to start with the basics and that is to
re-design our logo
for one that is best suited to 2005 and beyond.
I want you, the members, to take part in a competition and submit your ideas for a new logo
(keep it simple).
Send them to me for starters, and the idea is that we will get them all together and choose the
best to go into a final smaller number.
AND I see no reason why the winning logo should not get a nice prize (we can
decide that later) but I will make sure it’s a good one.
Off you go then…and I look forward to receiving your ideas.
Gaz B, Chairman.
DESMO162 WSB Monza 2005
World Superbike Series
Monza 8th May 2005
Words by Sarah Bennett
Photography by Tim J Bennett - TJR Motorsport
Kagayama took pole
position ahead of
team mate Corser
who was looking
to increase his
at Monza. Laconi
having done the
double here last year
started 3rd on the
grid with Muggeridge
concluding the front
row. In windy but
Toseland had a better
qualifying and started
from the second row.
Toseland secured his first
podium position of the
season in a tightly fought
race with him almost
taking the 2nd spot ahead
of Kagayama. Team mate
Laconi rode a good race securing
4th place in the last few laps.
Toseland had started well but got
stuck behind Pitt for the 1st quarter of the
race and had a 3 second deficit to make up
before he could challenge for the podium.
Laconi tried to pass
Putting in 1m 48’s compared to Corser,
Kagayama and as the pass failed,
Kagayama and Laconi’s 1m 49’s along with
Toseland was ready to pounce and with a
the front three dicing with each other
little luck on his side he swooped to 3rd
Toseland managed to close the gap to just 1
relegating his team mate to 4th. Once
second with just 2 laps to go.
passed, he pushed the Japanese rider
WSB Monza 2005 DESMO162
extremely hard and was trying to force Monza maintaining his championship
Kagayama to make an error. If the race had advantage.
been 1 lap longer Toseland would have been Toseland couldn’t repeat the success of
likely to take 2nd but to be on the podium race one. He once
again after a dry start to the season is a again got stuck
fantastic result and bodes well for race two. behind some
and by the
RACE TWO time he had
In another tightly fought race it was this time moved
Laconi who took a podium finish for the passed the
Xerox Ducati team. He led the race from the leaders
start and was only relegated to 2nd by were gone.
Vermeulen on the last lap. He spent most of Unlike race
the race trying to hold off the challenge of one he
Corser and as such was struggling with tyre could
grip in the last few laps which is why not
Vermeulen caught and then passed the make up
Frenchman. Corser who had originally been the deficit
challenging Laconi for the lead found himself and had to
in unusual territory being challenged by settle for
Muggeridge for 3rd. He proved too strong 5th place.
in the final sector of the race
DESMO162 WSB Monza 2005
RACE ONE RACE TWO
1 Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 1 Vermeulen Winston Ten Kate Honda
2 Kagayama Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 2 Laconi Ducati Xerox
3 Toseland Ducati Xerox 3 Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
4 Laconi Ducati Xerox 4 Muggeridge Winston Ten Kate Honda
5 Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team 5 Toseland Ducati Xerox
6 Muggeridge Winston Ten Kate Honda 6 Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team
7 Chili Klaffi Honda 7 Chili Klaffi Honda
8 Walker PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 8 Walker PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse
9 Nannelli* Ducati SC Caracchi 9 Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team
10 Abe Yamaha Motor France - Ipone 10 Nannelli* Ducati SC Caracchi
* Replacement rider for Lanzi (injured)
POINTS AFTER ROUND 4
RIDER TEAM POINTS
1 Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 182
2 Kagayama Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 130
3 Vermeulen Winston Ten Kate Honda 115
4 Laconi Ducati Xerox 87
5 Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team 60
6 Toseland Ducati Xerox 57
7 Walker PSG – 1 Kawasaki Corse 54
8 Abe Yamaha Motor France - Ipone 54
9 Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team 52
10 Chili Klaffi Honda 44
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World Superbike Series
Silverstone 29th May 2005
Words by Sarah Bennett
Photography by Tim J Bennett - TJR Motorsport
Kagayama took his first pole
position of the season at a wind-
swept Silverstone. Fellow countryman
Haga took 2nd whilst Laconi was happy
to take 3rd having not completed a perfect
lap in Superpole, he said “I just wanted to be on
the front row today, which we did and I have a
good setting for the race”. Corser had to settle holeshot
for 4th taking the final front row slot. Toseland were dicing for the
had a disappointing Superpole having been one lead with Laconi and Toseland
of the fastest men all weekend but with a good being held up by Walker back in 4th and 5th.
race set up he said “I am as fast as everyone Walker managed to hold off the challenge for
else on race pace so I’ve just got to get to the a few laps but the Ducati onslaught proved too
front as quick as possible”. much and the two Ducati riders went through on
the same lap. Walker almost lost another place
to Kagayama but he crashed giving Walker
RACE ONE some breathing space. As the race progressed
Laconi held off a strong challenge from Corser he was relegated back to 6th having been
to take his first victory of the season with team passed by Vermeulen and then Chili.
mate Toseland not far behind in 3rd. In a tightly Once Laconi and Toseland were ahead of
fought race Corser and Haga who had taken the Walker they pushed hard and caught the
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leaders. Laconi passed Haga to move into RACE TWO
second and then proceeded to hound Corser.
Toseland delighted the home crowd in Race Two
He had a number of failed attempts to take the
by securing his first victory of the 2005 series.
lead but on lap 16 he made a move which
Once again he had to work hard for the result
stuck. He managed to hold the position despite
having been 5th at the start of the race. Haga
pressure from Corser to take the chequered flag
took the holeshot with Kagayama and Corser in
and secure Ducati’s first win of the year.
his wake with Laconi and Toseland in 4th and
Toseland who had been 3 seconds behind the
5th. Laconi couldn’t match his race one result
front runners closed down the gap as he had
and crashed early on in the race leaving
done in Monza until he was on the back of
Toseland to try and close the gap on Kagayama,
Haga’s wheels. He managed to get passed but
could not get
with Corser and Haga some way
close enough to Corser to challenge for 2nd.
out front. Toseland passed Kagayama at
Haga having had such a good race
Luffield on lap 6 (not a common passing spot)
disappointingly retired from 4th with just 3 laps
and found himself with a 2 second deficit to the
leaders. With Haga and Corser dicing for the
A tight race which resulted in the two
lead, Toseland found himself hot on their heels
Ducati’s being on the podium for the first time
in no time at all and proceeded to pass Haga
this season, hopefully it won’t be the last.
with relative ease to then challenge Corser for
the lead. He took the lead at the half way mark
and spent the remainder of the race holding off
the Australian. Toseland rode a determined race
and took the chequered flag to claim his first
victory at a British Circuit in World Superbikes
and the second victory of the day for Ducati.
WSB Silverstone 2005 DESMO162
RACE ONE RACE TWO
1 Laconi Ducati Xerox 1 Toseland Ducati Xerox
2 Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 2 Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
3 Toseland Ducati Xerox 3 Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team
4 Vermeulen Winston Ten Kate Honda 4 Vermeulen Winston Ten Kate Honda
5 Chili Klaffi Honda 5 Chili Klaffi Honda
6 Walker PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 6 Walker PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse
7 Neukirchner Klaffi Honda 7 Kagayama Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
8 Bussei Kawasaki Bertocchi 8 Abe Yamaha Motor France - Ipone
POINTS AFTER ROUND 5
RIDER TEAM POINTS
1 Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 222
2 Kagayama Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 144
3 Vermeulen Winston Ten Kate Honda 141
4 Laconi Ducati Xerox 112
5 Toseland Ducati Xerox 98
6 Walker PSG – 1 Kawasaki Corse 74
7 Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team 70
8 Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team 68
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DESMODROMIC, A BRIEF HISTORY
Desmo, from Greek “desmos” Hermann Rosemeyer’s Mercedes team in the
:- to bind 50’s and Taglioni’s Ducati we all know
Dromic, from Greek “dromos” Various other companies have since
:- act of running in one direction dabbled at it, Norton, Ferrari, but only Ducati
reached the mass production stage.
The earliest recording on the use of The main advantage of this operation was not
Desmodromic valve gear was on the 1913 to allow increased RPM, a subsequent effect
Delage Grand Prix car of 6.2 litre and straight way back then, but in eliminating potential
6 configuration.The engine was designed by valve spring breakages with large heavy
Arthur Michelat where it won the 1913 French valves and thus allowing extended valve
Grand Prix at Amiens and a 1st., 2nd. and overlap, in particular the inlet opening
5th. at the Grand Prix of Le Mans. Another period. Witness the extremely radical opening
success came at the 1914 Indianapolis 500 period of the “Imola” camshaft used for
where a 1st. and 3rd. resulted. racing 900SS Bevels, almost 300 degrees of
Subsequent usage came in the hands of crank rotation!.
D.D.O.C. Card/Registration - from January 2003
The D.D.O.C. Card will serve as a tangible symbol for Ducati Owners of their membership in the world-wide Ducati Club.
Who received the Kit (and included card): D.D.O.C. members
How do you become a D.D.O.C. member: D.D.O.C. membership is available to people who-
a. Purchase a new bike - automatic
b. Purchase a used bike (in Europe with Ducati warranty) - automatic
c. Already own a Ducati - fill out on-line form on Ducati.com
Welcome Kit: Card, Letter from the D.D.O.C. President, Sticker Sheet, patch
Validity of Card: valid forever
If card is lost - will receive a duplicate
If D.D.O.C. member purchases more than one new Ducati (or used in Europe under Ducati warranty) -
will receive a new card for each bike (with the appropriate frame no., but same Ducati code)
Fields on Card:
Front: name + Last Name
the words “Roadside Assistance” in the country’s respective language and the respective roadside
assistance no.; only on the cards for owners of:-
• new bikes with Ducati roadside assistance
• used bikes with Ducati roadside assistance
the words “Frame No.” in the country’s respective language and the frame no., on the cards for owners of:-
• new bikes with and without Ducati roadside assistance
• used bikes with Ducati roadside assistance
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NORTH LANCS/CUMBRIA seen to be discriminating
against a fellow Ducati rider.
BRANCH I’m sure it will be in our interest
in the end.
Well the first Tuesday of the month came round in May As I write this offshore I have
and as the month before I got a call on my mobile mid no notes with me so excuse me
morning asking if the meet was on that night at the again from not knowing names,
Cross Keys that evening. This particular call was locations etc. I’ll make up for this next time.
frantically cut short when I replied that it wasn’t due to Overall we had a good turn out with 8 Ducati’s (and
the fact we were in Egypt at that precise moment! one Homda). Any diverse array of motorcycles is
So this month (June) I promised to make up for the always welcome and our line up included 749S, 999S,
lack of meeting prompts and made a concerted effort, 888, M900, 750ss, 900ss, 900 Bevel and 748.
which paid dividends in the end. If some other regulars wouldn’t have either been
Denise and I arrived at the Cross Keys with a selfishly working abroad or even more selfishly on
beautiful 749S already there. This belonged to our new holiday, we would have been into double figures! ;o)
associate from up Kendal way, Ian Wood. He isn’t Longest travelled goes to Steve Smith and Wendy who
actually a member (yet) but has attended the last few came over from the wrong side of the Pennines. Great
get togethers we’ve had so am hopeful he and his to see them both again.
couple of pals will realise the error of they’re ways and We have a lot of ride outs planned this year so
shortly be officially part of the DOC family. Either way, hope to see a lot more of you at those.
the more the merrier and I don’t think we should be Cheers, Stuart
12th Classic Mechanics
15th & 16th October 2005
If you wish to display your bike or help on the stand contact
Steve Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01829 781271
Limited to 14 bikes.
Register soon as possible please.
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If anyone else would like adding to the North West It’s looking like we’ll get down to Sammy Miller’s in the
ride-out email list please forward your email address to New Forest, the Ace Café (it’s time to outnumber the
email@example.com or call 07745 885184. Guzzis for once) and the Steam Museum before the
weather gets gory. Details are in process but for
heaven’s sake, don’t wait for me - seize the moment
LONDON BRANCH and let’s work together on it. Laura and my roles are to
help to make it all happen - or it will all look like what I
Enthusiasm and interest have been in ascendancy want to do!
around the London branch at last. There’ve been The point is you can’t appreciate the amount of
some long, quiet winter nights spent - quite pleasantly, good fun and satisfaction that comes with such
mind you - at the Ship in Wandsworth among a rather gatherings unless you take part in one. Attitudes are
intimate crowd. warm and relaxed, the knowledge pool is deep and
Recently the word has begun to spread and we very good advice comes at the right price. There is
have been blessed with a number of new attendees - nothing quite like the benefit of talking to a bloke with a
with quite lovely bikes indeed. From bevel twins in the bike just like yours about who to go to for what at what
form of Darmahs, an SS or two and an S2, a desmo price, what works best and what to avoid. It pays for
250, to belties such as an F1, a brace of Pantahs itself and others can’t wait to hear what you know.
(including the odd TL), 900SS, MH900e, 749S, Series Honest!
2 Superlight, 888 SP4, 996, 999R and, er, an R6 are
now in regular attendance in London. It took awhile to
reach critical mass, but we seem well on our way. Two MID-ANGLIAN BRANCH
fellows have bought Ducatis just to be among us (or so
they say). The branch meets at The Red Lion, Great Wratting, on
A galvanizing event took place recently in the form the first Thursday of the month and we rideout on the
of a ride out to the BMF third Thursday in summer months. The landlord is
Garden of England bike show at the Hop Farm in Kent. doing us proud with plates of sandwiches, which
Suggested and organised by Michael Runnicles, it went always go down well. It was good to see some new
nearly flawlessly. First, of course, he got us good faces at the June meet; Steve Dykes on his son’s ST2,
weather. Next, the group riding down from London Nick Wood riding ST4 and Marcus Deely on his 748.
actually found the group meeting them at the French There was also Michael Beckett on his 996, Colin
café in Westerham on its first try. One revelation was Darlow on his stretched and lowered Darmah, Wayne
Nigel’s 250. Still in running in phase after a big rebuild, Penman on his 800ss, Steve Gooch on his 750ss,
this N reg beauty elegantly led the quick charge Julian West on his Aprilia and me on my Monster 620.
through south London and Surrey on the way over to (See Picture)
Kent. Lovely. On Wednesday 15th June we met up at the annual
Fifteen were there - old and new friends with bikes Meldreth Bike Show, where we had a stand in the club
representing a goodly portion of the Ducati range. And area. It was a lovely evening and there was a great
the R6 and an Agusta Brutale, but we’re working on display of all makes of bike, with all proceeds going to
them! After some refreshments Michael led us on an charity.
entertaining ride through the Kentish countryside. The On Saturday 18th June we met up with Stowmarket
nearly flawless part came in the form of the police-style
group riding where the second in line pulls over to flag
course changes by the leader so no-one gets lost.
We’ve a little work to do.
Perversely, summer can present its own challenges
to gathering up a group and sorting a ride event, but
based on the success of the last, we’re going to do it.
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Regal Riders Club and joined them at Mendelsham a nice 916, Robert on his
village fete where a pleasant afternoon was spent Multistrada, Anne on her 620i,
helping to raise money for the village. myself on S4, Craig down from
On Saturday 25th June, we had a ride out to Derby on his 851, Gary on NC30
Southwold. We met at Stowmarket Tesco at 11am. and Keith so a few bikes to look
Only four of us turned up. This may have been due to over. Craig now getting the hang of
the weather as it was overcast, but we didn’t get rained the roads to us becomes a regular member.
on! Nick Wood was on June 12th Anne and Myself went for an early
his ST4 sporting new morning ride to Ironbridge arriving there at 09.00am. A
tyres. Keith Bartlett few bikes about so had breakfast, a walk around and
was on his Triumph. He had were checking the place out when Duke noise was
only just got it back after a heard, then more and more. Eventually all the Jap stuff
warranty engine rebuild, which he disappeared and nothing but Ducati’s could be seen.
needed to get run in, as he was going from Lands End Must be the Shropshire lot, so hello to you
to John o’Groat’s at the end of July. Steve Gooch was all and hope you had a good
on his 750ss and I was on the Monster. We got to day at Ducati Wolverhampton.
Southwold in time for a fresh fish and chip lunch and a What you did not see was once
pint at the Harbour Inn. Later we rode to the pier where you all left the Jap c*** all came
we had ice cream on the sea front, before heading back. Weird.
back to Steve’s for a coffee. June 19th summer has arrived
If you’re in our area and want to be in on what as we meet up at Broxton for a ride out. All stripped off
we’re doing, get in touch and I will add you to my list. in the heat taking on fluids, relaxed with our steeds at
Guy Gagen 01473 334864 the ready. Should we stay here for the day and just say
or email firstname.lastname@example.org we went out. Yes, this was 10am we had only just met
up and the heat was intense. Anne on her 620i, myself
on 900SS bevel had just been joined by Robert on his
CHESHIRE & BORDERS Multistrada. Thought we may get away with
but in came Kevin with his 749S
BRANCH (petrol on board), Dave 1000
Monster, Paul 999S and Clive
May 6th to 8th brought us another
excellent Welsh Rally with Paul,
Route had been planned and
Roger, Anne and myself riding down
passed around so off we set to try
on 999S, Darmah 900SS, 620i and
and cool off. Oswestry then towards Lake Vyrnwy
S4. Great weather all weekend and
taking the B4391 mountain pass to Bala, miss out Bala
cannot wait till next year. All those Ducati’s and others
due to congestion and Blue coated
together are some sight and noise. Thanks to Sian,
gentle people after nothing but
Tony, Brenda and Paul for organising a splendid
more tax revenue from us,
heading up the A4212 and onto
May 11th was social night with Peter 900 Monster,
B4501 towards Cerrigydrudion
Phil 900 Monster, Craig on nice 851 all the way from
the idea being to take all the
Derby, Robert, Keith, Anne and Myself. Usual chatter
best riding roads to end up having
over events done and to come including Welsh Rally,
lunch at Lyn Brenig centre.
WI event in Derbyshire i.e. invite to street carnival.
So there we were eating and drinking, sprawled on
Once again apologise anyone who turned up for May’s
the grass, boots off, talking bikes sorry Ducati, under
ride out as I had to work.
the sun having ridden for hours, really relaxed and
June 8th another social night with Peter giving his
Kevin asks where is the nearest garage I am nearly out
Triumph Bonneville a run out from Oswestry, Steve on
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Déjà vu or what. Luckily on the way to Woods Sunday 8th May - Ace Café, Italian Day.
motorcycles we picked up fuel at Liansannan so Kevin Met Paul Cunningham on his Honda Fireblade at
did not have to add to his collection of fuel can’s in my the Southbound services at J15A. Rode to Hockliffe
garage. Good root around Woodies with loads of stock and joined up with Kevin Powis on his Supalite. Kevin
and good deals on. Really easy going the Cheshire then took us across the North Downs before we joined
crowd as no one came passed my 26 year old bevel on the M1 at J9 and made our way to the Ace Café via
all their trick modern machinery, must be polite or too Harrow, Hendon etc.
busy laughing but nothing fell off my bike did it Paul. Fair selection of bikes at the Ace Café, with
Paul led the way home via Ruthin losing Kevin and Ducatis, MV Augustas and Moto Guzzis to view. Ducati
Robert there at a roundabout. The funny thing about London had a selection of models on show, plus
really hot days in Britain you know you have to Baines Racing were there as well.
suffer sometime. The return journey was via the M1 to J9, over the
Padeswood above Queensferry on the way North Downs and on to Woburn for the Tea Break. Said
home it just started to rain, not rain type rain but real our farewells and made our way home with each
rain. The sort of rain were one minute you are dry the member peeling off at the appropriate moment.
next second you are so wet you have to put a Sunday 19th June - Matlock, Biker Gathering.
hosepipe ban on because it is the wrong sort of rain. It Just 2 members from the Northamptonshire Branch
was not safe to drive a car let alone a bike and then decided to take advantage of the glorious weather for
there was Dobbs hill to go down, which is the road out this ride-out. Paul Stinchcombe on his superb 851 and
of Wales, which is like driving of a cliff. The water little old me on the trusty ST4S.
rushing down there was incredible I saw some bikes The journey there was a mixture of roads, starting
stopped trying to shelter, do not know why they with a quick blast up the M1 to J18, followed by the A5
bothered. I got home safely and I have heard from Paul past Hinckley before peeling off on the A444 through
and Kevin but not yet from Robert, he is probable still Twycross, Overseal and on to Burton-on-Trent. From
riding up and down the hill in the rain on his Burton-on-Trent, we took the B5234 to cut across to
Multistrada loving every minute of it. the A515 to Ashbourne. The last section of the trip was
See you soon Anne and Steve on the B5035 to the A6 for the final couple of miles to
A multitude of various two and three wheeled
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE machines were on view throughout the main road, and
the only difficulty was keeping cool on such a hot,
BRANCH sunny day.
Sunday 24th April - Classisc Motorcycle Show
After spending a few hours strolling around the
place, looking at the views and taking much needed
Just 2 of the Branch were able to attend this event,
refreshment (See Pic), we took the A615 followed by
myself on the ST4S and Lyndon (I hope that I have
the A38 to get to J28 on the M1 and then travelled
spelt his name right) on his newly acquired Pantah. We
south to J19 at a constant speed to keep cool, before
took the A5 to Lichfield, before joining the A51 to
going our separate ways
Weston upon Trent, and finally the A518 to the Stafford
for the final section of the
journey to our respective
The weather held good for us, and we had a good
look round at the various exhibits on show, buying a few
Do you recognise the
good books and admiring the bikes of bygone days.
chap on the right in the
The journey back was also good, taking a slightly
different route near to home to cut down the ride, but a
good experience as I have never attended such an
Sunday 17 July 2005, Hunstanton, Norfolk, 09:00
event and would certainly go again.
-Services at J15a on M1 (Southbound) Seaside run.
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Sunday 21 August 2005, Rhyader, Mid-Wales, 09:30 brought a good number of bikes
-Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Ride-out led by over, as did the Bristol section.
Malcolm Larby to the beautiful mid-Wales countryside. The local Monster club had a
Sunday 11 September 2005, Ace Café to Brighton Run healthy showing and President
08:00 - Services at J15a on M1 (Southbound) and founder of UKMOC Terry
Ride-out to Brighton Herbert rode in from Aylesbury
Sunday 25 September 2005, Donington Park, 08:00 on his M1000.
Services at J15a on M1 (Northbound), A number of owners we had
BSB Race Meeting never met before and several came in simply because
Please let me know if you intend to join us at any of the they saw the bikes, flags and banners outside.
events listed above. Alternatively, if there is anything else Big thanks goes to the sales staff at Ducati Bristol
you would like me to introduce, then please let me know. who rode the 30 miles across to support us, bringing
Dave Whittall, Member 9969 some raffle prizes with them. This raised £54 for the
email@example.com National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD)
Phone = 07710 087712 or 01933 677019 before 9pm. and the June meet will see them collect the money
raised. While Ducati Bristol were with us, we discussed
working closely with them, the UKMOC and the Bristol
GLOUCESTER BRANCH section to get a monthly Saturday meet going in the
Coffee shop at the store. (details to follow) I think there
Ducati Evening 11th May is a lot to be said for local groups working with their
2005 Ducati store as this can enable us to meet more local
owners, boost club membership and encourage brand
loyalty. Needless to say it wont harm Ducati either.
Whilst its difficult to provide a format for meets that’s
suits everyone, we will be meeting every 2nd
Wednesday from now on at the Waggon.
During the summer months there will be a social ride out
at about 7pm with a gathering back at the pub from
section is up and
running and what a start. In a
Other events we will attend / organise on a local or
joint effort between the DOCGB and UK Monster Club
impromptu basis and we have started an e mail list for
we organised one of the biggest Ducati get together the
rapid communication amongst the local group. Any local
county has ever seen.
members wanting to be added to this just let me know
Over 30 Ducati’s attended the meeting at the
Waggon and Horses Public House, Thrupp, nr Stroud.
The Waggon has just been fitted out with a new pub
DOCGB Member no 9027
sign, incorporating a yellow Monster into the traditional
UKMOC Glos area rep
design and being next to the main A419 it catches the
eye of many passing motorists. Karen Lane, the pubs
landlady is also the DOCGB Gloucestershire area rep
and owner of a 900 Monster therefore the choice of bike
was logical but it makes the pub one of a handful in the
world with a motorcycle on the sign.
The pub was adorned with banners and Italian flags
and they put on a pizza feast to welcome everyone.
Upon arrival the sight of 30 or more bikes along the road
was amazing. The Hereford and Wye Valley section
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BRANCH INFO Social meeting, 2nd Wednesday, 20.00 at
Bickerton Poacher on the A534 between
Please contact branch reps before travelling Broxton and Spurstow. Ride out 3rd Sunday,
to meetings. 10.00 from Broxton Roundabout picnic area off
A41, Chester to Whitchurch.
WEST AND CENTRAL SCOTLAND Contact Steve Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Iain Simmons on 0771 5323547 01829 781271.
This is a new branch in Scotland and meeting DUNDEE & TAYSIDE
times can be arranged between members. Contact Mark Whittaker Tel 01241 430774 or
mob 07900675034 Markwhittaker@aol.com
BERKSHIRE & OXFORDSHIRE Meeting place is yet to be decided.
1st Saturday of the month, lunchtime at the Dog
and Duck, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Highmore, Nr Henley on Thames. Meet at The Wagon & Horses Pub, A419,
Contact Brian Silver on 01344 487928 London Road, between Stroud and Cirencester,
Or E-mail email@example.com 2nd Wednesday of month -along with various
other meets and activities.
BRISTOL Contact Karen on 01453 731686 or 07976
1st Monday of the month at the 566549.
Golden Heart Pub,
Winterbourne Down, Bristol. HEREFORD And WYE VALLEY
Contact Rich Llewellin on 0117986 2662 or E- Meet second Tuesday 7.30 pm at The Wye Not
Mail firstname.lastname@example.org Inn, Symonds Yat, Ross on Wye.
Contact Dave and Lisa Paskell on 01989
CENTRAL LONDON 770467.
The Ship Inn,
41 Jews Road, Wandsworth MANCHESTER
London SW18 1TB. Meet last Wednesday in the month at The
Contact Bob Hartmann Mercury Motel, off J5 of the M61 on the side of
email@example.com the A6 West Houghton.
Meeting time: second Wednesday in the month Contact Martyn Edwards on 07977 939136 or
from 7.00pm. contact Paul Ellison on 07976 224437.
CAMBRIDGE HAS NOW CHANGED TO
MID ANGLIAN BRANCH NORFOLK
Meet at the Red Lion, Great Wratting, Suffolk. Meet at the White Swan Inn, North Quay of the
1St Thursday at 8.00pm, summer 3rd Thursday A47. 2nd Tuesday 8.00pm.
ride out at 7.30 pm same venues. Contact Ian Mansi 07952 268231 or
Contact Guy Gagen 01449 740571. firstname.lastname@example.org or
CHESHIRE AND BORDERS email@example.com
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NORTH YORKSHIRE NORTH LANCASHIRE/CUMBRIA
Meet 1st Sunday of the month at Q8 garage at Contact Stuart Robinson on
9.00/9.15 am, rideout starts at 9.30 am. ( It is on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07745
the right going into Harrogate - fill up at Jet 885184. Meet on the first Tuesday of the Month
garage on left!). Tuesday ride outs from at the Cross Keys, Slyne, 3 miles North of
PSYCHLOSPORT, Coronation Road, behind Lancaster, on the A6 at
Nidd Vale motors further into Harrogate on the approx 19:30.
A61. Contact Steve email@example.com
07941 667240, 01423 540505, Sunday. Contact NEW FOREST
Pete firstname.lastname@example.org Meet 2nd Wednesdays, 8.00 pm, The Tudor
07711391320, 01423 545413, Tues and Rose, A338 nr. Fordingbridge. Contact Dave
Sunday. Leach on 01202 427638 or
Meet anywhere, anytime, and usually with the SOUTH WALES
North / or South Yorkshire Branch. Contact Hugh Malleson
Contact Gary Brook on 01484 317298 or Tel 02920751544 or E-mail
Any West Yorkshire members who fancy a Hugh is acting as contact but would like a
meet? Just give Gary a call. volunteer to run the branch for a while
SOUTH YORKSHIRE SURREY/SUSSEX
Meet at The Robin Hood Inn, Meet Thursday evenings from 6-ish at The Café
Swallow Nest, Rotherham. on the A29 on Bury Hill above Arundel
2nd Sunday of the month from (summertime). Also 1st Sundays at Shoreham
Jan 04 12 pm-ish. Airport 11.30am (ish).
Contact Mick Knight on 07709 308302. Contact Mark Johns on 01273 419918, 07971
271739 email@example.com or see page 37 in
NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE Desmo 152.
Meet 2nd Tuesday, 7.30 pm at The Salutation
Inn, Nr Caistor on The A46 Lincoln to Grimsby WEST COUNTRY
road. Contact Mathew Lawson on 01472 3rd Mondays of the month 8.00pm at The Royal
859950 or firstname.lastname@example.org Albert Inn, Saltash Passage, Plymouth.
Contact Andy Callingham on 01752 228785
Meet at the Royal Oak in Flore. 1st Tuesdays at the Rack and Manger Pub,
Contact Dave Whittall 01933 677019/ 07710 Stocksbridge road, 2 miles out of Winchester.
087712 (before 9.00pm please). Contact Steve Hillary on 01962 877996.
email@example.com Steve has requested help due to his racing
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SHROPSHIRE DUNDEE & TAYSIDE BRANCH
1st Monday at the Hare and Hounds on the A5 Venue: TAYSIDE MOTORCYCLE TRAINING
at Crackleybank (which is between Telford and GROUP(T.M.T.G.), PEASIHILL ROAD, ELLIOT
Weston Park). There is also an informal meet on INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, ARBROATH.
the third Monday at the Bradford Arms on the Directions if required: Head for roundabout at
A5 at Ivetsey Bank (between Weston Park and McDonalds in Arbroath, head up the Westway
Gailey Island) All welcome! and Peasihill road is 2nd left past McDonalds.
Contact Dave Bleakman 07949 133099 or Straight on as far as poss and you will pick up
firstname.lastname@example.org the signs for TMTG. Contact
email@example.com for more details.
HERTS & ESSEX
Meet at the Plume of Feathers, Pye Corner, NOTE
Gilston, Nr. Harlow, 3rd Sunday Any member who wishes to start a branch
FROM MAY 2005. please talk to Gary Brook (Club Chairman
Contact Keith Bradford on 07860 228183 and branch co-ordinator).
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DESMO162 Panigale Parts
Panigale Parts - Bikes, Bits and Accessories
Adverts are free for current club members and Laguna Seca
£5 to others. Private sales only. Please make How would you like a mint condition Laguna
cheques out to ‘Ducati Owners Club GB’. Ads Seca? Well David in Northern Ireland has one for
may be edited. sale. The bike was registered in 1987 & has only
done 3,400 miles. It has a race exhaust, dual
Send details – including membership number – seat & two new rear sprockets, and you can
to Fred Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 12 Maple have all this for £7,500
Close, Horsham, West Sussex. For more details please telephone David
Crawford on 02892 638799
FOR SALE 916 Biposto
We have one of the last to be made 916 Biposto
BIKES up for sail, registered in 1999 on a ‘T’ plate.
Now this bike is in very good condition & comes
with a full Service history & coloured matched
Matthew McInnes has a 748B registered in 2000,
mirrors. Included in the price are the following,
Red with a Red & White tailpiece. A full service
Datatool system 3 (Thatcham Cat 1) alarm,
which included the cam belt & drive chain being
52mm Titanium half system with chip from JHP,
replaced was carried out in May 2005. In
also from JHP is the under-tank foam air filter, it
January of this year he replaced both of the
also has a double bubble screen, & a14 T front
tyres. This bike is in very good condition & has
sprocket, all of the original parts are available as
only done 9,300 miles in the dry. Matt is asking
well. The tyres (207RRs) battery, sprockets &
for £4,950 O.V.N.O. Genuine reason for sale.
chain are recent, & if you get in fast you will
For more details please telephone Matt on have a recent tax & M.O.T.
07810501526 or Email email@example.com All of this to you will be £3995:00 or a bit less
with the standard exhaust.
A careful lady owner has a Red 916S in excellent Ducati Mark lll 350
condition & has never been dropped. The bike for sale. £2,500. Tel 01258 451021 for
was registered in October 1996. & has only done further details.
15,500 miles, the battery & belts have been
replaced and it has a full service history. The bike Ducati 600 SS, 1997, 26K miles, Taxed till
is 98% original. The original Ohlins rear shocks December 2005, MOT till July 22nd. 2005.
are still in place, it now has braided hoses & a This bike is fully serviced ready for the summer,
carbon rear hugger. A Datatag has been fitted and comes with its service history. Cam belts
(save on the insurance). Also include in the price changed at 24K, all valve clearances re set to
is a set of Ventura Luggage (colour Red) & a factory spec 200 miles ago. Recent Micron
paddock stand. The price is £4,250 O.V.N.O. race can, with standard can for MOT purposes.
For more details please telephone Diane on 020 Recent new battery fitted. It is the fully faired
7790 6044 / 07941 415818. model (in red of course). Any examination is
invited, AA, RAC, or your own engineer is
welcome to look it over. The bike is in heated
garage in Derbyshire, I have photos available,
the price is £ 1500.
Panigale Parts DESMO162
Contact on 01283 703368, or Email of parts. Too many to list (shed is not part of the
To find out the cost of any of the above, or to
see if the shed has that part that you are looking
BITS for would you please call Gaz B (Gary Brook) on
01484 317298 Before 22:00hrs / 10:00pm.
Silencers & Pipes
A pair of silencers & header pipes to fit a 1991- A pair of original silencers and header pipes
1998 900ss. Pipes & silencers are in excellent to fit 900ss 1991-1998 .All in excellent condition
condition. Cost is £300:00. There is also a £300 also clutch master cylinder to fit the
clutch master cylinder to fit the same for £30:00. same £30.
Please contact Roger on 01278 653951. Phone 01278 653951.
Membership No 2020.
Clive has a nice set of Titanium Pipes for sale.
They are 54mm down to 50mm Termignoni WANTED
Titanium Pipes, He is looking for £350:00 O.V.N.O.
Now Clive has not given me a contact number Seat Cowl
so if you would like to make him an offer, could We are looking for a RED seat cowl for a 1994
you please contact me & I will try & pass it on. 750ss, if you have one & would like to pass it on
would you please contact Dave on 01709 581428
Ducati Panniers (After 18:00hrs/06:00pm)
Soft Black panniers only used once. They are in
immaculate condition & come with the fitting Engine & Ancillaries
rack to fit any Monster. The price is £75:00. Do you have an accident damaged
Please contact Dothan on (mobile) 07944 851/888/916/996. A member is looking for the
575970 or firstname.lastname@example.org engine & ancillaries from any of the above, which
he would like to place into a racing sidecar outfit.
Many Parts If you can help then please contact Mick on
The Chairman has a few parts for sale. You will 01749 850905 or email@example.com
see that there are no prices listed. This is
because he will let club members have them Seat cowl for a 1994 750ss (red).
cheaper than to non members. Contact Dave on 01709 581428 (after 6)
membership no 10054.
- Bi Posto seat units. One Yellow & one Red for
a 916/748. Wanted
- Pair of front discs like new for a 916/996. Accident damaged 851/888/916/996. Engine
and ancillaries will go in a racing sidecar outfit.
- Front mudguard (Red), Petrol tank like new 01749 850905 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Red), all for a 916. Mick White, Member No. 93
- Original Black brake callipers in good
condition for an 851.
- A rear wheel for a 750 Monster.
- A Crank shaft, starter motor & an alternator (all
in good condition) for a 900ss, plus a shed load
Ducati Owners GB Regalia Collection 2005
• T Shirts - Embroidered pocket logo F2, F3, F4 £ 10.75 + £1.15 p+p
• Sweatshirts - Embroidered pocket logo F2, F3, F4 £ 14.95 + £1.95 p+p
• Polo Shirts - Embroidered pocket logo F2, F3, F4 £ 14.95 + £1.35 p+p
• Ladies fit Cap sleeve 'T' or Tank Top - sizes 30 - 36 - £10.75 + £1.15 p+p
Colours : T's Red/Black/White - Tank Tops Red/White/Olive.
Available with F2-F3-F4 logo. See E-bay shop for colour display.
• Heavy brushed cotton Caps or woolly hat - F2, F3, F4 Logo £ 6.75 + £1.15 p+p
• Knitted Beanie - F2, F3, F4 Logo £ 5.95 + £1.15 p+p
• PIN BADGES
F2-F3-F4 - Soft Enameled - £ 2.95 + £0.40 p+p
All others: Hawk-748-996-Wing’D’Meccanica Shield-Desmo- £ 3.95 + £0.40 p+p
• STICKERS ( PAIR )
Italian Flag, Sml or lge, or Old D.O.C £ 2.00 + £0.40 p+p
D.O.C. small £ 1.50 + £0.40 p+p
AGIP 100x75mm £ 2.99 + £0.40 p+p
All styles: F1-F2-F3-F4-Hawk, Winged’D’ – AGIP (2 sizes) £ 2.99 + £0.40 p+p
Spread Wings (Lge) £ 3.50 + £0.40 p+p
Tricolore(Italian) Flag £ 1.50 + £0.40 p+p
New design White Mugs F2, F3, F4 - Meccanica Red mug with 749-999 motif. £ 3.99 + £2.00 p+p
Leather Printed : F2- on White
F3- on Red or Yellow
Hawk- on Black or Yellow
Winged’D’ – on Black
D.O.C. - Black or Red £0.75 + £0.40 p+p
D.O.C. – Enamelled – on Black £2.00 + £0.40 p+p
Enamelled 'Meccanica Shield' Leather key fob £2.95 + £0.40 p+p
916 Bike model rubber keyring £3.95 + £0.40 p+p
Visit our E-bay shop @ http://stores.ebay.co.uk/ducatiownersgbregalia
Ducati Owners GB Regalia Collection 2005
WE HAVE FIVE LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL PURCHASE
LARGE PRINT T SHIRTS AS
FOLLOWS: Limited supply Tommy Hilfiger (Red) 1/4
zip lined sweater, with free Patch from
1) Paul Smart Imola '72 Tribute T (grey)
current range to personalise it with, less
2) 750 Sport 'style' Tank design (yellow) than half retail price @ £19.95 + £3.00 p+p
3) 750 Ducati crankcase casting design NEW RANGE FOR 2005
V neck T shirts with embroidered bike
4) 851 Squadron (Red) Image for 748/916/996/998. Monster
Top quality shirts.
5) 888 Squadron (Red) Full Range of Sizes.
All @ £11.95 = £1.15 p+p Colour avaliable are: Red/Black/Grey.
Sizes: S to XL
Stop Press!! Now in Sport Touring Bike
logo T Shirts by Finden & Hales. Round
LARGE PRINT LOGO
Neck with contrasting shoulder stripes.
DESIGN T SHIRTS
Large print F2-F3-F4 across the CONTACT DETAILS
chest design logo.
Contact Regalia Secretary for more
Colours: Red/Black/White information: Details in club officials.
Sizes: S to XL
At standard T Shirt price of £10.75 + p+p
To log onto our e-bay shop go to:
DESMO162 Diary Dates 2005
Please check national press for confirmed details before attending any events. Check with any CoM member
for DOC GB events. Any other dates/events – please let the editor know asap for inclusion in Desmo 161.
Woodhouse, Loughborough, Leics.
Details Mike Powell 07876 744911
2 N.Lancs/Cumbria Social
23-25 BSB Donington,
7 WSB Brands Hatch
25 MotoGP Malaysia
8-13 Ulster GP Bike Week
25 Rossendale Valley Motorbike Show
10 Cheshire Social
11-14 2005 Bulldog Bash
28 Manchester Social
Europes Greatest Biker Party.
13-14 World Endurance Championship 1-2 WSB Imola; MotoGP Qatar -1
Oschersleben 24hr 2 World Endurance Championship
19-21 BSB Silverstone (International) Vallelunga Italy 200 mile
21 Cheshire ride out 7-9 BSB Brands Hatch
27-29 BSB Cadwell Park, 8-9 WSB France-Magny-Cours
28 MotoGP Czech 12 Cheshire Social
Republic – Brno 15-16 Stafford Classic bike Show,
31 Manchester Social http://www.classicbikeshows.com
20-2 Sep Manx GP 16 MotoGP Phillip Island,
16 Cheshire ride out
SEPTEMBER 26 Manchester Social
4 WSB Netherlands - Assen 30 MotoGP Portugal – Estoril
6 N.Lancs/Cumbria Social
10 24hr Endurance Bol D’Or Magny-Cours NOVEMBER
You must go at least once 1 N.Lancs/Cumbria Social
9-11 BSB Oulton Park, 6 MotoGP Spain- Valencia
WSB Germany- Lauitzring 9 Cheshire social
14 Cheshire Social 20 Cheshire ride out
16-18 Goodwood Revival 30 Manchester Social
17-18 Oliver’s Mount INTERNATIONAL GOLD
CUP, Scarborough DECEMBER
17-18 BMF TAIL END 2005. 6 N.Lancs/Cumbria Social
http://www.bmf.co.uk 14 Cheshire social
18 MotoGP. Japan (Motegi) 18 Cheshire ride out
18 Cheshire Ride out; Stinkwheel Classic 26 Plum Pudding Races Mallory Park
Motocycle Show. Beaumanor Hall, 28 Manchester social
* * Watch this space for details regarding the Ducatisti grandstand at WSB Mugello, Ducati
Revs America, Motogiro, Centopassi, and further Ducati related events! * *
Every 2nd Thursday in the month – Italian Night at the Ace Café London, North Circular, A406.
MEMBERSHIP FORM DESMO162
DUCATI Owners Club GB
Surname……………………………Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Renewal Date : :
Town………………………… County…………………………………… Post Code ……………………….
Tel. No (Day)…………………… (Eves) ………………………… Membership No………………………….
Joint Membership is for couples and entitles them to separate membership cards and the right as individuals
to the benefits of DOC membership. Each couple receives one DESMO.
I would like to name……………………………………………………………………………… as joint member with me.
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maintenance of membership records is dependent upon our keeping your membership details on computer under
secure conditions. Your signature on this form signifies your agreement to this condition”.
I/We wish to apply for membership/renewal of the Ducati Owners Club and I/we agree to abide by the rules of The
Club. I/we agree to contribute up to a maximum of £1 to the assets of the company in the event of it being wound
up whilst I am/we are a member or within one year of my/our membership lapsing. (Delete as necessary)
Signed………………………………………………………………………………………… (Joint members - both should sign)
Local Contacts I/We agree/disagree that our address can be passed on to fellow DOC members who wish to
make contact in our area. (Please delete as necessary)
Fees UK and Overseas Membership £22 Joint Membership £24 Joining Fee for new and lapsed Members - Add £2
I enclose a Cheque/Postal Order for the sum of £………………… made payable to: The Ducati Owners Club GB
Model Reg No………………………… Engine No………………………… Frame No…………………………
Model Reg No………………………… Engine No………………………… Frame No…………………………
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Please send this for to: Membership Secretary, Steve Gooch, 11 Glebe Way, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5TL.