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2 EDITORS COMMENTS
3 DOC GB NEWS
4 CHAIRMANS CHAT
6 A LOST LOVE REKINDLED
10 BRITISH SUPERBIKE SERIES THRUXTON
13 BRITISH SUPERBIKE SERIES BRANDS HATCH
16 WORLD SUPERBIKE SERIES SILVERSTONE
20 MOTOGIRO I’TALIA
24 RALLY EVENTS
26 THE WDW 2004 EXPERIENCE
30 WSB DINNER
35 BRANCH REPORT
40 BRANCH INFO
44 PANIGALE PARTS
47 BMF SHOW
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DESMO157 Editors Comment
EDITORIAL CHIT CHAT really good, and
At the time of writing, it’s still not clear if submitted the
Ducati’s bid for Aprilia has been successful, best two to
and, of course, many rumours surround this Leon Haslam
topic. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the for his verdict.
Texas Pacific Group were called in to ‘rescue’ The winner will
Ducati, and what a fantastic job they’ve done in be announced
turning the business around. But do you think in the next
that Ducati should rescue Aprilia? If that should Desmo.
happen, would affect the design and production It’s good
of future Ducatis? when I receive
In 156, I wrote about the new Ducatis – have articles and photos of such high
you seen to beautiful booklet ‘Ducati quality from club members for inclusion in
SportClassic’ depicting the ‘retro range’? Worth ‘Desmo’, all regarding wonderful events that
it for the history of Ducati around the early club members are involved in, covering many
1970s, mouth-watering photos, and features – aspects of motorcycling. Contributions please
of course! - DOC GB Honorary member Paul for Desmo 158 to me by the 18th September,
Smart. The DucatiSport 1000 is my favourite ….. and, if sending anything by email, please have
and having owned a yellow 750 Sport many ‘Desmo 158’ included in the subject line.
years ago I’m seriously tempted to put my name
down for one of these! (Watch this space ….) See you at BSB or the rallies!
Caption Competition - The entries were Ciao, Jilly.
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BARBECUE full list of journal editors or web masters
would be much appreciated. Please check
11 SEPTEMBER 2004 out my web site which explains it much
Please consider yourselves invited to a www.world-motorcycle-journal.com
barbecue at 80 The Butts, Soham, Ely, Many thanks
Cambs on the above date. We are on the Mark Manley -Axminster, Devon
A142 between Ely and Newmarket. You
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salad etc. We will start at 4pm, but turn 11TH CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE
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bring a tent! open 9am - 5pm
Hope to see you here. I need more classic Ducatis and material
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I have a final deadline for entries which is
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Dear Jilly, possible. Details required are your
I was given your name by a mutual friend, name,town and machine details year,
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able to help me publicise an on-line
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newsletter and or web site, I hope to put Order Hotline, 0845 300 1390, where you
links to other web sites on mine and would can order 1 x 4litre of Advance Ultra 10W-
be glad to include yours. Is there any 40 using your credit card and it will be
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DESMO157 Chairman’s Chat
Straight from the Chair
I sometimes sit here in front of this screen Minoli would like us all to feel we are part
and think ‘oh no, what do I write this of a great big family - and even those who
time?’ as it seems like five minutes choose to ride bikes made by other
between each Desmo. manufacturers are always welcome. I think
Italy has been and gone again and a his theory being they will convert to our
superb time was had by all (I think). way of thinking when they see the error of
Hopefully there should be loads of write their ways and just how much enjoyment
ups about it, I had sat down to write about most of us get from owning a Duke.
the trip but I know another member has
beaten me to it so I will do a piece about Gary B
the worst ride out in the world ever - those
of you who went on it will know what I
I have had a great deal of pleasure in
recent months meeting many of the
members up and down the country at
various events and I hope this will
continue. I know that there are certain
events coming along where I will get the
chance to meet more of you for the first
time. In particular, there is a planned
gathering ‘oop north’ as many of the club’
888/851 owners that can be gathered
together in one place will be at Ains
Casson’s gaff so maybe we can have a
chat there (hope this goes out before the
event). As always, I want you - the
members - to tell me (constructively) about
any ideas you might have on how we can
make the club better. Even if you feel that
it has been said before don’t hesitate to
speak up again and eventually we should
be able to tackle every issue that comes
up in conversation and at the same time
enjoy every thing we can about our
Ducatis. And finally, what was said at the
Presidents meeting in Italy is that Federico
DESMO157 A lost love rekindled
A la recherche de l’amour perdu,
or a lost love rekindled
I saw my first Ducati as a 13-years-old, Dell’orto SS1 carb and the bottom half of
motorcycle-mad schoolboy. It was well an engine stamped “ST”, containing a
out of place in a really shady second-hand close ratio gearbox. The engine came
shop, next to some smelly settees and back a couple of months later looking
items of dubious provenance, in my home brand new.
town in the Black Country. It was a 175cc Over the winter I enrolled on two
Silverstone. Originally imported by Mike evening classes – one for metalwork and
Hailwood’s dad. Metallic cherry red and one for MIG welding. I made some
gold. Clip-ons and a jellymould tank. brackets at the one class and welded them
Swept-back zorst and minimalist to the frame at the other.
mudguards. A bloody big headlight and The front fork stanchions went to
an overhead cam. Love at first sight. My HCP&G in Ollerton for hard chroming, the
knees trembled and my jaw dropped. Until seat to R K Leighton in Birmingham for
then, I had thought my elder sister’s recovering, the painted parts to JBS in
boyfriend’s D1 Bantam was the East Coker for spraying, the plated parts to
embodiment of cool. Or maybe the Doug Taylor in Banwell for chromium and
baker’s wild son’s Tiger Cub. I never saw zinc-plating, the wheels to James
that Duke again, but I never forgot it, and Wheildon in Salisbury for rebuilding, the
in 1980, some twenty-one years later, I brake shoes to Supreme Motorcycles in
saw another one hidden at the back of a Earl Shilton for relining, the cables to
London dealer’s. I bought it for 200 quid. Venhill in Dorking for fabricating. All of
It had come to the UK in a container with a these deliveries were done by me and
load of Sunbeams, from Portugal. So it Daisy Dog on our trusty Guzzi ditchpump
was probably a Barcelona-built Mototrans sidecar outfit. And all the parts came back
bike. A motocrosser, whose sister I was, looking like a million bucks. Tyres, tubes,
shall we say, escorting at the time, took it rim tapes, fasteners, ignition coil, bulbs,
home for me in his van. fuel pipe, HT lead and a load of odd bits
Fast forward to 2003. I had by now were sourced from the autojumble at the
retired to Somerset and at last I had the February Bristol Classic Bike Show, at
time to restore the 175. I also had the which the DOC had a stand.
motivation in the guise of an entry in the Incidentally, I passed the supermarket in
2004 Moto Giro d’Italia. Ollerton that had been built over the pit
The engine was packed off to former following the miners’ strike. Well, I was in
DOC tool-hire supremo Brian Silver at industrial relations when I had a job.
Moto Marianna with the instruction to Tescos in Midsomer Norton, near where I
rebuild it as a Silverstone Super, the live now, is also built over a former coal
“sport-tuned” version of the Silverstone, as mine. Next time you’re doing the
I had also over the years acquired a high shopping, mind you don’t fall down a
compression piston, a FIII camshaft, a bloody deep hole.
DOC GB News DESMO157
I already had a brand new wiring loom 80mph at a steady 30. Or that I took the
expertly made by Scouser John Hinsley pillion rests off as soon as I got back
(where is he now?) for a Mach 1, and Brian home.
Silver helped me to connect it all up, That afternoon me and Daisy took all the
converting to 12 volts via a Podtronics paperwork to the Bristol vehicle licensing
power module at the same time. Former office to get an age-related number, having
DOC regalia man and fellow Giro-riding obtained a dating certificate (1957) from
Silverstone owner Mike Woodford was a the VMCC. I queued for 45 minutes
great help with a modified wiring diagram. behind dodgy car dealers in sheepskin
All of this sounds slick and efficient, but coats, talking a strange language into
my own efforts, including assembling the mobile phones. All was OK except that
bike from a mass of parts into a whole, the bike would have to be inspected, and
were beset by problems and headaches, the earliest appointment was one week
and took an age. Maybe I should have later.
given the complete project over to a It was now 22 April and I was due to
professional, but I was determined to do leave for Sicily for the Giro on 22 May. I
as much of the work as I could. I had had 4 weeks to run the bike in and dial out
spent 35 years pushing a pen in an office, any bugs.
so I was determined to do some proper Did I make it, and how did I get on in the
work at last! Moto Giro? See page 20 of this edition of
My big worry was the time the job was DESMO for the answer!
taking, what with the Moto Giro Mick White
approaching by the minute. All my
suppliers except Brian had taken much
longer than I thought. At one stage it was
touch and go whether the Greeks would
complete the Olympic Games’ building
work before I could finish the Duke. But
finish it I did, and it looked even better
than the Silverstone with which I had fallen
in love 44 years previously.
I booked an MOT and fired the bike up
the night before the test was due. In the
morning I rode it 7 miles to the MOT
station on the original Portuguese number
plate. To my dismay, it failed. It had no
rear reflector and no pillion footrests.
Christ, you wouldn’t get two pixies on the
dual seat. The tester, a good 17-stone,
didn’t crack a smile at this observation.
Next day I was back, complete with the
missing items, and it passed. The tester
smiled. Good job he hadn’t noticed that
the NOS Veglia speedo was registering
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DESMO157 BSB Thruxton
British Superbike Series
Thruxton 6th June 2004
By Sarah Bennett
Photography by Tim J Bennett - TJR Motorsport
QUALIFYING RACE ONE
Having being off the pace for the last few On a humid but cloudy afternoon as the
meetings, the Ducati’s were finally back on lights went from red to green to start the
the pace during qualifying. Emmett was 22 lap race it was Thomas who got the
consistently quick throughout both holeshot. Emmett got a bad start and was
sessions along with fellow Ducati rider back in 4th with the Hawk Kawasaki’s
Dean Thomas who managed to secure chasing him hard. By the end of lap one
pole, his first ever in the British Superbike Smart had relegated him back one more
series. Rutter qualified third just 0.001 place to 5th. Easton got a good start and
seconds behind Emmett with Reynolds in was chasing hard in 14th. The race was
fourth rounding out the front row. red flagged on lap 4 due to an accident at
Easton back on the ETI bike after his the Cobb/Campbell sequence involving
crash at Brands qualified in a Dijon Compton and two spectators one of
disappointing 17th. which needed hospital treatment.
The race was subsequently this time run
as two-parts with the second section
being run over 18 laps. This time it was
Thomas who once again took the lead
ahead of Smart. Emmett didn’t get a good
start and was way down the field in 9th.
For a short while Thomas, Smart and
Reynolds began to pull away from the rest
of the field which was led by Rutter.
Reynolds found a way past Smart and
before long he had been caught and
passed by Lavilla relegating him from 2nd
to 4th within 2 laps. Emmett picked up the
pace and began to make his way through
the field. He passed Ellison, Hill and
Mason and was charging down Rutter.
The front 6 closed up and the freight
train picked up speed. Lavilla hard on the
pace challenged Reynolds and moved into
BSB Thruxton DESMO157
2nd. In the same lap Smart was overtaken
by Rutter and Emmett.
By the time the riders had come around
again to the chicane, Lavilla and Reynolds
had relegated Thomas to 3rd. By the end
of the next lap Emmett took 2nd passing
Thomas and then Reynolds in one hit. By
the time they came round again Emmett
had taken the lead on the track. He
couldn’t hang onto the lead though and
Lavilla took the lead again when they came
around to the chicane one more time.
Emmett took the lead with just one lap
remaining. Rutter relegated Thomas to 4th
and then on the next lap passed Reynolds
putting Reynolds off the podium for the
first time this season.
Emmett lost it as he came out of the
last corner being victorious slightly
prematurely and he almost didn’t cross the
line. In the process he lost the top slot RACE TWO
and relegated himself to 3rd Determined not to embarrass himself in
Race Two, Emmett was on a charge and
this time round managed to secure the
victory. Reynolds, Lavilla and Smart didn’t
let him have it his all way and challenged
him hard for the entire race. Reynolds and
Lavilla were battling and swapping places
with each lap when they came a little bit
close together coming into the chicane.
They touched fairings and Reynolds went
tumbling into the barrier and in doing so
broke his collar bone.
An action packed race, Reynolds was
delighted with Emmett’s result meaning
that he took 5 valuable points from Rutter’s
allowing Reynolds to retain his
championship advantage if only by 8
Smart with another good finish in 4th
moves up the championship table into 3rd
ahead of Kagayama (who did not race
today) and Emmett in 5th.
DESMO157 BSB Thruxton
1 Rutter Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing
2 Reynolds Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
3 Emmett Ducati - Monster Mob Ducati
4 Lavilla Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
5 Thomas Ducati – Sendo Ducati Dienza
6 Smart Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki
7 Mason Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
8 Ellison* Yamaha – Jentin Racing
9 Hill Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
10 Clarke Yamaha – Team Colin Appleyard
1 Emmett Ducati - Monster Mob Ducati
2 Rutter Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing
3 Lavilla Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
4 Smart Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki
5 Ellison* Yamaha – Jentin Racing
6 Hill Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
7 Clarke Yamaha – Team Colin Appleyard
8 Kiyonari Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing
9 Coxhell Honda - Team Vitrans
10 Buckingham* Suzuki – Quay Garage Suzuki
POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 12
RIDER TEAM POINTS - 11 POINTS - 12
1 Reynolds Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki 227 227
2 Rutter Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing 199 219
3 Smart Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki 140 153
4 Kagayama Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing 152 152
5 Emmett Ducati - Monster Mob Ducati 121 146
6 Thomas Ducati – Sendo Ducati Dienza 95 95
7 Kiyonari Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing 79 87
8 Richards Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki 78 78
9 Hill Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung 61 71
10 Mason Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung 58 58
BSB Brands Hatch DESMO157
British Superbike Series
Brands Hatch 20th June 2004
by Sarah Bennett
Photography by Tim J Bennett - TJR Motorsport
QUALIFYING together. Miraculously they both stayed on
Kagayama was consistently fast during the and made it into the first corner safely.
free practice sessions and then qualifying. Emmett had a good start and sat in
He broke the lap record for qualifying and behind Mason to feel their way around the
was also half a second faster than the circuit in very wet conditions.
fastest race time. Emmett took the lead at Graham Hill
Emmett wasn’t far behind him though Bend and pulled away from Mason.
and was narrowly beaten for pole position. Reynolds though was on a charge and
Thomas couldn’t repeat his success at moved past Rutter and then Mason with
Thruxton was disappointingly back in 7th relative ease to charge down Emmett.
Despite being very wet the sun began to
and was one of the only riders not to
shine and in some places there were signs
improve his first qualifying session time.
of a drying line. Within 2 laps Reynolds
Haga and Haslam enhance the line up
had caught Emmett and the pair were
and with Haga in his current form he will
changing the lead every corner. By the
no doubt challenge the British riders for a
time they crossed the line to start lap 9
Reynolds had passed Emmett and
Iain Macpherson replaces Stuart Easton
managed to make the move stick. He
on the ETI Ducati. John McGuiness
pulled away slightly and within half a lap
replaces the injured Glen Richards on
had pulled out a 1.7 second advantage.
board the Hawk Kawasaki and Haydon still
Smart who was challenging well in 5th
replaces the injured Plater.
pulled into the pit lane, adjusted something
on the bike and re-joined the race onto the
RACE ONE come back in half a lap later, he
Having rained during the earlier races the subsequently retired with a problem with
track was looking as though it would be the relay.
damp for the Race One but 20 minutes On lap 10 as Ashley fell at Paddock Hill
before the sighting and warm up laps were Bend and the safety car came out onto the
due to start the heavens opened meaning circuit. It didn’t go in until the end of lap
that the riders were then allowed to have a 14 allowing the riders to re-bunch up.
7 minute wet practice. As the green flag was waved signalling
With the riders lining up with full wet the re-start, it wasn’t long before the action
tyres, it was Mason who got the holeshot re-commenced and the first was as Mason
but the action was further down the field made a move on Rutter at Druids. He
as Kagayama and Hill had a coming unfortunately ran wide and just as Rutter
DESMO157 BSB Brands Hatch
recovered from that move
McGuiness made an attempt
and also made it stick. He
soon left Rutter way behind
and was on the back of
Emmett and looking very
threatening. Kagayama also
overtook Rutter and the
Honda rider was relegated
from 3rd to 5th within a lap.
Reynolds took the
chequered flag with a 5
second advantage over
Emmett who somehow
managed to hold off
McGuiness to take 2nd. Mason who had Emmett got the holeshot from Hill with
been running well and challenging the Kagayama, Smart and Haydon chasing
leaders came off on lap 18 wasting all his hard. Race One winner Reynolds on his
hard work. spare bike due to his number one bike
having a misfire had an awful start and
RACE TWO was back in 10th with it all to do. By lap 5
The riders had a difficult decision to make he had moved up 7 places to 2nd with a 5
with regard to tyres for Race Two as the second deficit to Emmett to make up. By
track was still very wet from earlier rain. lap 9 Reynolds had not only closed the
Thomas was the only one who opted for gap but passed Emmett as they crossed
an intermediate rear tyre, all the other the start/finish line. He pulled out a
riders went for full wets. Thomas opted for massive advantage but with just 2 laps to
the wrong tyre he was running 2nd to last go Reynolds began to slow (due to a
and just about staying on the bike. He puncture) and Emmett closed the gap and
eventually retired on lap 15 as the rain passed him with ease. Haslam, the mid
began to fall again. race mover was by now in 3rd and also
passed Reynolds. Haslam then passed
Emmett to take the lead and took the
chequered flag with a 5 second lead. Lap
by lap Reynolds was getting slower and
slower. He finally crossed the line in 7th
picking up 9 points. In terms of the
championship Reynolds still maintains the
lead as Rutter had a dreadful race and
could only score 2 points finishing back in
A great race by Haslam with a deserved
win but disappointing for Emmett not to
have picked up full championship points.
BSB Brands Hatch DESMO157
1 Reynolds Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
2 Emmett Ducati - Monster Mob Ducati
3 McGuiness Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki
4 Kagayama Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
5 Rutter Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing
6 Haydon Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
7 Hill Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
8 Haslam Ducati – Team Renegade Ducati
9 Corke* Suzuki – Sovereign Engineering
10 Thomas Ducati – Sendo Ducati Dienza
1 Haslam Ducati – Team Renegade Ducati
2 Emmett Ducati - Monster Mob Ducati
3 Kagayama Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
4 Haydon Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
5 Smart Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki
6 McGuiness Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki
7 Reynolds Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki
8 Hill Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
9 Coxhell Honda – Team Vitrans
10 Mason Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung
RIDER TEAM TOTAL AFTER RACE ONE TOTAL AFTER RACE TWO
1 Reynolds Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki 252 261
2 Rutter Honda – HM Plant Honda Racing 230 232
3 Emmett Ducati – Monster Mob Ducati 166 186
4 Kagayama Suzuki – Rizla Suzuki 165 181
5 Smart Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki 153 164
6 Thomas Ducati – Sendo Ducati Dienza 101 101
7 Hill Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung 80 88
8 Kiyonari Honda – HM Plant Ducati 87 87
9 Richards Kawasaki – Hawk Kawasaki 78 78
10 Mason Yamaha – Virgin Mobile Samsung 58 64
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World Superbike Series
Silverstone 13th June 2004
by Sarah Bennett
Photography by Tim J Bennett - TJR Motorsport
QUALIFYING Laconi. Toseland dropped off the pace
Laconi clinched his fourth pole position so slightly and was 6 seconds behind Laconi
far this year with his team mate Toseland with Haslam chasing his tail pipes.
in 4th. Chili who had been consistently Toseland who had managed to hold off the
fast during the qualifying sessions had to advances of Haslam could not do so
retire in the Superpole and as such starts anymore and was passed not only by
from 16th. Ellison the only wild card entry Haslam but also Martin leaving him to hold
this weekend due to the new tyre off the new advances of McCoy. His tyre
regulations qualified well in 7th. choice different to that of Laconi was a
Haga and Haslam on board the bad choice and left him wide open to
attack when he should have been the one
Renegade Ducati’s put in some fast laps
on a charge and challenging for the lead.
throughout the sessions and started
Toseland who despite a poor tyre choice
Superpole in 3rd and 5th respectively,
had managed to hold onto 8th position
places which they subsequently couldn’t
until he crashed on lap 12.
manage to improve.
Walker riding with 3 broken ribs was
riding superbly well and challenging well in
RACE ONE 8th when he crashed at the exit of
Haga got the holeshot but lost the lead to Brooklands.
Vermeulen within the first lap. Toseland Laconi the fastest man on the circuit got
got a good start and beat his team mate passed Chili but with a 6 second deficit to
Laconi into the 1st corner. Chili had the leaders it was unlikely he was going to
moved from 16th to 8th by the end of the make a challenge for the lead. Just as it
1st lap and was pushing the Foggy looked to be a foregone conclusion for the
Petronas bikes to the limit. podium places, Laconi made a mistake
Haga took the lead into Stowe Corner allowing Chili to sail back through.
and him and Vermeulen began to pull away Bridge corner was the place where
from the rest of the field. By the end of Haga took the lead but he then ran wide
lap two Chili had not only passed Corser and allowed Vermeulen back through.
and Walker but he managed to get past Laconi went down at Woodcote corner
Laconi and Toseland to move into third. and with both Fila riders not scoring any
The F02 bike beating the F04 machines. points the championship table remains the
Haga and Vermeulen were dicing for the same leaving Toseland still leading by two
lead allowing Chili to close the gap but points.
Chili in turn was being charged down by As hard as Haga tried on the final lap he
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could not seem to find a way passed all to do. Chili didn’t fair so well and
Vermeulen. Just as all the Ducati fans had ended up in the gravel trap. In the
given up all hope, he somehow he found a meantime Laconi overtook Haga to take
way through and the he took the second. Haga wasn’t relinquishing the
chequered flag with just 0.150 seconds position easily and was all over the back of
separating the pair. Laconi. When the three riders went into
Having lost 4th to McCoy in the final the same corner in a line up it was Laconi
few corners, Haslam almost lost 5th as who lost out and moved back into third.
Martin was hot on his heels but he Haga tried to go around the outside of
managed to just hold it together to cross Vermeulen but he couldn’t make the pass
the line with just 0.02 separating them. stick. He tried another move on Vermeulen
a few laps later and once again couldn’t
make it stick. On the final lap Vermeulen
RACE TWO and Haga had dropped off Laconi by
Despite the number of crashes in Race about 2 seconds and once again Haga
One all the riders lined up for the 400th tried every move possible to pass
World Superbike race. The first race was Vermeulen. This time out though
held at Donington and was won by the Vermeulen was ready and Haga couldn’t
current Team Manager of the Ducati Fila find a way past and had to settle for
Team Davide Tardozzi. second.
Toseland damaged his thumb in the Haslam had a lonely ride for the
crash but was raring to go for Race Two. remainder of the race finishing in 4th.
Drama erupted before the race had Toseland having disposed of Ellison moved
even begun as Corser could not get off the up into 5th and had a four second deficit
start line for the warm up lap and as such to Haslam. Needing every single point
had to start from the pit lane and use the possible to aid his championship
spare bike. campaign he tried extremely hard to close
Laconi and Toseland both opted to use the gap but the gap just got bigger and he
the same tyres as race one which seemed was in danger of being caught by Martin.
strange considering their problems in Race Corser who had started from pit lane
One. moved through the field to finish in 9th.
Haga once again got the best start off Walker had a brave race and finished 12th.
the line to lead the pack into the first corner. Ellison who did not finish race one had a
Chili got another good start and was up superb race and finished in 7th.
into 7th before the end of the first lap.
Vermeulen moved into the lead coming
into the Stowe Corner on lap two.
Vermeulen, Haga and Laconi began to pull
away from the chasing trio of Toseland,
Chili and Haslam.
Toseland and Chili had a coming
together and Toseland had a trip across
the grass relegating himself to 6th with it
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1 Haga Renegade Ducati
2 Vermeulen Ten Kate Honda
3 Chili PSG – 1 Corse
4 McCoy XEROX – Ducati Nortel Net
5 Haslam Renegade Ducati
6 Martin D.F Xtreme Steriligarda
7 Corser Foggy PETRONAS Racing
8 Borciani D.F Xtreme Steriligarda
9 Bontempi Zongshen
10 Clementi Kawasaki Bertocchi
1 Vermeulen Ten Kate Honda
2 Haga Renegade Ducati
3 Laconi Ducati Fila
4 Haslam Renegade Ducati
5 Toseland Ducati Fila
6 Martin D.F Xtreme Steriligarda
7 Ellison* Jentin Racing
8 McCoy XEROX – Ducati Nortel Net
9 Corser Foggy PETRONAS Racing
10 Clementi Kawasaki Bertocchi
* Wild Card
RIDER TEAM POINTS
1 Laconi Ducati Fila 171
2 Toseland Ducati Fila 168
3 Haga Renegade Ducati 139
4 Vermeulen Ten Kate Honda 137
5 Chili PSG – 1 Corse 129
6 McCoy XEROX – Ducati Nortel Net 128
7 Haslam Renegade Ducati 113
8 Corser Foggy PETRONAS Racing 95
9 Martin D.F Xtreme Steriligarda 93
10 Walker Foggy PETRONAS Racing 82
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THE STORY CONTINUES….
These guys are even older than their bikes. L-R Mick Finale di Pollina
White, Brian Silver, James Binnie on the last night
tankfull, which was the sort of mileage we
In the 3 weeks leading up to departure for might encounter in the Giro. And that the
Sicily I did over 1000 miles on the 175, bike didn’t falter in torrential rain – on one
trying my best to find its weaknesses. I afternoon it went from a show winner to a
did indeed break 2 rear chains (until I rat bike, so filthy was the weather. So I
realised I was using unsuitable lightweight was pretty confident when I delivered the
chain left over from my racing days), I fully run-in and fettled bike to Dave
discovered what was likely to work loose, Knibbs’ place in Hove to be loaded up
and that the front brake and speedo drive with the other DOC GB bikes for their
were useless. overland journey. We riders flew Easyjet a
On went the week later.
wheel and Brian Silver had in the meantime
brake plate erected a super new garden shed, and in
from my Mach the process had secured sponsorship for
1, which have the DOC GB team from Shed Monthly
the stopping magazine.
effect of an The first day was spent in Civitavecchia
unlit skip. I on the mainland, going through the
also found that registration process – a study in Italian
both the bike bureaucratic chaos - and getting the bikes
and I were scrutineered. Heavy showers didn’t bode
capable of up well for the week ahead, but they passed
Mike Woodford demonstrates his to 200 miles in over and we had no more rain to speak of.
mastery of the Italian language
a day, on one That night we rode down to the port and
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boarded the boat to Palermo.
The whole entry rode in convoy the next
morning from the harbour to the start of
the MotoGiro in Casteldaccia, about 15
miles along the coast. This was a
nightmare journey through rush hour
traffic, and I had to stop 3 times to let the
engine and clutch cool down. But soon I
was away, riding over the bouncy castle
starting ramp, negotiating one of the
numerous timed slalom trials, and out onto
the open road. Immediately I hit a problem
Awaiting the off at Finale di Pollina
– my twistgrip worked so loose that I was
having to hold it on all the time - not good general where there were particularly poor
round hairpin after hairpin. At this early stretches a member of the organising
stage in the event I had no idea of timing, Dream Engine team would be on hand to
so I didn’t stop to fix it in case it made me slow us down. Mike Woodford again
late – I carried on until the first time check suffered a setback when he collected a
about 80 miles distant, when a quick rear wheel puncture, but a spare inner tube
twiddle with a screwdriver solved the was produced and he was quickly on his
problem. During the day several of the way again. I apologise now to the family
Brits fell off, including Mike Woodford who of the departed soul in the hearse, which I
broke a footrest off his 175 Sport – later overtook on a mountain road with
welded back on by the Ducati works millimetres to spare. Back at the parc
mechanics, who seemed to be ferme I had to adjust the steering head
everywhere. races, the result of the pummelling the bike
Day 2 of the Giro was the hardest. We had taken during the day. There was also
covered 180 miles of rough mountain quite a lot of oil on the outside of the
roads and hairpins, with one stretch just engine, which had until then been oiltight.
loose gravel about 6 inches deep. There But the bike was holding together well,
was lots of evidence of earth movement and sounding superb through the Conti
and severe heat, which had rippled the megga. When the day’s results were
tarmac just about everywhere. But in posted, Ross James found himself in
second place on his Parilla. That night we
all slept soundly, despite the efforts of a
particularly obnoxious DJ at the outside
In contrast, the next day featured much
smoother roads and great scenery,
although we did hit a short stretch of very
wet road, the result of a squall of rain.
One time check was in the town of
Ross James, Brian Silver and Mike Woodford Corleone, where we were served delicious
before the start of Day 3
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local cheese by a couple of delicious local
girls. Just before the finish, I caught up
with the Tourist Class, dawdling on
modern bikes, escorted by police outriders
with flashing blue lights. It gave me great
pleasure to overtake the lot of them.
Claudia Hunt meanwhile, riding a 500
Pantah in the Taglioni Class, was
practising her hairpin technique and had
by now perfected it; it comprised a
The 175s of Mick White and Mike Woodford at
wheels-locked, tyre-smoking approach,
coming to a stop inches from the Armco
and a 500-foot drop beyond. Very
impressive, and a career as a stunt rider
surely beckons. The finish that night was in
a rather splendid square in Terrasini,
overlooked by a huge duomo. Capirossi’s
works Desmosedici was on display for all
The start next day turned into a fiasco.
After the first 50 riders had been flagged
The DOC GB team at the final control, Montelepre. off, the proceedings were brought to a
Standing L-R: Brian Silver, Ross James, Mike sudden halt. It transpired that the mayor
Woodford, James Binnie, Colin Binnie. Kneeling, L-R:
Andrew Hunt, Claudia Hunt, Mick White
had not given permission (not been
bribed?) for his town square to be used in
that way. While the organisers tried to sort
things out, the riders voted with their feet
and we rode off after about half an hour,
without completing the timed slalom test.
This was to be the longest day and we had
to be on our way. Later the test was
cancelled and 45 minutes was added to
the day’s leg in compensation for time lost.
Out on the road, I saw up ahead a
“How will I get this in the overhead locker?”
Ross James (right) with 2nd place trophy, Brian Silver mountain shrouded in cloud. As I got
(left) with Ross’s 9th place cup. nearer I realised that the next time check
was on top of the mountain in a small town
called Erice. The town’s streets were
appalling, consisting of huge slippery
cobbles, but the view from the top – above
Brian Silver, somewhere
the cloud level – was superb. James
in Sicily. Note two Binnie didn’t appear at the time check –
fingers on the brake. his 175TS had blown a condenser and he
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was scooped up by Norm, the irrepressible Montelepre. We all arrived safely and
driver of the back-up van. Later that night posed for a team photo. Dave Knibbs,
Brian Silver fitted a new condenser and who had arranged the transport from the
James was back in the action. UK for the bikes, arrived to a hero’s
A long stretch of dual carriageway to welcome, having covered the whole 5
the next time check at Caltafini was very days, on time, on the smallest bike in the
tiring, but worse was the rush hour traffic Giro – a 75cc Aero Caproni. From
in Alcamo during which Brian Silver was Montelepre, we all rode en masse with a
punted off his 175 Sport by a car, police escort, first to the seaside town of
fortunately without damage or injury. In Mondello where all the sponsors’ banners
Sicily, car drivers don’t just drive out of and bunting made a carnival atmosphere,
side roads into your path, they reverse out. then on to Palermo to board the boat back
The roads were ever more slippery, to the mainland.
producing slides for everyone. The cause There was a gala dinner on the boat as
was a road surface made up of tarmac it made its way overnight back to
embedded with granite chips – it was even Civitavecchia, and at the prize-giving, Ross
slippery underfoot. Andrew Hunt fell off James was presented with a huge cup and
his Taglioni Class 450 Desmo twice and a smaller version, for finishing 2nd in his
attracted the interest of the local police, class and 9th overall. Well done, Ross. I
whom he upset, narrowly escaping a night remember leaving the boat’s nightclub at
in a Sicilian gaol – but found himself about 3.30am, but not much after that.
topping the leaderboard in the timed tests. The Moto Giro was one of the most
Light relief was provided by the flock of gruelling, but satisfying, events in which I
sheep being herded down the main road have competed in over 40 years of
by a dog cheerfully padding along the motorcycling. I hope to do it again,
central white line, and the horse being led perhaps in 2006. If you get the chance,
down a stretch of motorway by a guy don’t hesitate – do it before the Italian
sitting in the back of a hatchback. Only in government, or Brussels, find a reason to
Sicily….. ban it all over again.
Colin Binnie, on a 350 Desmo, rode well The DOC GB team would like to thank
all week, and held a leaderboard position our sponsor, Shed Monthly magazine.
for several days. His main job, though, If you ever go to Sicily and find a copy of
was to keep his dad in check. Someone Shed Monthly, it’ll be Claudia’s.
has to keep James Binnie in check. Huge thanks also to Brian Silver who
That night the hotel chef baked a huge built, or part-built, nearly all the DOC GB
cake in honour of the Moto Giro and we all bikes and was always on hand throughout
gratefully partook of it. the Giro with help and advice.
For me, the last day was a case of
nursing the bike round and trying not to fall Mick White
off. The Duke wanted to rev, though, and I
could almost feel Taglioni’s presence up
there somewhere willing me to go faster.
The last time check was in a town called
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DESMO157 The WDW 2004
The WDW 2004 experience –
by Craig Mansfield Perry
OK, so where to start. Well I guess at the
ferry port in Dover would be a good idea
as we had all agreed to meet there bright
and early on the Friday morning for the
10:00 (not 10:30 guys) ferry to France.
I was obviously the first bike there as I was
at the front of the queue next to what I
assumed to be a Spanish tourist going
home. Not long after getting off the bike,
the chap got out of the car and asked
“How’s the bike [749s], it looks very fast.
Bet it’s faster than my 851 Tricolore
anyway”. You could have knocked me
backwards with a feather, I’d always
wanted an 851 and to meet someone who
seemed very passionate about his bikes
(we spoke for a good 30 minutes about
Spanish roads) was a really good start.
Well, 09:30 arrived but no bikes and I
was beginning to think I’d gone to the
wrong place. Ah, that tel- tale sound soon
made me feel better as several beautiful
red Dukes descended on the waiting lane,
soon joined by the rest of the bikes (all bar
Charlie who hadn’t checked to see if there
was a 10:30 ferry) making a total of seven
bikes, 750 Paso, 907ie, 900ss, ST4, two
748’s and my 749, and eight adventurous
At 09:45 we all started to board the ferry
and make our way to the “lounge” for the
2-hour journey to France.
Once in Dunkerque, we agreed to meet
at the first service station for fuel and a
route debrief. The sight and sound of
seven v twins must have been off-putting
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to some of the locals as not everyone had found out his passport has expired) and
the original cans on, strange that. Well, Austria. Gary removes his lovely 851 from
sure enough, not long after starting off, the comfort of the van, taking us to eight
you could tell we hadn’t gone the right way Dukes for the day.
as we went up a slip road, stopped and Charlie now joins us with his 888, as he
started to look at the map. Starting the caught a later ferry, so now there are nine
journey again, we headed in the direction Dukes in our little party, ought to scare a
we had just come from then found another few people today then.
road to take us into Luxembourg and We head through Germany, Switzerland
Belgium. and Austria during the day and find some
Arriving at the first service station, we very nice roads but due to the differing
were greeted by the smiling faces of speeds at which we are riding, we split
Graham [Stoppani] and Gary [Brook] who into two groups, the sensible group and
had arrived in the van ahead of us. After a the sports bike riders. In Austria we find
fuel and fluid stop, we headed off again, what can only be described as the ultimate
aiming for our first nights stop in Nancy. set of twisties up a hill to the top where
The seven of us arrived at the hotel and two handily placed restaurants await our
began to try and contact the van when it custom. These roads are awesome and
hadn’t arrived some time later. We really show what a Ducati is meant to do.
eventually found out that there were two Suitably happy, we all wait for the
hotels in Nancy in the same chain so the remainder of the riders to join, but are
van had of course gone to the other one. slightly concerned when Charlie doesn’t
Not daunted, Graham and Gary left us and materialise after 10 minutes.
headed for food, beer, a bed for the night. Graham arrives later in the van to tell us
that Charlie’s rear brake had seized and he
DAY 2 will be here soon. Sure enough he soon
06:30, someone’s knocking at the door. arrives and looks as though he needs that
Carlo wants the key to the chain I’ve used drink.
to secure the bikes together so
he can replace his chain. The
next hour is spent by all in the
car park watching Ducati trained
technicians remove the chain
from Carlo’s 748 with a selection
of factory tools as can be seen
from the photograph below.
Somehow don’t see Ducati
Manchester using a hacksaw and
hammer on my bike !!!! home).
Bike fixed, we all start our
second day, and today we are
heading for Switzerland (All
except Mr Stoppani who has just
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Off we go again, heading
back into Switzerland and
hoping to make good
progress and cross into
Northern Italy by nighttime
ready for a short blast to
Misano Adriatico the next day.
Well, guess what, when it gets
to 18:00, we’re still going
through Switzerland at speed
and those mountains don’t
look to be getting close
quickly. We stop at a service
station for a refuelling break,
bikes and riders, and ask how
far, “HOW FAR !!!!!!!” Well, it
looks as if we won’t make it
to our intended destination,
but we decide to push on to see if we can road. We ride higher and higher, the
make it to Italy tonight. We ride for about temperature gauge dropping a degree or
another 30 minutes and come down into a two every 5 minutes and the roads are
small village and find…………….the other getting exceedingly tight in places making
group stopped in a car park ready to head it necessary to slip the clutch in first gear
the way we had come. After much soul- to get around some of the switch-backs.
searching, OK 5 minutes, we decide to We keep going, but realise its getting
stay here for the night and make a start cold and high as we pass a group of skiers
early tomorrow morning. The hotel is very and snow-boarders at the side of the road.
pleasant, though not as cheap as our first We see a café at the top of the pass
nights accommodation, and servers a very and decide that warmth is the best course
much deserved cold beer. Time for bed of action, so a coffee is in order. All the
and the thought of a final day’s riding. bikes are parked up neatly in a line by the
side of the sign that tells us we are now at
DAY 3 the top of the St Juierpass at a height of
2284m, and it’s snowing.
We wake up early and head down for
Hot drinks are the order of the day,
breakfast, well all except Steve [Smith]
hands using the cup more for warmth
who seems to like the bed too much. Once
more than anything else.
fed and watered, we prepare for the
Our little stop is made even more fun by
ride……….wait where’s Steve, oh, he’s just
the Ferrari that pulls up, with its English
gone for breakfast.
owner asking if he can take a picture of his
Eventually, we all start off up into the
car with our bikes. How cool is that??
hills. My temperature gauge says it is a
We soon head off, making our way
relatively mild 16 degrees, so not too bad,
down into the warmer climes below. Snow
and just a very fine mist to dampen the
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turns into patches of green, patches of Two things wrong now, tent zips have
green soon turn into carpets and not long corroded and I can’t get into the tent and
after, roadside snow is a distant memory my battery is now flat. Quick improvisation
(as is the freezing hands). with knife, and one problem is
We reach Italy and stop for fuel and a sorted………the other can wait until after a
map reading session and plan the route to beer and a sleep. Eventually, everyone
our destination, but it looks as though it is arrives safe and we head off for the safety
further than we thought so we need to of the bar, conveniently placed right on the
crack on again. The group split into three shore, life doesn’t get any better.
now, with Steve going to Venice to pick up
his partner from the airport and the sports
bike riders off again at the front. And as
sure as eggs are eggs, even this group
split up, leaving me at the back trying to
avoid getting lost. I seem to remember the
roads from last time and at the last minute
see the sign for Rimini. “I’m sure that was
two red bikes at the side of the road, nah,
must be seeing things.”
After what seems like hours and hours, I
find the sign for Riccione and turn off the
Autostrada. At last, I can ride my bike
without wondering if that Fiat Panda 8
inches from my rear wheel is going to
overtake me or just go over me. Just as a
matter of interest, just how fast can a Fiat
I reach the campsite, to be greeted by
Commandant Luigi, “I wanta your
passaport anda your name”. I give him my
rank and serial number, and ask if he has
seen anyone else from the group. “I see Mr
Stoppani, he givva me his passaport” [I’m
sure he did, hehe]. So off I go on a tour
around the campsite trying to find a big
white van, should be hard should it.
Half an hour later, I finally admit defeat
and ring Graham on the mobile; “I’m in the
far corner of the field, as far away from the
entrance as you can get”. At last, I arrive
at the area we have claimed as Camp
DOCGB and set up my tent to the light of
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Silverstone WSB Dinner and meeting
the great GCF !!!!!
Recently I was lucky enough to be given a or similar, I was unlikely to have my bike
ticket from the club to attend the with me.
above…and what a night. Thought I would Imagine my surprise then when I turned
write a few words to share my experience. around and I was about 5 yards away from
We arrived about 5ish, to be taken to the him!! After babbling a load of flannel about
Fila Ducati hospitality tent. We all (about 25 what a fan I was, I asked him if he’d sign
of us from different clubs) parked our bikes my tank with the legendary gold pen he
up and walked the short distance to the carries round with him, to which he replied
paddock. I met up with a few people who ‘of courser’!!! Cue me sprinting to the car
until now I have only conversed with over e- park to get my bike! (Luckily the security
mail. So hello to Spaggy, Keith (I hate guards weren’t jobsworths and kindly
datatool alarms!) Fothergill, Paul (very tidy allowed me to ride my bike into the
851) Stinchcombe and their respective paddocks when I explained my situation.
better halves! All was going well, until I put the bike in
After filling up on Italy’s finest Parma gear and let the clutch out..CLUNK!
ham, salad, steak and tiramisu, we were ARRRGHHH!!! In the excitement (plonker!)
then greeted by Toseland and Laconi who I’d forgotten to take the disc lock off - put a
kindly provided autographs/photo lovely dent in one of the lovely Brembo cast
opportunities for us with JT going the extra iron discs I’d just fitted….
mile by making prank mobile phone calls to Anyway, I got the bike through, GCF
a few peoples mates!! signed it (see photos!!), and this
I asked Toseland (or “tozerlander’ as the unforgettable night was topped of by
Italians announced him during my recent Lorenzo Lanzi's mechanics (of Ducati Breil
visit to Monza!!) if he remembered my 3- SuperSport team) coming over and looking
year-old son helping him play table football over my bike and giving it the thumbs up!
in the DUK tent at World Ducati Week, and And Peter Brooking (of Ducati UK) saying it
to my delight, he did, and signed a poster was one of the cleanest and nicely modified
‘To Connor, thanks for the table football 888s he seen..To quote him “If Ducati
support…James’. But, with the greatest started making these again tomorrow, we’d
respect to James, my night was about to still sell shed loads”!!
get much better than that!!! So, a fantastic night I'm sure you’ll all
As a big fan of all things 888, I have for agree (with the exception of me being a
some time (Fiona and Jilly have been doing muppet and busting one of my discs!!), and
there best to try and pin him down for me!!), thanks to Gary and the DOC GB for giving
dreamed of getting the legendary Giancarlo me the opportunity.
Falappa's autograph on my 888 tank, but
realised the chances of this were pretty See you all at Cadwell !!
slim, as even if I met him at a race meeting Nat - Member 9588
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WSB Dinner, Silverstone
The World Superbike weekend was and Peter from Ducati UK, we were given
looming, when out of the blue an open permission to enter the inner sanctum to
invitation to DOC GB members from Gary the Fila Ducati hospitality.
appeared in my email inbox to dinner with On arrival to the hospitality area, and
the Ducati Fila team. The majority of bike with Spaggy joining us - after a hectic
racing fans, and especially Ducati journey from Staffordshire - we began to
enthusiasts would comment what an realise that we were to be treated in a
opportunity, not to be missed, so just had similar fashion to the corporate sponsors.
to reply. Following a few notes from Gary If it wasn't for the tented areas around the
reminding members of this opportunity, an forty foot catering truck, we could have
email arrived confirming the DOC GB been in an Italian restaurant with the aroma
guest list, including Tiff and I. Apart from and the lively Italian banter as the team
the forthcoming evening, Tiff was very enjoyed their evening meal.
enthusiastic to the possibility of her first The food was excellent with a selection
trip on the 851 after 18 months due to of steak, pasta, salad, and Keith
pregnancy and the subsequent birth of our discovered the Tiramisu that resulted in an
baby. instant stampede and Barbara missing out
On the Thursday evening before the – have you been forgiven yet, Keith?
WSB weekend we headed off to With the meal over Regis Laconi was
Silverstone, and on arrival met an introduced, with an enthusiastic applause,
enthusiastic gathering of Ducati owners particularly from some of the ladies, who
from the various clubs, including Keith and then eagerly waited for his autograph and
Barbara, on the infamous 916, David a photograph with this talented WSB rider.
Bleakman and partner (sorry forgot your The arrival of James Toseland initiated a
name) and Albie. Following our arrival there very enthusiastic welcome, as expected,
was the distinctive twin exhaust note from and the talented Yorkshireman (not bias at
other people arriving including Nat Bennett all!), said a few words regarding the
on his very desirable 888. After a short season’s performance, and expectations
period chatting with members, and Bobbie for the weekend. At the time he happened
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to be at the top of the championship table Rich No you don’t want to see me on duty
with Laconi and Chilli closely behind. By this time everyone was howling with
The usual queues were formed for laughter and quite amazed at JT’s
autographs and photographs, with the convincing ad lib. What a star, and ‘thank
opportunity to snatch a few word with JT. you’ JT for finally putting one over on Rich,
When it was Albie’s turn to meet JT, he after he called me at work during the TT
asked JT to wish his daughter Kimi a (years ago)!
happy 18th birthday, by calling her on his James then invited all to see his band in
mobile. JT had quite a conversation with Northampton on Sunday evening, and with
Kimi, who is most likely still overwhelmed all wishing him well for the weekend he
to have JT call her and sign a poster to made his exit. We then realised that
her. Following the phone call, Tiff and I Giancarlo Falappa had sneaked in, and
looked at each other and came up with the immediately produced GF stickers that he
same idea, why not ask JT to call our was happy to sign. Nat then collected his
Kawasaki owning mate, and would love to bike from the car park for GF to sign the
own a Duke, but won’t admit it. We had bike, which provided a gathering of admirers
group photos with JT, then Tiff asked JT if and made Nat an even prouder 888 owner.
he could speak to Rich, our Kwak mate, JT Sadly it was time to go and, armed with
rung Rich and here’s an idea how the Ducati goodie bags, we prepared for our
conversation went: journeys home and the memories of
JT Hello is that Richard? This is Ducati excellent evening with great food, great
Sheffield atmosphere and brilliant company. Thank
Rich Yes (cautiously) you Ducati Fila team, Ducati UK and Gary
JT From our records we understand that you for informing us of the evening. Mark it in
are a motorcyclist
your calendar for next year, just in case the
Rich Yes (cautiously again).
JT And apparently you own a Kawasaki,
clubs are invited again – excellent night!
would you like to have a test ride on a The evening guests were aware the
Ducati? team appeared to wind down in their own
Rich Not really way after a hectic day in the garage. This
JT You could test ride any bikes in the Ducati was further obvious when Rich and I were
range in the pits on the Friday evening, where we
Rich then apparently claims he recognised noticed from a distance that the team had
my laugh in the background
created a ramp for the paddock bike to be
Rich How did you get my details?
The game was nearly up
enthusiastically driven over. Not satisfied
JT Just got your name out of the phone with just a ramp, a flammable liquid from
book and we’re ringing around. the catering truck was then ignited. Later,
Rich Right (cautiously) Giancarlo offered his services as a human
JT Actually you are speaking to James obstacle, and after some Italian banter was
Toseland, I’ve got your mate Tiff here encouraged not to lie there.
Rich Ah (laughs). And finally, Rich sadly still has a Kwaka,
JT Yip its JT, are you coming to
so wants a Ducati, and still unsure that it
Silverstone this weekend?
Rich Yes I will be marshalling
was JT – but we know different!
JT Oh might see you around, aah or
maybe not ! Paul and Tiff
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SURREY / SUSSEX BRANCH Industrial Estate on a quiet Sunday
morning from 10am onwards.
Well, so much has happened over the last Picture in your mind the scene, and the
couple of months. Our ‘Red Leader’ Mark sound, at 12.00 mid-day when the Police
has asked me to do the branch report for outriders wave away the lady bikers at the
this issue to give him a break, head of that long, long line. the volunteer
Several of our branch members have taken trying to accurately count the true number
part in Ducati events: Dave, Debbie, and of machines in that rolling river of metal,
Carlo rode down to WDW; I took part in on the calculator button, was led away by
the Moto Giro down in Sicily; and Carlo St John Ambulance suffering some serious
and Mark are both doing track days at R.S.I. and V.W.F.. But the real hero was the
Cadwell and Goodwood. We have also lone Scottish piper, hired to play the riders
attended several BSB rounds, all getting a away, in full ceremonial costume, who
good soaking at the last one at Brands. I stood on that junction and played his bag-
hope the weather is better for the WSB on pipes non-stop for the 50 minutes it took
1st August where we will hold our branch for the 6-deep column to clutch-slip past
meeting! him, recycling the shimmering haze of
Big Dave has clocked up some miles on unleaded benzene into his tartan airbag so
his new MultiStrada, with two notable that the skirl of the pipes continued
tours, visiting both Lands End and John without a break until the last bike had
O‚Groats; he is a regular member, riding chugged away up the hill (blue and cream
down from Weybridge in all weather 1967 BSA 250cc Barracuda).
conditions. However, the statistic of most interest to
Our branch meetings are made up of me was the number of Italian machines
ten regular members plus two or three taking part, in general, and those from
occasional, I am darn sure that there are Ducati in particular. Sadly, I have to report
more than a dozen DOC GB members that the figure as a percentage of the total
living in Surrey and Sussex, so get your was, er, Considerably Less Than One! I
butt on the bike and ride down to the saw and heard only seven Ducatis: a very
Terminal Two bar at Shoreham Airport nice 600 Pantah in Hailwood colours, a
around noon on the first Sunday of the late 900SS, a Monster Dark, red 748,
month, we are quite a friendly bunch. Baines 944, new 999, and a beautiful 916
Andy Dazelman. DPS with a beautiful number plate carrying
the same number and letters.
Even the gathering of the Monkey Bikes
WEST COUNTRY BRANCH had 14 machines in attendance I counted
The roads of South Devon have been 32 Lambrettas and Vespas all in one
perspiring under the hottest sun and group. But hey, I‚m supposed to be the
heaviest load of the year so far, in branch rep who rallies the Ducati faithful
motorcycle terms anyway the Plymouth and gets them all to turn out for occasions
Mega-Ride. Best estimates of the such as this one, so it‚s me who need to
attendance this year put the figure at 6500 try harder!!
machines, all lined up along the access Andy Callingham.
roads of the otherwise empty Lee Mill
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MID ANGLIAN BRANCH to find a pub in a more central position to
the area that our branch now covers. I
spent a couple of really tough nights riding
from pub to pub! Finally, I had a list of
pubs to put to the club at the annual
branch BBQ, which was kindly hosted by
Colin and Roz Darlow on June 26th. A
good time was had by all, and I only got
wet going home! It was decided that we
would try The Red Lion at Great Wratting,
near Kedington, for the next meet in July.
On the evening of Wednesday 16th
June, the club had a stand at Meldrith bike
show. (See picture) This charitable event
drew a great number of vintage and classic
Lee Waters 750 F1 outside Red Lion, bikes. There was also live music and
Great Wrasting various other stands. This annual event
I’m writing for the first time as Cambridge raised in excess of £7000.
branch rep. I have taken over from Chris On the first Thursday in July, we held
Marshal who is unable to ride at the the inaugural meeting at The Red Lion at
moment due to bad back problems; we Great Wratting. Steve and I braved it on
wish him a speedy recovery and hope he two wheels, dodging showers on very nice
will be riding with us again soon. twisty roads. It was good to see Lee and
At the meeting on the first Thursday of his newly renovated 1986, 750 F1 for the
June, the location of the branch meetings first time (see picture). Wayne and Colin
was discussed. It was decided we needed turned up a bit later after going to The
Black Bull just in case someone didn’t get
the email and turned up at the old meeting
place. We received a warm reception from
the landlord of the pub who came out to
admire the bikes. It was decided that the
Red Lion will be a good place to hold the
meets from now on.
In keeping with our new venue, we are
also changing our branch name to “Mid
Anglian Branch”, as this name is more
representative of the area we now cover.
I urge new members in our area to
email or phone me, and I will keep you in
touch with other events and ride outs.
Cheers and hope to see you at the next
Meldrith Bike show June 2004, meet.
Wayne & Colin Guy Gagen.
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May social saw but 3 turn up and the May
ride out was just Anne and myself so we
went home to work on the house, but we
had been out for a ride around since early
on because it was such a nice day. It was
subject to WDW and also several people
had been to the Welsh rally the previous
week. Paul, Dave, Anne, Roger and myself
had been to the Welsh Rally for a splendid
weekend organised by Tony, Sian and
Paul. Weather was well organised and of 916's, a 999, 748R, multistrada and a
what a great Saturday night after a 888, there should've been three more if it
wonderful ride out during the day. Paul, hadn't been for: incident one - Rob's 916
Keith and Robert went to WDW so hence becoming a parking space! incident two -
June's social had plenty to talk about and Warren becoming last of the late breakers
pictures to see. June's ride out took us on his 996 incident three - my 955 being
down to mid Wales. Keith, Paul, Anne and deemed a defective vehicle by the local
myself went on the A483 to Llandrindod rozzers (the usual no' plate, cans and a
Wells, Rhayader. Finding some excellent well loved rear tyre).
roads with little traffic. On the outskirts of
Meifod on the A495 Oswestry to
Welshpool (alternate route) is a café called
the Top Shop Tea Shop which welcomes
bikers. Not a bad road either. Stafford
Show in October has had very few people
confirm to want to show their bikes so I
have sent the forms back reserving 20
places so it is first come etc. Contact me
on the Cheshire branch email address.
So all being well the three absentees
SHROPSHIRE BRANCH should be re-built and legal by the
We have just had our fourth meeting and I next meet.
cant help feeling pleasantly surprised in There's been plenty happening, with
the response. I've had flyers made up, rideouts, race meets, the odd pre-race
myself and Rob have been tirelessly dinner with the Fila Ducati team, cheers
distributing them throughout the county, Gaz and theres plenty to come, a few of us
sometimes resulting in high speed persuits are planning to go to the moto GP to fly
just to get the flyer in the hands of a the Ducati flag and I can't wait for Brands!
Ducati owner! So here's to the rest of the summer and
Our last meet, Monday 5th July, saw Ducati riders everywhere!
thirteen Dukes which included a gaggle Cheers, Dave.
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HEREFORD & WYE VALLEY with lots of questions, admiring looks, and
people taking photos of the assembled
We tried a longer run around Hereford,
Hay, Talgarth etc but some of those with a
heavy right hand found themselves
searching for a petrol station open after six
o’clock in rural Wales. This is not easy, but
eventually we found civilization at
Crickhowell. At least it gave the slower
bike (mine!) a chance to catch up while the
748/916/996 crew cruised from closed
forecourt to closed forecourt.
A while ago Rich Llewellyn brought a
mix of the Monster Mob, Stroud & Bristol
Who killed Bambi? Well it was nearly Mark
DOC branches for a run out to visit us.
on his 996. On our usual ride out one
Good to see so many Ducatis filling up the
Tuesday he was cut up by a deer charging
car park. We knew they were coming but
across the road about 20ft in front of him!
the big surprise was the next Tuesday. We
not a lot of time to do anything about it at
got back from one of our evening rides to
???mph! Good thing it kept going & didn’t
find they’d come again! Do they like us,
stop, or it would have been very nasty for
our roads, or our pub? Great to see you all
both of them. It startled him a bit, but
& hope you’ll ‘cross the water’ again soon.
probably not as much as the deer.
We always like to see new faces, so
Someone ought to get out in those woods
anyone else going to visit?
and teach the wildlife the Green Cross
Since then we’ve been to see them at
We’ve ridden almost
every Tuesday making the
most of the weather and
light evenings. Meet at
6.00/6.30pm and scoot off
for about 20 miles or so to
any one of the good pubs
we know, quick drink, then
back to base to see if
anyone else has shown up.
It causes a bit of a
sensation at these places
when 10 or so Red Dukes
appear out of the blue.
Quite a crowd puller and
always a friendly reception,
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Winterbourne Down. Good thing its not We are trying to organise some events
America or Mark (its that man again) could over the coming months, such as GP's,
be charged with ‘statutory rape’ for taking mini bikes and go-karts at 3 Sisters, please
a minor across the state line. Good thing email email@example.com for more
her Dad has a Darmah in the shed or the details.
posse might be out looking for a lynching.
Perhaps he’ll get it back on the road now Hope to see you soon,
he’s seen 2 of his 3 daughters seduced by Paul & Martyn.
motorcycle magic, and the third is due
home from university any day now. How
much more can the man take? Get it on NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
the road Charlie! BRANCH
PS. The extraordinarily loud 250 single
is back on the road, so that’s shut up the Let me introduce myself.
mick-takers, or is it just I can’t hear them? My name is Dave Whittall, and I have
Anyway, who needs Termis when there’s volunteered to be branch organiser for
open megas? the Northamptonshire area of our club, and
I would like all of the members in the area
to get in touch with your contact details,
MANCHESTER BRANCH so that I can keep you up to date with
events. When you get in touch, please take
We have had several meetings since the the opportunity to let me know the sort of
last update and finally the club is really things that you would like to do, and
shaping up with regular members bringing let's see what we can arrange. Please
along their pride and joys, including Andy's remember that I am a new boy to the
450 SCR, Neil's 900 GTS, Martyn's 748, club, and a 'Born again Biker', so be
Ainsley's 888, Paul's 600 & Rob's 900 SS, gentle with me. It was good to meet some
Stu's 888, Denise's 900 Monster, Ian's ST of my new found enthusiasts at the Royal
2 and Roger's Darmah SSD. Oak in Flore at the last get together, and I
The last meeting saw bikes from nearly would like to think that I will get
every era, see picture, despite the the opportunity of meeting many more of
temperamental weather only the 600ss and my club colleagues in the future,
the ST2 missing, had they been there and look forward to inviting you to our
would have made an enviable collection. future events.
Ride outs are still being organised on a
adhoc bases due to the weather, we Dave Whittall
made it up to the Lancaster Ducati Branch Membership No. 9969
meeting which had an excellent turnout. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Martyn, Ainsley and I did our impressions
of a trio of motorbike riding drowned rats
after being caught out 50 miles from home
in a torrential rain storm.
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BRANCH INFO CHESHIRE AND BORDERS
2nd Wednesday - Social meeting, 3rd
Please contact branch reps before Sunday – Rideouts. Meet at The Bickerton
travelling to meetings. Poacher on the A534 between
Broxton and Spurstow.
ABERDEENSHIRE Contact Steve Rose 01829 781271or E-Mail
Position is now being updated. A new Branch email@example.com
rep will be announced shortly. Ride-outs from The Broxton
R/about Picnic Area.
BERKSHIRE & OXFORDSHIRE
1st Saturday of the month, EAST MIDLANDS
lunchtime, the Dog and Duck, Sundays - there is an ad-hoc ride out. It is
Highmore, Nr Henley on Thames strictly on “turn up and suck it and see
Contact Brian Silver on basis”. It’s not a meeting and it is not
01344 487928 Or E-mail guaranteed someone else will be there. 10.00
firstname.lastname@example.org am Donington park Moto
Services J23 A M1. Contact : VACANT
1st Monday of the month at the EAST YORKSHIRE
Golden Heart Pub, Due to other circumstances Jonathon Hogan
Winterbourne Down, Bristol is no longer able to run the branch. However,
Contact Rich Llewellin on 0117986 2662 or if someone is able to take over he is more
E-M email@example.com than happy to pass the branch over. The
Bosville Arms at Rudston nr Driffield is the
CENTRAL LONDON venue to be used.
The Ship Inn, 41 Jews Road, Wandsworth Contact Jonathon on 01262 420 259
London SW18 1TB
Contact Bob Hartmann GLOUCESTERSHIRE
firstname.lastname@example.org Meet at The Wagon & Horses Pub, A419,
Meeting time second Wednesday in the London Road, between Stroud and
month from 7.00pm Cirencester. 8.00 pm First or third
Wednesday. Contact Julian or Karen on
CAMBRIDGE HAS NOW CHANGED TO 01453 731686
MID ANGLIAN BRANCH
Meet at the Red Lion, Great Wratting, Suffolk HEREFORD And WYE VALLEY
1St Thursday at 8.00pm, summer - 3rd Meet second Tuesday 7.30 pm at The Wye
Thursday ride out at 7.30 pm same venue Not Inn, Symonds Yat, Ross on Wye. Contact
Contact Guy Gagen 01449 740571 Dave and Lisa Paskell on 01989 770467
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Meet last Wednesday at The Mercury Motel Meet at the Royal Oak in Flore,
off J5 of the M61 on the side of the A6 West 8pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month.
Houghton. Contact Martyn Edwards on Contact Dave Whittall on 07710 087712 or
01254 707782 or 07977 939136 or email@example.com
NORFOLK Branch meeting is the first Tuesday around
Meet at the White Swan Inn, North Quay off 7:30 pm of each month at the Cross Keys
the A47, 2nd Tuesday 8.00pm. pub in Slyne, 3 miles north of
Contact Ian Mansi 07952 268231 or Lancaster on the A6. For further details on
firstname.lastname@example.org or the meet or future North West Ride-outs
email@example.com contact Stuart Robinson
email : firstname.lastname@example.org or
NORTH YORKSHIRE phone : 07745 885184
1st Sunday at The Hunters Inn, Harrogate
Road, Ottley, 10.30 am for a ride out NEW FOREST
(Summer only.) Contact Steve Smith on Meet 2nd Wednesdays, 8.00 pm, The Tudor
email@example.com or 01423 540505 or Rose, A338 nr Fordingbridge. Contact Dave
07941667240 Leach on 01202 427638 or
Meet anywhere, any time, and usually with SOMERSET
the North/ or South Yorkshire Branch. Meet 2nd Wednesday at The Royal Oak
Contact Gary Brook on 01484 317298 or (Sonnys), Hardington Moor,Yeovil
firstname.lastname@example.org Ride out on most Sundays and Bike Night
Any West Yorkshire members who fancy a every Thursday. Contact Hag Harris on 01935
meet? Just give me a call. 862354 or email@example.com or visit
the website www.sonnysroyaloak.co.uk
Meet at The Robin Hood Inn, Swallows Nest, SOUTH WALES
Rotherham 2nd Sunday of the month from Contact Hugh Malleson
Jan 04, 12 pm-ish. Tel 02920751544 or E-mail
Contact Mick Knight on 07709 308302. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh is acting as contact but would like a
NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE volunteer to run the branch for a while
Meet 2nd Tuesday, 7.30 pm at The Salutation
Inn, Nr Caistor on the A46 Lincoln to Grimsby SURREY/SUSSEX
road. Contact Mathew Lawson on 01472 Meet Thursday evenings from 6-ish at The
859950 or email@example.com Café on the A29 on Bury Hill above Arundel.
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Also 1st Sundays at Shoreham Airport 11.30 HERTS & ESSEX
ish (am). Contact Mark Johns on 01273 Position Vacant?
419918 or 07971 271739 firstname.lastname@example.org
or see Page 37 in Desmo 152 EDINBURGH
3rd Mondays of the month 8.00pm, at The
The Old Wrekin Tap / The Cock Hotel, 148
Royal Albert Inn, Saltash Passage, Plymouth.
Holyhead Road, Wellington, Telford.
Contact Andy Callingham on 01752 228785
First Mondays, Social Night, following
Sunday – Ride-out. David Bleakman 07949
1st Tuesdays at the Rack and Manger Pub,
Stocksbridge Road, 2 miles out of NOTE: Any member who wishes to start a
Winchester. Contact Steve Hillary on 01962 branch please talk to Gary Brook (Club
877996 Steve has requested help due to his Chairman and branch co-ordinator)
racing commitments 01484 317298 or email@example.com
To find out all of the latest news,
offers, and information, join the DOC
GB email list. By sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with an empty
subject line and the words ‘join
docgb’ (no inverted commas) in the
first line of the message body, this
should be all you have to do.
Should there be any problems in
subscribing, then email either
Ducati Owners GB Regalia Collection 2004
• T Shirts £ 10.75 + £1.15 p+p
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You may want to hold onto a previous issue of Desmo 155 because we are no longer going to
repeat in every issue the regalia logo's. What we hope to bring you, as with this issue, are new items
as they become available.
We will be issuing in due course, a regalia flyer which will go out with each membership. We now
have our e-bay shop up and running along with a regalia section on our new website.
We have five new printed 'limited edition' T shirts which are hand printed on heavyweight Hanes
shirts at £11.95 each, plus £1.50 p+p.Sizes M / L / XL. Single colour only.
Plus large across the chest printed logo's in F2 style: colours Blue, Red or Black. or F3 style:
colours Red, Black or White. at the usual T shirt price of £10.75 + £1.15 p+p.
1 2 3 4
1) Paul Smart Imola '72 Tribute T (Grey)
2) 750 Sport 'Tank Design' (Yellow)
3) 750 V twin Crankcase Casting Design (Grey)
4) 851 Squadron (Red)
5) 888 Squadron. (Red) 5
DESMO157 Panigale Parts
Panigale Parts - Bikes, Bits and Accessories
Adverts are free for currect club members Spain. 5 speed engine, which turns over and
and £5 to others. Private sales only. has good compression. Bought intending to
Please make cheques out to’Ducati create a café racer or track bike (some parts
may be available) but must now sell. No
Owners Club (GB)’. Ads may be edited.
reasonable offer refused. Call Bob on
Send details, including membership 01629/540637 or email email@example.com.
number, to: 2001 Y registered 748R. Fitted with Spyball
Bob Fox, ‘Panigale Parts’, alarm, Ducati Performance rear hugger and
Town House, Pingle Lane, Carsington, Termignonis. In red, FSH and mint condition
Near Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4DE. with only 6500 miles.
£6700 ono. Call Deb. 01353 610524 or 07941
New e-mail address: 639506 (Cambs)
Advert4DOCGB@aol.com 916BP Standard trim red 5340 mls.
Very few miles since last service when new belts
were fitted complete with front and rear
FOR SALE paddock stands, 1 year's tax MOT to August,
BIKES £4000 ono. Mobile: 07803 197983. John.
Pantah 600 with MHR style paintwork. 900SS Darmah 1978. Previous concourse
New barrels, heads etc. Bottom end overhaul. winner, still in outstanding condition. Low
New shocks, battery, chain. Braided hoses front Mileage, very original. £2,950.00 Phone 01382
and rear. 2-1 exhaust Good condition. Long T&T. 553353 Dave Ewan for more details.
Goes and sounds great. £2000 ono.
916BP Standard trim red 5340 mls. R reg.
Call Ray on 01403 241097
Very few miles since last service when new belts
>6pm (West Sussex)
were fitted complete with front and rear
paddock stands, 1 years tax MOT to August,
1992 400ss Junior. Official dealer import,
originally designed for Japanese market Unusual
£4000 ono. Mobile: 07803 197983, home
model, but shares most parts with same age
number 01799 521504. John Martin
600ss. Nice original condition. MoT. £800
Phone Tim on 01875 823743 (Midlothian) Ducati 250 Mark III
1972 wide case - 250 cc. Fitted with Ducati
1983 900ss bevel. Powder coated frame, panniers. Metallic crimson with silver -
stainless fasteners and Conti replicas. New paintwork and decals have been restored to
tyres,T&T £4000 original condition. Engine re-furbished by Baines
Racing. Replaced primary gears. New piston
1975 750 roundcase Imola replica. High level and rings, new exhaust, new regulator, new
pipes, powder coated frame, stainless spokes points, new tyres. Taxed and MOT to October
etc. T&T Stunning bike. £4500 ono. Contact 2004. Approximately 31,000 Kms. Price
Gary 01779 479665 (Aberdeenshire) £2,495.00 Contact Nigel Clark, Northampton.
1972 250 Mototrans ‘Road’ for restoration. Tel: 01604 409201. Mobile: 0790 561 5569
Ducati narrowcase single made under licence in Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Panigale Parts DESMO157
BITS Scrambler ‘sidepanel’ bag with winged logo.
New and unused. Zip closure and buckle/strap
Rearsets for Ducati Monster. Brand New.
attachment. As seen in period photos. £20
£130. Contact Mike on 07860675187 or 01472
Paddock jacket in Ducati red with F3 style
logos. Quality construction: Cordura
Dismantling 1997 900ss. Excellent condition, outer/Thinsulate lining.
only 5800 miles. Following parts available:- Little worn as XL size bought in error. In
Frame and log book £500, forks £300, tank excellent condition. £130 new, asking £45.
£160, wheels £100 each, discs £50 each, Call Bob 01629/540637 or email
swingarm £100, seat (no hump) £110, front email@example.com
mudguard £30, headlight
£50, right footrest hanger, footrest and lever £10 For sale due to bereavement, with all proceeds
ea, fairing complete £250, mirrors £25 each. to RNLI:- a complete set of Ben Bostrom
Also available 1989 Supersport complete fairing ‘155’ bodywork for 998.Tank, single seat, front
and seat (with hump, but no cushion). £400. mudguard, nose fairing, offside upper
Complete Superlight seat. Boxed, brand new. and lower panels.
£350. Nearside panels damaged in a spill. Upper is
Please call Nora on 01707 346803 scored, lower has an elongated hole (80x30
(office hours only) mm). For sale as one lot, but only asking £400
(you could pay that just for a tank. BF). Contact
Pair of genuine Ducati Performance Parts Bob, initially by
exhaust cans with chip. email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To suit ST4. As new £225 Call Paul on 01487 (High Wycombe)
748/91/96/98 after market parts: Pair of gold WANTED
Dymag magnesium wheels. Brand new, never
fitted and still wrapped. Would like £900 (Over Baffle for Silentium silencer, as fitted to
£1,200 new). Termignoni 45mm carbon cans Darmah A rusty one to copy would do. Ideally
plus race chip, £185 Tinted Airflow style screen. want the type retained by three nuts, but the
Hardly used,£20.00. (£56 new) Standard screen version held by a single screw would do.
in red, £15.00. All to include postage/ Tel. Paul on 02890 471374 or e-mail
packaging or carriage to UK mainland. Peter or email@example.com
Zoe on (01534) 852880 or peterzoe@localdial
Brand new genuine Ducati parts at around Front offside indicator lens (only) for 1982
half list price. 996 Biposto seat unit £200. Hailwood Rep. Will collect. Contact Mike on
748/916 L & R panels in yellow £150 each. SSIE either 01676/541462 or 07957570635.
various assorted panels in yellow, £140 ea SSIE (Coventry)
upper fairing cowls £85 Ducati Performance
Hypersport alarms (748/9**) £125 Monster seat, Second hand R.H. front indicator for 1981 900
for later bikes £75 748/9** and ST/SSie MHR Ducati,must be in good nick. 01467
tachometers £100 each ST series LCD display 622911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
£100 Contact Nat at email@example.com
888/Corsa petrol tank. Good price paid.
Please tel. Terry on 01624 620360
DESMO157 BMF Show
BMF Show DESMO157
Top five club stands were as follows: 750GT, the engine number revealing it to be a
pre production model with sand cast cases etc
and from the batch that provided the engines for
2. Velocette Owners Club;
the Imola bikes.
Also attracting a lot of interest was Keith
4. Virago Star Owners Club;
Williams’ Difazio framed 750GT, a rarity in itself
5. DOC GB.
being an electric start model, but add in the hub
centre steering and this really was an eye
The BMF never goes off without a little drama
and this year was no exception. First of all,
Keith’s 916 ignition key goes missing and after
trying the keys of all the bikes in the marquee it
was discovered that Paul Graydon’s 900SS key
did the trick. A key cutter was located on the
show site-problem solved. Sarah Buckley then
found a pool of ‘fluid’ building up in the bottom
of her 888’s fairing and realised the tank was
leaking. Fortunately, Steve Blades had come
across this apparently common problem before
When I got this year’s passes through from the and whipped up some Araldite and a patch and
BMF they came with a dire warning about the hoped for the best. Finally, we had the marquee
state of the ground after the recent rains and cleared out and were heading home when
worse still the massive ‘Truckfest’ event. So I Wayne found his 800ss rear tyre flat. It wouldn’t
spent time and money tracking down some take any air so the recovery was called. When
temporary flooring and guess what? When I got Wayne found out the wait for a truck was 3 _
there on the Friday it was bone dry and we even hours he flagged down a passing AA van and
had trouble getting the posts hammered in. But I convinced him to bodge the valve, fill it up and,
guess it’s like taking an umbrella; if I hadn’t got sure enough it got him home.
it, it would have pissed down so I think I must There are loads of people to thank for
have done the whole show a favour. helping to set up the event, notably Colin and
The club’s display was on the same lines as Roz Darlow and the other stalwarts of the
the last few years as it seems to work well, Cambridge branch but I must mention the
allowing thousands of people to see the bikes efforts of Paul Johnstone who brought along a
and promoting the club without being too pushy. huge range of regalia, including the excellent
We signed up around 40 members this year new ‘retro’ range. Paul manned the stall the
including our youngest member Jamie Lee whole weekend and took around £1,400, a
(aged 9 and with dad’s approval!) who is fantastic result. So I am hoping that we made a
apparently mad on all things Ducati and is a small profit this year, which is a bonus in
veteran BMF and DOC stand visitor. Welcome! addition to the goodwill generated with the
But the stars of the show are always the general public by the exhibitors, the people who
bikes and we had a great line up from Paul make it happen.
Graydon’s spotless 2003 900ss to a pair of
1958 175’s. New to the show was a very early Chris Marshall
DUCATI Owners Club GB
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Model Reg No………………………… Engine No………………………… Frame No…………………………
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Stainless Steel Silencers
Ducati Conti Stainless steel
£158.50 per set inc. VAT
NOW MANUFACTURED WITH to fit 350/350/450
LOUVERED INTERNAL TUBE Desmo MKII
AS ORIGINAL £69.00 each inc. VAT
PRICE £278.00 PR inc VAT Stainless steel clamps
£5.80 each inc. VAT
balance pipe to fit
£80.00 each inc. VAT
Stainless steel head
lamp brackets to fit
‘Darmahs’ only as
£51.00 set inc. VAT
PLEASE ADD £10.00 P.P.
Exhaust pipes and head lamp brackets are made from high quality 304
stainless steel, wth an unconditional unrivalled 10 year guarantee.
Callers welcome to our factory between 8.00am - 5.00pm Mon-Fri
and 8.00am - 1.00pm Saturday. For free fitting, or just to view.
KEIHAN SYSTEMS LTD
Unit 24 Padgets Lane, South Moons Moat,
Redditch, Worcs. B98 0RB
Telephone: 01527 518525
Fax: 01527 518526
DESMO157 DOC GB Diary 2004
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 158.
13th – 15th Croft BSB 18th – 19th DOC GB Southern Rally
21st Ulster GP contact Dave Schollar
22nd Brno MotoGP 18th – 19th BMF Tail End Rally.
28th – 30th Cadwell Park BSB 17th – 19th Donington BSB
28th – 30th V-twin Rally, Shaftesbury, 9th Motegi MotoGP
Moto Guzzi Club 26th Imola WSB
29th Southern Centre races,
2nd Qatar MotoGP
3rd – 5th DOC GB Northern Rally 3rd Magny Cours WSB.
contact Steve Smith 10th Sepang MotoGP
3rd – 5th Goodwood Revival 16th - 17th Classic Bike show,
Meeting, Chichester Stafford contact
5th Assen WSB Steve Rose
5th Estoril MotoGP 17th Philip Island MotoGP
10th - 12th Oulton Park BSB 31st Valencia MotoGP
11th Cambs. BBQ – Roz and
Colin Darlow AGM – venue and details to be in
contact Roz Darlow Desmo 158; meanwhile check the club’s
01353 724953 email list and website for further news
12th Southern Centre races,
Killalane Every 2nd Thursday Italian Night at the
Northern rally DESMO157
Northern Rally 2004
The Rally will be held at the BROTHERSWATER INN & SYKESIDE CAMPING park on
3rd -5th September There will be a band on saturday night with a buffet meal, a ride
out around some great roads and a T-shirt for those who pre-book. The pub has a
really nice bar and there is another bar for the saturday evening as well. the price will
be around £20-£25 depending on what the cost of the T-shirt will be. All the rooms
in the inn are taken and there are only four bunkhouse rooms left. These have four or
five bunkbeds to a room and have access to the shower block which can also be
used by the campers. There will be an area roped off for exclusive use to us and
there is a parking area close to the pub and bunkhouse area. At the moment, until
the finances are sorted I don't know if the cost of camping will be included or not in
the rally price. You do need to book at the park if you want to bunk or camp. the
address is:- www.sykside.co.uk where you will find prices and a phone number. If
this works it could become a regular place! I have booked good weather so no