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RE: Italy this May and Ulster GP - you have to watch this!!

From: Ron B.
Sent on: Monday, August 16, 2010 6:29 PM

Unfortunately I can’t make it to Italy but you have to watch this sheer lunacy at the Ulster GP 7.5 miles a lap 133mph average.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/northern_ireland/8917148.stm

 

Enjoy it all.

 

Ron

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Alan Talbott
Sent: Monday, August 16,[masked]:42 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [ducati-1] Testing the water on a riding trip to Italy this May

 

Would love to go but after the Colorado trip last week afraid I can't do it. One day I maybe!

Regards

Alan

 


From: Steve Thomas <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wed, August 11,[masked]:05:55 PM
Subject: RE: [ducati-1] Testing the water on a riding trip to Italy this May

I have a tentative ride coming up in September. It's on the Wild Ducs site if you are interested.

 

 

Steve Thomas

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Frank Maiorano
Sent: Wednesday, February 20,[masked]:52 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [ducati-1] Testing the water on a riding trip to Italy this May

Steve....are you going to be on the group ride on Sunday? I might be interested...not sure we know each other, and I'd like to hear more...

 

Let me know,

 

fm

 

-------------- Original message --------------
From: dan <[address removed]>
Hey Steve.. this is very much down my alley.... let me chat things over with the boss and see if she can cover the kids for a week while I go ride.. I am a definate maybe.  Dan

Steve Thomas <[address removed]> wrote:

I'm going to ride in Italy this May late in the month. I do it every year. The last two years were with the Motogiro but I'm tired of that. Before that I did semi self-organized trips. I'm thinking about a week of riding but of course you could extend your trip on either end and ride some more... or drive around Tuscany with your wife. I'm leaning towards Sardinia although I could be persuaded to do another area... there's almost no bad riding anywhere in Italy! With the help of one of the major tour companies I will organize a moto-perfect route and medium-grade hotels. You would be responsible for paying for your hotels, transport to Italy and renting a bike, all meals etc although almost all hotels in Italy include breakfast.

 

Why..? It's more fun with a small group. The route will be two days at each hotel so you only have to travel every other day and the next day do circle routes from and to the same hotel. There is almost no chance of rain in May in Sardinia and most of Italy. The spring weather there is usually California-perfect.

 

The cost? $1300 for air ticket, about $140 per night for hotel, about $150 a day for a bike and $500 for misc = $4000ish plus whatever you spend before or after. Not a cheap trip but that's the price we pay for having a worthless currency. Is it worth it? I sure think so. I have more fun riding in Italy in a week than I do in six months here. The police ignore 95% of the things they ticket you for here like speeding or double-yellow passing. In fact all bikes split lanes in Italy. The roads are incredible, the scenery spectacular, the food divine and wine is the last cheap thing you can buy there. If you ride a Ducati you have to experience the terrain your bike was meant to ride.

 

Speak up if you are interested. This is in the early stages of planning but I will be moving quick. I'm going anyway and I'm going to make it easy for you. You might just have the most fun on two you have ever had!

 

BTW, I get no referral fees or discounts for this... I just like riding with a small group.

 

These are the two tour companies I have used. Either will plan our route free and book the hotels at no extra cost to us as they are travel agents. You can rent bikes from either of them, although you might find better deals at local shops or in Germany.

 

 

http://www.mototouring.com/ in Milan and my favorite although I have used them both

 

 

 

Steve Thomas

Call me if you have questions[masked]

 





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