Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monthly Message for November 2011

Hi Folks!

This is a mid-month post because certain important things have happened.

First, the long awaited membership kits from Ducati DOC have arrived in St. Louis. A photograph will be posted as proof on this site as soon as possible.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Monthly Message for October 2011

Hi Folks,

This is a long message, filled with lots of information.  Please read to the end.

The month of October was filled with activities for our club members!

The monthly Bike Night was held on the 4th at Triumph Grill.  This was election night.  The officers and their positions are as follows:

  • Chief Contact Person and President: Gary Kwawer
  • Vice President: Mark Schomaker
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Bob Oesch
  • Ride Captain: Vito Sicola

I appreciate the efforts put forth by the above officers and look forward to another great year.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Monthly Message for September 2011

Happy Fall to all members of the Gateway Ducati Owners Group!
September was a tough riding month for our membership.  Our monthly bike night was cancelled due to its proximity to the Labor Day weekend.  Our monthly bike ride was initially delayed by the Labor Day weekend, then delayed by rain, and was finally completed on the 17th with just two members, Joe Henderson and Raymond So.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Monthly Message for August 2011

Hi Folks,

The month of August has seen moderating temperatures in the Gateway area. Riding conditions have improved. Members of the Gateway Ducati Owners Group have been taking advantage of the lower temperatures and we are out on our motorcycles!
Before recounting the month’s events, some important information must be transmitted.

The September Bike Night is cancelled since it is the day after Labor Day. Also, the September group ride will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 rather than on the 3rd. The rain date is the 17th. Elections for GDOG officers will be held at the Bike Night on October 4, 2011. Only active members can vote for officers. Active members are those who have paid their $20.00 annual dues. Also, payment can be received as of the beginning of the October Bike Night in order to be an active member. If you are unsure of your status, please email me at

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Monthly Message for July 2011

Hi Folks,
This is a very long message, please read to the very end.
July weather has proved great for motorcycle riding, if one doesn’t mind triple digit heat indexes.
On the 2nd, the owners group started out with a ride to Bixby.  There was a brief pre-ride briefing describing our destination and the chosen route.  We left the starting point at 9AM with a total of 9 motorcycles.  Vito led the ride and kept a spirited pace.  The group split into 2 groups- fast and very fast.  At our turn to Potosi off of MO21, we lost 2 riders.  One headed back; the other met us in Bixby.  We returned from Bixby after eating.  All riders returned in one piece.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Note from Pete at Moto Europa

Friends of Moto Europa,

We have two fun motorcycle events coming up in July that I would like to invite you to.

First, on Sunday July 3, we will have our second annual Moto Europa picnic and motorcycle riding day at my lodge outside of Hermann, MO. We will have several demo bikes to take out on the roads around the area as well as off road bikes and ATV’s to take on the 8 miles of trails at my lodge. Bring your family, we will have food, drink, and for those who stay late, fireworks. There is also fishing and hiking if you like that sort of thing.

Secondly, on Sunday, July 31, Moto Europa will be hosting Round 7 of the Missouri Hare Scrambles Championship Series, also at my property. We expect over 150 racers and 400 total attendance. I am looking for volunteers to work as course marshals the day of the race. If you or anyone you know is interested in working the event, please let me know. Of course, if you want to come and spectate, that would be great also.

Please let me know if you will be joining us on July 3 as we are trying to get a head count. Directions are as follows: Take Interstate 70 west from Wentzville, MO to exit 175 (about 35 minute drive). At exit 175, head south on Missouri highway 19 towards Hermann for about 7 miles until you reach County Road K. Turn right at County Road K for 5 miles to County Road HH. Turn right and travel almost exactly 3 miles to my property which is listed as 141 Overkamp Road (Note that the last one and a half mile is a gravel road). All in all, it takes about an hour from Wentzville.

Pete Hall
Moto Europa
3410 Locust
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone (314) 534-3410

Monday, June 20, 2011

MSF Advanced Riders Course Experience

Dear Gateway Ducati Owners Group Members,
What follows is the promised report of my day at the MSF Advanced Rider Course held at Forest Park Community College on June 18, 2011.
The day started with tornado warnings and heavy downpours.  As advertised, we gathered at Tower D by 7:45AM, in a heavy downpour.  Once we arrived in the room, we found out that two of the 6 participants’ significant others (husband or otherwise) were going to deliver their motorcycles at the lunch break.  The remaining 4 riders rode in the rain.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer 2011 Calender Dates

Hi Folks,

Here are some days for our calendars:

June 20, 2011   National Ride your motorcycle to work day
July 2, 2011  GDOG monthly group ride, rain date the 9th
July 5, 2011 GDOG Bike Night at Triumph Grille- drive or ride, just be there!
August 2, 2011 GDOG Bike Night at Triumph Grille- drive or ride, just be there!
August 6, 2011GDOG monthly group ride, rain date the 13th
September 3, 2011GDOG monthly group ride, rain date the 10th
September 6, 2011 GDOG Bike Night at Triumph Grille- drive or ride, just be there!

And most importantly:

Saturday, September 17, 2011  at 3:00PM  GDOG's family barbeque at Motorrad St. Louis.  All family members are welcome.  More details to follow.

Please mark your calendars.

Gary Kwawer
Chief Contact person and President
Gateway Ducati Owners Group

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Monthly Message for June 2011

Sorry about this letter combining two months, but May was a washout for riding motorcycles in the St. Louis area.

We held our May bike night at the usual place and time, and attended to the order of business, electing Bob Oesch as our Treasurer. We discussed the upcoming rides, also the various attempts of our riders to prepare their Ducatis for the riding season.

Thunderstorms and rain delayed the official group ride until the last Saturday in May. Vito Sicola led a contingent of 6 riders on a 4-hour ride, with some riders ending the ride at the Triumph Grill. All riders returned safely.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Photos from the European Auto Show

Courtesy of Gary Kwawer:

Photos from the ride on 5-29

Courtesy of Raymond So:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ducati Demo Truck at Motoeuropa this Sunday 6/12

GDOG Members,

Pete Hall informed me after our meeting this evening that the Ducati Demo Truck will be at Motoeuropa this Sunday, 6/12, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. The truck will be filled with 2011 Multistrada's and Diavel's ready for test rides. Hope to see you there; I can't wait to finally ride one of those Diavel's.

Mark Schomaker

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GDOG on Facebook

Hello Everyone,

If you are Facebook savvy or if you were at the last bike night you know that Gateway Ducati Owners Group is now on Facebook. If you want to post something cool and/or fun, chat for the sake of chatting or you want to see what others are saying please join us. Go to, sign in and search for Gateway Ducati Owners Group.

See you there!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Monthly Message for April 2011

I am writing this note early in the evening of yet another dreary, rainy, April day.
As for motorcycle riding, this April has given us precious few days to go out and engage in our common activity.  Lack of riding has not kept the owners group from progressing on other fronts.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monthly Message for March 2011

As I am writing this note, in late March, spring has broken out in East Central Missouri.  The temperatures are warming up, flowers are blooming, and rain is occasionally falling.  
The March Bike Night was held at on the 1st at the Triumph Grille. It was well attended, with some members riding in and others (me) driving their cars.  After a brief business meeting held during dinner, Mark Oldham from MotoEuropa gave a presentation on suspension settings.  The presentation was informative, useful, and well received.  Several of the attendees asked good questions and received thoughtful and helpful answers.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Join MotoEuropa in unveiling the Ducati Daivel

From the MotoEuropa invitation:

"Join us at Moto Europa Friday March 25 from 6pm - 9pm for an evening of fun, food, and the all new Ducati Diavel. The party will begin at 6pm with great appetizers being served from the Triumph Grill inside our beautiful Ducati showroom. We will unveil this exciting new Ducati around 7pm for the first time in St. Louis. You have heard about it, read about it and possibly even seen the videos, do not miss this opportunity to view this awesome machine in person at Moto Europa. We will also have several vintage Ducati's on display courtesy of Michaels Classics and free Ducati "

Hope to a lot of representation from the Gateway Ducati crowd!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monthly Message for February 2011

GDOG January 2011 and February 2011 Message

Happy February 13, 2011!

As I am writing this note, the sun is beginning to set on a very warm February day.
The riding weather since the 1st of the year has been atrocious. My last ride occurred
on January 29th when Raymond So telephoned me one afternoon and asked if I wanted
to ride. I asked for permission from the boss, was given the OK, and we headed out.
Raymond led us on an 80-mile ride, and we returned in one piece.