Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monthly Message for April 2012

Hi Folks,

This is a long message, with lots of information, so please read to the end.

April was a month full of activities for the Gateway Ducati Owners Group.  Before we get into the past events, get out your calendar so you can plan for the following upcoming events:

            May 1- Bike Night at Triumph Grill 6:30PM- Raymond So will present
            the route for May 5 group ride.  Other items will be discussed

            May 5- Monthly Group Ride- meet at 8:30AM at the QT on Route 109, south
            of I-44.  Leave at 9:00AM sharp (route map:

May 17- Bike Night at Café Pinxtos 6:30PM- Vito Sicola will be leading the meeting, as I will be out of town.  The presentation is to be announced.

June 2- Monthly Group Ride.  Route to be determined

June 5- Bike Night at Triumph Grille

June 15-17- Arkansas Ride led by Joe Henderson

June 21- Bike Night at Café Pinxtos

Also, from Pete Hall at MotoEuropa, the I-70 MCRA Series dates are as follows:

§  Gateway Motorsports Park - May 26-27
§  Gateway Motorsports Park - Jun 16-17
§  Heartland Park Topeka - Jul 7-8
§  Gateway Motorsports Park - Aug 4-5
§  Putnam Park – Sept 8-9
§  Heartland Park Topeka - Sept 29-30
§  Gateway Motorsports Park – Oct 13-14

Many of you have inquired about track dates.  There they are.  We have seven different opportunities to enjoy ourselves.  Four of the days are in our backyard at Gateway.  Those travel days should be easy.

The official DOC people began to roll out the official DOC club list, which we are on.  I verified our membership list on the DOC website.  Those who did not become members on the official Ducati DOC website last year, please do so.

We started off April with a bike night on the 3rd with Ryan Harrison, Parts Guru at MotoEuropa, discussing the process, procedures, and waiting times for getting parts for Ducati Motorcycles.  Also, Dan Huff introduced their new technician, Andrew Dinan, to the group.  Andrew is familiar to many of us in the group, and we are glad he has joined MotoEuropa and wish him well.

The group ride was held on the 7th with a trip via back roads to Hillsboro and back.  All riders who started the day, returned on their own motorcycles.  The pace set by Raymond was manageable, the roads nice, and cars were minimal, but still there. 

The second night was held on the 19th.  Taxes for most of us were completed.  The mood was light.  Ryan, Dan, and Andrew did an encore performance for us since we have different members at each bike night.  The evening was very low-key and enjoyable.

The month of April concluded with the debut of the Panigale at a gala event held at MotoEuropa.  The evening was great and the unveiling was well orchestrated.  The motorcycle itself has many innovations in design, engineering, and construction that set it apart from the competition.  The recent announcement of Audi’s purchase of Ducati was discussed at the event.   The hope is for continued improvement in design, engineering, and construction as synergies evolve with the new corporate parent.

Please ride safely.  I shall see you at the events.

Gary Kwawer
Chief Contact Person and President
Gateway Ducati Owners Group

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