Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hi Folks,

The month of July is coming to a close with a day of welcome rain (29th), MotoGP at Laguna Seca, and somewhat cooler temperatures than the dangerously hot weather we have been experiencing.  Around the St. Louis area, the heat has made motorcycling uncomfortable, if not dangerous.

Believe it or not, the member kits from DOC arrived at my house during the first week of July.  In order to receive your member kit, especially if you are a non-dues paying individual, you need to show up at our bike night on August 7 at Triumph Grill.  The night should be very interesting with lots of information regarding touring on Ducatis, the direction of the factory and the clubs, and the relationship between the clubs and dealers.  I look forward to seeing you on the 7th.

Looking forward into August, we have two planned events:
            August 4- Group Ride- destination to be determined.  Leaving the QT at
8:15AM to avoid the heat.

August 7- Bike Night at Triumph Grill.  The presentation is by Jeff Pittinger, Ryan Harrison, and Gary Kwawer on touring on Ducati Motorcycles.  Also, important information regarding the direction of the Ducati Owners Groups, as presented by the factory, will be discussed.
The remaining I-70 MCRA Series dates are as follows:

§  Gateway Motorsports Park - Aug 4-5
§  Putnam Park – Sept 8-9
§  Heartland Park Topeka - Sept 29-30
§  Gateway Motorsports Park – Oct 13-14

The July bike night on the 3rd was cancelled due to the proximity of July 4.  On July 7, 4 riders braved the heat, humidity, and cars to ride to Bourbon and back.  Joe Henderson led the ride.  On the outward leg, we had cool temperatures, many curves, and shade.  On the way back, we had hot temperatures, many curves, no shade, and lots of cars in the way to make the ride more interesting.  All riders returned safely on the vehicles they started on.

The last days of July, with the exception of the 29th, are ending with very hot temperatures. The forecast for the beginning of August is for very hot temperatures as well.  In order to avoid most of the heat, the August group ride will leave from the QT on MO109, south of I-44 at 8:15AM.  The ride will not be an all day ride due to the projected high temperatures. 

For those of you who are MotoGP fans, Vito Sicola and Andrew Quinn are arranging the ride to Indy for this year’s event.  Vito can be reached at for more information.

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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