Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gateway Ducati Owners Group October 2013 Monthly Message

Hi Folks,

Before we go into anything, some calendar items.  The October Bike Night will be held on the 1st at 6:30PM.  We will meet at East Coast Pizza in Chesterfield Valley.  This is going to be a great event as we shall discuss the results of the survey and also have our elections for the officers of the group.  Anyone interested in assisting the owners group move forward, grow, and develop, please let me know.  The grizzled veterans have done a great job, but there will be a time when we wish to enjoy, not lead.  We are looking for new people to begin taking on leadership roles.  The upcoming group ride on October 5 will also be discussed.  This ride is a change is that there are two start points and it is designed for our riders in Illinois to participate.  Also, MotoEuropa will be having a bike night on October 3.  They are celebrating their 3rd anniversary as a dealership.  I plan on attending, as do other members.

Due to the calendar, we did not have a bike night in September.  Instead, many of us went to the MotoEuropa Bike Night on September 5.  I was one of them as was Vito Sicola, Craig McElroy, Nicolae Bica, Steve McCaskie, Jeff and Erica Range, Mark Shoemaker and his son Aidan.  Our members from MotoEuropa were there as well- Andrew Dinan and Chris Kuhn.  It was a fun time.  Some photos follow.

Craig McElroy is standing behind my 2005 Multistrada and in front of his Monster.

Jeff and Erica Range posing atop his Ducati.

Just when I thought I had the only black MTS in the STL area, here is a new couple to the Ducati community posing near their 2006 Multistrada 1000SDS.

The group ride for September 8, 2013 was cancelled due to an inconvenient rainstorm.  Many of us were bummed as we looked forward to the ride.  The ride was held on the 15th instead.  Nine riders plus Joe Henderson showed up and had a great time.  One rider's motorcycle had issues, but he was rescued, the others carried on.

An unofficial ride was held on the 22nd to prepare for the October ride.  The ride was uneventful and all riders returned safely.  The October ride looks to be a great route with lots of fun.  Details have been sent out via email.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Gateway Ducati Owners Group September 2013 Message

Hi Folks,

August started off interestingly.  Apparently, an email line went around discussing the tendency of some of the Ducati tanks to swell after exposure to gasoline mixed with ethanol.  Under warranty, Ducati sent those affected new tanks, made of the same material.  Now, that is how the manufacturer chose to solve the problem.  What I am more concerned about is the fact that the emails get sent in a reply to all, except for me.  I do not want those emails, nor do many others, so please target your responses accordingly.  For those of you getting unwanted email, try deleting them.  Getting angry or sending angry emails does not engender good will.  Also, if you are going to pass on information in those emails, please ensure that it is factual.