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Hey I dont mind this being mostly a "Male" hobby sport.But other then JohhnyB racer Wife< where are the women riders here at, no posts from them and I know Von Blonde visites or at least her other half but seeing all the women on bikes I currently see on the road, there has to me some women riding cafe racers lurking about ...so say a peep or two .
 

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well looks like Von Blonde and JohhnyB's wife are the only cafe women around ,I saw a foursome driving assorted modern sport bikes Sunday two men and two women on sport bikes so it seems most women riders I see are on Harleys and a smaller percent on Sport bikes....Itll catch on to a even smaller percent that may get into the vintage cafe thang .I guess same thing with street bikes the ratio is the sameof men drivers alot of Harleys ,then Sport bikes and the very small group of vintage cafe style riders..Thank god!
 

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I saw a woman riding an 1980's ducati at a bike night recently. I consider that a cafe racer so it's out there. One of the guys that used to work for team obsolete (not sure if he lurks here or not), his girlfriend (wife??) rides an old honda with clubman bars on it.

Nothing beats the 93lbs soaking wet 4'10" doll I saw while living in louisiana, she was riding a fully dressed heritage springer. That bike must have been 4.5 times her body weight, she was tiny, but she twisted the wick like a pro.
 

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More women should get into racing...most have an immediate 50lb advantage over men....a lot of men would kill for that kind of weight off their bike.
At one time we had about 4 women racing in our club at the same time. All of them competent riders.
I hear women are the fast growing sector of the bike market right now...about time...we can use the added numbers.
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a few female friends of mine are really stoked on moto racing. the problem is that since they do not even own or ride motorcycles, the idea of racing is completely abstract to them. " i couldn't do that"... "there are too many things i would have to do, buy"...etc etc. it really is not a big deal. people just have to take the first step. it would be nice to have more woman on the grid. especially when all ya have to look at is tex in a thong.

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well where my shop is on route 1a in salisbury its a path to salisbury beach and hampton beach from boston nothing but bikes go by andy time of day in good weather and in not so good weather(I guess they dont have a car)and I see alot of harley chicks not in a club but independent riders i see sport bike chics on their own bikes have seen stock vintage bikes riden by women looked like they were having a blast but yet to see the female cafe rider but then again I dont see many male vintage cafe riders .Well If i go to vintage day at Loudon I do see more the a few cafe riders.That why I like vintage days at Loudon and Watkins Glen and Lime Rock the vintage stuff is just more nuts and bolts not so cumputer plugged in ,wireless head set communications its all about a small trailor some wrenches and tarp and good people ....well most of them
 

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i ride! though the bmw isn't exactly a cafe racer. i WOULD ride a cafe racer if i could find someone to fix my *#*&@( ducati.

you can see my bikes here

http://www.myspace.com/suki_tawdry

any recommendations for a good vintage ducati mechanic? at this point i'll take it pretty much anywhere in the eastern US.

suki
 

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is that a /2 beemer? Can't really tell from the tank but if it is those bikes are way cool.

What's wrong with your duc?

There is someone on this board who was selling a duc recently on ebay and I think he was a lot closer to you than I am. If you ever find yourself in NYC I have a few people/shops I know who are very good and could work on it.
 

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suki, haven;t heard or seen you in a while. You got the Duc? I thought it was M's.
Where'd he go? There's BCM Duc in NH. I know Pete disappointed the last time . . .
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oh yea - the ducati is mine. the bmw was far too dependable. i needed something fast and troublesome - like a 69 350 mark 3d ducati. and it has not let me down.

i heard that the guys in nh weren't working on older bikes. that seems to be the case with most ducati places. i would happily take it to another garage - i've already put about 500 miles on the bike - in the back of my truck.

the bmw is a 1969 r50/2. not fast, not sexy, but unbelievably reliable. it has never failed me.

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you dont need a ducati guy just a good mechanic,desire and patience ,I work on and fix old stuff all my life so dont be shy .I have fixed professionally more old stuff then most and your stuff is still young in my mind .Italian stuff is only hard getting parts as they dont support thier products with spares like the Brits ..The japanese are close behind the Italians for spares support .British just keep churning out the old stuff week after week .The german stuff is so bullet proof made you hardly ever need parts .

Italian machines I have worked on in the past are ,Alfa Romeos of vintage models,Lamborghini Muira (look up that car)Ferrari Dinos and 308s and one Lancia Stratos (look that car up too)You feel free to call or see me at my shop .suki, George


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Lancia Stratos are badass cars. I didn't think there were any in the states. I still have a model of one of the stratos rally cars on my shelf from when I was younger. A Lambo Muria is also a really nice car, sat it one at an auction once.

a good mechanic can fix anything, reguardless of make. Specalists are nice though because they can answer questions that haven't been asked yet.
 

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The first EXOTIC car I ever worked on was by accident ,I was 13 shooting bow and arrow in my friends back yard in a city south of Boston,when in the parking lot behind the fence I heard wrenches hitting the cement floor."ping"

The lot was run by an old disgruntled man that was over there on occations,and always was yelling at us to keep out or hed call the cops.

Well my arrow went thru the fence and I didnt want the old man to find it and I was very curious about those sounds of wrenches falling.
So I pop over the fence grabbed my arrow and walked towards the sound.

I peeked around the door ready to bolt..at any second, and as I looked around the dark green faded wooded door,I saw on the floor a bundle of blueish chromed exhaust..never seen it but new it was exhaust pipes, looked around the door more and I saw the very very wide rear tires of a FORD GT 40 !!!

One guy was under the gearbox/engine the other guy was sitting one the other tire car was jacked up in the air.as he worked he was setting a wrench on the other tire and it would slip off and ping of the floor. Well that was my chance I ran up picked up the wrench and handed it to him.Hey cool car...what is it.

Hey kid thanks whats your name ,George I said ,do you mind if I help and watch.No just becarefull and dont hurt yourself.Seems these two were from NYC and were driving this white with blue striped GT to the cape, when the engine had such trouble they had to replace it so they shipped the original engine back to NYC and got a engine from a local salvage yard to continue there trip.

Thats when I found them just beginning the swap.Well for three days Id run hope from school and help those two guys handing wrenches asking thousands of questions,and drinking thier "pop" as they called it, I call it soda, till the sad day the GT40 was back together.


Well the last day ,day four I ran up to help and I heard the heart pounding sound of those bundled exhaust make and it filled the lot with such a muscular sound..Man was it cool.As it back out of the garage very slowly not to rip the very low bottom of the car. Neighborhood kids started to gather across the street..they two knew the old man that owned the lot and kept there distance, I was along the GT walking with pride as they slowly treked out the lot and nosed onto the street.

I stuck my hand thru the little half slidng plexiglass window and shook joes hand and ran around to the driver and shook chucks hand and they told me thanks I was a big help and good luck ...I said the same thing back to them. As chuck stabbed the throttle and filled the street with that sound as the wide low white car rolled onto the street I watched it as the neighbor hood kids, ran up to me, started the questions ..hey man what is that ,cool car man,what is it? They all were asking randomly as excited as I,first had been, but now I had cool reserve, as i watched the Ford GT40 burble and churn and growl over one small hill under the road on over the next and was then out of sight .

I turned to the kids and said That ...That was a Ford GT 40.and as they wander back to whereever they had came from ..I walked home half sad, half still very excited about the whole experience .I said to myself Thats what I want to do when I get older! Funny how thinks as kid change your life.
 

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i WOULD ride a cafe racer if i could find someone to fix my *#*&@( ducati.



any recommendations for a good vintage ducati mechanic? at this point i'll take it pretty much anywhere in the eastern US.

suki

Hi Suki
if you are looking for a mecanic for your old Ducati single why not
subscribe to the Bevelheads ?? that is a list for beveldrive Ducatis
lots and lots of knowhow there
i am sure they know of someone in your area that can help you out
go to http://www.micapeak.com/lists/BevelHeads/

Good Luck Eldert
 
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