The other shop that has gone way out of their way to give us a nice send off is Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph.
I didn’t know many of the guys down here, as the shop changed hands since I last owned a Ducati (other than the one mounted on the wall in our living room). So, in an effort to save money, I kept my distance.
Once I decided to take this trip, the next decision was what bike to buy. I chose the HyperMotard. The HyperMotard 1100 EVO SP to be specific, as this one came with better brakes and suspension, in addition to less important (to me) differences.
Carl, the owner of the shop got behind this idea in a big hurry. I don’t mean the idea of the trip, I mean the idea of me buying a $14,495 motorcycle to ruin in the dirt. He ordered me a bike lickety split, and treated me real nice as I took delivery. He even went so far as to order me a very cool larger fuel tank that does not look larger at all, a saddle bag (that looks like a dog house on the back seat of my bike, and anything else I was willing to pay for.
In all seriousness, Carl, and the rest of the crew have been extremely helpful. They have handled every request quickly, called in favors from factory reps to help me with my tire search, and spread the word to Ducati North America about the trip. So far, that has amounted to nothing, but it is great to see how people get behind something they are passionate about. I’ve gotten excited questions, and words of encouragement from all over, and from people I don’t even know. And of course, the crew at Northern Ohio Ducati will be happy to order me a new set of body work the day I get home.