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I started my vacation last week Wednesday with the imminent departure for Monterey at the front of my mind. Took my time getting ready, packed a bunch more than I needed and my missus and I headed out for Monterey around 9:45 Thursday morning.



Once we got on the road, things were quite good. Ride went mostly as planned. Hit some traffic along I-680 but not unexpected on a Thursday morning. Made it to the cool coastal weather in Monterey, dropped our bags at our hotel and headed over to Pacific Grove for a sandwich and PB cookies from Pavel's Beckerei.



Sat on a bench looking out at Monterey Bay and had lunch. Ahhh.....way to start a long weekend. Woke up Friday morning and all the wheels fell off of that particular apple cart. The Aprilia refused to start. I checked the volt meter on my dash.....11.9V. Ain't nothing happening with that. I got a jump start and checked the volt meter again, 12.9V at idle. Hmmmmm...


Went ahead and went to the track, figuring there would be a Shorai tent there or some other LiFe battery manufacturer. Nope. Nadda. Zip. Called around, found a battery at Napa that was supposed to fit. Got a jump from my buddy Marvin at the track and headed straight to Napa. It got worse there.


The AGM battery they had didn't fit. The nut that goes inside the battery post on my now dead battery disappeared some how so I couldn't even put it back in and get another jump. Stranded in the Napa parking lot, we called around. My first call to Autozone, some kid answers, and I get put on hold. Never picked back up. My wife called them back as I was contemplating going to the Ducati dealership.



A young woman answered this time and really stepped the game up. She not only told me she had what I needed in stock, but that if it didn't fit, she had a standard lead acid battery and a Battery Tender Jr to sell me so we could charge it over night at the hotel. Bingo.



My wife rode over and picked up the battery. Perfect fit. I connected the cables and BOOM!! The Aprilia popped right off, first turn of the key. I checked the volt meter again, 13.1 V at rest. 13.7 at idle. Awesome. Put my weekend right back on track.



Saturday and Sunday at the track were great. Met with some old friends and made some new acquaintances.. Met a guy going by Ducati Dave on Ducati Island.....he'd just gotten King Carl Fogarty's autograph on the tank of his 916. He was pretty damned happy and who can blame him? Cool that he was able to not only do that but to have a gold paint Sharpy for the man to sign with....priceless.

Me and my missus then cruised through vendor row.....she saw the "Mike Wazowski" HJC helmet and immediately wanted it. We went over and she tried it on, loved the fit and decided right then she had to have it. Got reasonable deal on it, I paid just $499 and the guy working the HJC booth set it all up for her, even installing the decals on the corners of the shield for a seamless look. Then he even offered to ship her old Bell home, along with all the other accessories that came with the HJC. I give the company, Motor Helmets 2 thumbs up for taking care of us like that.

Saturday night on Cannery Row was somewhat less stellar than past years. Monterey PD shut it down by like 9:00PM. I can't blame them though. Too many idiots who think it's cool to rev their engines to the rev limiter and then hold it there for a minute or two. Residents, merchants and customers get tired of that sort of thing quite quickly. As a community, we've collectively brought that on ourselves.



One idiot...not too big a deal. A group of 25-30 doing that.....big deal. Add another 10,000 riders to the mix and now it isn't just the locals complaining. Sorry to say, the old days on Cannery Row are gone. There were shenanigans back then too, but not the same sort of shenanigans as now.



Sunday at the track was probably the best day of racing on the whole weekend. Chaz Davies finally won a race aboard the new Ducati V4R. So there was finally a different winner than usual. Also, Garrett Gerloff won the MotoA Superbike race. His very first win in Superbike.



The ride home on Monday wasn't horrible. It got blazing hot right around Gilroy but we got a nice cooling breeze up the road towards Morgan Hill. Traffic wasn't bad either for a Monday. Made it to our pre-planned stopping point in San Ramon and had lunch at a neat little place called Fat Maddie's Grille. Food was good. Atmosphere was more of a strip mall kind of thing so not the greatest. Still it was San Ramon so very pleasant and up scale.



Got home around 2:00PM and unpacked from the trip. Took a nap and generally settled back in to being home. Today....well....today is what vacations should be like. We slept in until around 7:00. Got up and went for an early pedal. Got out and back while it was still cool out. Nice gentle breeze blowing in off the water keeping it nice and cool.



As I pedaled out into the country side, that cool breeze laden with moisture from San Francisco Bay....the wild Anise plants were in full bloom, scenting the air with notes of black licorice mixing with the scents of wild flowers and sage. Truly a wonderful morning. Whenever I start to consider my decision to remain here....moments like that happen and I don't regret it one bit.



In fact, the whole week, despite the battery problem and early Cannery Row shut down has been like that. I only regret that I'm back to work tomorrow morning and I don't get to enjoy another day doing what I envision doing in retirement. Relaxing and doing what I please......sean


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Sounds like a fulfilling vaca. Glad you enjoyed.
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Awesome times!!! Let's see some photos!!!
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Awesome times!!! Let's see some photos!!!
Honestly, I didn't take that many this year. Racing was good, probably better than its been in some time. Cannery Row like I already wrote, has been far better.



Monterey was quite the same as it always is, which is in my view, awesome. I love it there. Pacific Grove even more so. Neither disappointed this trip either.



Here's one pic I took because it made me chuckle a bit:



That was over near the turn 4 grand stands. I was walking back to my missus after meeting a Ducati dot m S member when I saw it.



Other than that, I didn't take a great many. Some of a special carbon version of an MHE Ducati.....one of the new Supersport.....and one from when we were getting ready to leave. I'll post the rest when I manage to upload them.



Here's the new Supersport:

This was on Ducati Island....probably Friday, the first day we were there. Surprisingly, none were available to sit on and check out. Seemingly every other model was though. More later.......sean


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Cool trip. Sounds like a total blast, despite the battery woes. Sounds like Foggy was there in person. Chaz saved some face for Ducati, with Bautista imploding once again.

Speaking of batteries, what is the history of that Shorei unit? Age, etc.

I suspect the battery on my Ducati is less than great (at least I hope it's the battery and not the charging system - still need to dig deeper when I get some free time), and was possibly considering a Shorei unit as a replacement.

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Speaking of batteries, what is the history of that Shorei unit? Age, etc.

I suspect the battery on my Ducati is less than great (at least I hope it's the battery and not the charging system - still need to dig deeper when I get some free time), and was possibly considering a Shorei unit as a replacement.

So, the battery I had to replace was an AGM rather than a Shorai. I intended to go with a Shorai this time around buuuuut....now I got a brand new AGM installed that ought to last a fair few years. I replaced the last one probably 4 or 5 years ago. I dunno, I forget.



I have a Shorai in my 996 already. I bought the Shorai charger for it specifically because of the way the charger works versus just using a charger I already had. I've no idea how old it is, it came with the bike when I got it.



Thing I found with the 996 is that unlike my other bikes, you don't just hit the starter button and it fires off.



You hold the starter button in, and it will spin slowly at first, and then speed up. It does it every single time, and never fails to start. Unless I'd put shitty gas in, like I did up at Lake Almanor.



Even then it will still start, but it needs a little throttle advance (tiny button on the forward side of the throttle housing) to stay at idle.



I don't have this issue here at home, not even in the coldest and/or wettest weather. Only at higher altitudes and on shitty fuel. I guess what I'm trying to convey to you is that you may not have a problem at all. It may just be the nature of the beast.......sean


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Moar pics

These were taken on Sunday at the track and then again on Cannery Row. I don't know the rider, just saw the bike and thought it was a bit "special" compared to the other MHE bikes I've seen,





I'd like to note that the helmet seen in this pic is a duplicate of the one I just won on an eBay auction recently.









Note the complexity of the license plate hangar and how it incorporates the turn signals too.











This is kind of jewel like....the tank strap to hold the tank on. The buckle is recessed into the tank. A carbon tank at that.









And lastly, a picture from Monday morning departure from Cannery Row. My wife readying our little Gixxer for the ride home. My Aprilia all packed up and ready to roll. \/ \/ \/


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My response heavily "IMHO" regarding the pictured MHe.....

I respect the right of any owner to do what he pleases to his motorcycle.....but this guy has "personalized" a limited factory edition classic into a hardly recognizable example. Sorry, but the words overkill and [email protected][email protected] instantly come to mind. Very poor taste. Again, fully my HO....buy a Monster and "have at it"....mod till your hearts content. I'd never, ever consider doing this to such a rare (2,000 produced) factory edition machine.

On another but semi related note, Sean... did you happen to see at .ms the post selling the Termi exhaust for the very same machine...asking price $4995 USD? Jeez........yes folks, thats for *just* the exhaust.

info, pics of what its supposed to look like https://raresportbikesforsale.com/on...ducati-mh900e/

this one ^ sold for over $20K

I'd proclaim to the modded owner "How COULD you!!"

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I'd proclaim to the modded owner "How COULD you!!"

While I agree with you whole heartedly, I don't know this particular owner's motive. My guess is that he wrecked it and chose to go this route on it because it was actually less investment than the factory parts.



That's only a guess. Someone else suggested that he bought it wrecked with a salvage title and just had at it. Also a guess.



Largely though, I really could care less about his motives or in fact, the end product of his "personalization" simply due to the facts surrounding the MHE.



I understand their place in Ducati model history. I understand that it was supposed to be a tribute to Mike Hailwood.



I also understand that it was commissioned without prior consult with the Hailwood estate, his son or his widow.



It was sold without their consent to use the Hailwood name.



With that for context, please excuse my lack of enthusiasm for praise or criticism of the bike pictured.



I just thought it was kinda cool for the way some of it was done. Never seen a carbon fiber MHE before so that also figured on the interest scale.



I do however agree whole heartedly that a classic example of a Ducati should be kept period correct. That's what makes them interesting.



Seeing one that was done up, over the top personalized holds next to no interest for me personally.



In this case though, I didn't have a great deal of interest in the MHE to begin with so.....I already stated my thoughts on that above.....sean


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On another but semi related note, Sean... did you happen to see at .ms the post selling the Termi exhaust for the very same machine...asking price $4995 USD? Jeez........yes folks, thats for *just* the exhaust.
Yeah, I saw that. $5K for an exhaust......I didn't even bother reading the whole post....sean


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Cannery Row pics (not mine)

Over on superbike planet dot com, they had a photographer taking pics on Cannery Row Saturday night. That's the big night where the city shuts down Cannery Row to car traffic and parking so it's only bikes on the Row. After around 3:00 PM or when the Row is filled to the brim, it is closed to all traffic and people take to the street. It's a zoo.




^^^^ That's our hotel there on the left.^^^^



We chatted with Danny, the owner of this particular example for over an hour. He's a serious collector who got into the parts business with all the H2s he buys and restores. He sells off usable parts on eBay all over the world.



The body is not the one that came on it originally but a better condition example he installed after minor restoration work.






This is from about halfway down Cannery Row, right at El Torritos on down to the beginning of the Row at The Monterey Plaza Hotel. Packed 'em in this year.


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More pics from Cannery Row (stolen from Superbike planet)
















Head on over to Superbike Planet dot com to see the full collection. There are tons more over there both from Cannery Row and Laguna Seca on race days......sean


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