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General Discussion / Re: An August club ride
« Last post by TopDOG on 16 Aug 2020, 01:08 PM »
I dont think i included a time before and its 10am because you're[/size] meeting us there
General Discussion / An August club ride
« Last post by TopDOG on 16 Aug 2020, 12:52 PM »
I now wish I had of followed through with my idea for this for today, however its a bit late for today now so I would love for everyone to spend this week cleaning, servicing and priming your fine italian stallions for a club ride starting at the oak carpark freemans waterhole or the one behind the on the western side of the roundabout out to Wollombi tavern via sandy creek road etc and I'm also going to put an invite out to the NSW Ducati owners club via their facebook page as well to hopefully get a flock of Ducatisti out for this, so we need to decide and agree on the preffered starting point but Im thinking the latter one to put us on the sandy creek road side to get us starting easier and safer, then after we have lunch out there maybe instead of riding back the way we come the group might decide to make it a bigger ride with our southern cousins to make it a worthy trip not that it wouldn't have been to just see thi Old Topdog again in my pope mobile!!!

keep us posted if you would like to lock my idea in for Sunday 23rd August!!!
Club and Short Rides / 2020 Newcastle Toy Run Sunday 6th December 2020
« Last post by TopDOG on 02 Aug 2020, 06:03 PM » Riders Assemble from 8am - 9:30am at Stockton Ballast Grounds register here for great prizes and I went to the maitland markets this morning and have already bought my 2020 toy run T-shirt and I hope more of our hundreds of members come along to this instead of just the 3 of us who still read posts to it, FYI soon a week before my chosen sunday I'm going to put forward a ride for everyone to join into for lunch out at the Wolombi tavern leaving from Freemans waterhole via Sandy creek road that itself can be a bit of fun just be careful early on for the one lane bridge to get across and from there you might choose to go down the back road towards Petes ridge to open the pipes up on your Vtwins throbbing engine (safely and legally for good reasons) or another chosen path you and some others might like to go on but it would be great to have our pack back as one!!! :P

Either way I would love to see you out to support bikers for the kids this year especially with everything else going on in this world because I believe children are our future
For any of the other people who have read this 10443 times, shame on you for not replying or posting anything to this post as I know Vince and I try to give this club our all even though I'm unable to ride or afford to have a ducati in my garage to just hear its motor running like I would love to again we need you to become more enthusiastic about riding your amazing pieces of italian artwork and engineering with us, I'm even happy to meet you guys and follow you safely to the destination just to take some photos and be involved in my past experiences again and I know the new frasers managers keen to help us out but we need something worth helping and its a club not just a bloke, sheela or two and a goat showing up to these things we need a good group to let others hear our rumble coming down the road to inspire some ladies or younger men to want the same passsion some of us still have!!!
Club and Short Rides / Re: SOCIAL RIDE FOR A QUIET DRINK
« Last post by TopDOG on 07 Jul 2020, 05:30 PM »
Thanks for trying to inspire members from our amazing old club that needs to be put back a gear to get it back up on the back wheel again so I hope the other 10 dogs who read this have sent Alan an email to go for a ride with him!!!
« Last post by alan flores on 04 Jul 2020, 10:56 PM »



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Well isn't that fascinating, and apt. The demise of whatever this still is has been announced by a co-founder at nearly 2am, after who knows what happened just before that.

My views have not changed from the basic sentiment somewhat untidily expressed here:,861.msg2756.html#msg2756 - in effect this website 'skeleton' is being maintained pending some rebirth of interest from a sufficient core group - it doesn't take much.

It is true that I have encouraged Scott to find other outlets for his passion, rather than attempting to engage here as a 'social media thing' in a one-way kind of way with zero response. That is not why any of us are living on the planet - riding Ducatis is a great way to occupy some of that time, but if you can't do that, well, move on to what you do enjoy and complete the grieving process, now only doing damage from reliving the past.

An sms I sent Scottie last week included: "In all honesty, I should not keep paying to keep the website there, but I do because hundreds of fellow Duc owners read the technical stuff every month so I do it for them. Not even Frasers has managed to get a local interest group going, which just baffles me. They are all out riding solo or via Facebook groups, it seems. This is the world we live in, no point hanging on to stuff that isn't real any more, sad 'though it be..."

The reality is it is pretty cheap to keep this website as an adjunct to other stuff so, as long as data consumption / viewing rate doesn't suddenly rise, it is simple enough to manage. Web-bots have been a problem causing high cpu usage (and therefore risk of penalty costs), but pretty well sorted that out now, hopefully permanently.

Every other Newcastle Ducati club that has had a go has folded. After a red hot go of a typically high quality effort they have disappeared, for many reasons. This one in reality is no different. Whilst you don't ever know what is going to happen in life, I am not going to choose to simply hit the delete button. For me, closure would be, at least, transferring whatever of the technical articles looked to be of interest to, which ensures longevity of the info for those that follow.

So, should I do this closing down process any time soon? Or let it stay here in the hope some new group finds it a handy spring-board to effectively support a new chapter of Novocastrian Ducati life?

I am interested to hear opinions on the topic. Guest posting is pretty easy. You have read this lot now, kindly do add your thoughts to the mix. Thank you.
I'm truly sorry to be the 1 to tell you all this and that is due to the lack of interest and involvement in the club by it's members of which there are many of you by Vince that he will be closing down our club website and riding with other active online riding groups and I put myself to blame for this so from me personally to you all "I am permanently sorry for being the cause of this" and I hope that any of you who still read this will stay in touch with me and drop in to see me sometime and my contact numbers still listed in about us or in white pages I'm listed in Barnsley or via my google website under Scott Priestley photographer and thanks for your friendship and former company riding with me as I loved and miss it so much and hopefully this won't be my final goodbye and something else lost from my former amazing Ducati life 😩
Yours in Ducatisti friendship and riding "the rider formally known as Topdog ❤️"
This is so clever and simple!!
OK I'll let you all of because you're probably too tired from riding your bikes (Ducati's) all weekend and spent today cleaning and modifying what you're not happy with on it (nothing because they're born perfect) to not read and reply or comment to my post, so go nuts now its all cleaned and is still running at its high performance usual self!!!

Ducati love to you all!!!
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