Category: Motorized Vehicles

A Driving Epiphany

I had an epiphany last week. I had an epiphany about driving.

Over the past 15 years or so, I’ve been lucky enough to drive and/or own some of the finest motor vehicles ever conceived of by humankind. From top-of-the-line, ultra-luxe sedans to world-record-setting, exotic sports cars. A number of years back, I totally lost my interest in what my dear wife always referred to as “stupid cars”. It got to the point where I’d see a neat car – be it a Ferrari, a Bentley, or whatnot – and I’d admire it casually but feel absolutely no interest in possessing or driving it. None whatsoever.

My assumption was simply that I’d gotten this “stupid car” thing “out of my system.” But it turns out that’s not what happened.

My epiphany happened as I watched a white 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 convertible take an off ramp on the opposite side of the highway I was on. I thought “hey – that’s a cool lookin’ droptop.” And then it hit me. Like a load of bricks.

I don’t dislike cool cars. I’m simply totally fucking sick of driving.

Driving is a chore. It’s a dollar- and time-expensive inefficiency. Gas. Maintenance. Parking. Insurance. Traffic. Accidents. Tolls. Law enforcement. Idiot drivers. Stupid bicyclists and pedestrians. BLEH!!! At one point I got joy out of it – but no longer. I’d rather spend that time with my family, playing with our cats, working, listening to music, geeking out, sitting in the sun, or, frankly, doing just about anything else.

So starting this week, I’m going to stop driving any more than I absolutely have to. The MBTA commuter rail train will get me into town. I’m gonna get my bicycle back in shape and ride to the train station. I’ll run errands when I have to – but bundled together to minimize trips and maximize efficiency. We can walk to our downtown when we have errands there. Providing taxi service for the kids isn’t entirely optional, but those tend to be super-short trips and we can do better with them. We’ll see how it goes.

Something tells me I’m gonna be a happier camper! Wish me luck!

Bye Bye BCM :-(

I learned via the New Englad Ducati Owners Club forum that BCM Motorsports in Laconia NH is going to be closing its doors in mid-February. What a bummer!

I purchased my Ducati 999 there in 2007 (a new 2006, leftover) and have never had a motorized-vehicle purchasing process that was as easy, reasonable, or fun – before or since. Superb people on the sales floor and in the shop. Fun customers to hang with. It’s an institution that will be sorely missed.

Apparently they’re doing some big deals to clear out the inventory, so if you’re looking for a new or used Ducati, now might be the time.

Good luck with your new venture in PA, guys. We’re saddened to see you go.

IMCDB

For the love of Pete, why wasn’t I made aware of this site the day before it launched? The Internet Movie Cars DataBase is just like IMDB, but (yeah, you sussed it!) it collects all the info about what cars appeared in what filmed entertainment.

Where else can you learn that the majority of the Ferrari scenes in Magnum P.I. utilized a Ferrari 308 GTSi (as opposed to a 308 GTS or a 308 GTSi quattrovalvole)?

Or, keeping to the always-appropriate Italian theme, that a Ducati 999 was used in an episode of The Simpsons (S17E08)? No, 999s never came from the factory in any shade of blue … this one must have been custom painted 😉 . Brilliant and fun! Enjoy!

The Music of Brembo!


Although a quick search of the USPTO suggests that brake manufacturer extraordinaire Brembo S.p.a. holds only a paltry few-score US patents, the most visceral piece of IP they own IMO is the totally mesmerizing sound that their motorcycle brakes make.

My bike’s front brakes are twin 320mm semi-floating discs with 4-piston 4-pad calipers. The noise is something of a cross between that dull buzz you get from the insects at night out in a field mixed with something mechanical – like a low whirring of ball bearings being spun. I can’t really put it into words. All I know is that it’s distinctive, memorable, lovely, and makes me smile! They should get a trademark on that noise! Fantastico!