Archive for December, 2009

29
Dec
09

2009 is coming to an end…..

Hi All,

Did you enjoy Christmas?  Things here were good for Anthony & Vicki and their family; lots of food, drinks, and happy children.

So as 2009 draws to a close, I thought I’d take another look back at some of the cool two-wheel related happenings of the year…..

Valentino Rossi stamped his dominance in Moto GP once again winning his 9th World Championship, and with only a few major records left to break he is certainly on the way to becoming the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

Texan Ben Spies beat Noriyuki Haga and took home the 2009 World Superbike Championship, and will move to the Yamaha Tech 3 team in Moto GP for 2010.

Aussie Motorcross superstar Chad Reed took out the AMA Motorcross Championship, and narrowly lost the Supercross series to James Stewart.  Chad then returned to Australia and won his 4th Australia Supercross championship.  He has also switched from Rockstar Makita Suzuki team to the Kawasaki Monster Energy Drink Team for 2010.

Besides racing, 2009 saw the unveiling of the Ducati Streetfighter (one of Anthony’s favourite motorcycles of the year.)  Also the BMW S 1000RR hit the track in the World Superbike Championship and will hopefully be on the road here soon.

’09 also saw the return of the Crusty Demons here in Australia.  Anthony & Vicki headed to Brisbane earlier in the year to catch them at the entertainment centre, and the Crusty team will return again in 2010, as will Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus crew.

And then first up for 2010……..Marc Coma and Cyril Despres with team KTM (…..and 159 other brave souls) are back to fight for glory in the bike category as the  Dakar circus once again travels 9000km through the wastelands of South America.  Day one kicks of on the 1st of January.

So that’s it for today, two more days of 2009 left to go and then 2010 begins.  Hope you all have a good week, have some great rides and get out there and enjoy the ride.

And so our final 2009 winner for Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the Week is an american actress, born in 1972.  She was formerly the fiance of Brad Pitt is now the wife of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.  She is the mother of Moses and Apple, she believes that shampoo causes cancer, and she will soon hit the screens again as “Pepper” Potts, the close friend, budding love interest, and business partner of Tony Stark, aka IRON MAN in Iron Man 2, which begins in May 2010.

She is Gwyneth Paltrow.

23
Dec
09

Merry Christmas!!

Hi all,

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and safe New Year.    We hope you enjoy 2010 and get out there and make the most of every moment.

This year has been a busy one, and for Anthony it involved a move south to be with Vicki.  For them it meant a new job, new challenges and new experiences that could be shared without having to travel a 360km round trip each week to do so.

For me that meant new roads and new opportunities to get out and have some fun on the roads.  We’ve discovered plenty of roads that we love riding on, and also have some that we are looking forward to checking out soon.

We have two winners of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week this week……The first is from the UK. She’s a model who was born in Feltham.  Her  mother is an accountant, her father an engineer.   While growing up she had a passion for dance and drama and studied them both at Feltham Community College.  She is Katie Marie Cork

But the true winner, and Derbi’s preferred passenger above all….is and will always be, a girl who is the most amazing photographer I’ve ever met.

She specialises in weddings and portraits and is just so incredible at what she does.

With her eyes, her hands, her creativity, and her tools, she is able to capture priceless moments and transform those moments into a work of art.   She is a hard working mum, she is a gifted, generous, intelligent, funny and beautiful woman.

…….she is the love of Anthony’s life, and he is so blessed and thankful to have her, she is the one and only Vicki James.

12
Dec
09

A road just begging to be ridden….

Howdy all,

Last week Anthony had to go on a bit of a road trip, unfortunately by car, but along the way he got to experience a road that we (Scooter Boy, Scooter Girl and myself) will HAVE to ride on the first chance we get.

The section of road is part of the Gwyder Highway linking Grafton to Glen Innes, and once you reach the Gibralter Range National Park that’s where the fun is…..

From the air it looks like this…..

While from the ground it looks like this…..

And this….

And this…..

And one of the hairpins….like this…..

The photos don’t really do it justice, its one of those pieces of tarmac that have to be seen up close to truly see how awesome it is.

There are more roads that he went on as well that were pretty cool, the road back down the hill from Glen Innes to Tenterfield has some sections like these….

So if you are in that part of NSW, and also happen to be on two wheels….do yourself a favour and get out there and give it a go…We can’t wait to get a chance to get out there!

This weeks winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week is from Michigan in the USA.  Her step-father was a billionaire, and owner of the Detroit Pistons.  She is a graduate of the Julliard School, has appeared in a London stage production, but most famously she played the role of “Esme Cullen” in the hit film Twilight, and is currently appearing around the world in the sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon.    She was born in 1975, she is Elizabeth Reaser

03
Dec
09

encore post…..

howdy all,

because the other post this week didn’t feature the Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week, here’s an encore post that does….

no doubt you’ve all seen the footage from the recent EIMCA show in Milan, and would have seen that the majority of the manufacturers feature models sitting on their bikes….Ducati had girls in tank-tops and leather pants…and 3 inch heels – hardly the attire they would actually wear if they were on a bike, but I’m sure it had the desired affect.

But today’s winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week was found on a blog post by one of my favourite custom bike builders…the legendary Roland Sands from RSD (Roland Sands Design)

She is featured with a bike, and yes it is a Ducati, but she’s not your typical bike promo girl. Instead there’s something a bit Vampire-like about her.

We don’t know who she is, but today we give it up for the Ducati 1098 girl!

02
Dec
09

Get up and get out there…..

So what’s been happening in the life of Derbi?   Not a lot, but its all good.

For today’s ride home we will be taking the back road once more for a quick blast through the cool corners – so much more fun than the highway.    

When Anthony was heading back from the coast over the weekend he saw some Yamaha bikes at the BP servo. The guy was on a black R1 (with black leathers and Blue/Black Shoei Helmet) while the girl was on a matching black R6 (with black/pink leathers and a Pink/Black Shoei helmet)

This pair reminded Anthony of his desire for he and Vicki to one day jump on some bikes and ride off together!   That would be extremely cool….and to quote Anil from his Foxnomad blog entry “Why you need to take a motorcycle trip at least once in your life”….. “Riding a motorcycle across an open road from one destination to the next is the modern-day equivalent of setting off into the sunset on horseback. Let your fear and the thrill put you on two wheels and not keep you from it.”

twisty road

Do you ever feel like you are living in the movie Groundhog Day?

Well personally I don’t, but that’s because I’m a scooter, not a person ….but in my never-ending quest to understand humanity, I often talk to Anthony and he has said that lately that’s what life is like for him and his family.

Each day it’s the same deal – you get up, work damn hard, do the very best you can for your kids and family…..and then you get back up and do it all over again!

And like the troopers that they are, Anthony and Vicki keep on going above and beyond each day!

But unfortunately there are times when things don’t quite follow the system, moments when stuff creeps in that hinders their ability to always do their best each day…..moments when they cop other people’s crap, and even if they don’t take it on board, they still receive it

……and then there are moments when certain people on this planet should have a good hard look at themselves and eat an extra large bowl of STFU each and every day!   

And so today’s blog post is dedicated to Scooter Boy & Scooter Girl…..and all the other hard-working and un-selfish Groundhogs out there. 

Get out there and do what you do….I salute you!!

Cheers,

Derbi