Welcome and Buongiorno! NEODESMO is the official Ducati Owners Club in Northeast Ohio, serving Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and the surrounding areas. Our partner dealership is Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph in Akron. Membership in NEODESMO is $10 a year and the most you have to own is a passion for everything Ducati! Our 2018 events are mostly on the calendar, check it out! We meet on the second Saturday of the month for Ducs & Dogs at Northern Ohio Ducati and on the fourth Sunday of the month for Ducs @ the 'Bucks at the Starbucks in Hudson.

Archive for April 2013

2013 Hypermotard Premieres!

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Tonight, Friday, April 26th (4:30-6:30):  We'll be at Ohio Motorcycle for their 2013 Hypermotard Premiere.  Or, go to Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph to check it out there!


Tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th (10-4):  Join us at Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph for their 2013 Hypermotard Premiere.  Then we'll be at Ducs at the 'Bucks at the Aurora Starbucks at 2PM.


Read about MotorcycleUSA's First Ride of the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard here:
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/103/15685/Motorcycle-Article/2013-Ducati-Hypermotard-First-Ride.aspx

NEODESMO Launch Party April 17th, 2013

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We had such a fun time meeting everyone that could make the Launch Party!  About half of our Members attended and what a GREAT group we have!  We have had a few new Members sign up since the party, too!

Since we hit 50 Members, we've submitted our application to be a DOC with Ducati.  We hope to hear from them soon!

We have MotoGP @ NODT on Sunday, the race starts at 2:30.  Then next Friday and Saturday, both dealers are having an Open House for the new 2013 Hypermotard - go check it out!

Saturday, May 4th is the Suspension Clinic at NODT.  Our first Club Mangia is Wednesday, May 8th, at Buca di Beppo's in Strongsville, then the following week we'll be on the Dragon!

There is no shortage of events in the coming weeks!  We hope to see you there!

Thank you also to everyone that supported the Club by grabbing the Founding Member T-Shirt.  We are all out of sizes small and medium but do have some large, XL, and 2XL left.  We'll bring them to some of the events coming up and if there are any left after that we'll put them on the website.

NEODESMO Rules and Guidelines

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ABOUT NEODESMO 

We do not have a board or officers but will appoint passionate Volunteers.  We have decided on this architecture to 1) keep our administrative time and overhead costs low, and 2) allow for quick decisions and changes as needed.   We are an Official DOC and our partner Ducati dealership is Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph in Akron.  

NEODESMO is a member driven rather than member run club.  Our experience and the advice of other clubs prove to us that this is the most successful format.  We consider it a living club that is easily adaptable as it grows.  The purpose of NEODESMO is to organize regular, fun community gatherings at different destinations and provide a wide variety of get-togethers on its Events Calendar to its members.  We encourage all input.  If you would like to see an event/activity added to our event calendar, submit it for approval/planning via neodesmoclub@gmail.com.

We have decided against charging dues.  If you wish to support the Club, you may do so by purchasing NEODESMO products.

MEMBERSHIP

  •   Membership is free and open to anyone that is passionate about the Ducati brand.  Present ownership of a Ducati is not required and members are not required to ride their motorcycle to any event.
  • A person is considered a member when they have submitted a completed membership form and signed our release of liability waiver.  
  • No minors (under 18) are eligible for membership.  
  • All members must have a valid motorcycle endorsement.


RULES AND GUIDELINES


  • Passengers:  All passengers must sign our Release of Liability waiver.  Absolutely no minors may ride passenger on any motorcycle to any event at any time unless they are 2up with their parent.
  • Members engaging in unacceptable behavior during club events/activities may have disciplinary action taken against them by NEODESMO,LLC or its appointed volunteers, including, but not limited to, ejection/exclusion from club events/activities, membership suspension, or membership revocation. Bases for discipline may include, but are not limited to: grossly improper social conduct, including offensive language or gestures; lewd conduct; harassing or threatening of other club members by any means; verbal or physical conflict with another person; intentional efforts to damage the Club’s reputation or subvert its purposes or interfere with its regular functioning; any behavior that violates law; or unsafe operation of a motorcycle on Club rides or other events, including operating a motorcycle under the impairment of alcohol or drugs.
  • Alcohol is frowned upon at a club event if you are riding your motorcycle.  If you are deemed impaired by any member, you will not leave with the group.  One drink per hour is considered a maximum amount and remember that two wheels and alcohol don’t mix.  
  • Do not touch or sit on another member’s motorcycle without express permission from its owner to do so.
  • Any Ducati dealer or third party has the right to ask any Club Member to leave at any time for any reason.  We are grateful for all of our partners and demand respect for their property and staff from our members.  

RIDING IN GROUPS


·         NEODESMO, LLC will NOT organize group rides, we will organize destinations (such as “Ducs at the ‘Bucks” and monthly dinners).  If, however, a group of members organize a ride on their own, even if an Owner or appointed Volunteer is present, that is not a Club function or Club organized ride. Common sense must be exercised in riding in such groups.  For example, the leader is responsible to stop and check that all riders are comfortable with the pace. If a novice rider goes out with an expert or intermediate group of members, and doesn’t feel comfortable at that group’s pace, they should notify the leader at this first stop that they are aborting the ride.  Members can utilize our Google Group to plan small group rides.  Groups should be limited to no more than six bikes, more than that should start over with a new group (leader and caboose).

·         IF YOU HAVE NEVER RIDDEN IN A GROUP - PLEASE contact us to schedule a time to ride together so we can go over all of the guidelines and practice.  Please take a motorcycle safety course if you haven’t already.

·         Absolutely no horseplay will be tolerated.  Both wheels on the ground at all times.  Any member riding in a group is expected to follow group riding guidelines and use appropriate hand signals.  Ride with a group that suits your skill level and do not pass the leader of your group.   No passing in any turns, only on straights.  All riders are expected to have appropriate gear, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.  All riders are expected to ride at their own pace and comfort level and use their own judgment when making traffic flow decisions (do not assume an intersection is clear of traffic because the person in front of you proceeded).  

·         Please visit the Group Riding section of our website and review the video and document on group riding prior to riding with others.

Group Riding

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It is imperative that you know how to ride in a group properly for everyone's safety.  You should know correct formation, hand signals, how to make traffic flow decisions, etc.  Please take ten minutes to watch this video, hopefully for only a refresher, before choosing to ride with members of NEODESMO.  We, and your fellow Club Members, appreciate your commitment to safe riding!







Motorcycling is primarily a solo activity, but for many, riding as a group -- whether with friends on a
Sunday morning ride or with an organized motorcycle rally -- is the epitome of the motorcycling
experience. Here are some tips to help ensure a fun and safe group ride:

Arrive prepared. Arrive on time with a full gas tank.

Hold a riders’ meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals (see
diagrams on next page). Assign a lead and sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced riders
who are well-versed in group riding procedures. The leader should assess everyone’s riding skills
and the group’s riding style.

Keep the group to a manageable size, ideally five to seven riders. If necessary, break the group
into smaller sub-groups, each with a lead and sweep rider.

Ride prepared. At least one rider in each group should pack a cell phone, first-aid kit, and full tool
kit, so the group is prepared for any problem that they might encounter.

Ride in formation. The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space
cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to
react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one
second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A
single-file formation is preferred on a curvy road, under conditions of poor visibility or poor road
surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other situations where an increased space cushion or
maneuvering room is needed.

Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to
swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get
entangled.

Periodically check the riders following in your rear view mirror. If you see a rider falling
behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all the riders in the group use this technique, the group
should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to catch up.

If you’re separated from the group, don’t panic. Your group should have a pre-planned
procedure in place to regroup. Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skills to catch up.

For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to call for assistance as the situation
warrants.



MSF’s Guide to Group Riding: Hand Signals 




Visit www.msf-usa.org for other valuable information like this!

MotoGP at NODT

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NEODESMO Northeast Ohio Ducati Owners Club Members can join us Sunday, April 21st, between 2-2:30PM to watch the MotoGP Race from Austin live on Speed!  Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph will open their doors for us at 2PM.

See you there!  Go Ducati!

NEODESMO Northeast Ohio Ducati Owners Club

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We are a week away from our LAUNCH PARTY at Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph at 6PM. 

Just a reminder that you can sign up online before the party via our Membership Form.  If you have issues with it, trying a different browser or reloading the page may work, it also can take some time to load.  Alternately you can email us at neodesmoclub@gmail.com and we'll let you know what information we need. 

If you are a member and want to join our Google Group, just send a request. 

The weather keeps changing for this Saturday's Ducs @ The 'Bucks but it at least is still saying sunny weather is expected.  We will be there, rain or shine.  Remember to wear a Ducati shirt if you have one!

NEODESMO Club Mangia!

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Mangia is Italian for "eat" and it's probably our second favorite thing to do after riding Ducati's, right?!  Club Mangia is our dinner meet-up and it takes place at a different Italian restaurant each month.

NEODESMO's Club Mangia is scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at 7PM.  The 2013 dinners are listed on our Events Calendar.  We will send out an email close to the date asking for your RSVP, just so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect.  Please try to respond quickly.

You can come on two wheels or four and family and friends are always welcome.  Meals average from $15-35/per person, a link to the restaurant's website is included in the calendar so you can check out their menu ahead of time.

As always, please remember that alcohol and two wheels DON'T mix - if you ride your motorcycle and choose to drink, please keep it to a max of one drink an hour.


Ready to ride?

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Wow - 35 members and only 15 chances left to become a Founding Member of NEODESMO!   We can't wait to hit 50 members and submit our application to Ducati, so our Club Members can receive all of the benefits of being an official DOC.

With the support of both area dealers and a growing network of riders, especially on Facebook, we are destined to be an amazing community of Italian bike enthusiasts!  

We are determined to make this an enjoyable experience for all of our Members, starting with the decision to not charge dues and make membership free.  Our passion for Ducati runs deep and we can't wait to share that with all of you.

We have almost finalized all of our events and have a few more great ideas from our Members in the works! You will get all of the details at our Launch Party on Wednesday, April 17th at Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph at 6PM.   See you there!

Suspension Clinic - May 4th!

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Ah, the mystery of suspension adjustment.  Did you complete yours a long time ago or did you just leave it at the factory setting?  Whether the process is crystal clear to you or if you don't even know what I'm talking about, join us at Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph on Saturday, May 4th at 4PM as their Pros break it down for members of NEODESMO.

This is an amazing opportunity to get expert advice on adjusting the suspension on your Ducati, don't miss it!

SUSPENSION CLINIC
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
4PM
Northern Ohio Ducati and Triumph
1955 BRITTAIN ROAD AKRON, OH 44310
Members Only



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Introducing. . . DUCS at the 'BUCKS!

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In celebration of reaching 25 members (half way there!), we've announced one of our planned events!

DUCS at the 'BUCKS
 DUCS at the 'BUCKS occurs every odd-numbered Saturday at 2PM at the Starbucks in Aurora.  There is outside seating for when it is nice and ample room inside for the chilly days.  We've talked to the owner and you may park your bikes in the small area to the right of the building, opposite of the fire lane next to the park.   If you have to take your cage, please park in the normal spaces.

This location is next to a movie theater, Subway, Doogan's, Heinen's, etc. and is just minutes from the outlets at Aurora Farms.  

After the initial gathering, this may be a starting point for a ride nearby.  Those in attendance can decide!

See our Events Calendar for all of the dates!   Please wear Ducati attire if you have it.