Wondering what this site is all about? Ducati.net came from a crazy whim I had one afternoon when things were slow at work but has turned out to be one of those “Forks in the Road of Life” that you never see coming. Ducati.net is a labor of love that grew out of the need for a national support group back in the early 90′s when the USA Ducati dealer network was small and Ducati itself as a company was struggling. I had an 851 and then a 916, and access to information and upgrade parts was important and increasingly difficult. The internet was such a new resource, Ducati didn’t yet have a website. (Ducati.net predates Ducati.com) We started as an emailing list discussion group, but it soon became clear something special was happening. People in other countries became friends even though they had never met – all common now but back then, well, it really was a new way of life. More importantly we did meet in person as well, and we all traveled many miles to make this happen. Places like Italy and California, so far away for many of us, became places we met every year. The first World Ducati Week (yes, Week) was incredible, we came from all over the world for the first International gathering of Ducati owners and Ducati.net even had a display there! The only real rule we had here from the beginning was to look at this list like a Saturday hang out at your local motorcycle shop where friends gathered to swap stories, knowledge, bikes and parts. Posts were always signed with real names and nobody was allowed to say things to hurt others while hiding behind a faceless email address. New members weren’t measured by their number of posts or time in the group but rather welcomed for having a common interest, no strings attached. It was a radical concept but it worked really well for us.
Over the years this group has become a sort of family. Turns out there are a few thousand people here who have a lot more in common than just Ducati’s, including some very wise Ducatista, so generous with their time and advice who enjoy helping and educating those who know less than the experts about these machines we all love. Ducati.net has also grown to enjoy official Ducati support – we were honored to recognized as an official Ducati Owners Club in 2001 in the first group the Ducati factory endorsed. As a member of this group, in addition to the benefits of camaraderie and advice, you also have access to all the benefits of DOC membership. (See the link to Project Mugello at IndyGP for an example of what this means) Finally, over the years we have been privileged to have mentored a number of other clubs that have met and flourished in this forum and gone on to create active local groups. And this year we organized our first National Ducati rally with the support of NCR at Barber Motorsport Park. Called “Ducstock” almost 1000 Ducati owners came attended.
What I have found here is a lot more than what I expected so I maintain this website partially in thanks for the wisdom, both Ducati and life (and Italy) that I have found here. Please join us, (membership is free of charge) enjoy the benefits being part of this group has to offer and we hope to see you at a Ducati event somewhere in the future.
Vicki Smith – Founder / President
Gear head, ex-pro car racer, long time Ducatista, loves a good party, fine mechanical objects and all things Italian. Vicki started Ducati.net (back then we were Ducati On Line aka “the Big List”) in the early 90’s. Her first “Ducati” was a leftover “new in the crate” 1987 Cagiva Alazurra 650SS, quickly traded for a 750 Paso with basically the same motor but a true Ducati heritage. From there in short order came an 851 Superbike and then her first new Ducati, a 1993 750SS and a deposit on the rumored new generation superbike, a 916, which was ordered almost 2 years before it finally arrived, one of the first batch to arrive in the USA. In the meantime she headed to Italy, to EICMA to watch the cover come off the 916 and see what she had so patiently been waiting for. In the process she witnessed a moment in Ducati history that would save the company and change sport bikes forever.
With a background in both professional car racing, and automobile dealership sales and administration, she became a partner in Action Sport Cycles, an all Euro brand dealer in Fort Lauderdale, FL and negotiated for Action the North American Gio.Ca.Moto performance parts distributorship which they operated for almost a decade until it become the official factory source for Ducati parts and was renamed Ducati Performance. Action Sports Cycles and Gio.Ca.Moto also started Ducati Island at Laguna Seca, inspired by the red hill covered by Ducati’s at Donnington in the UK, Action took the contract for the island area when Honda let it lapse and in the process, starting the cherished tradition so many Ducatisti enjoy to this day. Vicki also threw the DucatiDayDaytona party for almost 20 years during Daytona bike week. This year she was instrumental in bringing NCR Ducstock, the national Ducati owners party held at Barber Motorsports Park, to life.
In 2001 Ducati began to recognize Ducati owner groups as official clubs and Vicki and Ducati.net were in the first group to be offered official status. Also that year she participated in her first Motogiro d’Italia, a 6 day road rally run on open Italian roads on small cc bikes no newer than 1957 and in the process unknowingly became the first woman to compete (and finish) the grueling event which dated back more than 50 years. She has competed in eleven Motogiro d’Italia’s to date and was inducted into in the event’s Hall Of Fame.
Today, in addition to the Ducati.net and DOCSF clubs she over see’s, Vicki works with Ducati North America as a liaison to help other official Ducati clubs, organizes the Team Ducatisti volunteers and is the contract Ducati historian for North America, a labor of love she shares with her partner Rich Lambrechts. An avid photographer, you can easily spot her at Ducati events taking photos. Vicki’s “you were there” Ducati event photo galleries can be found on the Ducati.net website.
Contact Vicki – email@example.com
Harlyn Jenkins – Vice-President / Tech Guru
Technology geek, Ducatisti, lover of all things with a “go” switch or button. Harlyn first joined the Ducati.net shortly after purchasing his first Ducati, a 1996 900SS/SP (which he still has). Almost immediately, he said some really dumb things on the list and made a lot of people mad. Soon though, he realized he was in the wrong, apologized, and it has been mostly smooth sailing from here on out – except for the occasional question about oil or tires.
Harlyn started to help out with small projects for Vicki – answering some tech questions, etc. A friendship started shortly there after. He now supports Ducati.net, DucatiClassifieds.com and other related sites (as well as Vicki’s technology habit).
His career in internet companies started in 1995, when he was the content manager for Winfiles.com. After it’s sale in 1999, he was part of the launch team of CheatCodes.com, which he owned a part of until 2008. He has since started a gadget blog, GadgetFeast.com and has other projects in the works. Side stints include being a product manager at Microsoft and a technology director at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Other than loving all things Ducati, Harlyn is an Italian car enthusiast, avid SCUBA diver, orchestra conductor, frequent traveler, road trip junkie, and most recently a horse and chicken owner. Make sure you say hi to him at any event you run into him at – he only looks scary!
Contact Harlyn – firstname.lastname@example.org