At The Wheel: Kevin


My name: Kevin
My Member Name: keving77
My Ride: 2007 Ducati S2R-1000 Monster
My age: 57
My profession: Western Regional Manager-Contrast Lighting
City/town: Cathedral City, Calif.
Relationship status: happily partnered for over 10 years!
Sexuality: open, proud, and gay

What is the best thing that you like about your ride?
NOTHING sounds like a Ducati. No Harley, No Honda (insert any Japanese bike) even comes close. The engine, and clutch make a unique sound.

Do you like to take road trips on your bike? Describe your favorite road trip -- where did you go? What did you do?
Yes, every year I ride to Monterey, Calif for the MotoGp at Laguna Seca. It's a great time and there are TONS of great looking guys when you get there. The ride up Hwy 1 is fabulous once you get above Morro Bay, and the scenery is spectacular all the way up to Carmel. I usually spend 5-6 days on this trip with friends from the club. We rent a house and have a chef now who comes with us (he is getting a Ducati now!) to cook. Cute guys, fast bikes, great food and wine (but not when we ride)...what could be better?

Do you like tinkering under the hood, or do you leave repairs and routine maintenance to your mechanic?
I do most of the work, but leave the valves to the local shop...they are a pain to do yourself, and require special tools.


What special touches have you added to your bike that reflect your personality and individuality?

I have changed almost everything! Different wheels, lots of engine options like open belts, stacks with K&N air cleaners, Arrow Ti Exhaust, performance open style clutch, re-valved forks, carbon-ceramic front disc rotors, Sargent seat, etc, etc.

What is the most you’ve ever paid for a bike? What is the most you would ever pay for a bike?
This one was $18k new, but I've added over $15k in options. The Ducati Desmosidici is $72,500....that is a bit rich for my blood!

Do you have a great memory of a date that relates to you bike?
This is hardly a "date vehicle" as it scares most cuties to death. Some have tried....they were great later...details upon request.

Do you find yourself more attracted to people with similar bike tastes to your own? Or doesn’t it matter?
While most guys attracted to this type of bike are straight, there are some whom are gay. There are some real hot guys in the Orange County Club.

If you had an unlimited budget and could change anything you wanted on your car, what modifications or accessories would you add?
If money was no object, NCR in Italy makes the Mother of all Monster engines! I'm accepting donations as they cost about $20k! But they will pin your ears back!

Do you think your bike has a personality or soul? What kind of sound or behavior does it have that makes it unmistakably your bike?
Absolutely! This bike is a "Monster". They were the first production "Naked Bikes" as they didn't have fairings to cover the engine. The Arrow Ti exhaust coupled with the Ducati twin engine makes a very unique sound. NOTHING sounds like them...and people do notice you when the motor is running.

Do you have a nickname for your car?
No, but that bitch sure is fast and I've called it a few names that are not printable here.

Have you upgraded the car stereo? What is your "dream" sound system?
My dream system is plugging a set of small headphones into my cell phone and listening while riding on long rides. But mostly I like listening to the pipes! Ducati's make such sweet music!

What aspect of your ride most attracted you when you decided to own and drive it?
I saw a guy in West Hollywood riding one. He pulled up next to me in traffic. The sound was incredible! I instantly fell in love as it sounded like a really mad industrial garbage disposal on crack! If you heard one, you'd agree!


Have you ever pushed your car to its performance limit? What was the fastest speed?

Now officer, I have never myself gone this fast....but I've seen 140mph on speedometers like this under controlled conditions....hehehe.

Are you a member of any bike clubs or other bike related organizations?
Yes, I'm the President of the "Palm Springs Area Desmo Owners Club" for Ducati Motorcycles. We have 35 members with about 50 different bikes. I'm probably the only gay Ducati Club president in the country.

What was the first bike you ever had? Do you ever get nostalgic for it?
My first was a Honda 400/4. It was a great pocket rocket for a 20yo. That was over 30 years ago, and yes, there are times when I'd love to have her back in the garage. They are valuable bikes now, and sure to be classics soon.

If you could trade your ride in for any other bike, what would it be, regardless of the price?
Well, that Desmosidici at $72,500 would look good with the $7500 race exhaust. The bike is a MotoGP replica and is capable of 200+mph. Don't tell my life insurance company! But I'd love to ride that!

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