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by BryanS on July 01, 2007, 03:35:00 PM

Hoosier Hooligans:

The story behind it all.
 

 Back in April 2005, I bought my first Ducati: a brand spanking new S2R Dark. Since the first time I saw the Ducati Monster, back in 1992, I had always wanted one.   At that time I lived in Italy and for one reason or another I never bought one. I had a Vespa at one point and a Honda NX enduro at another. In 1996, I returned to South Bend and the Monster kind of faded away.

 Fast forward to 2005 when I decided to resume the motorcycling hobby. I was going to buy a bike again and guess what; it was going to be a Monster.   I started searching online for the closest dealer, which turned out to be Lifecycle in Kalamazoo, MI. After exchanging a few emails with their salesman, I ended up going up to look at the bikes.   It was then that I saw the 2005 S2R. At that time it was the hottest selling midrange monster of all the time. I wanted a Dark and I ordered one. I finally picked it up on April 1st 2005. It was so cold out but I couldn’t stop riding it. 

There was a problem though… I was the only person riding a monster in South Bend. Even though I really enjoyed riding with some of the people I work with, and other locals, I wanted to ride with other Ducati owners. I turned to the Internet again looking for a local Ducati club… Nothing. Every club that I found was too far. I ended up joining the Ducati Monster List (ducatimonster.org); the largest monster club online. On the DML I met Bryan who at that time was the closest Ducatista I had met. After chit chatting on the DML board for a while, we finally planned a ride. Bryan and I kept making more and more plans to ride together. We decided to found the Hoosier Hooligans and asked the DML staff for a local Indiana board. Then one Thursday night, while I was attending the Hooters bike night, I saw a Multistrada in the lot.  I waited around to see who was riding it and that’s how I met Troy. He goes by Td so I nicknamed him “sTD.”  I invited him to join the DML and he turned out to be already a member.  From there things started taking off. Troy introduced Bryan and I to some of his Duc riding friends, Mike and Chris.  

We planned a ride to the 2006 MidOhio AMA superbike race and there we made friends with the Desmohio guys. Along the way I got hit by a car, Bryan got us lost, and I managed to talk my way onto the track, but that’s another story. The Hoosier Hooligans had a total of 4 members and I remember thinking that my idea of starting a Ducati club in Indiana was actually happening. 

After that came Daytona bike week 2007. Bryan and I attended and we had the good fortune to meet fellow Ducatisti Nick and his lovely fiancée Suzy. We had only talked online but they opened their house to us and we stayed at their house for the week. You should have seen their garage packed full with Ducs! We had a great time and made friends with many Florida Ducatisti that week. I even came home with the people choice award. 

Then the DESMO club (Ducati Enthusiast Southern Michigan Organization) meetup came along and we made more friends. There was 13 Ducatis all together that day and Kevin, a proud owner of a 2000 900SS, found us. It turned out that he only lived a few miles from me. He introduced us to Al, Doug, and a few other locals I hadn’t met before. 

Two years have passed and our club has expanded. We have an official clubhouse and website. We currently have about 40 members throughout state of Indiana. and even a few elsewhere. If you ask me, it’s worked out pretty damn good. Anyway, I think I speak for everyone here when I say, even though we are a Ducati owners club, if you don’t own a Ducati, if you have a desire to ride and have fun, we welcome you. I recently applied for D.O.C. (Desmo Owner’s Club) official status from Ducati SPA in Italy for our club. Achieving D.O.C. status has been a goal of mine. I think we are pretty close so stay tuned. Until then ride safe and do us a favor. Please sign up, take a moment to fill out your profile completely, and introduce yourself in the general forum.   It’s great to meet more Ducatisti! We hope to ride with all of you soon and place faces with screen names. There are so many people behind this club: Bryan who spent lots of his time creating our site and getting swag made, Troy who designed our logos and artwork, Mike who made the first run of T-shirts, Al who’s creating custom bits with our logo, Jason who is passing out flyers down in the deep southern parts of the state,  and many more that are supporting the club. Our membership is free. We only ask that you support our club and show your Hoosier Hooligan pride by picking up a shirt or a patch.

 

Truly yours,

Mario

Co-founder & Club president.     

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