As with other memorable road trips, while it may have finished where it started, nothing else is the same. There is something remarkable about one celebration being used to kick off another, as the Globetrotter 90th adventure was with World Ducati Week.
Ducati Globetrotter 90th ended where it began, in Borgo Panigale with 30,000 kilometers under the collective biker belts of the seven riders chosen to make the journey. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s HQ was the final destination for Timo Schäfer, the last of the seven motorcyclists who have taken turns riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro around the world with the memorable trip starting on July 4th.
On hand as Schäfer arrived at the factory were Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and many of the company’s employees. Domenicali congratulated Timo and the other six adventurous globetrotters for having taken on this incredible voyage with grit and passion, making it a trip that will become part of the same colorful Ducati history the ride highlighted.
Over the five-month voyage dedicated to Ducati’s 90th anniversary, Indian globetrotter Vir Nakai, Frenchman Laurent Cochet, Belgian rider Jessica Leyne, Brazilian Eduardo Generali, Australian Steve Fraser and Brit Hugo Wilson all played a leading role. Each one an expert motorcyclist, passionate traveler and above all, a skilled storyteller.
Day after day on the Globetrotter90.ducati.com blog, they kept an on-board diary, telling the many Ducati fans exactly what was happening during their exciting adventure. Stage after stage, the seven globetrotters passed on the special torch, the symbolic baton created by the Ducati Design Center and equipped with an inbuilt camera to allow for every emotion experienced during the trip to be filmed and shared.
Timo Schäfer tackles the Isle of Man on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro
From Bologna to Scandinavia, then to Russia and across the legendary Trans-Siberian Highway, to Japan, the USA and back across Europe, before the torch and Multistrada 1200 Enduro finally returned home, having visited all those symbolic places that have played a part in Ducati history.
Clutch and Chrome followed the journey, from the selection process to each of the different legs, shown below in chronological order;
- How Ducati Found Their Seven Everyday Motorcycle Globetrotters
- Ducati Reveals Its Motorcycle Magnificent Seven
- Second Stage Underway In Ducati's Globetrotting Adventure
- Woman Rider Takes Charge of Ducati's Globetrotting Adventure
- From Japan to The U.S. - Ducati Globetrotting Trip Roars On
- Ducati Kicks Off Second U.S. Leg of Globetrotting Trip
- Ducati's Worldwide Adventures and Its Sixth Globetrotter
- Ducati's Globetrotting Adventures Hits Its Final Leg
The seventh and final globetrotter is Timo Schäfer, 30 years old from Karlsruhe in Germany. A mechanical engineering student by day, Schäfer left the Isle of Man on December 2nd traveling first to Maidstone, where he met with former rider Paul Smart. The young German motorcyclist and the legend reportedly discussed what Ducati considers to be its most significant win of all. On April 23rd 1972, the first 200 Miglia race at Imola was won by Smart on a production 750 GT, while Bruno Spaggiari finished second with the same bike.
A truly biker moment came when the pair were saying goodbye. Showing it’s all about the ride, the 73-year old Smart couldn’t resist climbing onto his Ducati Scrambler to accompany the final globetrotter as far as the Eurotunnel, despite the wet conditions and freezing temperatures.
Timo Schäfer and Paul Smart
With temperatures that were consistently below zero, Timo Schäfer crossed France, Belgium and a good part of Germany to arrive in Bavaria, where the Audi Forum is hosting the ‘More Than Red - Passione Ducati’ exhibition until 30 April 2017 in Ingolstadt, celebrating 90 years of the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer. The Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the globetrotter, still muddy after the long trip, were welcomed and soon overwhelmed with photo requests by visitors to the exhibition, who also wanted to hear all about Schäfer’s adventure.
Next, the globetrotter crossed the Alps back to Italy reaching the Monza racetrack. It was here the futuristic Ducati Siluro set 44 world speed records in the space of just one day, on November 30th 1958, with just 100cc to its name. Schäfer was extremely privileged to be able to meet one of the heroes that made this feat possible, Santo Ciceri.
An appearance at the ‘More Than Red - Passione Ducati’ exhibition and the Monza racetrack
One more motorcycle legend would make an appearance before the equally legendary ride was over.
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro which had been used by all seven riders was ridden Florence to greet Ducati living legend, Giuliano Maoggi. Born in 1926, Maoggi won the 4th Motogiro d’Italia in 1956, riding the Gran Sport 100 which was affectionately known as the Marianna and designed by Fabio Taglioni.
Crossing the legendary Futa pass, Timo Schäfer finally arrived in Borgo Panigale on December15th wrapping up an unforgettable Globetrotter 90th road trip and celebration. While physically it was mostly completed by one person, a world of motorcycle enthusiasts and Ducatistas joined each and every rider on the journey.
Timo Schäfer and Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali celebrate the successful celebration