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Hey all, we just moved to Lancaster, PA and were wondering how many Duc owners are in the area and if there's a decent local mechanic? We've got a pair of ST3's. Lots of decent looking roads around here compared to where we came from (Northern VA). Any suggestions for riding routes would be welcome!
 

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Hi Crabby -

I can't give you an answer but just wanted to say hi as I'm in a similar situation. Moving from Chicago to just outside of Philly and wondering about the support for Ducatis in the area. I'm actually weighing whether or not to keep my bike and bring it with on the move, or sell it and let someone else enjoy it. Mine is an 800ss setup for track, and I don't know the area so well except for NJ Motorsports park, so I'm not sure how much use I'd really get of it.

Anyhow, hope you get some answers and if I see some ST3s on the road, I'll give ya a wave!
 

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Isn't Ferracci's in the area? Pretty well known shop, not sure how close you are though, they are a little north of Philly..
 

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Hey Crabby and Kevin- Welcome to PA!
Jcasella- Yes, Ferracci is (somewhat) in the area, and I recommend them, however they would be about 1.5 to 2 hours from Lancaster county. I have not had work done at Koups, but they are in the Harrisburg area, which would be closer to Lancaster. Seem like knowledgeable guys and were always friendly when I've talked to them. There is/ was a fellow named Tim there in Parts/Service who used to have a GT1000- real nice guy. I've run into him at the Ephrata First Sunday ride, as well: Ephrate First Sunday Motorcycle Rally . You might want to check that out some "first Sunday" of the month- all kinds of bikes (Yes, lots of H-D's as you might expect, but other stuff does show up- check the pic's.).

I don't live in the Lancaster area, but frequently head out that way when I can- great roads and scenery!! I'm about one hour east and always enjoy riding in the area. Watch for horse poop from the buggies, and the buggies themselves. Also, weekends you'll get the tourist/ outlet shopper traffic near Rte 30... ugh.

Here's something I found recently and rode a good part of the "Route 5- Roads near the Susquehanna River". Rte 324 on the southern part of that loop is great! : 21 tips: Take these great motorcycle trips in Lancaster County | Local News | lancasteronline.com

I've also done a tour of the covered bridges in Lancaster County with a car group- that was fun and would be cool to do on a bike. There's a number of them in the area and are pretty neat to see (and go through!).
There may be some folks from the Lancaster area who will chime in on this. Would like to see what they might recommend as well.
Enjoy!
 

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Thanks for posting the trip tips. Moved here (Audubon) almost 2 years ago; last summer purchased a 749 and just started parting out a 800SS track bike after the quote from FBF to fix the motor. Hope you find some nice routes to ride.
 

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I just realized I wasn't getting notifications from this board, so I missed the messages!

I will definitely have to check out the Ephrata first Sundays - missed it this month, and out of town next month but sounds pretty interesting. The roads are pretty fun to drive in the car, so I think riding will be great. We just got the registration and inspections done. Funnily enough, a workman who came by our house saw the bikes and says a buddy of his in the area is a Ducati-trained mechanic and he gave us his number, so we'll be taking advantage of that for sure.

We did a couple of the covered bridge tours in the car last year, and they would be fun on the bikes, too. I love running across those - it just never gets old.
 

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I'm about 20 miles north of Lancaster. Feel free to reach out in spring if you're still in the area.

If you still need a Ducati mechanic there is one in the area I can point you to.
 

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Awesome! One of our bikes has an tiny oil leak we just can't seem to fix, so you'll probably be hearing from us.
 

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Still in Lancaster Crabbyjay? If so I was planning on riding to the Ephrata Breakfast ride the first Sunday in July.
 

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State College is about 2 hours... Kissell dropped their Ducati dealership but still have a trained mechanic and still provide service.

Not sure about Harrisburg area but the areas both north and south of State College have some great riding. I'm most familiar with from SC north to NY... https://www.google.com/maps/dir/State+College,+PA/Lancaster,+PA/@41.412666,-77.8649271,11z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89cea899c13bdb73:0x9ce1c6c2833c8091!2m2!1d-77.8600012!2d40.7933949!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c6248b917214b9:0xb46790d030dbd2d6!2m2!1d-76.3055144!2d40.0378755

A lot of nice rides in there...

Not a lot of Ducati's however... it's why Kissell dropped them - they sold a lot of bikes for a small dealer but most were not local so they never got any of the service.
 

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Still in Lancaster Crabbyjay? If so I was planning on riding to the Ephrata Breakfast ride the first Sunday in July.
I think we're out of town that day! Maybe next time. I hear there's an Italian bike night in the area, can't remember where. Hopefully will make it to that soon. I'll post when I figure that out
 

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Central Pennsylvania Ride - Sunday October 15th (weather permitting). We'll meet for lunch at 11am at Tosco Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 101 W. Lincoln Ave. Myerstown, PA. 17067 (the restaurant is located at the intersection of Rt. 501 & Rt. 422) From there we can head north on Rt. 501 and enjoy the autumn colors.
 

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We are meeting this Sunday (May 20th). We'll meet for lunch at 11am at Tosco Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 101 W. Lincoln Ave. Myerstown, PA. 17067 (the restaurant is located at the intersection of Rt. 501 & Rt. 422) and then ride from there. Feel free to join us.
 

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We are meeting this Sunday (May 20th). We'll meet for lunch at 11am at Tosco Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 101 W. Lincoln Ave. Myerstown, PA. 17067 (the restaurant is located at the intersection of Rt. 501 & Rt. 422) and then ride from there. Feel free to join us.
Oh no, why is it we're always out of town when you guys meet?!
 

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No worries. We are planning on making it a regular (monthly) Italian Motorcycle Meet & Ride, I'll keep you in the loop.
 

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I'm about 20 miles north of Lancaster. Feel free to reach out in spring if you're still in the area.

If you still need a Ducati mechanic there is one in the area I can point you to.
We were unable to fix that oil leak, by the way. Can you send me the info for your mechanic?
 

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I drive an hour to get to Koup's vs. 15 minutes to my local dealer for service simply because I find their service staff professional and friendly. Obviously they have a ducatti certified mechanic but i can't vouch for how good they are beyond basics as I don't have experience with them at that level.

I have a '16 monster under recall for the front brake master. Local dealer/service tells me to drop off the bike, then they will check inventory to see if they have the part, if not they will order it, then they will fix it and call me! No options (I asked to make an appointment and make sure they had the part on hand).

Koup's took my VIN, ordered the part, called me once the part came in to schedule an appointment and said to give them 30 minutes to make the replacement. Seem's like basic, good customer service to me but evidently not to all dealers.
 
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