Ducati adventure riders now have the opportunity to ride together and explore some great off-road adventures on a fully supported adventure experience.
Ducati Australia and New Zealand, have teamed up with premium adventure tour and rider training company Maschine to deliver an off-road adventure tour specifically for Ducati customers. Over 3 days the tour will travel north from the Hunter Valley along the Great Dividing Range into the beautiful mid-north coast region of NSW around Port Macquarie.
This region offers ideal terrain to explore on your Ducati adventure model with sweeping gravel roads, stunning vistas and valleys where the temperature drops under the canopy of trees. There will also be the occasional section of bitumen twisties to remind you of the Ducati sports heritage and just how versatile the your Ducati is.
In true Ducati style, luxury accommodation and fine meals will be a key feature of the tour. Selected exclusively to ensure the days riding is equalled with some great company, a few refreshments and the rest required to get the best experience possible during the following days ride.
Experienced tour operators Maschine will have your back all the way to help you complete the adventure. Ducati and Maschine will take care of the details so you can simply relax and enjoy the experience.
We are designing this ride to suit a wide range of adventure riders. If you have spent some time riding off-road on gravel roads you should be capable of completing this ride. We take great care in planning the routes to make them achievable for the average rider whilst still offering a challenge and interest to capture your attention along the way.
The route will consist mainly of unsealed gravel roads through farm land and forest. There may be some shallow water crossings but nothing much deeper than your wheel axle. Hills will be limited to those that are easily overcome in any weather. There will be some bitumen sections at the start and end of each day getting into town but we will also throw in a couple of fun twisty sections to mix up the flow.
If you don’t have much off-road riding experience you might find yourself out of your comfort zone a few times but we can help you get through this. That’s the great thing about doing a group ride like the Ducati Adventure Tour, there is always someone there to help you or have a laugh with when things don’t go to plan.
In 2018, we implemented a route grading system which will help you understand the difficulty level on each days route. The route will be clearly described each night at the briefing to assist you in preparing for the day.
Of course weather can play a major role in our riding experience so we plan a few bug out options to get you back on bitumen if it all becomes a bit ugly!
The ride it is open to all models of Ducati adventure bikes and the Scrambler Desert Sled. You need to have a fuel range of around 300km but many of the refuel intervals will be less than that so most bikes will do the distance no problem.
Pillions are also most welcome but it pays to have an experienced pillion on board that is somewhat comfortable with off-road antics!
The total trip will cover between 700 – 1,000km with daily distances of around 250 – 350km. These distances may not seem too long but trust us, you will be blown away by how much awesome riding you can squeeze into 300 kilometres!
If you are concerned your skills aren’t quite up to scratch then consider our range of Maschine rider training courses to help prepare you for your Ducati Adventure Tour experience. We will be offering 1 day training course the day prior to the tour beginning – more details below. Maschine also offer a full calendar of adventure training courses available throughout the year.
The Ducati Adventure Tour is aimed at owners of:
To maximise safety and increase your riding enjoyment we recommend bikes are fitted with knobby style tyres like the Pirelli Scorpion Rally.
To navigate the route a GPX file will be provided that includes each days route. This can be loaded into either a GPS or Smartphone with navigation app. Maschine staff will be available to assist you in using the technology if you require assistance.
Contact Us if you have any questions regarding navigation.
Experienced tour operators Maschine understand what it takes to create a hassle free ride experience for customers. Our support structure includes:
Well to start with, the guarantee that you’ll have a great three full days of riding with some new mates and awesome tracks that are going to leave you screaming “enough” but at the same time wanting more!
Because maschine rides are fully supported, we include carrying your bags for you so you can ride light during the day, a tech support guy on bike to help you out with any mechanical issues you may have along the way. A sweep vehicle so if the worst happens and you or your bike breaks down, we can get you to the next overnight stop and help you work out a plan to get you and your bike home.
Apart from the riding itself, we’ve included 2 different levels of accommodation to suit your needs – either shared or single. Each package includes 3 nights of 4 – 5 star accommodation, along with 2 x dinners and 3 x breakfasts over the ride.
We all appreciate a great meal and a warm bed at the end of a good days ride. Maschine have carefully selected the accommodation for each night and take care of all of the arrangements for you, whether it’s twin share or single accommodation.
A hallmark of Maschine events is the social get together each night for our riders briefing where we lay out the plan for the following day. We get together to share a drink or three, a sumptuous meal and good times with your newfound riding buddies. You are virtually guaranteed to have an awesome time.
We’ve included 2 different levels of accommodation to suit your needs. Each one includes 3 nights of luxury 4.5-5 star accommodation, along with 3 x dinners and 3 x breakfasts over the course of the tour.
It goes without saying we want to you to join us however, wouldn’t it be even better to enjoy it with your mates?
We’ve got an extra bonus for you when booking as a group. When you book as a group of 3 or more, we’ll apply a $50 store credit to your account free for you to use for your next maschine adventure tour or training course.
*When booking, riders must include their group leader’s name in comments field on our checkout page at time of booking. Store credit will be applied to your account after the event in April 2019.
We have two training options available to you for the Ducati Adventure Tour
Our pre-ride training will run on the day of arrival for the ride (Thursday 11 April). The course is our Core Adventure Rider Training. It’s a one day beginner level course and is ideal for anyone with little or no off-road experience and is facilitated by Nick Selleck from Maschine, a highly experienced, MA accredited off-road motorcycle coach.
It is recommended you arrive the night before to Spicers Resort if you are participating in the training. We can arrange an extra night’s accommodation for you. Please select this option when checking out.
As an exclusive addition to Ducati Adventure Tour, we’re providing you the opportunity to book in a half day, on-trail rider coaching session. It’s a small group (up to 5) where you’ll receive lots of personal attention and work on the things you want to work on.
Nick will watch you ride and give you feedback on your technique and how you can improve. The best part at the end of the session, you’ll be able to put your newfound skills straight into practice right there on the trail during the ride.
These sessions are no substitute for the pre-ride training course. It is aimed at riders who have completed the pre-ride course or have some off-road experience.
If you’re travelling from interstate and need to save time by flying in/out for the ride, we can arrange to transport your bike to Sydney or Newcastle so you can pickup your bike at a local Ducati dealer and make your way to the Hunter Valley.
Feel free to contact us by our enquiry form, or you’d prefer to speak to someone call Trudi on 0414 844 984. We’re more than happy to address any queries you may have.