Nelson / Tasman Ride Director & DOC Nelson President
Nick Marer will never forget the day he heard his first Ducati. Lying in bed on a Saturday morning, he heard a rumbling getting louder and louder. He tore down the stairs to find Chris, his brother, home to visit on his 1987 750 F1.
At the age of 20, Nick had experienced his first encounter with bike lust – and it wouldn’t be his last.
Nick says sharing the Passion for Ducati with others is like having an extended family. And that even though some are ‘bat shit crazy’ (his words, not ours) they still make him smile.
Nick’s the President of DOC Nelson, and in conjunction with DOCNZ, he coordinates ride events and club nights in the Nelson area for DOC folks from all walks of life. Get along and say hi. You’ll probably walk away thinking he’s ‘bat shit crazy’ – but he’ll probably make you smile, too.
Canterbury Ride Director
Originally from Edinburgh, Kevin Largue came to New Zealand 9 years ago.
His love of riding began at 16 years old. Starting on 50cc many years ago, and coveting the 916 from back home. That rattling clutch and deep thump – he was completely hooked. He now has a 1996 916 work of art to call his own, plus a 2009 1098 Streetfighter.
Kevin loves watching, talking, and dreaming about BSB and MotoGP, and looks forward to making new friends from all over New Zealand through DOCNZ.
He’s eager to get all the DOCNZ lads and lasses together once a month for rides and the odd trip away (suggestions are always welcome, he says).
If you’re ever passing through Ashburton, the door is always open at Kev’s. So give him a yell. He looks forward to meeting you.
Janine & Adrian
Central Otago Meeting Directors
About Janine & Adrian
Wanaka-based Janine and Adrian recently rekindled their love of motorcycling after a few years’ break.
Adrian began riding at 17, and Janine joined him as pillion when they met way back in 1991. Over the years, the two have owned a range of sports bikes – although their hearts belong to Ducati.
They used to own a 900SS, and have recently been tearing up the roads of Central Otago and beyond on their 1200 Multistrada Enduro. Once Janine becomes road legal, a Monster will also be added to the garage (she can’t wait).
Keen followers of WSBK, BSB, and MotoGP, the pair recently realised their dream of visiting the Ducati Factory and Museum, as well as WSBK at Misano. A return to Bologna is on the cards for Ducati’s mecca – World Ducati Week.
If you’re ever in Wanaka, Janine and Adrian welcome DOCNZ members in their spare ensuite bedroom, complete with garage space for fellow Ducati nuts.
The fabulous couple also run the DOCNZ Central Otago Club Night at Cardrona Hotel on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and they can’t wait to meet more Ducati locals.
Southland / Otago Club Director
Heavily influenced by his older brother, Chris first met with motorbikes in 1984 at the age of 16. Starting on Japanese bikes (his first was a Honda xl125) they gradually got bigger and bigger as Chris got older.
Over the last eighteen riding years he’s enjoyed many bike rallies, including 15 Brass Monkeys and several Cold Kiwis, all while riding to or from Dunedin.
Chris’s coldest Brass Monkey was in the early 90s, when it got down to -18°C (yes, you read that right – MINUS 18°C) and a foot of snow at the campsite. Later on he was joined by his girlfriend (now wife) on many more rallies.
Inspired by his brother, Steve (a keen DOCNZ member), Chris entered into the Italian market with his first Ducati. After locating a low-mileage 2007 Monster S2R 800 in Dunedin, the deal was done.
On fine weekends Chris can be seen (and definitely heard) scratching around Dunedin and its surrounds, in search of the never-ending pulse of a fine Italian motorcycle underneath him, and the wind in his hair.
Chris is looking forward to meeting you for the next ride or club meeting.
South Island Turismo Mastermind
A jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, Chris has worked as a freezing worker, in the parts department, motorcycle mechanic, plasterer, roofer, property developer, and company director, oh, and a dishwasher…
He rides Ducati of course!! Chris is very lucky to have one or two – older 1970’s Bevel Drive machines, which look and sound just beautiful. Some 80’s & 90’s machines that also just thrill the hell out of him every ride, and a few later models with all the latest electronics and reliability. Some used for local sunny day riding and others get track day action or toured around New Zealand, all just depends on Chris’s mood.
There have been so many highlights, although Chris fondly remembers his first visit to Cemetery Circuit races, Wanganui in 1986, watching Paul Pavletich on the Bike Clinic Ducati Pantah based F2 bike and the Bob Brown Ducati TT1 cleaning up the major racing classes of the day – in awe of the beauty, sound, and speed of these Ducati machines. A few days later back in Wellington with an hour or so to kill (and the sound of those Ducatis still ringing in his ear) a trip to Bike Clinic was in order, in the window – the most exotic Ducati available at the time, a 750 F1. Compared to what else you could buy back then, it was very expensive $15000, although it was dripping with exotic parts. Fully floating Brembo brakes, Ceriani Forks, Marzzochi Shock, DEL LORTO carbs, etc, etc. I just wanted it!!! But it was Sunday and the shop closed – a phone call was made first thing Monday morning. “Yes, it is still for sale” Chris remembers almost falling over with excitement! He was off for the next ferry to Wellington and bought it. So began Chris’s journey with “Ducati” – a journey of nearly 35years.
As one of the club’s founding committee members as Treasurer, Chris has since served as Vice President, President, Co-Turismo Mastermind and general Ducati consultant, guru and advisor-guy to anyone with a question.
South Island Turismo Mastermind
Guy is the General Manager of an Automotive and Engineering Supplies company, based in Christchurch.
He’s been riding motorcycles for 40+ years, Ducatis for more than 20 years, and he currently rides a 1299 Superleggera or his wife’s 821 Monster.
His favourite rides are either the Arthurs or Lewis Passes in the central South Island, and then down the West Coast towards Haast. His Ducati highlight so far was in 2004, riding an ST3 with his wife on their honeymoon, travelling through Europe, and ending up in Italy for World Ducati Week.
Guy and Chris Marer are the masterminds behind our awesome South Island Turismo.