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.
William aka Geoff
Canterbury Ride Director
Steeped in the motorcycle trade and riding since 1976! William Postlethwaite, aka Geoff was able to work and afford to buy his own bike. Geoff’s older brothers rode British Bikes and of course were always working on them around home, often taking him for rides which of course inspired his passion for all things motorcycling.
Geoff rides his 2006 999s every chance he gets. It’s clocked up over 30000kms over the past two years since owning this spectacular model. Having owned many motorcycles over the years, they were all Japanese until the last two Ducati. He still has an ’83 GSX750ES Suzuki that he’s owned for 30 odd years – he plans on doing something with – just not sure what yet. Watch this space.
1981 saw Geoff’s first Rally, the Brass Monkey. With many more rallies attended since, and New Zealand has been explored extensively, all on two wheels. Geoff has had involvement in Motorcycle clubs at committee level, organised Rallies, Protests Rides and been a Motorcycle Instructor, Tour Guide, and prior to Covid, managed a Motorcycle Rental Company.
Since becoming a Ducati owner, Geoff admits that he finally understands the immense passion Ducatista have for the brand. He tells me “I truly have never owned a motorcycle I have enjoyed more”, so why not put his knowledge to good use! Geoff organises regular rides in and around Canterbury and is looking forward to sharing his passion for the brand with fellow Cantabrian Ducatisti.
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.
Central Otago Ride Director
Now, with work-life significantly reduced and his family grown, Bruno finds he can rekindle his love of Ducati Motorcycles. Namely his 2016 Ducati 939 Hyperstrada.
Leaving the North Island, Bruno now resides in the Central Otago region of Wanaka. Surrounded by the most amazing roads, scenery, and open spaces. Bruno also credits track training at Levels Raceway as an invaluable, must-do experience.
Super passionate about New Zealand and what it has to offer, he and his Hyperstrada can often ride up to 1000 kilometres in a day. On occasion, his daughter joins him on her bike too.
Join Bruno as he proudly guides you on rides, through and around his backyard, Central Otago.
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.