April 2nd, 2013: here is a picture of the new facility in Gilbert, Arizona. Now comes the herculean task of moving the final two semitruck loads of machinery, parts, and equipment from Tacoma, WA to here over the next three weeks. I can’t wait to make cool stuff in this new shop! (it really is nice and modern inside)
More details next week in regard to a “start date” for ordering exhaust systems. My goal is to have Ducatista riding 2013 iteration exhausts by early May…
update March 28, 2013:
A new facility has been identified (and preliminary agreements done) that meets my high standards, cleanliness details and most importantly a properly sized and airconditioned/heated workspace in Gilbert, Arizona. More details and pictures in the next few business days. This took a LOT more work and time then I ever imagined — I rejected over 82 other facilities due to facility condition, industrial workspace environment or the physical location itself. Thanks everyone for your patience! I’ll post more in regard to taking 2013 orders, prices, website updates and more starting about April 10th. My goal is to have people riding 2013-built-in-Arizona MotoCreations exhausts by mid-May this year…
update March 19th, 2013:
Bimota db1 bodywork. The search took 14 years and I will upcoming be able to use these to create the bodywork for my personal db1.EVO project via posts here a few years ago. Thanks to Steve at Loudbike who somehow manages to find a lot of vintage Bevel and Rubber band racing parts for the great Ducati’s of the world. Definitely look around his blog here [Loudbike Blog/] and definitely click on his LoudBikeStore banner where there is some NOS vintage Ducati race parts to be had.
Currently visiting with leasing agents various shops in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Trick is to find one properly zoned for what I’m doing and that meets my standards and allows for future growth. Many have been ruled out — but there are still a lot available to visit the next few days. Hopefully pictures and good news shortly. (then we can get the last of the shop parts/machines relocated and get back to building exhausts!)
For those of you I met on the road inquiring about or recognizing my Ducati’s on the trailer — thanks for the kind words and appreciation for what I’m building. Never realized so many of you were on the Interstate the same time as myself.
March 14th, 2013 — update. Hiccup with the planned leased facility in Phoenix and I can’t wait 45+ more days to get a move-in date. Thus hopping to Phoenix now to walk through a couple of alternative shops identified in the last 24hrs that I can move into asap! Pictures hopefully late next week of the new facility once I have found something that will work for us today and some new areas we are moving into upcoming with new technologies and equipment. Essentially shop space will be 4X current location as it is needed!
Once I have a move-in date for Phoenix, two big moving vehicles w/trailers will move the last of the heavy shop equipment, tooling, parts, supplies, etc and make a customer dropoff in Bakersfield along the way. (pictures upcoming thereof of my favorite M1100 exhaust built)
As mentioned before, no new orders until the shop in Arizona is ready to build systems. There is no “order queue” or advanced orders taken at this time for exhausts — sorry but it isn’t manageable to be honest. I am still doing a planned 30-day promotional special for exhaust orders taken then which is very rare for myself and will be worthwhile to take advantage of! I’m putting together a revised ordering webpage with all the options, pricing, pictures, etc of the various exhausts we build and custom built to make it easier to order. Once that is posted — time to build again! (note: It won’t cover all the options immediately ala titanium, inconel or carbonfiber bitsa but those will happen upcoming.)
I will also have videos upcoming of exhaust system installations and more. I will have a reliable resource to do for me upcoming and who is good at walking through tutorials. I know a vast majority of you do not have a local Ducati dealer and to be honest, my systems are pretty easy to install once the factory system is removed.
And yes, for those of you in Arizona — I will get the bbq out on a regular basis for occasional Saturday “open shops”. (note: if anyone knows the status of the Phoenix Ducati club, let me know where/when the meetings are upcoming!)
Thanks for your patience everyone — hopefully this is the last move for many years!
Mark / MotoCreations
Second to last system to go! (actually last system built in the Northwest will be seen shortly but was built long ago but the style hasn’t been shown to the public yet).
Early Monster M900 with Febur swingarm setup. MotoCreations Shotgun exhaust setup as equal volume, stepped and “superleggera” (lightweight tubing) and a lightweight tip configuration. This is the lightest set of Shotguns that I have built out of stainless steel to date. (others were Inconel or Titanium tubing but 3X+ more expensive due to materials and labor to cut/weld curves)
Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture on the 900cc engine with frame, swingarm and exhaust pre-ceramic coating. So it will be a wait until they are installed by customer upcoming.
Note: Reminder that no new exhaust orders until we are fully relocated to Arizona in a few weeks. Thanks for the patience!
3.1.2013 update. This is the 3rd to last exhaust system built here in the Northwest. Yes — it is a Suzuki SV1000. On very rare occasions, I will do something non-Ducati for the fun of it. Maybe one day we will make more of these for Suzuki’s? Not at this time given the diehard Ducatista customers and their love of our exhausts and our relocation to Arizona and all the Ducati systems we need to build upcoming once we open again!
Two more pictures in the next several days of final two Ducati systems. Then the truck w/trailer is loaded with motorcycles and first of three more trips to Arizona to move shop equipment, personal belongings, Ducati’s and more.
Also personal note. Family member had knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. Rather amazing seeing someone walking 36hrs later in less pain with replacement hardware then they were born with. Modern surgery is truly surprising.