A Club Called US DESMO

In 2003, The Ducati Owners Club of Canada (DOCC) Southeast Region undertook a metamorphosis and emerged as “US DESMO INC.” This separate charter was formed by Jim Calandro, the past DOCC Southeast Regional Representative, with assistance from Clyde Romero and Bob Lattanzi.

US DESMO is a gathering of rider enthusiasts whose common interest is to promote Italian motorcycles on the road and on the track, safely. The clubs initial efforts were in the Southeastern United States. There are now four area rallies. More adventures are planned for the future. Please revisit this web site for more information on membership, discounts with area dealers, rallies, and other events to come. We always welcome like-minded riders, members and volunteers!

If you wish to join US DESMO, you may use this Adobe Acrobat application form. If you have questions and comments contact Jim Calandro at capo@usdesmo.com

USDESMO dues and renewals are $30 per calendar year. Join now!

Mark your calendars now!

Event Schedule 2020


Motori Italiani

March 28, 131 Main Restaurant, Matthews, NC
(Joint event with CAFE, the Charlotte Ferrari club)
Facebook event...


Twenty-sixth Annual Ducks Along The Blue Ridge Rally (DABR)

May 1-3, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Fourth Annual Ducks in the Shenandoah Valley (DSV)

June 5-7, Wytheville, Virginia

Fifteenth Annual Ducks Head West Rally (DHW)

July 31 - August 2, Erwin, Tennessee

Twenty-fifth Annual Ducks Fly South Rally (DFS)

September 25-27, Murphy, North Carolina


Twenty-sixth Annual Ducks Along The Blue Ridge Rally (DABR)

October 9-11, Mount Airy, North Carolina
More info...
Here is the event flier. Please print it out and post it where it needs to be posted!
Facebook event...
Rally Registration Form
Register and pay online using PayPal or a credit card!


Barber Vintage Festival

October 9-11, Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, Alabama
(Not an official US DESMO event but still great fun!)

Links to details, registration forms and fliers are available on the US Desmo events page.

Ducati 916 Massimo Tamburini Prototype: The Holy Grail of V-Twin Desmodromic Italian Bikes

José Manuel Serrano Esparza was kind enough to send a link to this article to share for all of us under quarantine. Some great photos and descriptions. Enjoy!
Jim Calandro


Do you think you know the beginnings of Ducati two-wheeled history?

Then read this article with photos by Dave Ryan, Member #01617!

Ducati celebrated its 90th anniversary as a company in 2016, releasing a commemorative book and updating its museum. An arguably more important milestone (at least to readers of this magazine) happens in July 2019 — the 70th anniversary of the first complete motorcycle to roll out of the Borgo Panigale factory: the Ducati 60.


This article was first published in Motorcycle Classics in the July/August 2019 edition.

New Partnership Opportunities!

US DESMO is always looking for ways to increase the number of events that our members can participate in. Cornerspeed has, for many years, run the track days for one of our sister clubs, Mid Atlantic Ducati (MAD). They jointly hold two day track events at VIR, one in the spring and one in the fall. Aaron Stevenson the owner of Cornerspeed has opened up the event to US DESMO members for the same cost as the MAD club.

US DESMO will extend the same benefit to MAD members and Cornerspeed customers.

For 2020 we are planning on investigating a sharing of events so both clubs can have track days that have adequate participants to preserve the events for our clubs. As we develop a plan we will pass the word along.

Jim and Clyde


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If you have questions and comments contact Jim Calandro at capo@usdesmo.com.

If you wish to join US DESMO, you may use this Adobe Acrobat application form.

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