Discovering ride and risk on my Ducati Monster 796

When you’re a kid and didn't grow up riding motorcycles but love them anyway, they naturally come to feel like the juiciest of forbidden fruits – dangerous, sexy, cool AF. I can personally attest to this. I have sun-soaked memories of trips to the beach with my buddies back in high school and us watching... Continue Reading →

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Thoughts on the Ducati 959 Panigale and matters of the heart

Like all great loves, giving form to the myriad feelings the Ducati 959 Panigale inspires is complicated; some things are just simply known. Perhaps I'll try with two observations. First, this motorcycle is really, really good. Second, it makes me quite sad. At one point while riding it, an old Melvin Endsley song called "Singing... Continue Reading →

Monstah Mash: Ducati’s new Monster 797

Ever since Ducati phased out the Monster 696/796 duo back in 2014, new riders looking to the famed Bologna marquee for their first motorcycle had precious few choices. They could opt for the Monster 821, a bigger and heavier motorcycle than a green rider might be comfortable with, or the Scrambler, which only became available... Continue Reading →

My Top 5 motoring dreams

I know I’ve got my arms around a powerful dream when it ignites a kind of desperation in me to have it, own it, hold it before it disappears: I’m learning it’s wise to pay attention to the ideas that steal inside and prick at your heart with such cold, sweet longing. I’ve been thinking a lot... Continue Reading →

Cars in the Wild

I understand if you don't know what car this is. This is undoubtedly the rarest and most interesting car yet featured on Cars  in the Wild. Some cars are so transcendent that you don't have to know a single thing about them but the minute you see one, you know it is something special. When a... Continue Reading →

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