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 →

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Smitten by a demoness: riding and rationalizing the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

To properly describe what it’s like to ride the 2017 Aprilia Tuono, I’m enlisting the help of a song. A beautiful Italian opera would be fitting as the Tuono has pipes like Pavarotti. A dreamy love song works too, as would a soulful melody that inspires me to the stars. I haven't chosen any of... 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 →

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