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 →


What’s in a name? Moto Guzzi’s reimagining of an American Icon

The cruiser market in America may be a wildly competitive place, but it still feels surprisingly unimaginative. Freeways are dominated by heavy, chrome drenched beasts that seem to have more to say about the past than the future. Harley-Davidson is the obvious 800-pound (probably more?) gorilla in the room, but a number of manufacturers have... Continue Reading →

What the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer taught me about life and change

It took me several years and at least two days to understand the point of café racers. They’ve always seemed more like lifestyle statements to me – primarily championed by hipsters – rather than “serious” motorcycles. Whatever that means. These sporty, minimalist bikes first came into fashion in Europe in the 1960’s and have seen... Continue Reading →


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 →


A new adventure: Discovering the many personalities of the Multistrada 950

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Multistrada 950 on first approach. It's tall, wide, sky-high, and more than a little intimidating. This was also my first experience with a adventure motorcycle and I was filled with more questions than answers as I grabbed the keys and fired it up for the first... 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 →


Year One: 2011 in review

Thank you everyone for a spectacular year! The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for TDC and I wanted to share it with you. Check it out, and here's to an even better 2012! Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000... Continue Reading →


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