When I first started hanging around with the cute blonde guy who lives here and does all the heavy lifting around the house, we were both in relationships with sexy Italian birds. He went for the blonde and I was really in to the redhead.
I spotted this pic as I scrolled through iPhoto tonight. Aprilia, Ducati, Big Duck, Backhoe. Perfectly normal, right?
Did you spot…the PAY PHONE?! A real, live pay phone. Well, not live live, but you know what I mean. Who knew they were still around in 2003?
Here is another one from the way back machine – this time from April 2003. Kenny’s Aprilia Falco and my Ducati 996 at Long Island’s Big Duck.
Italian motorcycles and giant roadside animals… love was bound to happen.
When I stood in the driveway putting my gloves on, I could hardly believe that my gorgeous, red devil is now 10 years old. When I look at it, I still think it is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made.
In some ways when I look at my Ducati, memories of it being my daily rider seem like yesterday. And yet, they seem like a whole lifetime ago. The 996 was always an extreme relationship.
Riding it always touched an emotional part of me that no other bike had. It has something special in it’s feel, it’s sound. Grabbing a fist full of throttle unleashes an exhaust note from it’s Termignoni cans that can set your heart on fire with a deep, resonating rumble.
When I returned home from my ride, I was tickled pink. It just felt so good get to know that bike again.
It was wheeled in to the garage and put back on the battery tender. And then,… the strong smell of gasoline filled the garage. ::drip::drip::drip:: Drops of gas fell from the underside of the tank. ::sigh::
There’s that wonderful Ducati-mystique I missed so much. Pfft.
We’ve all heard the adage – it’s not what you ride, it’s that you ride. These 5 bikes are exceptions to that rule. Beauty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone!
The Ducati Indiana
Clearly someone must’ve forgotten their medication when they agreed to slap the Ducati badge on this beast. Crap handling and hideous looks. We’ve got a winner! …for bike I’d never want to ride.
Photo Credit: MotorcycleClassics.com
Dan Gurney Alligator
What. The. HELL? Recumbent must be Latin for “looks retarded.”
Dan Gurney Alligator
Oh, hell no!
I think I’ve seen that ugly mug somewhere before. Am I right?
Aprilia Moto 6.5
Any motorcycle that makes me think of clowns is inherently frightening. Stick to designing kettles, Starck. The motorcycle game isn’t for you.
Wikipedia – Philippe Starck
Seriously? Rune? Roo-in? Ruin? How fitting.
This bike looks so long that I bet you could be where you’re leaving from and be where you’re going at the same time.