2004 Ducati ST3 – Used Review

The Termignoni burble menacingly to themselves, the dry clutch issues its rattle, and while others hear a cacophony, a Ducatista hears a very special opus.  That sentence in itself could be used to describe any number of bikes in the Ducati line, but this is special.  First it’s a used Ducati ST3 with a mere…

The Maddest Compo – Ducati Multistrada 620 vs Suzuki GSX-R 1000

The engine is thrumming, the throttle is pegged, and I’m in the best areo-tuck 6’2” 200lbs of editorial content can manage.  The windscreen begins to vibe a bit. I bump the rev limiter in the neighborhood of eleven—five.  Upshift, the throttle is light and oil-smooth, I barely blip and keep it pegged.  In the distance…

2005 Ducati Monster S4R – Something Wicked

After a short bit of town and freeway riding from John Valk BMW Ducati, it’s pulling out of US customs where Ducati’s Monster S4R shows it’s true nature.  A little too much gas may have been applied, and the exuberant monster kicked up it’s heels…  well, actually it’s front end.

2004 Ducati 999 – Hello God… Can I Borrow Your Bike?

I’ve just been through a series of corners on the Ducati 999, and I’m searching for words to describe it; heady, exhilarating, enthusiastic, invigorating, enlivening and inspired all leap to mind. Then I hit on it – it’s rapture.  The 999 is a quasi-religious experience, which makes sense; this bike was designed by the Italians…

2003 ST4s ABS – Yes, It is supposed to sound like that Officer

The Italians, they’ve brought us Lamborghini, Ferrari, and well… Fiat.  What they aren’t known for are their sensible four-door sedans, which when you get down to analogy is a bit what a sport-tourer is all about.  A sport-tourer is sensible, comfortable, handles well enough, and goes quick enough to be fun…  which brings us to…