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Old 12-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #28
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When I got mine, the "retro" trend hadn't happened yet. But I got it for the same reasons. I wanted a sporty bike with adequate performance, light and nimble, with a 2-cyl engine because I like the sound and feel of twins better, and with no fairing because a motorcycle should have a visible motor. It's not a fairingcycle. Basically what I wanted was a Norton Commando with modern reliability and service requirements.

At the time (1993), no such thing existed. The only sporty 2-cyl bikes at all were Ducati and Buell, and the Buells then were not yet up to standard.

Then Ducati debuted the Monster, and that was exactly what I was looking for. So that's what I still am riding.

1993 Ducati M900 Monster "Patina" (236,000 miles, so far) -- 1995 Ducati M900 (wife's bike) -- 1972 Honda CB450 (daughter's bike) -- 1979 Vespa P200 (daughter's scoot) -- 1967 Alfa Romeo GT Jr. (1300cc) -- 1964 Vespa GS160 (160cc 2-stroke) -- 1962 Maicoletta scooter (275cc 2-stroke) -- 1960 Heinkel Tourist 103A1 scooter "Elroy" (175cc 4-stroke)
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