These are just sweet bikes. Never owned a bevel-drive Ducati before. I’m sure maintenance would be a bitch, but I’d put up with it for a while.
Here’s a sweet-looking Darmah in Black and Gold–the best color scheme of all:
Want another because I wasn’t done with the first one when I sold it in Italy.
And back in the late spring, summer and fall of 2013, I finally did get the chance to own another Monster M900. My second Monster was a 1995. I didn’t ride it nearly as much as I should’ve due to a concussion, but I did get a few good rides in. Eventually I swapped it for a 2008 WR250R dual sport. Here’s a pic.
When the Ducati SportClassics were introduced in 2005, they teased the GT1000 as a model for 2006 and I could hardly wait. In fact, I couldn’t wait–and that’s why I ended up with the 2006 Multistrada 620. The GT hit showrooms about 8 months after my Multi landed in the garage. I got to test ride it in 2007 and oh man did I ever want to swap in the worst way. I thought it was probably about the perfect Ducati for me–and still fantasize about it now–even wrote a review after the ride.
My two favorite color schemes are the original deep charcoal and the two-tone black and beige introduced in 2007. In fact, the that 2007 version with the accessory windscreen and soft leather-like saddle bags would be on my short list of bikes to own as a touring bike.
Here’s a nice shot of GT1000.
Here’s the 2007 on Bikez.com.
And a review from Roland Brown on Motorcyclist.