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Thu, 1/08/13 – 10:23 | 3 Comments

The Multistrada 1200 S Touring sublimely tips into a series of corners for another strafing run of the camera.  I’ve been on the road a week, scheduling in rides as part of my recovery from a broken collarbone, and the Ducati has been a brilliant physical therapist – egging me on to push a little more with every corner.

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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring – Touring Mode and Returning Rider Therapy
Thursday, 1 Aug, 2013 – 10:23 | 3 Comments
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The Multistrada 1200 S Touring sublimely tips into a series of corners for another strafing run of the camera.  I’ve been on the road a week, scheduling in rides as part of my recovery from a broken collarbone, and the Ducati has been a brilliant physical therapist – egging me on to push a little more with every corner.

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring – Urban Mode or What the Doctor Ordered
Tuesday, 23 Jul, 2013 – 11:40 | 3 Comments
2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring

Ducati’s marketing says the Multistrada 1200 S Touring is four bikes in one, and each mode matches a riding progression in my recovery from this spring’s broken collarbone. Seems a good excuse for a series of mini-reviews covering the Urban, Touring, Sport and (maybe) Enduro modes as I reacquaint myself with riding.

Road to Ruins: Episode 3 – BMW R1200GS Adventure v. Ducati Multistrada 1200 S
Friday, 27 Apr, 2012 – 11:34 | Comment
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BMW’s R1200GS Adventure is the gold standard in adventure touring bikes, but now it’s facing down challengers like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. Is the road to ruins for the BMW paved by the likes of the Ducati? Before we find out off the pavement, a little protection and preparation is in order. If we had the licensing, we’d cue the A-team montage music and cut to the folks at AltRider.com.

Road to Ruins: Episode 2 – BMW R1200GS Adventure v. Ducati Multistrada 1200 S
Friday, 17 Feb, 2012 – 19:52 | One Comment

BMW’s R1200GS Adventure is the gold standard in adventure touring bikes, but now it’s facing down challengers like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. Is the road to ruins for the BMW paved by the likes of the Ducati? Join OneWheelDrive.Net as we conduct a we conduct a monumental comparison against a back drop of dead seas, dying towns, a makeshift community on an abandoned military base and 800 year-old cliff dwellings from the end of the Sinagua people, all on “The Road to Ruins”.

Ducati Diavel – Devilish Revelations
Monday, 4 Jul, 2011 – 10:28 | 14 Comments
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The Ducati Diavel has stormed through the curves and canyons of the Crow’s Nest Highway between Princeton and Hope, until I’ve caught a seven Harley procession riding in staggered formation… again. As an experiment I cruise with the group for a time — nearly minutes. An opening in traffic and the Diavel launches past in a gale of carbon fiber violence. I’m unsure of the Diavel’s taxonomy, but this is clear; it is not a cruiser.

Long Term Multistrada 1200 S: Princess or Borg Queen?
Monday, 10 Jan, 2011 – 0:57 | 10 Comments
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After hefting the Honda Varaderos through the Baja, I came to a conclusion – I hate big bikes in sand. Of course, taking the back way out of Slab City is what you’d expect of a desert; sand and deep sand at that. The surprise? Perhaps, we’ve been too quick in dubbing Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S Touring “the Princess”.

Ducati Multistrada 1200S Review II – The End of Sportbiking As We Know It
Wednesday, 21 Jul, 2010 – 22:46 | 23 Comments
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In Part 1 of our two part Multistrada 1200 S review we examined the bikes Urban and Touring modes. This instalment we unleash Sport mode and take the Multistrada 1200S onto BC’s fire roads before making our conclusions.

Ducati Multistrada 1200S Review I – The End of Sportbiking As We Know It
Monday, 19 Jul, 2010 – 14:02 | 2 Comments
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Purported to be a bike of “endless transformations” the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring aims to be the biking answer to all riders, but beyond the one-size fits all ethos does the new Multi live up to the hype? In Part 1 of our two part review we examine Urban and Touring modes to find out.

Ducati Streetfighter Review – A Wolf in No Clothing
Monday, 28 Jun, 2010 – 14:09 | One Comment
The Ducati Streetfighter: Bonkers fast

I’m shooting through the corners on a vicious tide of acceleration, noise and quick gratuitous gear changes. An angry right hand sees the bike smash towards the horizon as time dilates like a once cool Matrix special effect. The Ducati Streetfighter 1098 willingly responds, launching me into the next penal code with a twitch of remorseless unforgiving throttle. With the first ride there’s no doubt that Streetfighter doesn’t mean naked or softer; this is a superbike… stripped.

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Launch Review
Thursday, 15 Oct, 2009 – 11:55 | Comment
European roads and a new Hypermotard 796. Joy!

Costa Mouzouris brings us the 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Launch Report from Bologna, Italy, enjoying the European roads and a bit of a shower.

Ducati Hypermotard-A for Adventure
Thursday, 28 May, 2009 – 11:44 | 4 Comments
Ducati Hypermotard-A for Adventure

There’s a lot of buzz about Ducati’s upcoming Adventure oriented Multistrada replacement, but do we really have to wait? We at OneWheelDrive.Net have gotten impatient. Well, that and our 640 Adventure is waiting for parts, so can our long term loaner Hypermotard stand in?

Ducati Monster 1100S
Sunday, 10 May, 2009 – 11:40 | Comment
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There it is, the scrape of hard knee puck plastic against pavement – proof positive of the Ducati Monster 1100S’s prowess. At coffee shops the world over Monster owners will high-five over lattés celebrating what great riders they are, the truth is in the bike though.

Ducati 848: As Prada to Vuitton
Monday, 12 Jan, 2009 – 13:27 | 5 Comments
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The parking lot encircling the hotel was packed, despite it being a weekday. Among a sea of rental fleet specials, a leviathan tractor trailer was parked, taking up four parking slots and the adjacent lane. …

2009 Monster 696 – Monsters’ Inc Reborn
Monday, 5 May, 2008 – 18:10 | 2 Comments
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In the tunnel a mid-90’s blue Cavalier pulls along side. Glancing to the right, through the glass, I see the driver mouthing the words, “Is that the new Monster?” I nod. He gives …

Ducati GT1000 – A Little Bit of History Repeating
Thursday, 6 Sep, 2007 – 16:55 | Comment
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Back in 1971 Shirley Bassey was singing “Diamonds are Forever” and Ducati had just released the GT750, a product of Fabio Taglioni’s (Dr. T’s) prediction that motorcycle displacements were on the rise. The engineer …

2008 Ducati Hypermotard S Ride Impression – Hyperactive
Monday, 6 Aug, 2007 – 14:59 | Comment
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The “236” leading to Big Basin outside San Francisco narrows from two lanes to what can generously be described as one and a half. The surface is a “squirm” of tar snakes, wetted to …

2007 Ducati Sport 1000 S – The Paradox Machine
Wednesday, 25 Jul, 2007 – 23:48 | Comment
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Riding into the city the dome of the windscreen reflects the Lion’s Gate Bridge’s lights in a moment of cinematic grace reminiscent of David Bowman’s face shield in Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey. The clocks are …

2007 Ducati 1098S: 1098kms with the 1098S
Wednesday, 23 May, 2007 – 22:34 | Comment
1098kms with the 1098S

It’s a scene from a script.  The Ducati 1098S ascends the Angeles Crest, while below a fierce wildfire consumes hectares of brush in L.A.’s Griffith Park.  Cut to news footage of residents evacuating the southern …