Most gorgeous bike ever?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Is it? The Ducati 916, I mean. Now, I know for a section of our readership anything with a fairing and sometimes anything with a four-stroke motor can’t be their cup of tea, but surely we can all see the beauty in this iconic motorcycle?

Penned by Massimo Tamburini with a motor boasting all the ancestry of previous Ducatis but with liquid-cooling and an eight-valve Desmo head – courtesy of Massimo Bordi – this machine had as big an impact on the motorcycling world as anything that came in the previous 20 years or so. I still remember seeing one in the flesh for the first time at the annual NEC show and riding one two years later. It was too small and uncomfortable, but you hit 100mph in a blink and with a glorious soundtrack to match. I wanted one. I still do. But yes, it’s all subjective, so tell us what YOUR most gorgeous motorcycle is and does it have to be faired or unfaired?

Beauty though, is in the eye of the beholder, which is why this month’s Showstopper will be a real Marmite one that you’ll love or loathe. Listening to your comments, many of you say you want to see ‘real world’ bikes: ones that are used and abused, and not just built to look at. Well, Matt Jones’ RD350 N2 is definitely that. While you may cringe at the crud, you may also appreciate the odd little touches. Flip to the back pages to take a peek and let us know what you think!

Bertie Simmonds, Editor

Oct 2014 - Issue 324

All that's best in modern classic motorcycling

About the Editor

Bertie Simmonds, Editor
Bertie Simmonds, Editor

CMM editor Bertie Simmonds cut his teeth on a Kawa 125 while working on a local paper. He soon got the bike bug and progressed and has tried and worked on most of the modern ‘classics’.

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