In keeping with the title and intent of this thread, here then is my New Years BOD:
The bike that started my Ducati lust, the 1993 900 Superlight. I've told the story here a time or two but I'll tell it again to put this post into perspective. I was stationed at the now closed RAF Upper Heyford in late 1992.
In early 1993 I bought a wrecked 1989 ZX-7 from another guy on the base and set about rebuilding it. The closest Kawasaki dealership was in down town Oxford so that was where I initially began to purchase the parts to rebuild the Ninja.
For those not acquainted, the Japanese often have other names or designations for the same bike built for markets other than the US. IE, the use of the word "Ninja" was for some reason considered "violent" and thus Europe got the ZX-7 as a ZXR-750 rather than a ZX-7 Ninja.
At any rate my bike was met with some bemusement when I took it places for work. This particular day was a familiar one. It was raining like most days I spent in the UK for those first months. The alley where the shop was looked like something out of Harry Potter....a bit anyway. As I walked back towards the car park from the shop I passed a small Ducati shop on the opposite side of the street.
As I did so, the clouds parted momentarily, and a ray of sunshine poked through and shone on a beautiful yellow creation in the window. It was such a spectacular sight that I stopped dead in my tracks to stare. Apparently it was so spectacular that several others stopped as well. Including several women.
There we stood for that brief moment all staring at this yellow Ducati.....and then the clouds closed back up, the sun was gone and the ever present rain began to fall again. I snapped out of what ever moto lust had over taken me, looked around and saw all the people kind of doing the same thing....my eyes met theirs and we all went on about our day.
Thus began my never ending Ducati lust. 21 years and counting since that day...and I still don't own one....ah well.....one day a Duc will find its way to me.....sean
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My garage: 2000.5 Aprilia Mille R, 2000 Ducati 996, 1994 EX500 basket case, 1993 Ducati 900 SS, 2004 Suzuki GSXR600, 1992 GSXR750 oil boiler, 1983 Suzuki XN-85 Turbo