Now I love pretty much any kind of motorcycle. But what makes a person develop a passion for one make over another is anyone's guess. I've own Japanese, Spanish, and British bikes, but it's the red bikes that get my blood to boil; anything Italian. I always say, "You know your in love when you fall in love with a person's (motorcycle's) faults as much as their virtues. If you can look at a Ducati wiring loom and say, "those nutty Italians have all the wires the same color" with a grin on your face, your a goner.
As I looked through Rich's book I came to a page with a certain motorcycle on it. The 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport. No one had to tell me that it was the holy grail of Ducati motorcycles. I figured that one out all on my own. I used to dream of how to make my CB750 look look kind of like that bike but I knew it was pointless. It just wasn't going to happen, and even if I did the Honda just wasn't ever going to be a Ducati.
Recently I came across a Craigslist ad that said someone out there was interested in trading a clean high mileage 2001 Ducati 748s for a classic Japanese motorcycle. Yep, that's what I thought too. This is a scam. I had a 1975 Kawasaki Z1 900 which was indeed a classic Japanese motorcycle. It was a little long in tooth, but I had it running pretty well. I figured, the worst the guy can say is no, right. So I gave him a call, and it turned out that he really was interested in my Kawasaki. I dragged my feet on meeting him still thinking it was trouble. Finally the guy brought his bike over for me to look at. Turned out he was a really nice guy that had a lot of bikes including this sweet little 748s. He didn't like riding fast on the street and was really into Z1's. Well it took my Z1, a nice Bultaco Alpina, and a 94 Honda CRE260 to seal the deal. I was suddenly the owner of a classic Ducati. It honestly took about a month before it really sank in. But I am head-over-heals now. Yep, I find myself saying stuff like, "man, my hands go to sleep after like 15 minutes of riding this thing" with a big grin on my face.