as it may sound, really lovely bits of machinary
that total to a package worthy of being called a
Ducati...although Jimi's Duc is the much sought
after 2002 model, the design was birthed from the
depth of 1993, where this beast arose from the ashes
of the 888 (parts like the tressel frame, brakes,
wheels) but without the 888's body work which leaves
the "naked bike" design that has been
vigoriously copied since...
And now one Jimi Meuse has herself a fab example
of this monochomatic schema in its last year with
this size of bike, when Ducati stayed true to the
intent of the design (future years changed to water
cooled in the larger size engines, and also moved
to the single sided swingarm with upswept pipes
which take away from the cleaner "naked bike"
look originally intended)...the largest design difference
on this year model is that Ducati finally rectified
the issue surrounding odd looking pinion bar on
the swingarm that connected to a pivot arm on the
shock...thus with it engineered out, there is a
cleaner view through to vast open space under the
seat leaving the eye to behold the tressel frame
and smarting shock...well done we say...
Jimi has already rerouted wires so that the rear
panels are shed, exposing the tressel frame under
the seat, as well as has replaced the front sprocket
cover with carbon fibre, and added Napolean bar
end mirrors...now she is on the hunt for carbon
fibre for the belt cover, clutch cover, as well
as front and rear huggers...