Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.
Ducati motorcycles were always known as uncompromising roadracing motorcycles that just happened to be street legal. They were widely considered be expensive, fussy thoroughbreds that were wonderfully adept at going fast around corners but had few other positive attributes. That reputation was both a strength and a weakness. When Ducati did try to break out of that mold, the attempts mostly failed. (The Ducati Indiana is definitely a Bike You Should NOT Know. Eye bleach is only so strong.)
Well, this was the case up until 1993, when an iconoclastic new Ducati showed up that remixed mostly familiar Ducati components in a new way. Il Mostro (The Monster) managed to give up very little of Ducati’s legendary handling prowess while being more accessible, comfortable, versatile. Its unique style attracted a new demographic to Ducati and in the process brought Ducati the mass-market sales success that had eluded them previously. Oh, and it totally changed the motorcycle scene as well.
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