The Ducati Desmosedici RR may not be a motorcycle at all, I’m beginning to think it’s art. Not long ago, in a post titled Collectible Motorcycles – Memories and History, I said this:
Will any Desmosedici owner run it hard and really enjoy it or will they all be carefully preserved under glass? Most likely, they will all be treated as so special the risk of actually breaking it would be unthinkable and they’ll be traded as investments instead of motorcycles, after all, they’re collectible. There will never be a large owner base, due to limited numbers and high price, no one to look back and remember the days when he ripped around town on his old Desmosedici. They will be interesting curiosities to all but a few.
Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what’s happening, as they’re already being traded on eBay by owners who have never ridden them or if they did, rode them just enough to say they did, and I like the Ducati, it’s a great bike with amazing technology but who will ever know what it’s like day to day in the real world?
Like a bottle of fine wine at auction created to be appreciated by the connoisseur, the Ducati will be seen by the devoted follower of the marque as the ultimate expression of the brand, the quintessential Ducati, … but, it seems destined to be an object viewed, not ridden. And like the wine which needs to be consumed to be appreciated but often, never is, the Ducati was made to be ridden hard by someone who has the experience to appreciate its engineering, power and handling and yet it will sit, destined to be dusted and polished. There are many fine vintage bikes restored to their former glory and now kept in collections to be viewed as reminders of what once was, but in this case, the viewer might say, it never was. It was art from day one.
Perhaps someone will soon buy one and break the cycle of endless investment and simply ride it as intended. Wouldn’t that be refreshing?