Its always with a sense of delighted anticipation that I get onto a Ducati. Like the little fat kid who’s been given a bag of sweeties all the pleasure center lights in my brain start to go off even before the experience begins.
Words by: DUNCAN QUINN
Its like turning on a Christmas tree. Complete with all the baubles and the hot blonde angel stuck on top wearing Agent Provocateur. Of course the problem with this like every experience you anticipate with great expectations is the chance that your treat won’t be quite up to snuff.
The treat for this particular trip was Ducati’s new 848, in Evo Corse trim. Which aside from the fancy paintwork and magnesium marchinesi wheels also entails some steroids to put 140 horses between your legs.
I was lucky enough to have a fellow bike nut to share the day’s fun with, in the form of actor and former hell raising wrangler, John Hensley. I didn’t even know what a wrangler was, apart from a brand of jeans. But I guess I do now. And it definitely involves him wrangling his way up the tarmac faster than any mortal has any right to.
After much debate we decided to meet at Leo & Lily in Woodland Hills for breakfast and head out from there. In honor of the almighty jetlag I was suffering from having spent more than a week in Europe I suggested a 4am start. Needless to say I was told to shove my suggestion where the sun doesn’t shine. So come 8am and change we sat and shot the shit over coffee and eggs while the rest of the sleepy neighborhood nestled at the base of the Malibu canyons came to life.
Its always fascinating to me how much glorious driving road exists just a stone’s throw away from the casting couch of Hollywood. The kind of roads you may just get down faster on a bicycle coasting than you can in a 500bhp supercar. They’re that twisty. I’d highly recommend them if you get a chance. It’ll be good for your soul.
Its always fascinating to me how much glorious driving road exists just a stone’s throw away from the casting couch of Hollywood… They’re that twisty. I’d highly recommend them if you get a chance. It’ll be good for your soul.
848 Evo Corse:
****1/2 Some of the best
Christmas tree lights in town
***** Twisty heaven
***** Run it before you eat your eggs
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