I have been riding for quite some time now, it adds up to 14 years. And despite living in Sweden for most of that time, I have covered quite a few kilometers. I never was a fair weather rider, at least not until moving to Spain.
In the past I had Ducati Monsters, first I owned and loved a 600 Dark followed by an 620 and ended with an 695. Occasionally when I have been traveling overseas I have rented bikes of other brands and sometimes I got the opportunity to ride a friend’s bike, but there was never any bike who could match the Monster. I was a Ducatista by heart.
Many people say that the Monster is for riding to the Café but I took it further than that. Vacations from Sweden to Germany and Switzerland, there were long day rides and I loved it. Riding my Ducati always put a smile on my face, until now. There was time for a change and I needed some more riding comforts, I guess age can take some of the blame and wear and tear the rest.
Since last summer I’m riding a Kawasaki Versys 650, this brings greater comforts and opportunities for luggage than the monster while being cheaper. I’m still passionate for Ducatis and hope to return to the family one day when I can afford and accommodate a multistrada.