"Summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy," Mick Jagger famously sang in 1968. In 2009, that means our June/July issue has the first test of the Ducati Streetfighter naked superbike.
Having extensively ridden the Ducati Monster 695 in the RRMC "Ladies Choice" story (June/July 2007), toured through a corner of the Colorado Rockies on an ST3 S ABS (August/September 2007), and taken a few spins on the Hypermotard 1100 S, I love Ducati at least as much as the next gal. When the Monster S2R 1000 showed up in my garage, I was eager to check out the bike and see what the larger Monster could do.
Vulcan 900 Review
Well, this one almost slipped by us. When Kawasaki announced the new-for-’07 Vulcan 900 Custom, it’s safe to say that there wasn’t a staff-wide arm wrestling sudden-death tournament to determine who got to ride it first. But, at Kawasaki’s urging that I was really missing something, I skeptically agreed to give the 900 Custom a shot. Really, how exciting could a sub-liter metric cruiser be?