REAL MEN RIDE MO­TOR­BIKES

GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

Aus­tralians’ ap­petite for belt­ing about on two wheels (not scoot­ers, and Ly­cra-wear­ing week­end war­riors are the worst) is cur­rently red-lin­ing. Yep, hand­crafted and cus­tomised jobs by Deus Ex Machina and Kott, as well as off-the-shelf Har­ley-david­sons and face-melt­ing Du­cati mon­sters now in­creas­ingly com­mon sights on our roads. In Queens­land, mo­tor­cy­cle regis­tra­tions more than dou­bled be­tween 2001 and 2010, while in Vic­to­ria, fve per cent of li­censed driv­ers also hold a mo­tor­cy­cle per­mit – and both stats are mir­rored through­out the coun­try. But what’s the ap­peal? Short of tex­ting Becks, spend time on a road with a great set of curves and no longer will you feel the bend on a mo­tor­cy­cle – hit­ting the right amount of throt­tle to carve the per­fect turn as the back­ground be­comes a blur and the hori­zon ceases to ex­ist as a fat base ref­er­ence since the road reaches up to meet the sky. As Jack Ni­chol­son’s Easy Rider char­ac­ter Ge­orge Han­son elo­quently chimed: “What you rep­re­sent to on­look­ers is free­dom.” Hip­sters and cool kids are key to the re­claimed in­ter­est in bikes. With a bur­geon­ing cus­tomi­sa­tion mar­ket that’s em­brac­ing old-school el­e­ments of de­sign, brands like Du­cati have en­tered the fray, in the form of latest model, The Scram­bler. Com­bin­ing cut­ting-edge tech with rac­ing her­itage and clas­sic de­tail­ing, get it in yel­low. When it comes to con­nect­ing with tar­mac, true bi­tu­men bros know a bike beats a car hands down. And it’s the most (if not more) fun a man can have out­side the bed­room: the wind, the speed, the whiff of petrol, the vi­brat­ing loins, the in­jec­tion of adren­a­line. Easy.

MDON’T BE A DICK – THERE’S NO ROOM FOR ER­ROR, SO KNOW YOUR LIM­ITS AND KEEP THINGS SAFE.

NEVER WEAR SHORTS AND A SIN­GLET. GET SOME LEATHERS, BE­CAUSE YOU WILL COME OFF. AND IT WILL HURT.

AVOID BUY­ING A SCOOTER. BE­CAUSE THERE’S SOME­THING IN­HER­ENTLY UN­SEXY ABOUT A MAN SAT WITH HIS LEGS TO­GETHER.

TIME TO CLIMB ON BOARD AND FEEL THE WORLD RE­VOLVE AROUND YOU.

Du­cati has shared a part­ner­ship with Swiss watch­maker Tu­dor since 2011 and the latest col­lab­o­ra­tion is a unique edi­tion of Tu­dor’s ‘Fastrider’ col­lec­tion. Inspired by the new Du­cati Scram­bler, it mar­ries rac­ing her­itage to ac­cu­rate Swiss time­keep­ing. Stain­less steel ‘Fastrider’ watch, $4850, by tu­dor­watch.com; du­cati.com.au

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