REAL MEN RIDE MOTORBIKES
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