So with the time of Wall St. bonuses fast approaching, I've started the search for a new bike. I've had my heart set on a Ducati 916 descendant (748, 996, 998) since the first time I saw one, but now that I've got the means, I'm second-guessing myself. There are now 3 possibilities:
1) '01-'02 748s / '00-'02 996 monoposto (pic
This is the bike I've always wanted. The difference between the two isn't that important, since I'm not delusional enough to think that I'll hit the edge of the 748's performance envelope any time soon. What I want are the 5-spoke Marchesinis, yellow body, white tail. Mmmmm...
2) same bike, biposto (pic
The only problem with the above bike is that it only seats me. Which removes the fun of taking girls out to blast up some NY twisties (or rolling up to a bar, going to the beach, etc.)
But the all-yellow tail just doesn't do it for me the same way.
3) ratbike (pic
, pic, ratbike.org
Or I could spend less money, pick up a salvaged japanese sport bike, spray it rattle-can black, and have a bike that looks like shit, but that will be easier to maintain, can carry a passenger, can get knocked around by cabs with impunity, and won't make me crazy if it gets stolen.
I'm torn. Any suggestions?