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  1. Ducati Scrambler 2015

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    It appears that Ducati will build the new and long awaited Scrambler in both Italy and Thailand, which is great news. That means it won't be hit by the usual monstrously high import tax. Ducati says it will be an affordable new bike, cheaper than the Monster. Nice.

    Over the past few years, there have been various attempts to predict the design, taking a few 'spy' photos as starting point.

    I really hope it will keep the original spirit of the 70s with classic round headlight and a nice aluminium tank. There are more than  enough futuristic looking bikes out there.

    The original Scrambler 450

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    The spy shot

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    One very nice version...

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    A version with a single cylinder.

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    Not bad!

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    And the latest offering, from CycleWorld. Not bad, but a definitely not a Scrambler...

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  2. Italy on Wheels 2014

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    I just came back from a month long holiday in my home town in Northern Italy, where the mountains are high, the beer is German and the food Italian. I didn't put on 3kg for nothing, right!?

    As it so happens, I'm blessed with a bike collecting brother, who prefers to ride his jewels rather than putting them in his living room. Thanks Saint Christopher, he's also a very generous guy and let's me choose the ride for my holidays. This year I started off with his MotoGuzzi LeMans 850 Mk 1. 

    The LeMans is a nice all-rounder bike, sporty and yet comfortable, fast and yet docile. For me, the only limitation was the hard clutch. If you're not used to it, you'll have a painful reminder of your trip for the next couple of days. Not a bike for pussies, some might say....and some might be right.

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    The original 'coffee racer'?

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    My brother (left) and I with his darlings: Guzzi LeMans Mk1 and a rare Laverda SFC

    My next pick was my favourite. It was the bike that opened the gates of boxer heaven: ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Rolls Roys on 2 wheels...the almighty BMW R69S! What a lovely bike, so smooth you feel like floating above the road, enough power to comfortably take you to the steepest mountain passes and a riding position modern bikes know nothing about. Yes, I love it! Thanks bro!

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    More sweet riding adventures coming soon!