As a child growing up in the late 80’s and bridging all the way through the 90’s, I have vivid memories of motorcycles of that time period. Whether it was T.V. shows, movies, video games (Road Rash, anyone?) or just magazines, I was always found myself being drawn to these thrilling machines. Bright colors, slow motion clips, bad boy attitudes. Having one of these bikes appeared to me to be the pinnacle of what it meant to be a grown up. Now that I am sort-of “grown up”, the bikes of my childhood are now becoming more accessible. If any of the above rings true for you, read on…
Motorcycles took a huge leap forward in technology and design during the late 80’s and into the 90’s. Fuel injection, composite components, upside-down forks, monoblock brake calipers, and streamlined fairings. These bikes still strike many motorcycle enthusiasts as some of the best machines ever built. While the motorcycles being developed today are still certainly works of art and have an ever-increasing amount electronic gadgetry, many will agree that they lack some soul. A soul that their predecessors – the founding fathers of the modern performance motorcycle – had in bucket loads.
Used Bike Reviews aims to to focus on these early iconic machines. The goal is to create a greater appreciation of these modern classics by highlighting their importance in motorcycling history while also giving a comprehensive overview of what it is like to ride and own one.
Our first foray into this arena of classic used bikes comes to us in the way of a Ducati 996. Based on the 916 which was first introduced in 1994, it encapsulates the fond memories that the “Road Rash” era brought forth.