2016 Ducati Multistrada. I’d like to imagine that it tells people that I am an unconventional free spirit, enjoying life in the moment. The reality is that I suspect most people don’t think about the bike at all, to the point of being invisible in traffic. If I am noticed and considered, I suspect the most common phrase that comes to mind is, “What an idiot. He’s going to kill himself.”
I enjoy it immensely. And it’s the first bike I’ve owned that doesn’t have me shopping for a new bike after only two years. So there’s that.
I genuinely do put more miles on the bike than on my car. My bike has 12,000 miles in just over two years. My car is at 40,000 miles in almost 10 years. I have an '09 BMW 135i convertible. Most people probably assume I drive like a douche. I do not. I even use my turn signals!
I am considering replacing it, 10% because I’m worried about escalating maintenance costs considering it’s a 9+ year old BMW, and 90% because it has an automatic transmission and that’s been eating at me since the day I got it. Also it’s the first car out of seven that I’ve owned that has a back seat. I feel like I went soft when I bought it.