I liken them to the modern-day stallion. We evolved on the plains of the Sahara and mastered wild beasts to further our adventurous spirit. Today, that same spirit is captured in two-wheels.

My journey with motorbikes began as a child. I was totally obsessed with the MotoGP and Formula One and would often spend days at a time drawing motorcycles and race cars. Sadly, I no longer have those drawings, but I did follow my childhood passions and became a rider. I’m damn glad I did, as the freedom and adrenaline that come every time one saddles up is unparalleled.

It really is the most fun you can have with pants on.

Tony’s Wheels of Fortune

Sorted from most recent to oldest.

2015 Ducati Scrambler 803 (Sofia III) - CURRENT

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Clearly, I prefer Ducati's. Once the payout came through from insurance I was on the hunt for a Scrambler. A small frame, big-engine machine that had enough reliability to not give me trouble, but enough soul to keep me entertained. The Scrambler fit the bill over the new Monster 821.

I spared little expense on this bike. Completely overhauled the handle gear with new risers and bars, grips, levers, mirrors, and relocated the speedo. Replaced the seat with a custom Mustang from the US. Fitted a race line Termignoni performance exhaust. And relocated the number plate from the rear tyre to underseat as it should be. And most recently, a tasty set of panniers to carry more gear for some adventure touring.

For now, this is the ultimate bike for me. Unless something were to happen to her, I can’t see myself changing any time soon.

2010 BMW F800R (Eva)

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Went from an Italian to a German. Life imitating ... life. But enough of that.

This machine was a mix of the Kawasaki and the Ducati. Had the reliability and dependability of the Kawasaki, but the size and fun of the Ducati. There’s no doubt at all that the BMW was a better tourer, having built to traverse the great roads of Europe.

She met her end one night via self-combustion. Yes, that’s right, she went up in flames. No idea why or what happened. RACV and BMW just understood that sometimes BMW’s set themselves on fire. So she died.

2008 Ducati Monster 696 (Sofia II)

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Ah, the crazy ex that lingers in your memory for way longer than it should. Sofia II was a saucy mistress. We went through a lot together, from being rear-ended, to sliding across tram tracks, to some cross-country travel action. This bike and I did things it was not built for. And it survived it all.

Sadly, she was stolen from the front of my house one night. Not surprised. She had a lot of valuable parts on her. Alas, she has never been found!

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R (Meisa)