"I had seen photos in Cycle News, but with the low-resolution black-and-white shots I was not impressed, and I felt a loyalty to my old bevel-drives. But when I saw the new machine with my own eyes, I was truly smitten. When I got home to Detroit, I went to the Ducati shop and found that year's production was sold-out. I then made a trip to Duke University in South Carolina, and while there was on a quest to see if I could locate one--I even had dreams of riding home. I found a dealer in Lillington that said they could get me one, as there were 50 'gray-market' bikes coming into the country. Months later it did come, and I drove my pickup truck down to Knoxville, where I met them and took it home.