"I never thought much of the quirky, temperamental and underpowered Ducati sportbikes of the '80s and early '90s. I had a chance to ride the first-generation 851/888, but wasn't impressed with their slow steering and underwhelming power. Then on one Sunday morning in '93, my buddy Scott Reif-who worked at Honda and had competitive brands for testing-let me ride the new 916 Superbike. The first corner I leaned into, the bike took control and did everything for me-it was so much better handling than anything I'd ridden before! And with the broad, torquey power, I was a converted Ducati believer for life.