Fall ride 2016 day 2. Which proves Italian bikes have no issue with torrential rain. This is my daily rider in the summer. Ducati's sound like an engine with a can of nails attached. But they are about as fun to ride as any bike I can think of. This one is a 2001 900IE the first fuel injected year.

if you're thinking of a Ducati these older air cooled bikes are eminently practical and fun, near bulletproof, easier than you think to maintain and if it's a post 2000 bike they even have reliable electrics.