When W.B. Yeats wrote unerringly that all had ‘Changed/ changed utterly/ A terrible beauty is born’, was he gazing forward in history to the moment when the first Ducati Streetfighter rolled off the production line and into modern-day legend?
Well, in short, no. The great poet was surveying the upheavals of Irish national history, of course.
But Yeats’s stirring words do perfect justice to this magnificent motorcycle: an elegantly brutal realisation of menace, power, and startlingly fine looks. erento users who are planning a break on the Côte d’Azur can now rent the Streetfighter for €195 a day from Columbus International, which can also deliver your bike anywhere within a 100km radius of Cannes, or pick you up from Nice airport if you prefer.
If you can’t quite afford to push the boat out for the Streetfighter – and let’s face it, if you’re off to play in this uber-playground of the rich and famous, you’ll need all the spare cash you can muster – fear not gentle readers: there are four more affordable bikes to choose from that are no less glorious.
For example, you can pick up the last model of the original Ducati Monster family – the splendid SR2 1000 (above) – for just €145 a day.
See Ducati hire in France for the full range.