Four months after making a buzzy debut at the New York International Motorcycle Show, the Ducati Monster 1100EVO has landed in dealerships worldwide. At 373 pounds, this model is breaking Ducati records as the first bike to reach 100 air-cooled horsepower. Supported by a Desmodue Evoluzione engine and 76 foot-pounds of torque, it gives the best power-to-weight ratio in the Monster line's history. The new design takes comfort and safety into account more than ever with higher handlebars, a re-imagined seat, and a new Ducati Safety Pack, in which high-performance traction control and automatic braking systems work conjointly. Those who don't yet know how to operate a bike might do well with a few private lessons with VIP motorcycle instructor Christine Firehock, who heads up the KickSTART Motorcycle Training Series and taught Ralph Lauren how to ride. Ducati Monster 1100EVO from $11,995; ducatiusa.com. Driving lessons from $180 per lesson; ckskickstart.com.
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