DAVID EDWARDS, Editor-in-Chief
I first met Massimo Tamburini in 1985 in Italy. Bimota was going down for (I think) the first time and he'd just been hired by Cagiva to design bikes around the Ducati V-Twin. Yet in the corner of his studio stood a Yamaha FJ1100. "I love the sound of a Four," he said, and I could tell he'd already worked out what a proper four-cylinder sportbike should look like. Glad you got your wish with MV, signore. Problem is I don't fit your bike. Imagine a $43K, carbon-fiber, quad-piped wedgie on wheels and you'll understand my predicament. Not your fault. Between my broadening beam out back and my, er, business up front, it's just plain painful for me to ride your namesake, real bed-o'-nails material. As downsizing the dinkel is out of the question (believe me!), the diet starts immediately. Besides, by going on a strict bread-and-water regimen, I'll be able to set money aside for Dave's Tamburini 1000 Acquisition Fund, due to mature sometime in the year 2015. Hey, does MV take trade-ins?