Kristian van Hornsleth "Kill Me Fast" Ducati collection – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ask anyone with a set of functional optic nerves and they'll tell you that Ducati is responsible for crafting some of the most gorgeous two-wheeled machines on the planet. It's something that the bike manufacturer just can't seem to help. Danish artist Kristian van Hornsleth has responded to the lines of the company's 1098 and 1198 bruisers by slathering 10 of the machines in a special paint scheme. Hornsleth calls the series "Kill Me Fast," which seems darkly appropriate for bikes that can rip off the 0-60 mph dash in less than three seconds.

Hornsleth said he was drawn to the Ducs when he asked a salesman if it were dangerous to ride such a fast bike. The guy responded that you don't feel anything when you hit a wall going 320 kph. That's 198.8 mph for those of us with an aversion to the metric system. We can't say with any authority whether or not that's true, but chances are your friends and family will feel the loss long after the EMTs finish plucking your molars from the mortar.

If you like what Hornsleth has done with the bikes and can't afford a real one yourself, you can snap up a poster over on the artist's web site.


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      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      This almost makes me regret getting my license this coming weekend. As if all the relatives telling me I'd get myself killed wasn't enough.
        teknikscian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Meh. Ride within your limits, know your machine, always wear your gear (helmet, jacket, boots, gloves), and ride like you're invisible. You'll be fine. Dont be a squid. I've been riding for over 10 years, a few close calls, but that comes with the territory.
          cinoiem
          • 3 Years Ago
          @teknikscian
          +1 This guy know how to ride. I would add CE chest and back protector and riding jeans or pants if possible.
        poorboywrx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        What Tekn said but add in that always ASSUME the person that looks like they are going to pull out in front of you IS going to pull out in front of you. Think about it, even going 30 mph doesn't end well. It's almost like riding straight into a wall. Ride safe and if you didn't already, take a riding course even if you think you know how to ride. If you're out in NY, Trama's (ironic name, I think anyway..) is a good place to go
        Syke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Don't Panic! Ride intelligently, assume the other driver never sees you (even if you're pounding on his hood), and above all ignore your relatives. It's your life, and you can either live it to your satisfaction or coward cringe from underneath the bedclothes. Your choice. Chances of getting killed? I've been riding for 35 years now, anything from a '39 Indian 101 Scout to a ZX-6R Ninja and Triumph Speed Triple, plus a lot of Harleys and vintage Triumphs. In that time, I've been in the hospital twice - crazily enough both times were within four months of each other, during my 13th year on the road. Added side benefit: 2-3 years on daily commuting on a motorcycle and you will be a better car driver than 99.5% of those on the road alongside you; if only because of the reflexes you've developed regarding weather, road surface, traffic, etc. You know you've learned to ride when you don't think twice about noticing a mouse crossing the road 200 meters ahead of you while you're doing 60mph. And you'll always have close calls. On a motorcycle, you'll learn how to handle them much better than you ever could in a car.
          teknikscian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Syke
          Truth! After a few trackdays, and hundreds of stints up the local mountain, I'm a beast behind the wheel. Looking ahead, anticipation, staying alert... They dont teach you these things in drivers ed, sadly.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it wasn't lethal, who would want it?
      Gabe Athaus
      • 3 Years Ago
      ... waiting for Ducati to sue this artist
      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, it's the sort of thing that seems amusing or harmless unless you know someone who was killed on a bike. Instantly. As happened with the father of a close friend of mine. Might be a quick exit for the deceased, but the family has to live with that pain indefinitely. Which seems lamely oversensitive to say, but it's just not wise (or respectful) to be flippant about using death as a marketing tool. Sort of jabbing a thumb in the eye of everyone who's really dealt with it. (Might have even been a Ducati, now that I think about it.)
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      This kind of stuff really gets to me. This "artist" has no clue what it's actually like to ride a bike. Responsible riders ACCEPT the risk because it's something they love to do. It's not like we love it just because it's risky. Things like this perpetuate the stereotype that we're all just a bunch of raving lunatics with death wishes. If I could take all the risk out of riding, I would, but I can't, so I minimize it as much as possible and accept the rest. I don't need some idiot artist telling me how dangerous he thinks it is. Plus it's ugly.
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Die young...leave a good-looking corpse!
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kill me fast before I see that paint scheme! Ugh...
      Teddy Sweat
      • 3 Years Ago
      My head just exploded!
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