Ducati and Puma Lean in and Ride series – Click above to watch videos after the jump

Long before we ever threw a leg over a bike, someone once told us that the best thing about motorcycles is that if they were invented today, they'd be outlawed tomorrow.

For some riders, the feeling that you're doing something illicit (and probably more than a little stupid) is part of the allure. But everyone has a different reason for loving motorcycles. Be it the freedom, the expression, the status or the camaraderie, strapping yourself to an engine and two wheels is downright addicting.

Puma and Ducati have partnered up for a video series that looks into who rides the Italian bikes and why. The five segments take a look at everyone from a professional Formula Drift driver to a Ducati Master Tech and everyone in between to try to answer those questions. The result is a slew of well-put-together clips that will have you hankering for a Monster of your very own. Hit the jump to check out the videos for yourself.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sitting on a bike is a adrenaline pumping. My first time I said OH SH*T THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING haha kinda like my first time having sex.
      Frankie Rose
      • 4 Years Ago
      I ride to work, and people will ask "don't you have a car?". It's a gorgeous day out, I sometimes get "aren't you hot in that gear?". You talk about what you did last weekend, like riding, and they tell you they had a friend who had an accident. You ride in the rain, and even though you're completely dry under a commuter suit, they don't understand why. As of this writing, there are only 6 comments. and half of those are about the girl in the second video. People don't get it. And unless you ride you never will. I didn't get it until I was 35 (1st bike in '95). and it really sank in after the first group ride years later, chatting with the guy/girl riders at the halfway point. We all had that same stupid grin like we stole something. You cannot explain it. Believe me, we've all tried. It's feeling that can only be shared. Not conveyed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Frankie Rose
        "there are only 6 comments. and half of those are about the girl in the second video" it is a video about *bikes* on a website dedicated to *cars* where vast majority of the audience are *males* :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Frankie Rose
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Frankie Rose
        "You talk about what you did last weekend, like riding, and they tell you they had a friend who had an accident. " QFT. I always get the sarcastic "Bikers have a deathwish," which is completely absurd. If you've ever ridden a motorcycle, you'd know that the very *last* thing any rider wants to do is die. It's cheesy to say that I feel the most alive when on a bike - but it's also the complete truth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those videos are so sleepy... a lesson in how to tranform something exotic and exciting into something domestic and boring. Ouch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haven't seen the videos yet, but don't need anything to produce a hankering for a Monster - any size! My first bike was a Suzuki Bandit GSF400 with a cafe fairing - very similar in style to a Ducati Monster (but less than half the price). Lots of fun - a 14,500 rpm redline, six-speeds, and over 50mpg if you weren't going crazy with the right wrist. For all that, the Monster still gets my reptilian brain stem to sit up and go "I want!" with the visual and auditory cues - flat black (dark edition) or bright red, doesn't really differ me - and a 650 is fine - the 900 is just "too much" - even though it is definitely bad-a$$, even all these years later. The engine sounds wicked also... Sigh. Probably closest I will get to a bike for while is if I revive an abandoned Sundiro 50cc scooter that the previous owners of my house left behind! Sad but true.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally love Ducatis. I owned a 95 Monster and then a 99 748. Both were addictive machines and were actually very reliable. Beautiful bikes with beautiful soundtracks. The Monster encouraged too much hoonage and the 748 too much corner speed. I hope to get an 1100 Evo Monster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once you start riding motorcycles, and I mean RIDING MOTORCYCLES, not posing on cruisers with loud pipes, it will get under your skin and obsess your mind capture your soul. There is nothing like gripping a tank with your legs while carving down a country road and just taking in the smell of everything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great videos, real owners talking about what they love. Makes me want to start riding again, but with kids and maniac drivers, I'll stick to building my '32.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the direction DUCATI/PUMA went with these vids. Nothing like real-world experiences shared. I did the same recently about my modding my 09' R1 for Hellforleathermagazine.com. Article: http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/06/zero-to-hero-yamaha-r1/ For those interested in seeing nice riding videos shot in Malibu, CA, check out: http://www.youtube.com/user/Adeysworld Cheers A
      Ducati Mania
      • 3 Years Ago
      To discuss all things Ducati, visit www.ducatimania.co.uk
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