Ducati 848 Evo: The Daily Express

Not that I’m a sportsman by any stretch of the imagination but if you’re riding a sub-litre-class bike as your primary mode of transport, then staying in shape and keeping your reflexes sharp become a priority, and what better way to do this than with cricket?

I take out my cricket gear, which hasn’t seen the light of day since college, and leave for practice. The almost human-size bag is not only heavy, it also takes up the width of two bikes on the road. Lugging this cargo around on two wheels is tricky work, and with the Evo, it gets a whole lot trickier. Lucky for me, the ground is nearby. With speed down to a friendly neighbourhood 40kph, I reach the pitch comfortably.

Rolling into the open parking, I notice a bunch of kids eyeing the red Ducati, and try as I might, even once the match starts, I spend many nervous overs keeping one eye on the ball and one on the unattended bike. Needless to say, it’s one of my worst days ever at the nets. I pack my kit and get back on the bike.