- $149 for a one-day rental of a Ducati Multistrada 1200 GT motorcycle ($299 value)
Red Bike Tours USA
Aside from the piercing, finely tuned whir, all that an onlooker standing on the side of a winding NorCal highway may discern is a vivid streak of crimson. If that streak were to be slowed down considerably, he might also recognize the famed Ducati insignia on the side of a bright red motorcycle as it rushes past—as well as the wildly ecstatic grin on the face of the rider. That grin is thanks to Red Bike Tours USA, a motorcycle rental company that deals exclusively in lightning-fast Ducatis and white-knuckle thrills. The company rents out the keys to the Italian super-bikes for a day at a time, and it rents out the bikes, too. Motorcyclists can opt for a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S and take it cruising over the San Francisco Bay Bridge, or go with a 1199 Panigale S and point its Oz Magnesium wheels in the direction of the snowy slopes of Tahoe. A 1200 GT, Sport Classic, and 20th Anniversary Monster 796 round out the fleet of high-performance machines.