NAME: Steven Panofsky
HOME: Ukiah, CA
OCCUPATION: Maintenance Technician
"I bought my first 1969 Ducati 450 Scrambler, a.k.a. Jupiter, for $600 in ’71. It was my junior year at Los Altos High, and I was ready to upgrade from my 250 Monza. It took many hours in the apricot orchards to come up with the money.
“Riding has been my love ever since. That Jupiter did it for me. I could go on dirt roads and trails, twisties and longer adventures. With typical Ducati handling, light weight, plenty of midrange torque and a smoothshifting, five-speed gearbox, it was really fun to ride. I also learned the mechanical intricacies of a bevel-drive Ducati, since it always needed fettling.