Style and Design 2017: 41 Items That Are Changing the Way We Live

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Naked Ambition

Naked Ambition

Sans fairings, which exposes the trellis frame, the Ducati Monster has always been sexy. Thanks to a redesign, the motorcycle responsible for creating the "naked bike" category 25 years ago is now also smart. Three built-in riding modes — Urban, Touring, and Sport — change engine power as well as traction control and ABS activation levels to ensure that the Monster 1200 S has a trio of personalities suitable for commuting, logging long distances, or fast days at the track. All these controls help tame the Testastretta L-Twin engine, which produces an insane 150 horsepower and maxes out at 93.1 lb-ft of torque. When brains meet two-wheel brawn, the result is a Monster that will turn you into a better rider — and still look gorgeous at the curb. [From $16,995;]

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