Winter roads are tough on wheels. It’s the moisture: Rain and especially snow seem magnetic…
I find myself daydreaming often at work (this is where I apologize to my editors), and it is often prompted by whatever trinket is on my desk at the time. With so many projects taking place in my garage, parts find their way into my workspace for research or detailed cleaning, but they eventually just become distractions and things to fiddle with when I hit the mental rev limiter of writer’s block. The new Ducati Panigale V4 R from Lego would shift those daydreams from carburetor circuits to high-speed corners and wheelie control while trying to wrangle 234 horsepower with my right wrist.
First, however, I would have to practice wrist control while assembling 646 pieces, which is a big number for a Lego kit. This is also a Technic assembly which often lends the designers to include more detail than the traditional dimpled brick sets. Items like the single-sided swingarm and telescopic forks would simply not be possible with old-school Lego.
The kit even nails the details of the R version, like the silver of the raw aluminum on the rear section of the gas tank. The plastic bricks are even lighter than the real thing, which is just 364 pounds in total.
While the full-scale Panigale V4 R provides mind-melting performance for a relative bargain price-tag of $40,000, the Lego version allows me to own a piece (rather, 646 pieces) of the action for a mere $70. Seems like a good deal to me, a reasonable price to pay to dream.