FrontRunners: Bike Writer
The Ducati Corse (www.aquilabrands.com) is a limited-edition pen made by an Italian brand, named for an Italian motorcycle marque, and inspired by the feats of a young Australian. That Aussie is 22-year-old Casey Stoner, the current MotoGP champion, who won the title while riding an 800cc Ducati Desmosedici racing prototype. "The pen draws inspiration from elements of the Ducati bike—in particular, the piston and the paint," says Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of the pen’s maker, Aquila Brands. Indeed, hidden in the barrel, nib holder, and blind cap are tiny model pistons, and the pen’s fiery-red paint is exactly the same as that used on the racing bikes. The nib of the fountain pen and the caps of both the fountain and roller-ball models are engraved with MotoGP’s laurel-wreath logo; the Ducati logo appears on both the barrel and the clip of the pen. Aquila Brands has produced 500 fountain pens ($1,400) and 500 roller-ball models ($850). They are available in gold or silver finish, and each is numbered. However, number 27 is not available for purchase; it already belongs to Stoner, whose racing bib bears that numeral.