The wait is over. The North American premiere of the Ducati 1199 Panigale was last night and today is a full schedule of test rides. My girlfriend Megan and I arrived to the premiere at Ducati Seattle just after 5:30pm to a covered bike on a chess board with the word checkmate in the corner. We mingled and ate some food courtesy of Buca di Beppo. It seemed to be a good mix of people: lots of riders, young and old. There was representation from the last few generations of Ducati Superbikes including a 996, a 749 and a few variations of 1098/1198. There was also a nice and loud 900 SS which have always been a favorite of mine.