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Old 11-06-2007, 09:43 AM   #31
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Late to the party, but I put about 40K on an R1150RT. Incredibly comfortable bike, livable suspension (not great), decent motor for touring, and a previous poster detailed the surging problems and fix. However those power assisted brakes were the worst (for me). They sucked at low speed, you get used to them at speed, but if/when they fail you'll wish you had drum brakes, or maybe a single conventional rotor/piston up front. Either keep the Connie and buy a Duc, or get another sport tourer. I understand BMW is going away from the "servo assist" brakes, which hopefully allows them to focus on excellent braking and abs, formerly their strengths.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:21 AM   #32
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It STILL won't never be as cool as a Vespa Scooter done-up in a Coldwar-Era Military Jet paint scheme using gems and glitter paint.

Complete with Sharkmouth...........
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:32 AM   #33
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:51 AM   #34
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There is no such thing as an annoyingly loud Ducati. Oh, and yes the Termi pipes are loud! Really loud. Harley guys plug their ears when I ride by.

I think Staintune makes a nice set of reverse megaphones for the GT that look great and aren't as obnoxious.

As far as worth it goes, that's an elusive target and has a different meaning for everyone.
I've always enjoyed the contrast in sound at Daytona of the I-4s and the Ducs. A whine versus a roar, if you will.

"Was it worth it" to YOU to add the exhaust in terms of sound enhancement and additional performance? It may be a moot point as I've turned up a red GT with the Termi pipes and chip. It's just arrived at Pure Ducati in FTL. I'm going to visit when I get home Friday.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:59 AM   #35
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I've always enjoyed the contrast in sound at Daytona of the I-4s and the Ducs. A whine versus a roar, if you will.

"Was it worth it" to YOU to add the exhaust in terms of sound enhancement and additional performance? It may be a moot point as I've turned up a red GT with the Termi pipes and chip. It's just arrived at Pure Ducati in FTL. I'm going to visit when I get home Friday.
I don't think it adds much more than 5 hp or so but the sound is totally worth it. The stock bikes are so quiet. The 07 models have a wet clutch so no jingle jingle.

The CRG mirrors are a must because the stock mirrors are just plain stupid looking. I also picked up the mini tankbag online.

The tank is plastic so a magnetic bag won't work and the shape of the tank and seat prevented me from using my Marsee non-magnetic bag.
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:49 PM   #36
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The stock bikes are so quiet. The 07 models have a wet clutch so no jingle jingle.
I noticed that with regret in the spec sheet. That dry clutch sound is such a Ducati trademark. Guess I could hang a bell on the frame or something.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:00 PM   #37
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BTW: Thanks for the feedback on the R1150RT. I don't want one anymore. I sat on one and started it and I thought there was something wrong with the engine. Apparently the "lumpy" idle and wobbly engine motion is normal. It's sort of like the HD I'm getting rid of, I think. An extremely well refined, but many decades old, design. Been there, done that, time for something new. Perhaps their F800 will strike an interest, but I'm not really fond of the styling in the photos. It might look better in person.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:37 PM   #38
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BTW: Thanks for the feedback on the R1150RT. I don't want one anymore. I sat on one and started it and I thought there was something wrong with the engine. Apparently the "lumpy" idle and wobbly engine motion is normal. It's sort of like the HD I'm getting rid of, I think. An extremely well refined, but many decades old, design. Been there, done that, time for something new. Perhaps their F800 will strike an interest, but I'm not really fond of the styling in the photos. It might look better in person.
.... buy something... ANYTHING, fer crissakes!
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:06 PM   #39
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.... buy something... ANYTHING, fer crissakes!
Ever heard the word: "Foreplay?" Besides, I kept the last bike for 15 years and I'd like to repeat that success. And, the guy from Japan doesn't show up till a week from tomorrow, so you'll suffer along for another week! Buwahahahah! Buwahahahahaha! BUWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:57 PM   #40
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Forget all that overpriced BMW crap and just get the C-14. Twisting the throttle on that thing will give you your money's worth every time!
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