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Old 11-05-2004, 11:11 AM   #81
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It appears you must've gotten a lemon--perhaps there were bad calzones served that day.



This is shallow, but if you had a supermodel girlfriend that made great love to you and it made all your buddies jealous, would you dump her for burning your toast?



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Old 11-05-2004, 11:34 AM   #82
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Or, more to the point, if said supermodel girlfriend was dumb as a rock, how much time would you be able to spend with her. Especially if her "equipment" stopped working.
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Old 11-05-2004, 12:04 PM   #83
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Hi Clively, I put more than 40,000 kilometers on my 2001 RSVR, not one single problem. Started every time, I used it for commuting, sport riding and touring. Extraordinary machine.
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Old 11-05-2004, 02:54 PM   #84
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Like if she started crapping on you during sex? I bet there are a lot more horror stories regarding Japanese bikes as they are so painfully ubiquitous. Ducati, Bimota, MV Agusta, etc., cost more for a reason. You have to "get it" if you want to drop $17k on a bike. They aren't for everyone. But, neither is a Porsche. You could have a engine modified on a Pontiac Grand Prix and add a suspension kit to get close to the performance of the Porsche. You would save money on both cost and repairs. You would still have the same car as millions of other folks. I can't understand why people get this about cars but not motorcycles.
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Old 11-05-2004, 04:38 PM   #85
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Look in my garage for proof.
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Old 11-05-2004, 05:18 PM   #86
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Thank you very much!
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Old 11-05-2004, 08:27 PM   #87
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You have to drive a Porsche to understand how desireable they are. Unless you've owned and driven one intimately, I wouldn't expect you to understand. There are cars that, on the edge, scare the poop out of you and then there are Porsches. I've owned a 944 for goin on 12 years now and have 230k miles on the odo. It sings just as beautifully as the first day I took an on ramp at ludicrous lateral forces.



This car design is still copied today in the Ferrari 456/550/575/612 and the new Corvettes which have dominated endurance racing for the past few years.

Sure there are faster cars, but just like with many bikes, it's not about the specs.



Perhaps that's why I ride a Hawk GT with 30k on the odo. Most squids on Supersports can't hang onto a bike long enough to reach that mileage before they crash it.
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:57 PM   #88
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You've already made the move I'm now considering. Wing to ST3. A couple of questions: 1) Did you trade-in your Honda or were you able to find a buyer? 2) Any problems with your new Duc thus far?
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Old 11-07-2004, 05:17 AM   #89
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I have Ducati St 3 a great bike I have also had ridden a vfr for years The Ducati has better handling, braking and I like the way the power comes on. A 999 is a sport bike not a sport touring bike so complaints about comfort and mirrrors are weak. COmpare a ST to a Vfr.
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Old 11-07-2004, 10:23 AM   #90
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I have a 2002 ST4s that I bought new in June 2003. Just past the 13000 mile mark...NO problems. I've addressed functional problems such as the uncomfortable seat and the weak headlights. Items that Ducati fixed with the 2004 ST series. I love my bike and my dealer in Tucson, AZ is great. Sorry about your bike Bro. You unfortunately bought a Lemon. Best of luck with the new bike. Don't give up the faith.
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