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Old 12-29-2004, 08:26 AM   #31
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Wait - If Buzz is your daddy wouldn't you have to do what he says??
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:31 AM   #32
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Actually, he could just aggravate Buzz until he hits him. Then he sues for child abuse, takes all his assets, sells the Geezer Glide and buys the Duc. Maybe Buz will adopt me too! LOL
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:33 AM   #33
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I see myself staring at this Ducati. I just can't see myself RIDING one. The last test ride on a 900 SS was as painful as a ride could be without crashing. ST3 or ST4 would be the "Ducati Experience" for me I think.
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:45 AM   #34
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Our local Ducati dealer was kind enough to let me sit on last years 999. It felt about as roomy as a YSR 50! Of all of the Ducatis, for me, the only one with a moderately comfortable riding position was the Multistrada, and I'm a couple of inches shorter than you. VWW
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:48 AM   #35
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The 1000SS/800SS actually feature *less* comfortable ergonomics than the current generation SBK (999/749) bikes.

In addition to the low clip ons, they have a longer reach. They are older models and more akin to the 996/748 series in this respect.

I'm not saying the 999/749 are sport tourers but imho, before you pass final judgement, sit or better yet, score a test ride on them.
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:33 AM   #36
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Very nice read as usual Yossef, I find it very interesting how Ducati plays the packge-horsepower-price game every year. They always have the plain jane, the S and the R models at ever increasing power and price levels, for example, for 04 the 999 had 118 HP, and it cost $17.695, the S had 135 HP and it cost about $25K, and the R had 150HP and it cost about $30K, now the plain jane 999 has 140HP, a better swingarm and fairing and it probably will cost about the same as the 04 did! If you go back a few years you will see the same pattern over and over again, so in reality, if you want a hot Duc for a good price, you should take a wait and see attitude. My two cents.
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:33 AM   #37
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Well, they've made it look better (nowhere to go but up IMO). At least I don't think of putting bread in the upper fairing vents anymore. The cleaner lines are definately more appealing.

Its still no 916, but ... better than it was.

Now if I could swing the $$$ I might ... naw, I'd go find a low mileage 916.

Performancewise, I will never have the skill to wring the most out of either the 999 or 916, so I might as well get something that I find more visually apealing.



Good story Yossef, thanks again
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:43 AM   #38
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Off on a tangent here, but does any of the sport bike manufacturers have track only models for purchase. Basically a no lights striped down sport bike, ready for the track, that you could purchase from the dealer?

I have not checked too far into this yet, but am thinking about upgrading my track day bike soon, and don't feel like going through the"change" again (from street legal to track usefull)
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:47 AM   #39
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Doesn't every manufacturer play the package-horsepower-price game?

2004 ZX-10R begets 2005 GSX-R1000 begets 2006 CBR1000RR(?).



As far as packages go... for a few hundred dollars more, a buyer could always get a Raven Black YZF-R6 with flame red wheels. Or a "Mladin replica" GSX-R1000. Or a HRC stickered CBR1000RR (also featuring Woody Woodpecker).



IMHO, one either wants a Ducati and pays for one or doesn't want a Ducati and goes with something else. Value, in this case, depends on the individual rider.



They have their quirks, they aren't the fastest and they are expensive and they tend to force a love it or hate it black-white relationship with the riders. Their somewhat skewed price/performance ratio might have something to do with it.
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:50 AM   #40
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Buzz is a GPTB member. He'd trade the Duck for drugs.
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