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Old 01-10-2006, 06:57 PM   #31
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Default Re: Exclusive Test: 2006 Ducati SportClassic Paul Smart 1000LE

I saw the Sports Classics bikes in 2003 in New York.

It was wierd, no big sign, just the three bikes sitting there.

I had to walk up to one of the guys and ask him 20 questions.

Then I had to email Ducati to build them.

The bikes were beautiful reinterpretations of classic bikes.

Retro maybe predictable, maybe the right direction, if you belive like I do that over complicated one dimentional, all new is the wrong direction.



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Old 01-11-2006, 07:26 AM   #32
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Default room for improvement ...

as long as ducati is going to inflict extreme ergonomic pain on its customers they may as well take it a step or two further:



1) handlebar electrodes that deliver painful shocks at random.



2) shift levers with tiny pricks that puncture feet and leave you bleeding in your boots.



3) solo seat made of mahogany.



remember, ducati, any job worth doing is worth doing right ...
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:43 AM   #33
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Default Re: Exclusive Test: 2006 Ducati SportClassic Paul Smart 1000LE

The fairing looks awful, like a lump of bubble gum stuck on the handlebars. It's not the fairing used at Imola. That fairing would have been astonishingly cool.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:01 PM   #34
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Another good idea would be for HONDA to design us a CBX with EFI and moderrn chassis bits.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:05 PM   #35
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Default Re: room for improvement ...

The super-extrean "riding position" of this sub-100 hp bike is all that stopped me from buying one, Showroom floor discussions with others told the same story. Ducati, please offer a SPORT with the Ohlins suspension and 2 up seating. Even at $15K I'd buy it.
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:53 PM   #36
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Default Re: Exclusive Test: 2006 Ducati SportClassic Paul Smart 1000LE

It is not just about nostalgia...it is about charisma. I was three years old in 1972, but I love the sport classics. I really look forward to seeing the GT.



They should have done this ten years ago. They should stop trying to compete head-to-head with the Japanese and do their own thing.
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:40 PM   #37
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Default Re: Exclusive Test: 2006 Ducati SportClassic Paul Smart 1000LE

OK...I was 14 and into motorcycling big time. Now I'm pushing fifty. How are my wrists, back and hips gon'a feel after an hour on my new/old dream bike!
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:03 AM   #38
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Horribly written article on a very interesting machine. Talk about a storey that goes no where. Was it written by Grandpa Simpson. I couldn't even finish reading the article. Too bad.
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:20 AM   #39
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Default Re: Exclusive Test: 2006 Ducati SportClassic Paul Smart 1000LE

One thing they should have done is a passenger seat, a small not comfortable one maybe but people do need to transport their girlfriend for time to time.
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Old 01-16-2006, 09:35 AM   #40
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Ok, I give... what's a "bevel drive"?



Oh, BTW, I thought Yossef's article was very good.
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