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Old 01-09-2006, 09:16 PM   #1
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Now that looks like a motorcycle, not a mass produced appliance. Air-cooled with no ugly radiator or plumbing to obstruct the classical lines.You can actualy see the chassis and engine. Hopefully it will have the same musical exhaust bark as the one Paul Smart rode.
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Old 01-09-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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sweet ride, I've always loved ducatis. This rivals the 916. No I'm not going to gloat about the first post.



ps, why is it raining so much in Oregon.
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Old 01-09-2006, 10:54 PM   #3
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I ride a VFR because it can do almost anything you ask of it and you can almost always find a dealer nearby if something goes wrong, but there can be no doubt that the folks at Ducati have a passion for motorcycles that goes to the bone. Sochiro was a guy who did what he wanted to do, and I think Ducati is the same way. It will be interesting to see what passion Honda retains after the passing of The Great Man, who believed in the V4 passionately, compared to Ducati, and how they respond to the death of Doctor T. The 1000 LE sounds like it throws the gauntlet down for any company who claims to have motorcycles in their blood.
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:01 PM   #4
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I ride a VFR because it can do almost anything you ask of it and you can almost always find a dealer nearby if something goes wrong, but there can be no doubt that the folks at Ducati have a passion for motorcycles that goes to the bone. Sochiro was a guy who did what he wanted to do, and I think Ducati is the same way. It will be interesting to see what passion Honda retains after the passing of The Great Man, who believed in the V4 passionately, compared to Ducati, and their belief in the the desmo. The 1000 LE gives an indication of how his sucessors think, and I think the gauntlet has been thrown down to all who consder themselves something more than another corporate entity, with one eye always fixed on the bottom line.
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:30 AM   #5
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I saw one this past Sturday at a show in Hartford CT, right next to a GT1000...and my only thought was "which one do you chose if you can only have one?". The fit and finish, attention to detail, quality of parts, and sheer beauty of the bikes is even more impressive in person. I don't see how you could go wrong owning one of these speciality bikes, and I suspect they will hold their value and eventually appreciate over time, if they do keep them to limited numbers. And if they don't...so what! It's good for the financial health of the company and a pleasure for me to see someone go by on one. Hat's off to Ducati - these are some of the best looking bikes I've ever seen.
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:43 AM   #6
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Oh, I forgot to add, I also looked at some of the new Moto Guzzi's, and they too are impressive - to the point that I will seriously consider one when it's time to replace my ZZR1200. I will also look long and hard at Ducati. Kudos to both marques for keeping the pricing to reasonable levels. If I wasn't married (and okay, had more money)...I'd keep the Zed (it's a brilliant bike, much under-appreciated)...add a Duc or Moto Guzzi...add a KTM Super Moto...add a Suzuki DRZ400S or new Kawasaki KLR250...maybe the new BMW M model R1200GS....



It's an exciting time to be in this sport.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:13 AM   #7
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I don't want one. I want two.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:20 AM   #8
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Now that was a fun read!



Let's hope they produce them long enough for me to get my hands on one of the three models.



Does anyone know if this is a one shot production or will they be available in '07?
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:21 AM   #9
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I was referring to the three retro models on not the limited Paul Smart model. thanks!
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:37 AM   #10
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I really like the concept of the old-style new technology. I think this is a much better use of talent than the MH900.

I would love to see ducati select benchmark models and reproduce a limited run of such bikes. I would be in line for an 888sp.



Nice report Yossef, thanks.

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