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Old 03-01-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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I have always thought that the standard layout made for better control in non race track conditions. Yossef's observations bear that out. Ohlins suspension if just icing on the cake. Nice job Yossef.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:05 PM   #2
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"Terblanche's design decisions mean it's a scoot that you either love or hate." That sentence says it all I hate the looks.. Fun read thanks Yossef...
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:12 PM   #3
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Another great article by Yossef. As for me, I'll wait for the HyperMotard.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:22 PM   #4
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I'm sure it's as fine-riding a bike as is on the road today and sounds the business. But why don't I EVER see one on the road? Why, because they are UGLY. Dear gawd, the friggin Lunar Lander was better looking. C'mon Ducati, give the Multistrada a multi-makeover in the looks department. I'd rather ride an old Radian. At least I wouldn't get laughed at.



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Old 03-01-2007, 06:23 PM   #5
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The HyperMotard certainly is a cool looking scoot. Probably lacks some of the versatility of the Multi Strada though.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:25 PM   #6
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"I'd rather ride an old Radian. "



Hey, I had a Radian. Terrific bike.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:30 PM   #7
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Hey I ride an old GS100. Compared to that a Radian or a Multi Strada is a beautiful bike.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:53 PM   #8
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OK, I'm going Googless here. Help me out.



IFAIK, these are Terblanche's designs:



1) Supermono and Desmosedici

2) 999.

3) Multistrada.

4) Supersport.

5) Sport Classics (including that MHR thing).

6) ST



Now, #1 are beauts, but not for street sales. #6 was a subtle redesign of (I believe) someone else's original. Not good, not bad. #2 was a stylistic and sales failure. #4 was a ghastly redesign. #3 - well, I say ghastly, others say funky, sales say "try again." #5 is quite debatable - most folks love 'em, I like them but still think that they're closer to caricatures than homages. And how hard is it to design retro bikes?



So, in numerical order, there's one pair of clear winners, one somewhat-homely failure, one polarizing design with fewer defenders than detractors, one insanely fugly irrelevance (does anyone even talk about these models?), one set of winners (that's leaving my opinion out, since I seem to be alone in this), and one "eh, whatever."



So tell me why Terblanche shouldn't be considered a handicap to Ducati. I'm not saying I'm right, because style is subjective. But the guy's track record for street bikes doesn't seem too impressive (and his biggest street success were the easiest to design.) When I read interviews with the guy, and what the writers say afterwards, it just seems like he's a bigger bullshyt artist than bike artist, and Ducati is as spellbound as the moto press.



I'd love to hear a counterpoint. Again, these are just my opinions. I'm not presenting this as gospel by any means.



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Old 03-01-2007, 07:02 PM   #9
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In my humble opinion my Multi is beautiful and gets better looking every time I ride it. Yossef is spot on when he says it has the ability to embarrass full on sport bikes. I also think my KLR 650 is very pretty.
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:20 PM   #10
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It's ugly.



Motorcycles are supposed to be emotional objects - unpractical, but providing fun while looking good.



This one is not making you look good.
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