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Old 10-14-2009, 07:55 PM   #11
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Looks promising, but I'd like to see more reviews.....are they test-riding this at sanctioned dealers/events?
Well, stay tuned for Pete's fuller review on Friday. No Ducati demo rides till at least December or the New Year when they will be at U.S. dealers.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:22 PM   #12
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Well, stay tuned for Pete's fuller review on Friday. No Ducati demo rides till at least December or the New Year when they will be at U.S. dealers.
Ah, damn. I'm going to Scottsdale this weekend and thought I might get lucky. Thanks, though.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:29 PM   #13
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Looks like fun. Perhaps the mid size motor is "just right" for urban hooligan action.

I expect a full urban motard test, including a curb jumping competition, a rolling burnout comparo and of course wheelie and stoppie specs for all contestants.

Can I be a guest tester?
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:50 AM   #14
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Not the ones on the cars, they just break off, and the electric ones are 'spensive.
$478.94 for the BMW 328i passenger-side. Or so I've heard.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:34 AM   #15
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Mr. Duke:
The definition of "motard," as I understand it, is a dirt bike with streetbike wheels and tires, and possibly some suspension mods, lights, license plate bracket, etc. Given that, how does this bike even start to qualify for the "motard" catagory? It has no roots in dirt whatsoever.

Along the same lines: who coined the phrase "Streetfighter?" What are the distinguishing characteristics of a "streetfighter," especially when compared to a "hypermotard" or even the run of the mill "naked bike." Isn't this bike really just a "naked" version of the 800cc Superbike?

These questions torment me at night, I haven't slept in days.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:49 AM   #16
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Motard indeed originated with converted dirtbikes, but as the term has been established, its breadth increases. Anyway, the Hyper looks like a dirtbike after drinking a fifth and closing your good eye.

The "streetfighter" term has similarly grown to include a wider range of bikes. And it sounds cooler than saying "sports standard."

Anyway, a rose by any other name is still a rose.

BTW, the Hyper isn't a naked 800cc Superbike, having no commonality with the 848.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:01 AM   #17
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Wonder how the smaller-engined Hypomotard compares with the Aprilia Dorsoduro? I'd sure love to ride them back-to-back.
Me too. I think the 'duro is heavier, and all the tests I've read b1tch about the seat.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:52 AM   #18
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A Hyper/Dorso challenge sounds good to us, too.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:30 PM   #19
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This bike looks really cool. Are they really discontinuing the Monster though to make room for these new models?? That was a classic for Ducati and not to mention a great bike....
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #20
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This bike looks really cool. Are they really discontinuing the Monster though to make room for these new models?? That was a classic for Ducati and not to mention a great bike....
Don't hold your (motor) breath. The 696 and 1100 versions are basically new designs. More likely is a 796 Monster about 12 months from now.
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