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Old January 26th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #16
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I bought it because it was a fulfillment of a life's dream.

I ride it because it is a fun ride.

I'm selling it because I'm starting another dream.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 08:31 AM   #17
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Quality, reputation, far less of them, sound, feel.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 08:45 AM   #18
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Twelve years ago I realized my Honda made me hate riding to the point I'd given it up. I searched for what was the reputed complete opposite of my Honda and took a chance and got my SS. Haven't looked back and as a bonus I can appreciate all bikes to some degree now, except Honda.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 08:51 AM   #19
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I always loved the sound. The looks were secondary for me. The street bikes never gave me the woody the race bikes did.

The 888 gave me shivers watching it and hearing it tearing up WSBK but the price of a Ducati was waaaaaay more then my military salary could even consider to afford.

The 916-998 being railed around by Foggy or Chili or Bayliss and even back in US by Bostrom and Gobert was pure magic to watch. They were such agressive bikes compared to the other brands that they stood out no matter what colour. A GSXR, FZR or ZX7 could all blend together then you'd see and here that booming V-Twin and you knew what it was instantly. Awsome to watch. Once again price got in the way of desire.

The 999 was a fine looking bike to me in race trim and I loved watching it once again in WSBK. The rounded nose always looked like it was gobbling up the front tire when Bayliss hit the binders. Something about the street bike never quite did it for me but I would have still owned one......if not for the price. When a bike is priced over $10,000 more than the comparable Jap bike, my sense or rational takes over so Gixxers are what I had owned from the time they came out in 85 to my 2004 600 that I last owned (still have one in race trim and an 86 Limited and 89 Limited in storage) but my money situation was much better than my youth.

The 1098 had looks, sound, stunning performance and a very decent price tag. The 848 came out and it was instant love. I hadn't planned on getting a new bike I was just heading into the Suzuki, Honda Ducati dealer to get a solo cowl for my 600 and walked out with a Pearle white 848 instead. I bought a Pearle white 696 when they first came out too.

The Ducati was the first bike that people would turn to see what was coming down the road and then stare as it went by. It was the first bike where old men at bust stops would give a thumbs up as I rode by and women would throw their panties at me as I rolled on by.

My 848 was the first bike in decades that makes me make excuses just to go for a ride.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #20
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1) When a Ducati goes by, you KNOW it is a Ducati and it sound GREAT!

2) When any jap bike goes by, you know it was some brand of jap bike and it just sounds like every other jap bike, just buzzing along, likely with some squid on it in shorts, t-shift, and flip-flops

3) To be fair, when a Heavy & Dangerous (HD) goes by you also KNOW it is a HD, but it really sounds like SHIT!, likely with some wannabee with a leather fringe vest, pot belly, and a set of reach-to-the-sky handlebars...
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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #21
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I cant afford a ferrari

I appreciate a good looking piece of mechanical artwork

I love the power delivery and sound of the twin


AHH.. DUH.. THE CULTURE and the overall more mature atmosphere of the enthusiasts and sites.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #22
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Love the sound, I come from 9 different jap bikes and Harleys,Would love it more I guess if I could get past the ridabilty issues I have .First Ducati so i'm having to adjust to the tempermental personality it has.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #23
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why not own one?

been there and done that w/ the I4 bikes, got bored. tried a duc and i like it.

i plan on owning ducs for a while as long as they continue to treat me good. oh, and that sound....love it!
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Old January 26th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #24
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Love the sound, I come from 9 different jap bikes and Harleys,Would love it more I guess if I could get past the ridabilty issues I have .First Ducati so i'm having to adjust to the tempermental personality it has.
My TWO Ducatis are my first of the brand as well and I have NO rideability issues. They are both freaking beasts with the 1198SP simply stupid fast. Ducatis are first and foremost built for maximum performance and then sterilized for US and EU emissions. The latter causes several low-rpm (the emissions testing ranges) issues as the big-bore twins are more difficult to sterilize (noise and chemical) than little small-bore jap 4s and suffer more as a result. The Heavy & Dangerous are just as bad and yet aren't even in the same park a the Ducs for performance.

IMO, if you don't intend to "fix" the issues caused by emissions strangling, then don't buy a Duc and complain about it....
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #25
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I cant afford a ferrari

I appreciate a good looking piece of mechanical artwork

I love the power delivery and sound of the twin


AHH.. DUH.. THE CULTURE and the overall more mature atmosphere of the enthusiasts and sites.
You obviously havent ventured into the Australian section have you
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:30 PM   #26
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You obviously havent ventured into the Australian section have you
You live there? I can move in? Got a Job for me? I will be your Forum chuck norris and help you out.
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Doesn't come in BLACK!!

So I don't want one..

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Old January 26th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #28
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Old January 26th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #29
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You live there? I can move in? Got a Job for me? I will be your Forum chuck norris and help you out.
Thank you, but we have enough Chuck Norris' here already.
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Thank you, but we have enough Chuck Norris' here already.


I see the guys point about you Aussies now..
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