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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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The grand rhetorical question: why do you ride a Ducati?

I have yet to ride one but my experience leads me to believe that I am about to embark on a journey of Biblical proportions and expect the proverbial epiphany that will accompany this 1199 Panigale S to rival those of the greatest of all men whom have come before me!

(does this bike come with a red leather cape???)
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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The cape is optional....for 5 k more!
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1) It's a passion that runs deeper than anything you can find out of Japan.
2) It's nice to actually have power below 10,000rpm.
3) The torque makes even slow riding a blast.
4) There aren't 10 million of them on every street corner.
5) Just LOOK at it!
6) Just LISTEN to it!
7) You run with a better crowd. (sounds prickish but dammit, it's also true)
8) The finish and components on a Duc vs a UJM is like comparing a BMW to a Yugo.
9) Ducs get cooler with age; most Japanese bikes just get old and dated.
10) 17 out of 24 WSBK titles means they must be doing something right.
11) You can't buy a Ducati lawnmower, jetski or trombone.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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Why do I ride a ducati...............
Why do men desire beautiful women?
Difference is the duc won't disappoint
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #5
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Its sex on two wheels
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #6
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Too much money, not enough sense. I really like the bike, very different from my other motorcycles.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #7
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All great points from previous posters!

On a more personal level I bought my first Duke (996) because I fell in love with the look and the sound of it the instant I first saw and heard one! I had heard about the addiction/obsession and the Ducatista thing but it did not kick in until I had owned it for a couple of months. It was then I began to discover I had joined a world wide family of people who welcomed me as an equal... people who have a passion for the bike itself, as well as riding in general. I never experienced the sense of 'belonging' on any of the Honzukiyamasaki's I owned. (I loved riding all 58 of them but never felt like I was a welcome part of the company) In my experience no two Ducati's are exactly alike, even if they are the same model. It is this unique character that makes owning, riding, maintaining, personalising and living with the 3 Ducati's I now have such a gratifying experience for me.

I liken mine to having a porn star girlfriend....

Sure she is higher than usual maintenance with all the jewelry and bling I buy her and yeah, everyone knows who she is and most would like a test ride.... Some will say she is a worthless slut because they are just jealous.... But the bottom line is she is beatiful to look at, exciting to ride, she is mine and I love caring for her. Plus the bragging rights are a bonus. Anyone else here who has a pornstar girlfriend will know exactly what I mean.
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They are lighter and more...graceful. And the power curve is like nothing an I4 Jap bike will ever give you. The sound and feel will get you within the first 10 minutes of your first ride. They are on the upper end of price to own, and way out there to maintain, rare in most parts, and the people who own them are generally tasteful,(sometimes),well rounded adrenaline junkies who like to have the best of toys.
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Better than the alternatives - Alternative to a Ducati
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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:29 PM   #10
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Lol brett wtf was that?!
I ride a Ducati because:
- I never saw another guy on a Ducati wearing a leather vest with his "crew" name on it.
- Theres one guy in my riding group that has a bright green mohawk on his helmet and he rides a Suzuki
- And finally because I can afford one. And I'm ok with the fact that I'm an asshole for saying that.

Good luck with your S!!!!!
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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #12
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1. Design (not 749/799 series, sorry for offending those who own)
2. You can't get bored looking at one, in motion or still.
3. No need for neon lights, chromed out parts to look good.
4. Shitloads of fun on the track.
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I saw a red 916 in highschool and after that, it is what I measure all bikes by. So of corse I had to buy a Duc when I finally got a bike.
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I have yet to ride one but my experience leads me to believe that I am about to embark on a journey of Biblical proportions and expect the proverbial epiphany that will accompany this 1199 Panigale S to rival those of the greatest of all men whom have come before me!

(does this bike come with a red leather cape???)
use the search function to find my opinion on this. Think I answered this a few times.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:01 AM   #15
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...no worries X: it's a "grand RHETORICAL question":......

(why would he expect answers...????...!)

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