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It's something no one who hasn't ridden, owned one would understand! welcome to heaven!
I love my 1198 SP, traded up my S1000RR and never looked back.
 

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It's something no one who hasn't ridden, owned one would understand! welcome to heaven!
I love my 1198 SP, traded up my S1000RR and never looked back.
Riding a Ducati brings pleasure to my face. Since it looks like you're in Honolulu which means no race track. I'm going to assume that you haven't used your 1000RR on a track yet? Of course that's my opinion that the 1000RR is better in the track.

Ride safe and enjoy those twins in between.

SL.
 

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I drove about 9 hours round trip to pick up my 2008 1098s back in April. I did not ride it when i picked it up, was in a hurry to load it in the trailer and get back home. Ill never forget when i got home and unloaded it. The exhaust note (has Termi's) the massive torque and just how solid the bike felt. I had never rode a Ducati before that only ever owned Japanese bikes. I can't ever see myself getting rid of my 1098s.. (well maybe for a 1198s or Sp!!)
Congrats man!!! Post pics!
 

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I did one track day on the RR in Colorado before I PCS'ed to this ROCK, and I did the California super bike school track day. The RR is more forgiving, but the SP is just so much more fun to ride! and feels more stable / holds lines better ect..
 

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Congrats!!! I just joined the dark side on tuesday but havent had a chance to ride her yet. Picked up a 1098 tricolore too with 8200kms and beyond clean. I'm coming from an R1 so the piece of plywood they call a seat is not looking fun.
 

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Yeah that pile of lava rocks would bore me to death. It used to have a race track but not anymore. Without suspension mods and a dk triple clamp offset your not experiencing the full Ducati on rails yet.
 

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Hey Bads! (off your opening thread statement sir)

"Can't wait to get it on the track, should have bought a Duke long ago"

Despite it being an actual KTM bike I have used the slang term "Duke" ever since riding my first one (900SP) way back in 1994 man, and to this day still use it when referring to any Ducati - so I applaud you sir! Don't get caught up in all those who wish to correct you on "proper terminology" because IMHO (only mine) using the word "Duc" is derogatory as it implies something with webbed feet that eats and craps 20 secs later - LMFAO! I think I even started a thread here on this whole issue once - that and also using the terms "Her" or "She" and how this is a pet peeve as well.

Yes friends, these are the tiny little things in life that get under someone's skin, just enough to irk one into posting their thoughts of it on a Ducati forum. WTF over? LOL.
Ahhh - here we go again my friends. Off to the races!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
 

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Congrat's Bads! Welcome to the addiction. I was hooked for life the first time I experienced Ducati also. First one I actually owned was a 2000 model 996 biposto. I bought my 1098 Tricolore new back in 2007 and still love it as much today as when I unpacked it from the crate. Enjoy!


P/s... I'm with Gunny, It's a Duke and always will be. ;o)
 
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Find a racetrack and take it there, that's where it really shines! I loved tracking mine - had a hard time keeping the front end planted lol
 
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