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Dropped off Veronica today for the Brake fix and got to talkin' Ducatis with the sales guy. Our dealer here has six sold already (deposits down, waiting on the bikes). One of the buyers works with The Redhead. He's been off bikes for seven years and told her he just had to have this one. Obviously, the hype is generating some mad interest.

He's getting insurance through Progressive. The tab? $3,000 for a year's worth.

My Speed Triple's still the only one in the area, and suddenly my insurance bill doesn't seem that bad. I'm likin' it more and more :-D
 

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I've already pimped the cat ! If I got one I would just sit there looking at the thing especially the 's' version with carbon.

Just beautiful in a way only a Ducati can be.

The japanese may have it when it comes to tech know how but the Italians still have that 'wow' factor when it comes to design also seen Ducati Hypermotard.

:hammer: :hammer: :cool: :hammer: :hammer:
 

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Having owned a couple of the lastest litre bikes or close enough to them I can safely say its the only thing that would get me back to clipons. But I think Ill wait and see if they make a monster out of it. And another but, I really, really love my speedy. Not sure why but I do.
 

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On 2007-01-06 19:51, Dobieman wrote:
3 K for insurance :wow:


Who is he ? Billy Lane :roflmoa2:
so tasteless, i love it

anyway 3k for ins is insane...

and i'll keep my 955 thanks :-D
 

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I think it's going to be a major hit for ducati. Even I want one.

It might be my next bike, that a s2r1000 monster :)

But i wont be able to buy one, everyone has globbled them up.

Should be able to get 999's cheaper thou. But ive seen those suckers go for 20k on ebay.. Who is going to pay for that when you can get this bike for 14k!
 

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They are using different suppliers for the "generic parts" to cut costs, which could be compromising the quality. In addition, they loosen the tolerance on the valves clearance to comply with their new service intervals, which could me a more risk of problems.

The bike is beautiful. However, even if I want to get one, I'd wait for a year or two to see how everything works together.
 

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I like the way it looks but would likely never be able to fit on it. I think my brother will end up with one as he is in the market so at least I'll get a ride or two. He will undoubtably exact some sort of torture out of me for the priviledge.

As far as the parts ousourcing are concerned I am not so sure the quality is at risk. I would assume that they would have a rigorous QC method in place, but who knows. There are MFGs out in the world that can crank out high numbers of quality parts efficiently and that is where they are saving the bucks. It would be suicide for them financially to allow sub-standard parts to go through to consumers. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Anyhow, it is a beautiful bike but like R100Pilot posted, the S3 looks pretty good against a $3,000/Year insurance bill.
 

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I have no interest in the 1098. I am sure it is a very nice motorcycle. 1050 is enough for now. I don't want to be greedy.

On 2007-01-06 23:15, TonUp wrote:
But I really want a KLR-650 next more than any other bike.
Now yer talkin'!
 

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I would love one as a second bike or just have it revolving on a rostrum in my lounge, but my bank manager said NO! also i have nowhere near finished with the mods on Speedy yet.

[ This message was edited by: Spendthrift on 2007-01-07 04:07 ]
 

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It's a beatiful bike, one of the nicest yet...but, the cost of keeping a Duc (regular maintinence), especially if you put on a lot of miles, is probably the highest of any bike sold.
Still, I probably wouldn't mind having one parked in my garage.
 

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On 2007-01-06 23:30, MrBiff2You wrote:

As far as the parts ousourcing are concerned I am not so sure the quality is at risk. I would assume that they would have a rigorous QC method in place, but who knows. There are MFGs out in the world that can crank out high numbers of quality parts efficiently and that is where they are saving the bucks. It would be suicide for them financially to allow sub-standard parts to go through to consumers. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
I am sure they strive to do the best they can and in no ways I am trashing Ducati. However, it is notable to remember that their main concerns is 1) performance and 2) reduced price for mass marketing (more profit). Hence, quality might not be the highest priority. In addition, any new models from any manufacturers require a transition phase. Not to say that they can't be top notch, but I personally prefer to play it safe and wait for 1-2 years.
 

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Very nice bike, but I wonder whether it'll be the same kind of torture rack to ride that the 916 was. Personally, I'm waiting for the Hypermotard - that's more my kind of bike considering my age and back :(
 

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On 2007-01-07 10:55, stmike wrote:
Very nice bike, but I wonder whether it'll be the same kind of torture rack to ride that the 916 was. Personally, I'm waiting for the Hypermotard - that's more my kind of bike considering my age and back :(
I had a Duc 996 before and it was quite a torture. For a sportbike, I am very happy with my Daytona 675 now. Personally, it is much more nimble and lighter to ride, sounds much better, better ergonomics (no more heavy clutch). In addition, D675 is also not lacking attention from people. People from both sportbike and cruiser crowds came and talk to me :) .
 
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