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I've never really cared for Duc's but that doesn't mean I haven't been paying attention to them. Come on, they're still sportsbikes right? Anyways, has anyone else noticed that this has been a badass year for the brand? Anyone? Ducati unleashed what many consider the best sportbike of all time, and it's only been out for a year (not even that!). And I'll admit, it's way better than the old 999 of yesteryear which i never cared for. Thousand's cheaper, just as exotic, sexier (imho), and just as fast as it's Japenes literbike companions. That's good business!





If you read bike mags I'm sure you've seen some covers containing the new Ducati Hyper Motard. Not my thing but you got to recognize when a bikes on every cover everywhere. That's a big deal.





Last but most definately not least of the production bikes is the incredible Desmosedici RR. Who else sells Moto GP bikes to the public? That's insane!





Speaking of Moto Gp, relatively newcomer Casey Stoner, has been dominating on the Ducati GP bike. It certainly doesn't help that his bike is so much faster than all the others in the straights.



I don't know who signed on and implemented all this new stuff at Duc, but 2 thumbs up to them! In my personal opinion this is the year of Ducati, no one else is coming even close to the growth of this marque. What do you guys think?

 

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Have you ever seen the service intervals on these bikes?:squint I can't speek for the latest models but some of the older ones needed a major on the valvetrain at 20,000km, or it may have been even sooner than that:rolleyes . I guess what I'm sayin is that for a second bike behind my ZX 14 I'll stick with my fucking gay Harley.:crackup
 

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I'll stick with my fucking gay Harley.:crackup
That's pretty funny. The 07' Ducati motors are significantly improved in the service department also. I personally don't care for Ducati's all that much (I'll take an 04/05 10R please) but I recognize they're doing a badass job business-wise. Ya know?
 

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I know I can't afford the price tag of a new Duc,maybe a slightly used one possibly.
The maintence intervals will kill the average person,kinda like up keep on a BMW or Porsche.
They look sweet,but if you can't afford them,I'd rather not look at them.
 

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Why do people buy Harleys in stead of a Vulcan or Intruder or even a BMW 1200LT, which are are all better bikes ????? Because they want it !!!!!

Why do people buy Ducati's ??? Because they want it !!! And I would definately buy one if I could !!! I don't much care for service intervals!! It is like tyres, I rather spend more on the best tyres than spend on body repairs. If you can afford a $20000+ bike, who care about servicing every 12000 or 20000 km???

I adored the 999/749, (probably because it was penned by a South African), but I like the old classic style just as much and of course, the 1098 is a work of art!!

I didn't know that the Desmosidici was available to the public though, definately not here in SA.

All said, I still love my ZX10R and ZX6R !!!!!!
 

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My brother-in-law in AZ has a little Duc,a 650 or so. I was very excited to ride it and then so very disapointed when I did, it was gutless and shifted harder than my Harley when it actually went into gear.I'm not sayin the new ones are no good, they might be great? They for sure look the part!
 

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I think they sell the Desmo to only those who have race licenses or qualifications. I also believe it's a track only bike, like the R7... I'm too apethetic to look it up, Duc's are Duc's and I really don't care enough.
 

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I think they sell the Desmo to only those who have race licenses or qualifications. I also believe it's a track only bike, like the R7... I'm too apethetic to look it up, Duc's are Duc's and I really don't care enough.
From what i understand the Desmo RR is a Street legal bike as it comes with both a Road Legal and Race Exhaust (205 bhp) :evil

Great bike but it would want to be at £35000 each :scared

As far as servicing for the 1098 goes Ducati states that the service intervals are longer and cheaper than a GSXR 1000

Mind you that doesn't take in to consideration the fact that the electrics are bloody awful and tend to stop at the first hint of rain.

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I must admit that the motorcycle design and power output are very eye catching but previews from current ducati owners itself are in very doubt that it's maintenance will be lower especially the famous dreaded electrical problems/failures. It's better to wait at least a year and await feedback about it's actual performace and maintenance.... but in my opinion kawasaki rules...period...! Just my 2 cents...
 

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that RR is just plain pornographic... I LIKE it... now about that loan and insurance...:rofl
 

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Duck owner !

Hey all I am one of those Duck owners who have decided to go back to a Jap bike.....for a couple of reasons. Unless you have 40-50 grand to throw around, thats Canadian by the way, you are never going to come close to the power of a Jap bike...its just not going to happen. As for service the old and even the new must have a full service every 10K and that is going to cost you at least 1200 bones and most times more. All my Duck friends are giving me a hard time cause I am selling and going back to a ZX10 but for me its like this...I likr my Duck but the price you pay for the bike for the amount of performance you get and the cost of the ownership is just ridiculous !

Pros of owning a Ducati...

You almost wet your pants everytime you fire it up cause it sounds just so god dam amazing !!!!!

Pros of owning a Jap litre bike...

Everything else.!
 
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