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    Thread: Motorcycle ADHD - Or, how I finally admitted I want a Ducati.

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      08-09-2012 11:25 AM #1
      I currently ride a '02 VFR800 Vtec. Its a nice bike, I had myself convinced that I wanted a larger, heavier sport touring bike. Something a bit more stable, some wind protection, but can still keep up with my riding buddies on their more sport oriented machines. It is all that. I found a pretty good example VFR earlier in the spring, and its performed very well so far. I don't find myself looking for more power or cornering ability. It really does everything very well and sounds great doing it.


      The only thing is... its a bit boring.


      The excitement I used to get out of riding on the weekends is gone, and I find myself spending my free time doing other things while the Honda sits in the garage, waiting for the next work day commute. I believe I feel this way because the machine just does what you tell it to without any drama. I don't know how that can be a bad thing, but somehow its just disconnected and insulated. For me, riding a motorcycle is all about the experience, the fun - I consider them a toy.

      Over the years, I've generally gravitated towards sport machines. I started on a '96 GS500, moved onto a '06 GSXR 600 (too soon, I might add - never crashed but more than I needed, in hindsight), a '03 Z1000, a '05 SV650, and now this VFR. Every single one of those machines put a smile on my face every time I rode it. But today, as I threw my leg over the VFR, it felt like I was just getting in my car ready to do the daily grind, yet again. This wont do.

      Something that I've always wanted was a Ducati. I don't know why, but I'm sure many of you here can relate - the machines look good, sound great, and every one that I've had a chance to ride has put a HUGE smile on my face. I've never done it (came close, once) for various reasons. Maintenance issues, cost, availability in my area, etc. So, I've attempted to make whatever I have as much like I think owning a Ducati must be, as possible. The SV I had was a prime example.

      So this morning at work (yeah, I internet at work - wanna fight about it?) I started looking around at the used bike market again. Figuring how much I could spend on a bike maybe this winter, I keep stumbling across a bike that I've been infatuated with since I first saw pictures of one back in late 2009.



      I want one so bad. Just like that. It fits perfectly with what I've grown to love about bikes. Raw connection to the machine, huge V-twin grunt, and minimalist styling. Plus it checks that extra box, the Ducati I've always wanted to own. I'd ask people to talk me out of it, but at this point... I don't think you can. Unless you have proof that it will spontaneously combust in my garage and kill my wife and son. Yep. This is the next move.


      TL;DR - The sport touring bike was not the answer. I want a Streetfighter.

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      08-09-2012 02:14 PM #2
      I can get behind 100% of what you're saying. I need the Italian factor and all the sh!t that comes with it to put a smile on my face when I ride. Get the Duc, you'll love it.

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      08-09-2012 02:16 PM #3
      You'll love it. I like the white...just like my 1198. I've had an 06 R1 and now an 1198. They're so very different, but so enjoyable. I would say the one thing that you have to get accustomed to is the hydraulic clutch. Your left hand will hate you for some time, but it'll get use to it. It's the worse when you sit in traffic...haha. Yes, maintenance is definitely more costly than the japanese counterparts, but it's no different than owning a german car. The intervals are not bad, just find a mechanic that knows how to work on Ducs. I don't know what dealerships in your area are like, but here in CA, you can test ride ducs...makes it quite nice.

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      08-09-2012 02:17 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by BlkMkVGTi View Post
      I can get behind 100% of what you're saying. I need the Italian factor and all the sh!t that comes with it to put a smile on my face when I ride. Get the Duc, you'll love it.
      +1 i kinda miss my dorsoduro. though the sv is fun and sorta reliable (when I don't break things).
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      08-09-2012 03:13 PM #5
      Good to see I'm not alone.

      Now the only question left is to decide if I should spend the extra on the S model.

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      08-09-2012 03:34 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by TurboWraith View Post
      Good to see I'm not alone.

      Now the only question left is to decide if I should spend the extra on the S model.
      yes. otherwise you'll end up sinking more money into it to upgrade it. you know "the bug"... "oh i can get some s parts for $nnn it will make it better"
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      08-09-2012 03:45 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by mad8vskillz View Post
      yes. otherwise you'll end up sinking more money into it to upgrade it. you know "the bug"... "oh i can get some s parts for $nnn it will make it better"
      Get out of my head!


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      08-09-2012 04:02 PM #8
      You obviously need the S version!

      I am in total agreement with you as well. When in doubt....YOLO.

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      08-09-2012 04:48 PM #9
      If its not putting a big smile on your face wherever you go and its part of the daily grind, sell it and get something more fun. Damn the maintenance costs, damn the expensive italian bikes, that smile and energy is worth way more than that. Get the 1198 streetfighter. Do it.
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      08-09-2012 11:49 PM #10
      If putting a smile on your face is worth the cost of the bike and the maintenance to you, then do it, smile, and don't look back.

      I'm on my third Italian bike. There is something about Italian bikes that just puts a smile on my face. The sounds, the feel, the looks...it's a heady cocktail that is very addicting.

      Sometimes I think about getting a bike that gets better fuel economy, is lighter, and that would likely do everything I ask of it quietly and efficiently, and cost me very little in the process. Then I fire up my Guzzi, and all that melts away. I love that when the bike is idling in the driveway, I feel the thumping V-twin vibrating the concrete even before I get on it. I love that when I'm at a stoplight and blip the throttle, I can feel the bike torque itself to the right. I love the way that even though it's a heavy bike, the weight disappears as soon as I'm rolling, and it begs me to toss it around like it's a big dirt bike. I love the way it sounds when I roll into the throttle...part NASCAR, yet pure Italian.

      Is it perfect? No. But it makes me smile, and that's everything to me.
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      http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/mcy/3142097801.html

      i love this streetfighter. looks so amazing.
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      08-10-2012 11:10 AM #12


      Do want, but not for $19K

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      08-10-2012 03:55 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by BlkMkVGTi View Post


      Do want, but not for $19K
      Yikes! No kidding. Nice looking though.

      I'm thinking more like...less...than 19k.

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      08-10-2012 04:50 PM #14
      Go for the S model. Ridiculous how expensive mods are. Just a slip on exhaust is like $1k...unbelievable.

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      08-10-2012 05:05 PM #15
      I am actually in the same boat as you, except my VFR is an 04. The exhaust and PCIII has eliminated much of the complacency I had with it, tho I still found myself on the floor of the Duc dealership last weekend, with a leg over the SF848, and saying no to a test ride because I lack self control.

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      08-12-2012 08:59 PM #16
      I pretty much read the title but who doesnt want a ducati?!? lol

      if you can afford it, go for it.
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      08-13-2012 09:51 AM #17
      I kind of went through this buying my first bike - in the end, I wanted a BMW, end of discussion. Then, it was really just amatter of finding the one that would work. Honestly? I ****ing love it. I bought what I wanted, bells, whistles, and silly aluminum luggage to go with, and I am happy.

      If you want it and you have the $$, go for it. That silly grin is what the whole "priceless" thing is about. If all it takes is an Italian bike, you are a lucky guy.



      While I'm not much of a Ducatistin, they are indeed sexy bikes.
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      08-13-2012 09:56 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaglx91 View Post
      I pretty much read the title but who doesnt want a ducati?!? lol
      no interest. faster less finicky bikes exist
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      08-13-2012 10:35 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by mad8vskillz View Post
      no interest. faster less finicky bikes exist
      Absolutely they do. I'm ok with that.

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      08-13-2012 10:41 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by TurboWraith View Post
      Absolutely they do. I'm ok with that.
      and i'm ok with you riding an awesome ducati. You like the looks and sound and so on, go for it
      i'm not saying they're bad bikes, I just don't care to own one (just like I don't care to own one of those 50k chopper things some people are into)
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      08-13-2012 10:48 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinnaker View Post
      ...I still found myself on the floor of the Duc dealership last weekend, with a leg over the SF848, and saying no to a test ride because I lack self control.

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      08-13-2012 04:23 PM #22
      Here are a couple of other takes. I have ridden a Ducati long enough to know that I don't want one. It was too nervous and high strung. If I was 20, that might be a good feature. A friend had one; got rid of it. He said that he could not and did not care to try to ride according to the bike's capabilities that it seemed to demand.

      Long ago I learned that I must have two bikes. Get tired of one and ride the other and then back again.
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      08-13-2012 08:08 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by mad8vskillz View Post
      no interest. lighter less finicky bikes exist
      Give me a single cylinder, cocoa butter, and a wet-nap, and I'm set for a few minutes. Just buy the damned bike and never look back.

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      08-13-2012 08:42 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Toy View Post
      Long ago I learned that I must have two bikes. Get tired of one and ride the other and then back again.
      This is starting to make a LOT of sense to me. Can't wait for the logistics of this situation to be reasonable in my life (i.e. suburbs/house).

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      08-14-2012 11:04 PM #25
      :raises hand:
      I also ride a VFR800 and want a Ducati Monster.

      I want something smaller than my 2-wheeled sofa.

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      08-15-2012 11:27 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by asadjewonxmas View Post
      http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/mcy/3142097801.html

      i love this streetfighter. looks so amazing.
      I can't even imagine how loud that thing is.



      You are not alone in your desire for a Ducati. I've lusted after them since the 999, and was finally in a position to make it happen comfortably.






      Yes, there are faster, more comfortable, less finicky motorcycles out there, but none of them do what Ducati does for me.
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      I went for an older one....I just like the way they sound and feel better. ..they are as good as you think
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      08-15-2012 10:08 PM #28
      Wait.. a thread about Ducati without Spectaculiciousnes responding...? He ok?

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      08-20-2012 06:40 PM #29
      Get the SF. Used they are not badly priced.

      I love mine, for the record. This bike does damn near everything well. Only thing I will say is that the 1098 is more power than you'll ever need, so perhaps consider the 848 version.


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      08-20-2012 07:55 PM #30
      Surprised there has been no mention of the subject that always seems to come up with the Streetfighter... torturous ergonomics. I've never ridden one myself. Any comments from someone who has substantial time on one?

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      08-20-2012 08:11 PM #31
      I've never understood that complaint. The guys who own them say they feel great. I have next to no complaints except that my butt gets a bit sore after 3 hours on the stock seat. The riding position is actually more upright than my Monster 695!

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      08-20-2012 08:17 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by U n i o n 0015 View Post
      I've never understood that complaint. The guys who own them say they feel great. I have next to no complaints except that my butt gets a bit sore after 3 hours on the stock seat. The riding position is actually more upright than my Monster 695!
      Ducati will be offering demo rides at a local event in a few weeks. I'll have to take one out and see. Personally, I'm spoiled - I have a Multistrada, which is about as good as it gets comfort-wise in Ducati-land. So I might be a bit jaded. But I do also have a Street Triple, which has a similar arrangement as the Streetfighter and I find it perfectly comfortable.

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      08-20-2012 09:07 PM #33
      Well, it won't compete with a Multi. That bike really is four-in-one. But for someone who wants a superbike with a Monster feel, the SF is it.

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      08-20-2012 10:58 PM #34
      Ride one first. I hated it. Way too much motor. Way too nervous to be any fun. They're wonderful to look at and think about but terrible to ride.

      If you want a Streetfighter, get an 848.

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      08-22-2012 08:47 AM #35
      You're nucking futz! Keep that VFR, it is fantastic.

      (Says the guy who is shopping used VFRs.)

      I could never go naked again, regardless of the brand. And the eyetalians scare me. I like reliable bikes.

      I have never understood the 'character' thing. The hyper reliable Japanese bikes are solid performers. So what's the problem? What, are we looking for a bike that will BREAK on you?!

      I love gas-n-go fun.

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