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Old 10-11-2009, 06:21 PM   #361
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I wouldn't go that far, the Strom is fugly!
De-beak the duc and it will look 100% better, hold your hand over the pics on the previous page and you'll see what I mean.
Makes the current Multistrada beautiful by comparison.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:40 PM   #362
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For the MSRP this thing is likely to be, I should not have to do any modifications to make it asthetically tolerable.

Were I the head of Ducati, when I saw the proposal for this bike from the styling contractor I'd hired, I would'a kicked them square in da nuts.
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:43 AM   #363
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Makes a V-strom absolutely beautiful by comparison.

WTF were they thinking?
sounds like the duc will dwarf the strom in power and handling. All you girlymen caught up in looks, jeez. You don't see it when riding
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:58 AM   #364
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There's a strong possibility, if this "beak" appears on the production bike, that it's role is to help with creating a downforce on the front end at speed, consider the the weight distribution with bags and the refrigerator sized tail trunk seen in the "spy shots." Beyond that, it's obviously got a role with directing air intake in regards to airbox, oil cooler and radiator requirements.

People quickly got used to BMW's GS series "unique styling" , because the bikes real world performance flat out worked. The market in the long run, more than accepted the Hayabusa's appearance, because it was radar clocked at 194 mph out of the box in it's unrestricted state and proved to be a class leader in it's segment.

I'd sooner have a protruding beak and loaded high speed stability, then the mess Suzuki made of my DL1000's aerodynamics and weight distribution, inexpensively addressed with the speed restricted 5th and 6th gears mapping.

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Old 10-12-2009, 08:19 AM   #365
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sounds like the duc will dwarf the strom in power and handling. All you girlymen caught up in looks, jeez. You don't see it when riding
Well, I hope comparisons of Ducati and Strom never happen again. Two completely different bikes, for two completely different types of riders. An acceptable comparison is the current Multistrada with whatever they will call this new Ducati.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:53 AM   #366
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Well, I hope comparisons of Ducati and Strom never happen again. Two completely different bikes, for two completely different types of riders. An acceptable comparison is the current Multistrada with whatever they will call this new Ducati.
Word is that it'll be christened the Multistrada.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:04 AM   #367
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I'd sooner have a protruding beak and loaded high speed stability, then the mess Suzuki made of my DL1000's aerodynamics and weight distribution, inexpensively addressed with the speed restricted 5th and 6th gears mapping.

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(Not to steal the thread with off topic.. but I was wondering how fast
the Strom will go when unrestricted. It's 130mph restricted, right? I figured
it should be good for 140mph, but who'd wanna go that fast on that bike?)
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:20 AM   #368
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(Not to steal the thread with off topic.. but I was wondering how fast
the Strom will go when unrestricted. It's 130mph restricted, right? I figured
it should be good for 140mph, but who'd wanna go that fast on that bike?)
The restrictive mapping in 5th an 6th gears on the DL1000 can hamper acceleration in high speed passing situations. The oem aerodynamics (as well as larger windshields and luggage combinations) and the highly optimistic speedo readings, in conjunction with the restrcted mapping mean it'll be nowhere near an honest 130 mph. Commonly altered gearing (16/41 or 17/43) on the DL1000 with a Speedohealer to dial in the speedometer and a TRE derestrictor in place, make a world of difference in the usefullness of the two top gears.

The Strada Aperta would appeal to road riding DL owners, that have been disappointed with the Strom's loaded handling woes, if they've got over the Koolaid syndrome and can justify the expense and far more elaborate maintenance schedule. So probably about the same ratio as KLR owners that'll purchase one.

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Old 10-12-2009, 02:40 PM   #369
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I'm interested to see what the specs are. Daft as it seems, this could be a better sports touring platform than the new VFR.
I like the Tiger - but at rest it seems so top heavy, something the BMW GS doesn't. If this platform is similar to the outgoing MTS then it will be a good machine.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:45 AM   #370
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Me too. I'm sorta thinkin the same thing.

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Old 10-13-2009, 05:43 AM   #371
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According to my dealer the inventory level on the Multi's is dropping fast at Ducati, which is unusual for a bike that everyone knows is in it's last year and due for replacement...
Its because they've now given up that Ducati is going to revise the MS's appearance (and in fact have made it worse!).

Maybe that was their plan all along...

[bad Italian accents]
Federico Minoli: "Salesa of Multistradas area abonable'a! They'rea piling'a up'a inda sale's floors. Wata we'a gonna do?"

Jason Chinnock:"I know! Lets build something even uglier and less practical. That will dry all those Multi's right up!"

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Old 10-13-2009, 05:51 AM   #372
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The restrictive mapping in 5th an 6th gears on the DL1000 can hamper acceleration in high speed passing situations. The oem aerodynamics (as well as larger windshields and luggage combinations) and the highly optimistic speedo readings, in conjunction with the restrcted mapping mean it'll be nowhere near an honest 130 mph. Commonly altered gearing (16/41 or 17/43) on the DL1000 with a Speedohealer to dial in the speedometer and a TRE derestrictor in place, make a world of difference in the usefullness of the two top gears.

996DL
Sheesh.. no wonder everyone wants the Wee.
I figured 4th gear should be tall enough for hi-speed overtaking.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:56 AM   #373
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The nose on that bike is the most ridiculous design feature I have ever seen on a bike. It kills an otherwise spiffy looking bike.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:41 AM   #374
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Remember that the 600- and 1500-mile services are now free for 2008-2009 Ducatis. That helps.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:33 AM   #375
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Crappy shot on the front of tomorrows MCN of the bike doing a bit of dirt...

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