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Old 02-28-2010, 06:33 PM   #1216
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:44 PM   #1217
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Ducati has put some bespoke tires on the bike, unlike those that are on any other machine. At least, that's what I was told by the expert with whom I spoke. Apparently the tires are going to be relied upon to make the difference between having a 17" and 19" front.

They need more than luck on that endeavor. A 19" is a compromise in the dirt already. Remember that the 990 has a 21".

This bike is not a Dual-Sport. It is an "upright" Sport Tourer....and I will assume it is damn good at that.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:54 PM   #1218
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This bike is not a Dual-Sport. It is an "upright" Sport Tourer....and I will assume it is damn good at that.
I'd say it's probably 90-95% a road bike. However, I will wait until I've ridden one to make any final judgments.

If you want a "true" Dual Sport bike, then you first have to define Dual Sport, which as you know is subject to not a few opinions and variations thereof.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #1219
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They need more than luck on that endeavor. A 19" is a compromise in the dirt already. Remember that the 990 has a 21".

This bike is not a Dual-Sport. It is an "upright" Sport Tourer....and I will assume it is damn good at that.
I don't think that a 17" wheel is as much of an issue as the tires that are available for it.

Sure a 21 is better, given equal rubber, but an adventure bike is a compromise. With the right rubber, I think this could make a great adventure bike.....with an on-road bias of course.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:10 PM   #1220
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I think Woodys wheels could fix the issue of wheel size.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:47 PM   #1221
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... most likely you will end up with hideous maintenance bills, but I think that Ducati got a winner here... The looks are far better than on the old MS.
Ducati have announced 15,000 mile valve inspection interval - that doubles the mileage from the previous 7,500. Should help with the maintenance cost, and it's 3,000 more miles than the Tiger at 12,000. Ducati are starting to catch on...

Mine's on order - April delivery.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:00 AM   #1222
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Take a look at the back tire. It's a 190 so probably about a five inch wide rear wheel. Whatever anyone believes, the bike is not designed to be a dual purpose ride. It'll do fine on a fire road and the most important part is it will handle crappy pavement.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:24 AM   #1223
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Ordered mine...

I just ordered mine...
It will be a black S Touring !
It will be hard to wait until end of April...


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Old 03-01-2010, 04:35 AM   #1224
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Lucky man. I get a feeling Ducati will do very well with this bike.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:25 AM   #1225
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I just ordered mine.
Congrats!

I'm still thinking about it. I have the money. I have buy-in from spousal unit. Only hitch in my book is the total price. That's a lot of clams.

My thought would be to purchase the S model in sport trim, add then add the center stand and bag system as accessories. According to Ducati, that would save a good amount of money over buying a touring model and adding all the expensive carbon fiber.

So, what. $20K for the bike, $3K for bags/stand? Another $2K in sales tax. Pretty soon we are talking real money.

Argh.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:45 AM   #1226
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So, what. $20K for the bike, $3K for bags/stand? Another $2K in sales tax. Pretty soon we are talking real money.

Argh.
I thought the panniers were $1500, the center stand can't be $1500?

From what I've been reading, it's a wash either way, if you go with the Sport S and add the panniers, center stand and heated grips, it comes to the same as buying the Touring S model and adding the carbon bits.

Can't wait to see on in person and trying it.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:25 AM   #1227
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I thought the panniers were $1500, the center stand can't be $1500?

From what I've been reading, it's a wash either way, if you go with the Sport S and add the panniers, center stand and heated grips, it comes to the same as buying the Touring S model and adding the carbon bits.

Can't wait to see on in person and trying it.
Any idea when it will get in to dealers in the US?
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:29 AM   #1228
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I thought the panniers were $1500, the center stand can't be $1500?

From what I've been reading, it's a wash either way, if you go with the Sport S and add the panniers, center stand and heated grips, it comes to the same as buying the Touring S model and adding the carbon bits.

Can't wait to see on in person and trying it.
GB, I agree with you. I think each person needs to taylor their options according to their needs and the convenience for them.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:31 AM   #1229
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Any idea when it will get in to dealers in the US?
I was told around April. My feeling is late April/ early May. If it comes in May I wont mind. Just use the MM instead.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:55 AM   #1230
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So - you have a Megamoto - AND a Mutley on order.

I am not jealous. Not in the least....
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