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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Paulvt1, Sep 10, 2008.
..and one more..
Good for you.
Good for me!
There seems to be no specs regarding the Enduro mode.
Aside from the lower 100hp, and higher shocks, there appears to be little info.
Many will disagree, but that bike is simply moto-art. I can't wait to test ride one. There hasn't been a bike since the 2003 Z1000 that has grabbed my attention this strongly until now.
I drool over it.
...what other info are you looking for?
Thanks Paul ! For others interested as well, the above mentioned posting by Motomotive1 on Ducati.ms, features a link to many more quality photos of this black MS1200S...
And I agree Fireman1000, for many of us this new Ducati represents not only visual moto-art, but a tour de force of motorcycling capabilities, all wrapped up in one package. It's just what Ducati presently needs, to help it soldier through these tough times !
Kevin Ash's website, ashonbikes.com is claiming this Monday March 01, he'll have posted his ride reports on the MS1200.
Initial report sounds good.
I just saw one today at a local motorcycle show. It looks a lot better in person then the photos.
Had a sit on it at the last Utrecht International Motorcycle exhibition last week. And although I'm 6,8 ft tall it fitted to me like a glove... Which is rare, looking at the fact that generally spoken, Ducs are there to fit the small Italians...
What I liked most... I can stand up on the footpegs without bending my back. Straight up! There is NO 2nd bigtrail bike on the market where I can achieve this without adding steer raisers...
I still don't like it and 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.
Just curious about dirt worthiness on the enduro. How will it compare to the 990a, or the BMW 800?
Ground clearance, suspension travel, torque, and tank size.
It's got 17" wheels, who cares how it does in the dirt??? It's a street bike that you can take on gravel roads.
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.
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.
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.
I think Woodys wheels could fix the issue of wheel size.