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Rode a couple of Ducatis

A buddy and I rode down to New Orleans Saturday to drool at the local Ducati dealer. To our surprise when we arrive, its Ducati Demo Day. There on the roadside was almost every 2010 model Duc at our disposal. First ride for me was on a Hypermotard 1100...this thing was more fun than a barrel of monkeys! I immediately felt right at home on the bike and the hooligan within me was reborn. Hands down, this bike was the funnest scooter I have ever ridden. My only complaint was when I had to get off the thing. Power and torque was plentiful and ready at any point in the RPMs. I will own one.

Second in line was the Multistrada 1200. I have ridden several BMW GS1200s, and this seemed to be a sportier version of that with a tighter suspension and better handling. Power however was different. This bike was crazy fast! Nice long distance bike, and would be nice to date, but I would totally marry the Hyper. I'll post pics tomorrow of our day and the ride down there.

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A buddy and I rode down to New Orleans Saturday to drool at the local Ducati dealer. To our surprise when we arrive, its Ducati Demo Day. There on the roadside was almost every 2010 model Duc at our disposal. First ride for me was on a Hypermotard 1100...this thing was more fun than a barrel of monkeys! I immediately felt right at home on the bike and the hooligan within me was reborn. Hands down, this bike was the funnest scooter I have ever ridden. My only complaint was when I had to get off the thing. Power and torque was plentiful and ready at any point in the RPMs. I will own one.

Second in line was the Multistrada 1200. I have ridden several BMW GS1200s, and this seemed to be a sportier version of that with a tighter suspension and better handling. Power however was different. This bike was crazy fast! Nice long distance bike, and would be nice to date, but I would totally marry the Hyper. I'll post pics tomorrow of our day and the ride down there.
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I got to do demo rides on the Hyper 1100, Hyper Evo, Streetfighter & Multistrada earlier this summer at a local road course.
About a 10-15 minute "spirited street ride" pace led by control rider for each ride.

That Multistrada was the biggest surprise of the bunch for me.
I was kinda afraid to ride it after signing up for it, I was afraid it looked too top-heavy & was afraid of tipping it over.
NOT THE CASE... I went into the corners faster on that bike than any of the others listed - it just felt good - like I could ride it from center of the country towards anywhere with twisties comfortably and then ride the curvy stuff with little effort once I got there.

I love that bike - just can't swing the $20k pricetag

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Always liked the Hyper-retard, in black of course. But well out of my budget.

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They killed the multi strada for me when they added a beak.

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These are the two I rode.
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Stopped along the way to spot some gators. I didnt have any Cheetos so they were not interested.
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I think this was the shop owners ride.
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This guy was giving out free heartburn on a bun, with cheese. Compliments of the Ducati Demo day and a must have if ever in down town New Orleans.
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A few random pics. Oddly, I had the only 919 on Bourbon Street
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well, I'm bored so I'm gonna post pics of my Duc Day too :P




rolling out of the paddock on a white multistrada (3rd one)


on the track:



streetfighter:


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What did you think of the Streetfighter?

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What did you think of the Streetfighter?
In a nutshell:

tons of power
not as comfortable on the wrists & nuts as my 919
definitely a ton of fun*



*
if you can overlook the wrist & nut factor

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I just read on Rider web site that the Pope is officially a Ducatista now that Ducati has given the Vatican two new MultiStradas.
That there is a very cool gift. When I saw the title of the Email I first thought that the Pope might be riding one but sadly read they are for security duty.
BUT, if your ever in Rome and a yellow and white Multi goes screaming by, do the sign of the cross as it might just be his holiness out for a little midnite run!
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In a nutshell:

tons of power
not as comfortable on the wrists & nuts as my 919
definitely a ton of fun*



*
if you can overlook the wrist & nut factor
But you said your nuts were in a shell...I don't understand. Weren't they properly protected? And shouldn't they be in a sack, not a shell?


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^ LOL

it's a "soft shell"





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I've got a Ducati S4, the Monster with the 916 engine in it. My first Duc, and it's a blast. On the dyno, it was only 95hp, and 67lbs ft of torque, but it only weighs 400 lbs, too. It's a fun ride, and it's been perfectly reliable for about 2 years since I bought it.

I went to the Demo ride day too, at San Luis Obispo Vespa/Ducati (really). Those Hypers are big time fun. I think on a really tight road, you'd have a hard time going any faster on anything else. And they wheelie like you wouldn't believe. The Streetfighter is a blast too, big time power, it also wheelies at will, like a CR 500 Honda. The Multistrada S is probably the best bike I've ever ridden. Big power, the electronic adjustable suspension is kind of neat to play with, although I have no idea who can fix it if it takes a dump, and it's extremely comfortable to boot. But I can't spend $23,000 on a toy. I haven't ridden a 1198 yet, I want to real bad. Maybe next time I'm in Santa Barbara. They've got a few of them, and I have no idea when the big rig with the demo bikes is coming back.

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