I work at a gym. There are about 4,000 members. One of them happens to be the shop manager over at BCM Ducati over in Laconia, NH. So I stop by today just to see what they've got sitting around. About 10 seconds later I was riding one of these:
took that out for a little blast. It was pretty fast let me tell you. Hung out at the shop for maybe another 20 minutes, then I figured I should probably get home and get ready for work, when the guy says "Wanna take out a triple 9?"
unfortunately the battery was dead
But hey that's okay, because that is a really nice sport 1000 with a siiiiick zard exhaust and slipper clutch sitting over there!
Let me tell you something. I've never heard a more sexual sounding bike in my life. In fact I cruised around on this one for about 40 minutes, and terrorized a bunch of people at a local park, and left a few harley guys with their jaws on the ground. When you come off the throttle at about 4 rpms under engine breaking the bike would make the most lovely popping backfiring, especially when you drop from 4th gear to 1 and just let the clutch out
I was actually very glad that I got to ride the S4rs, because I had considered a monster over my Triumph, and I definitely like the SIII better than the monster. Although the Duc's brakes were razor sharp, and I think it handled a bit better. I like the fit and finish of my Brit much better, the Duc wasn't quite as comfortable either.
Can't say much about the 999s as I didn't get to ride it
But the sport 1000...Well, I want a slipper clutch on my bike, it was a lot of fun. The Sport 1000 is a great bike. I know there is a guy on here with one, and i'm about 20 times more jealous of him now than I already was. It's sexy, it's rare, it sounds great, it handles great, it brakes great...but holy cow is it uncomfortable. "Committed" doesn't even begin to describe the ergo's on this thing. I also found it a difficult bike to move around at slow speeds. Something I would love to have as a second or third bike, but 35 minutes was about all I cuold take on it. You are pretty raked out on the thing.
Anyway I took some horrible video with my phone so I'll try to get that up, so you can hear these bikes, although my phone doesn't do them justice.