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Super excited, finally got the call that I can collect my classic tomorrow - 21-May. I even headed down to the dealer today to get all the boring bits, like paper work and money, out of the way. Tomorrow I can rock up and ride away a happy chappy!
Mine is one of these beauts just waiting for the inspection before they will release it tomorrow :)
This is the first batch of Classics at Ducati Thong Lo not sure about the rest of the dealers here in Thailand.
 

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Glad that your bike is here and I'l check back tomorrow to read about you actually picking up your Scrambler. Make sure to come back and let us know how you like the bike once you have some time on it.
 

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Well I have by bike and I'm a happy man!


The ride home was good but in the searing 38c (110f) it was very hot; it didn't help that I got pulled over by the BIB (Boys in Brown - Police) for using an overpass!! There are a lot of antiquated laws here in Thailand one being that motorbikes are only allowed to use the left hand lane (we drive on the left here same as the UK) and cannot use overpasses, highways etc. Too be hones the fine is very small THB 200 ($6) but the inconvenience and 10 minutes stood I the sun was the real killer!


Initial thoughts, well it has been a long time out of the saddle, of a real bike, for me (over 5 years) and the last bike I had was a Fireblade. It is like comparing apples and oranges, I love the more upright position the scrambler offers and it is a really easy bike to ride.
1st gear was a little bit twitchy, but to be fair I think this is more about me getting used to riding again than the bike. Only 1 time did I struggle to get in to neutral, releasing the clutch to the bite point and then re-trying did the trick.
I am going to spend some time getting to know the bike in the next few weeks but I am really enjoying it so far, first mod I plan is to have the exhaust ceramic coated - the heat was noticeably and anything that can be done to lessen this must be a good thing! I'm thinking a matt black coating for the pipes, not sure if I am going to bother coating the silencer, anyone have experience/opinions on this?
A few pictures of my new steed are below, note no number plate, it will take at least 2 months until I can put a number plate on it so will be driving around anonymously until then!
 

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Congratulations @SwissTony77! I got mine about a month ago and I'm still waiting for the plates. I was a bit worried about it at first but I was assured that it is not a problem as you have seen when the cops stopped you. It's more about getting an easy buck from you than anything else. 200 baht is a fairly standard fine. You pay on the spot and there is no ticket and no receipt. I agree, 38 degrees is no fun in Bangkok but I'm doing another round trip to Buriram this weekend with a strong forecast of rain on the way. That should cool it down a little.

Enjoy your Classic and let us know if the coating worked when you got it done.
 

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With a name like Swiss Tony I was expecting you to say that riding a Scrambler was like making love to a beautiful woman!
:D :D :D

Keen observation!

But shouldn't that be - "Selling a Scrambler to a woman is like ..." ? ;)

Not sure if our man here is a Beeb fan.

 

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Well I have by bike and I'm a happy man!


The ride home was good but in the searing 38c (110f) it was very hot; it didn't help that I got pulled over by the BIB (Boys in Brown - Police) for using an overpass!! There are a lot of antiquated laws here in Thailand one being that motorbikes are only allowed to use the left hand lane (we drive on the left here same as the UK) and cannot use overpasses, highways etc. Too be hones the fine is very small THB 200 ($6) but the inconvenience and 10 minutes stood I the sun was the real killer!


Initial thoughts, well it has been a long time out of the saddle, of a real bike, for me (over 5 years) and the last bike I had was a Fireblade. It is like comparing apples and oranges, I love the more upright position the scrambler offers and it is a really easy bike to ride.
1st gear was a little bit twitchy, but to be fair I think this is more about me getting used to riding again than the bike. Only 1 time did I struggle to get in to neutral, releasing the clutch to the bite point and then re-trying did the trick.
I am going to spend some time getting to know the bike in the next few weeks but I am really enjoying it so far, first mod I plan is to have the exhaust ceramic coated - the heat was noticeably and anything that can be done to lessen this must be a good thing! I'm thinking a matt black coating for the pipes, not sure if I am going to bother coating the silencer, anyone have experience/opinions on this?
A few pictures of my new steed are below, note no number plate, it will take at least 2 months until I can put a number plate on it so will be driving around anonymously until then!
$6???
WOW!!! A ticket in the US runs around 200 to 300 for minor offenses. Man, I'd hand the guy $20 dollars so I can speed for the day! ;) :D
 

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Really nice! For me the Classic is the best also, even better to view it in real than the photos.
Raider, Glad to hear you say this. I ordered a classic back on February 2nd and have not seen one live yet. I was considering painting the tank Satin Black, not too dull, not too shiny. How did the orange look in person. It is not like BMW orange adv bike from a few years ago is it?
 

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Raider, Glad to hear you say this. I ordered a classic back on February 2nd and have not seen one live yet. I was considering painting the tank Satin Black, not too dull, not too shiny. How did the orange look in person. It is not like BMW orange adv bike from a few years ago is it?
Dont paint the tank. It is a much nicer colour than boring black. Once you get it I will be surprised if you go mess with the colour Petel!
 

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Dont paint the tank. It is a much nicer colour than boring black. Once you get it I will be surprised if you go mess with the colour Petel!
I know it reduces the value. In black, if you've seen photos...it looks grand. However, Ive had so many black bikes. I'm on the fence. I was 60/40 tpward paiting it. Recently, I'm 51/49 against! ARGH!!!;):|
 

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I know it reduces the value. In black, if you've seen photos...it looks grand. However, Ive had so many black bikes. I'm on the fence. I was 60/40 tpward paiting it. Recently, I'm 51/49 against! ARGH!!!;):|
Nothing wrong with black but like you have had way too many black bikes. I know I have said it before but on seeing the Classic tank colour in the fleash I though it look real nice and brightens up any scene unlike black....
 

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Nothing wrong with black but like you have had way too many black bikes. I know I have said it before but on seeing the Classic tank colour in the fleash I though it look real nice and brightens up any scene unlike black....
I'm going to appreciate it for awhile. If I still feel the same way at summer's end, then I'll roll into a paint job. As you've pointed out, I haven't actually seen it. And Amador's pics of his classic in the shade are simply magnificent. So...now I'm 70 keep to 30 change. Darn you Tony and the bike you road in on! ;)
 

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Raider, Glad to hear you say this. I ordered a classic back on February 2nd and have not seen one live yet. I was considering painting the tank Satin Black, not too dull, not too shiny. How did the orange look in person. It is not like BMW orange adv bike from a few years ago is it?
It's a nice orange colour, in fact, when I took the bike the seller told me "it even look better orange in outside sunlight than inside the shop". I'm thinking about some possible changes, but definitely you won't regret. It's amazing and keeps people in the street watching the bike.
 

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It's a nice orange colour, in fact, when I took the bike the seller told me "it even look better orange in outside sunlight than inside the shop". I'm thinking about some possible changes, but definitely you won't regret. It's amazing and keeps people in the street watching the bike.
Yup!

That's the problem with artificial light, it always varies, natural lighting gives you the truest look at the color, even when sun light hits it.
 

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It's a nice orange colour, in fact, when I took the bike the seller told me "it even look better orange in outside sunlight than inside the shop". I'm thinking about some possible changes, but definitely you won't regret. It's amazing and keeps people in the street watching the bike.
thanksand itll save 300 dollars :D
 
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