I'm a long time rider that is interested in this bike. I have a deposit on the bike and tossed my barely used KTM SX at the dealer for a trade in as well. Committed? YES.
When I first saw the bike I knew I wanted one. Having ridden a Duc 800SS I knew that this motor can be a real treat. Yet hearing that it has a single intake throttle body rather than the dual setup on the ol' Monster and 800SS has me slightly concerned. I was hoping to see performance mixed into this style and not a detuned motor restricted for a tiered license or what ever reason it was done.
This review was done by someone with the same experience as myself. I club raced and am now track day junkie with many many years of riding experience and lots of different bikes under my butt. It is interesting that his view is equal to mine in that I could care less about life style. I want an upright Ducati 800CC bike that wheelies like a flat tracker out of every 2nd gear corner. I'm hoping his reference in the article to wheelies and enjoying the interaction of wringing the bike out 0-60 is as smile inducing as Jamie Robinson's MotoGeo video.
Sorry but I have a Harley if I want lifestyle. Yet even my Harley is a tuned and tweaked beast that spins its rear tire from here to the end of the block. Ya I need a little performance on my bikes. I don't want a sleepy tired feeling bike that has the power delivery of a CVT scooter. The Suzuki Vstrom 650 reminds me of a GREAT bike that bores me. Sorry but I don't want a bike without character.
So my rant is my feelings about Ducati's lifestyle slant on the lack of performance on this bike. If it has character of my old 79 Bonni and the reliability of a modern bike coupled with upright ergo's and 2nd gear wheelies I will be psyched with my purchase.