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Just wondering what you guys thought of the new Duc? I placed it with it's two predecessors for comparisons.

 
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sweet

Only reason i never bought a duke, was because the 999 series styling sucks arse big time!, the 916 series will go down in history as one of the greatest mc masterpieces of all time, I would love a 748R (the last one), a friend owns one of the early R 749 ( the one with all the carbon goodies etc)and loves it to death, and says its a vast improvement over his 748 SPS, but he also has a 1974 750 SS too, which he loves, lord knows why, old piece a crap, he should just give it to me to unload the burden of owning a cantankerous piece of crap ;) , I think the new 1098 Duke is very nice styling wise and a massive improvement over the 999, I would by that duke, definately :D . PS the fuel filler on the 999 was enough to put me off, and the single swinger was beaut, unlike that horrendous looking double arm thing, and those crappy looking floating panels on the forward edge, jeez i could go on for ever :lol . Amazing how someone who designed the supermono could actually create such a butt ugle bike :eek
 
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Nice bike!

I really like it for a couple of reasons.
The first one being that it's a damn sight nicer looking than the ugly sonofa 999:lol I think Duke really shot themselves in the foot with that model but those people I knew that had one said that it handled like a dream.

I'm glad to see the SS swingarm back and the black rims look the part too8) I also like how the have styled the rear of the bike to be more elevated like previous models (not including the 999) as it gives the bike a more agressive look. Is it just me or can anyone else see subtle hints of GSXR/R1 styling at the front of the bike:\

Would I buy one? Damn right I would:hat Mind you, if I had the cash then I'd go for the 1098s:D That is one stunning piece of kit:p :p

Al8o
 
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Re: Nice bike!

Al,

Do you actually think the back end is 'jacked up' so to speak, or is it because it is resting on a paddock stand?

But you are dead right, if money was no option I would definately have one in my stable!

Andy
 
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Re: Nice bike!

Do you actually think the back end is 'jacked up' so to speak, or is it because it is resting on a paddock stand?
Oops! Never noticed the paddock stand:eek: :lol

*Goes off looking for another pic of it*:lol

Al
 
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Re: Nice bike!

The link I posted above goes to there website, has some very nice angles of the bike!

Andy
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Re: Nice bike!

that new duc gets my vote. Always liked the orig. styling but I like all the gismo stuff on the dash too which the orig. didnt have. Never really liked the 999 but tried to grow to like it, but the latest models look lovely!!

Whats the deal with the 1098cc?? I heard a while back about rumers of a 1100 or 1200cc for racing what actually happened??

Dean100yz
 
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Re: Nice bike!

Yep the 1100 or 1200 is being discussed and will be based on how many units of the 1098 sells and how many people want an R version.

The Australian onroad price for a 1098 is Aus $28,000 and the 1098S is Aus $33,000 with deals to be had.

There was a bike show in Sydney last weekend and I am led to believe that 49 of the new bikes were ordered in 48 hours of the show commencing.

I was thinking of the MV F4 1000 but will have a closer look at the DUC 1098S as I feel I need a bit of TLC in the after sales service area.
 
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Re: Nice bike?

If the two are working as they are supposed to, will ashame no owner on the streets. Ducs have not been drawing my attention.......until now.

On the other hand, would have been my Tre's supplied with what it needed, I would have never looked for red coloured, one cylinder missing bikes.
 
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Re: Nice bike?

8o :b :| New 1098 looks the part but traditionally i just don't have that "must have" feeling about Ducatis-don't know why-poss because the older ones were a bit electrically challenged, poss because they were pricey for the speed (i went for an orange Jota-how i lived through that experience god only knows-maybe that started the 3cyl thing!).
Sorry to admit, but when i saw the ugly one, i laughed & thought "that'll be good for Aprilia sales".
New 1098 however is going to sell and sell by the shed load i reckon-by next summer there'll be 5 1098s for every 1 Benelli at your local race cicuit carpark-next to MV we'll still be in the exclusive enclosure.:rollin
 
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Re: Nice bike?

next to MV we'll still be in the exclusive enclosure.:rollin
But is that a good thing Nige? There is a point where we Benelli owners will have to drop this 'exclusivity' thing in exchange for .... 'at least my bike is reliable' in order for us to love our bikes more (if you know what I'm getting at).

The Benelli is without a shadow of a doubt a stunning looking bike.
The Benelli is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best souding bikes out there.
The Benelli is without a doubt one of the most unreliable bikes out there.
We Benelli owners need to take our heads out of the sand and face up to the reality that this bike (compared to other long termers on the market) is a heap of crock. Sure it makes us feel good, but is it really what being on a bike all about? For me that says NO!!!!
Being on a bike is all about enjoying the sense of freedom, about being in a club, enjoying watching your progress improve by seeing visually how far you've had your bike over, the tales of near misses and the friends that you've made along the way and no doubt a stack of other things that I've forgotten to mention.
Has it really come down to .... my bike looks better than yours? I hope not.
It is after all only a lump of metal and plastic and if at the end of the day it puts a huge grin on your face (regardless how you use it) then is it really a bad thing?
Take a bike (any bike) on the track and push it (and yourself) to a personal limit and come back here and tell me that you haven't enjoyed yourself, and then take a look over this post again and see if your answer would still be the same ..... I doubt it;)


Al8)
 
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next to MV we'll still be in the exclusive enclosure.

I know what you're saying Al and i know that Benelli ownership is one of those "double-edged sword" things but
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(kinda sums it up)
I used to race as a nipper (TZ250 & 350) and i've had a few outings on race-spec Aprilia RSVs so that's been & gone (now i'm too scared about bailing my roadbikes to really go for it on a trackday-poss age; more likely money + i'm self employed so missing limbs or the use of= no income).
I've been very fortunate so far as my RS ( touch wood) has had no glitches and i've been pushing the 11,000>12,000rpm mark as the miles have gone up without any grief.
So yep, for me, having something a bit different counts for quite a lot (given that i like riding it ). That said-i'll freely admit that my Benelli will be sold while its still covered by warranty just for peace of mind.
So where do we go next? Honda CBR1000RR? beautiful build/fast/handles/reliable/800+ buyers this year alone can't all be wrong........but jeez i'll be #801 and 2000miles later i'll be whinging to the girlfriend that its got no soul.....cant win mate>we'll just have to win the old Euromillions and buy a selection of bikes.......make a good topic that~WHAT WOULD YOU BUY WITH £25,000?
 
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Re: next to MV we'll still be in the exclusive enclosure.

I can't argue with you there Nige as I know exactly what you're getting at:)

Is it too early for a Jack and coke?:rollin :rollin

Al:D
 
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Re: next to MV we'll still be in the exclusive enclosure.

<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>WHAT WOULD YOU BUY WITH £25,000? <hr></blockquote>That's an easy one.....£21,500 and you've still got some left over for petrol!!<img border=0 src="http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/happy.gif" />

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Re: next to MV we'll still be in the exclusive enclosure.

That's an easy one.....£21,500 and you've still got some left over for petrol!!
And a cheeky set of Dymags;)

Al8)
 
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