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Repeat After Me - "Head Must Rule Heart"

I knew this would happen... one of the West London Ducati Dealers held a sort of roadshow and demo rideout at a local bike meeting point in the Surrey Hills last Sunday. Having always fancied a go on the 796 Hypermotard I went along and went on a 45 minute accompanied ride. Well, I'm in lurve, there is no doubt. What a lovely bike, perfect fuelling, looks to die for and well, I don't know what. This WILL be the V's successor....! (Although I don't know when..!)
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I LOVED the '09 Monster 1100 I had. I did a lot to make it lighter including putting OZ Racing wheels on. Of the 17 different bikes I've had over the years (including Japenese sport bikes) the Monster was the best handling bike I've ever ridden. WHAT SOUL!!!

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I have a mate who works at a motorcycle dealership that sells Ducati, TRiumph, BMW, Suzuki and Husqvana bikes. The staff call the Ducati section 'The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" because so many buyers are back just a few months later to trade in their dream bike after either crashing or suffering ongoing mechanical faults . Still, they are awesome looking bikes!
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Just ask How much you'll have to pay for a valve check and your wallet will agree with your head and shut your heart mouth off.

You know the saying ride by the seat of your pants. Buy the Ducati put your wallet in your back pocket and you will feel how slim it will get once you start paying for service.

Like an hot Italian girlfriend I once dated. Beatiful gal incredible performance, but boy was she temperamental and expensive!
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A Ducati is just like the Fiat Abarth girl Catrinel Menghia. Oh so beautiful!

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The smaller capacity fuel tank is a downside of the bike. Versys still rules on long range though I wish there is a 800cc Versys in the future

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Sweet looking bike. But damn your license plates are big enough for a blind person to read..
Makes it that much easier for Constable Plodder to see as well.

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Sweet looking bike. But damn your license plates are big enough for a blind person to read..
Weljo - yep, road legal standard "PIZZA BOX LID" bike plate is 9" x 7" over here. However, most have smaller plates made up. I run a 6" x 4" on the back of my V. Only a very pedantic cop will pull you for a small plate alone, but if he's witnessed you being a bit of a "hooligan", then that offence will get thrown into the mix as well.
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Just ask How much you'll have to pay for a valve check and your wallet will agree with your head and shut your heart mouth off.

You know the saying ride by the seat of your pants. Buy the Ducati put your wallet in your back pocket and you will feel how slim it will get once you start paying for service.

Like an hot Italian girlfriend I once dated. Beatiful gal incredible performance, but boy was she temperamental and expensive!
Lol...! That's what's always concerned me - reliability and cost of servicing. However, modern Ducs are a different animal these days, less servicing costs and less frequent intervals - 796 Hyper' at least. If only Kwak would bring out a 750/800 cc Versys, lighter and more 'Motard', I'd be at the front of the Q...!
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Lol...! That's what's always concerned me - reliability and cost of servicing. However, modern Ducs are a different animal these days, less servicing costs and less frequent intervals - 796 Hyper' at least. If only Kwak would bring out a 750/800 cc Versys, lighter and more 'Motard', I'd be at the front of the Q...!
I looked at the 796 when they first came out,(my V about 6 mths old). Fuel capacity, air cooling, desmo maintenance all were negative points. Lighter weight, better suspension/brakes and about 10 more hp/torque were plus's.
New bike and $9995 asking price meant NO Sale. Boy she sure is sexy tho.
Better off with my V I'm sure. I know there isn't room for an overbore, but a 4mm offset crankpin (~.162") with a corresponding 4mm shorter rod seems doable? No? That I know is happening with ZX 14's. I've seen the cranks and the Carillo,Falicon,and I believe Pantl rods. Been a while since I did the math, but I believe that would yield 746cc's.
I love the V, now give me 55ft/lbs torque please. While your at it 4 piston front calipers and a 17mm radial MC maybe? The calipers are on the shelf at Nissin and Tokico. Late model GSXR's use a 11/16 MC (17.46mm) So charge $500 more you won't be able to keep up with demand. While I'm dreaming a suspension upgrade is in order too.

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Yeah, Ducs are eye candy and I can't blame your for falling under their spell.

I was looking at a parked MultiStrada (gen 1) when the owner came by. We got to talking and I mentioned I had a Versys. He didn't know them about so I pointed out mine to him down the row of bikes. He gave it look up close and I said it was "like a poor man's MultiStrada." He corrected me: "It's a Kawasaki? More like a smart man's MultiStrada."

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I've been doing some research into servicing costs. Some dealers are doing tailored service packages for lower mileage users (like me) but it's a whole heap more than the V servicing...! And as for shim kits if required ...... I won't even go there... "Dear Versys of mine - I apologise for having had a wandering eye.!"
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Gentlemen, this is why we need TWO motorcycles minimum. Choose two to suit your head and heart, but choose wisely.

In my case, I have a Versys outfitted with bags, heated grips, etc. I also have a red Triumph Daytona 675 that is gorgeous (and far more reliable and cheaper to service than a Ducati, but still on the frivolous side) that I take to the track occasionally and ride on a rare sunny weekend day on lusciously curving roads. I have put more miles on the Versys in two years than I have on the Daytona in five. The Daytona is a cruel and demanding mistress, leaving me with a sore neck and aching back, but I still love her because she performs like no other. I love the Versys for other reasons. More sensible reasons.

Think it's too expensive to have two bikes? Just compare how much cheaper it is than having a wife and a mistress. (Apologies to our female readers. I'll assume you're too smart to go down that road anyway.)

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He corrected me: "It's a Kawasaki? More like a smart man's MultiStrada."
That was a very cool thing for him to say to you! He sounds like a very "smart" man.


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Gentlemen, this is why we need TWO motorcycles minimum. Choose two to suit your head and heart, but choose wisely.

In my case, I have a Versys outfitted with bags, heated grips, etc. I also have a red Triumph Daytona 675 that is gorgeous (and far more reliable and cheaper to service than a Ducati, but still on the frivolous side) that I take to the track occasionally and ride on a rare sunny weekend day on lusciously curving roads. I have put more miles on the Versys in two years than I have on the Daytona in five. The Daytona is a cruel and demanding mistress, leaving me with a sore neck and aching back, but I still love her because she performs like no other. I love the Versys for other reasons. More sensible reasons.

Think it's too expensive to have two bikes? Just compare how much cheaper it is than having a wife and a mistress. (Apologies to our female readers. I'll assume you're too smart to go down that road anyway.)
For that matter, two bikes might even be less expensive than a wife OR mistress (with my apologies as well to our female readers). Some can be rather high maintenance though, wonderfully, my charming wife isn't in that category, or if she is I haven't noticed it. Either way, I've no complaints at all.

Regarding two bikes, I love my Versys as an all-rounder although I love my new-to-me BMW K75S as a mile eating, smooth as silk sport tourer. Each has its positives and negatives but between the two they're perfect for everything I do. Can't beat it (them?) with a stick.

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Gentlemen, this is why we need TWO motorcycles minimum. Choose two to suit your head and heart, but choose wisely.

In my case, I have a Versys outfitted with bags, heated grips, etc. I also have a red Triumph Daytona 675 that is gorgeous (and far more reliable and cheaper to service than a Ducati, but still on the frivolous side) that I take to the track occasionally and ride on a rare sunny weekend day on lusciously curving roads. I have put more miles on the Versys in two years than I have on the Daytona in five. The Daytona is a cruel and demanding mistress, leaving me with a sore neck and aching back, but I still love her because she performs like no other. I love the Versys for other reasons. More sensible reasons.

Think it's too expensive to have two bikes? Just compare how much cheaper it is than having a wife and a mistress. (Apologies to our female readers. I'll assume you're too smart to go down that road anyway.)

Took the same route as Motociclista.

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Gentlemen, this is why we need TWO motorcycles minimum. Choose two to suit your head and heart, but choose wisely....
And that is WHY I have two motorcycles...

...and they're BOTH Versys....


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