You do indeed get what you pay for. The Ducati is an awesome bike.
I lost my last bike to the flooding here in Nashville, and while I would have loved to have had a similar bike, it cost me about $10,600 when I bought it. I don't have that in the budget with the flood repairs and such. I've been saddled with a disaster recovery loan payment which eats up my moto funds (toys have to go first).
I bought a left over 2009 Versys, and I am shocked at how good a bike it is. I was expecting it to have some compromises, and it does. But they are all very livable. The seat is too soft, but a quick trip to the upholstery shop so they can remove the cover, carve out some of that squishy soft foam, and put in some nice medical grade closed cell foam, then sew her up...and that will be fixed.
I put that little bike through the ringer today. Tossed it down every twisty I could find and kept the throttle pinned and the engine on the boil. It performed with plenty of zing, just have to keep shifting the little bugger so you don't get caught in the wrong gear. When I filled it up, I calculated 46mpg. Holy Christmas....46mpg?!? Really? My last bike would only get about 35 if I BABIED it. If I wailed on it, it would turn in about 32mpg.
So far, I'm really impressed with the V.
Back when I owned my Ducati, the major service ran about $1000. Parts were ungodly expensive too. It's not just the price of admission you have to figure, it's the operating cost too. If I had the funds, I'd be on a bigger, faster bike, but sometimes things happen for a reason. Probably saved my life buying the V. I used to ride my old bike entirely too fast. It was barely breathing at 125mph and would get there so fast you never knew how fast you were going. The V is just as much fun, but at much more sane speeds. My old bike was hard to ride slow, the V is a breeze. I can putt-putt around at 25 or 30mph behind some slow poke and it's easy as can be.
Last edited by Trackrider54; 06-13-2010 at 05:53 PM.