I tend to agree. I wouldnt want to just jump on this thing for an around the world voyage. However, I wouldnt use this bike for that anyway.
Have you rode one? OMG!
The Power is Awesome!
No, I haven't ridden one, but I bet it's fun.
One of my riding buddies says when it comes to Ducatis there are three kinds of people: (1) people who want one, (2) former owners who had enough with the cost and hassle, and (3) current owners who put up with the cost and hassle. So far I'm in category (1) and still very happy with my Kawasaki and my Honda.
Years ago when was looking at new sport touring bikes I looked at the R1150RT, ST2, and ST1100. The RT was a disappointment, mostly due to the motor. The ST2 was the first Ducati I'd ever looked at, and it was at the same dealer as the ST1100. The riding position seemed too aggressive for long distance riding, but there was something about it I really liked...sleek and compact. I asked the service manager about the cost and frequency of service of the two ST's and he answered a question with a question: "What kind of bikes have you had before?" I said all Hondas. He said I'd be getting to know him on a first-name basis with a Ducati, not to dissuade me, but if I was used to Honda service intervals, cost, and overall reliability I'd be in for some surprises, like $800 valve adjustments every 6,000 miles and waiting weeks for parts when something breaks which will happen. About a year later I bought an ST1300 which I still have. It's not the same animal as a Ducati ST but it's better suited to my riding style. In 8 years the only problem I've had was one of the OEM heated grips died and Honda replaced both at no charge.
I've put something close to 150,000 miles on Hondas and one Kawasaki. In all those miles I've had two electrical failures, neither of which kept me from where I was going, and no mechanical failures. Perhaps there are people who have had that kind luck with Ducatis but I haven't met them.
Like I said, someday if I have stacks of stupid money to burn on motorcycles, a Ducati or two would be fun. In my real world, however, any added value isn't worth the added expense and hassle I so frequently hear about from people in categories (2) and (3) from above.