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Old 05-26-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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Question bit of advice please...

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So my buddy Ed and I are riding from my house in Sugar Land to Brazos Bend park, and a bit more out and about near Rosenberg tomorrow afternoon. Ed has offered to swap bikes. Tomorrow he is riding his Ducati 1099, and I am on my Kawa EX 500 as usual. Ed and I have ridden together, and he trusts my riding skills and judgment. Well, he may trust me more than I trust myself.

Ed says if I am ready to buy a Triumph Street Triple R later this summer then the Ducati should be an experience to be had first. And yeah, I think I am ready for a true sports bike. Ed also told me last time he tailed me on the same route when he was on his BMW touring bike he was surprised how fast I pulled away. The Kawa does pull pretty hard above 7K rpm.

Advice please: a) should I do it, and b) if I do it what should I expect please?



I know his red Duc is a genuine screamer. I has an extreme riding position compared to my Kawa and the brakes and throttle and HP are way over my 60 hp basic Ninja.

Thoughts and competent advice are appreciated!

Wow, it was a great afternoon to ride: not too hot, not much traffic, a bit of breeze and near 100 miles later I still was not ready to come home. Tomorrow is going to be one of those two tankful days I think. Monday I may stay off the roads with all the tired cagers on their way home.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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I haven't ridden a 1099 but based on riding a Streetfighter I can tell you to be ready for a shock.
I have been riding a long time and have ridden a load of bikes but whew, this Ducati is somethin'.

That said, I have always believed that a motorcycle wont do anything you don't tell it to do so, you should be fine. Just take it easy, get a feel for it for a little while and fight the temptation to whack the throttle open in 1st gear.
You'll be fine.
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Bbee,

Thanks man, that is helpful. Two points: get the throttle/clutch feel first, and WATCH throttle control. My kawa is actually pretty gentle off in first gear and low revs and only finds its Ninja-ness at high rpms.

I want to ride the Duc, but I also want to be safe and sane and consensual, sounds like a BDSM experience to me...but we won't go there.

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My Duck doesn't have much down way low but when you get about 3500 it pulls like a freight train and it doesn't let up until redline.
It's not like a Harley where it will pull from idle but the top end rush starts below 4,000rpm and continues to the top.
Dry clutches can be a little grabby but, just feed it some gas and don't be a with the clutch and it'll do alright.

Just watch out for 1st gear. On my bike it's kinda not needed, lol.

Go ride it, take it easy and everything will work out. The only downside is...






You're gonna want one real bad when you're done, ha ha ha.
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Be careful going thru turns on a ducati at speed....It IS a race bike on the street it will not turn in like a bike. it demands to be riden at SPEED like a race bike. you have to muscle it thru the turn but are rewarded with great handling!....at first go slow and enjoy the music!.....
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Mine doesn't reauire "muscling" through a turn. It rides pretty easy as far as handling goes.
Granted it's not a supersport but maybe the bike you rode wasn't setup very well.?
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All the ducatis i have ridden where set up great But all where super sports(916,748,996,999,1098,)...(But maybe i used the wrong term?)...you have to turn them thru a turn...because they are super stable bikes....all the super sports turn in so easy the ducatis just took more efford to turn but handled great....
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CoolH,

Thanks for another heads up. My Ninja turns like a feather...just think about it and it flits like a butterfly. The road to Brazos has some nice, long, sweeping turns...so a good place to get the feel of the Ducati I think. Watch first gear, got it. Also watch higher rpm lightning rod effect.
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Roger that, sir.
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^^^^^You got the idea^^^^^^^ and your going to love the music the duc makes WHEN YOU ride it!...
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Ed's Ducati has Akrapovic cans, it is really, really sweet sounding....Ducati's are definitely special in the musical, lyrical department compared to my Kawa...
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Be careful going thru turns on a ducati at speed....It IS a race bike on the street it will not turn in like a bike. it demands to be riden at SPEED like a race bike. you have to muscle it thru the turn but are rewarded with great handling!....at first go slow and enjoy the music!.....
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Mine doesn't reauire "muscling" through a turn. It rides pretty easy as far as handling goes.
Granted it's not a supersport but maybe the bike you rode wasn't setup very well.?
yeah
on these you just almost think about it and it turns. especially with a 55 series tire
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