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Old 09-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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My buddy Ed and I had a nice, fast swan-about Ft. Bend County this morning. Wow, what an incredible day for a ride! Lots of riders were out. We had lots of miles and lots of fun, one of those perfect joyous days!

If you are reading this and sitting around: gear up and fire your bike up and go!

I love the Moto Guzzi V7R! It is past time for the 600 mile tune up, I wonder what a valve adjustment will do to performance?
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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I did a solo trip to the beach house in Surfside via Crabb River Rd....just got back, 202 miles total runnin' the long route. Got a wave from every rider I passed, which was quite a few
It is a beautiful day...kinda miss sweating though.
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Merci beaucoup and a wave to rc51rider...by the way Ed is thinking about selling the Duc and getting a Diavel. This duc is really a screamer, but very uncomfortable. The suspension is so taught that every bump is a jar. Man it is loud, and unbelievably quick.
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Merci beaucoup and a wave to rc51rider...by the way Ed is thinking about selling the Duc and getting a Diavel. This duc is really a screamer, but very uncomfortable. The suspension is so taught that every bump is a jar. Man it is loud, and unbelievably quick.
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did he get the suspension tuned? he can adjust it so that it's not so stiff. but then again.. kinda defeats the purpose of the type of bike it is.
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We talked about the Duc suspension today while having the break when I took the picture. Yes, he has played with the adjustable rear mono shock. The reality: this bike smooths out at about 80 mph and is in its element at 100 mph+ on a smooth track. Riding on Hwy 90 thru Richmond/Rosenberg and the bumps and stop and go the Duc simply sucks. It is either full on or full off. My Guzzi by comparison is like riding a cushy Cadillac STS with the rear twin adjustable gas shocks. He has been eyeing a Diavel for quite a while and prefers the combo of Ducati performance and comfort. Plus the Diavels are very, very pretty things, if that is your taste.

I can take riding his Duc for limited periods. It is just too much of everything for me, and backaches and wrist problems take the fun out. And throttle control is crucial, this baby is like a F15 on afterburner, and the brakes are woo hoo...watch yourself or you can lose it, it goes right to the edge...would not like to lowside this bike.

One of the reasons I did not buy a high end sport bike: trying Ed's Duc.
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Not all Italian sport bikes are set up like the Ducs. The Aprilia RSVR Factory has very near the best suspension hardware you can get (Ohlins TTX36 shock and NIX30 forks), but mine is as comfy as my Concours 14, except much nimbler. RacerX's Tuono Factory has the exact same suspenders, but even better ergos for street.

We test rode the Diavel earlier this year. Fantastic bike. I don't normally have the hots for Ducs, but this one I like.
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