Got my first taste of Duc power today.
Long story short, my bud Craig calls me up and says lets go for a ride today, I said cool lets meet up at McD's and go from there, now Craig for the longest time rode a primered out F4I that had been through several owners and wrecks, well to my suprise a couple of weeks ago I see him at the base gas pumps on a tricked out Ducati 996 S model with Termelogini Exhast and all kinds of carbon goodies, including a carbon MV4 tail, sweet bike that you won't see anything like around these parts so I could not resist a ride. We rode for proably 150 miles had a great time, I have to say the sounds comming from the Duc were mesmerising, very sweet, we did a series of 2nd gear roll ons with the results being like you would expect, but that bike held its own through the twisties. We stopped for gas and he offered up the Duc for a ride, I have to say It felt very nice riding a bike that fine, the sound and feel was just amazing, not near as smooth as the 10R and it felt like it could have used a gear in between its first and second, but It was deffinatly a cool ride and I can see were all the hype comes from. It felt very narrow and seemed to fall in and out of the corners very nice, gobs of torque coming out of the corners as well, he has the GP shift pattern on it, which I was not used to, but i could see how you could get used to that as well. All in all I could see where the Ducati could reel me in very easy, if that bike being that old was that good, I could only imagine what a 1098 must be like.
Oh and by the way, the first time in anger on the 04 had mixed results, power was awesome, turn in is great, front end seemed to push a little, whoa headshake, turn the damper up. ( the duc dissapeared in my mirrors on the straits, I mean gone!)
Now the bad, Gilles chain adjusters loosend up on me, causing chain to become dangerously loose, tail section flopped around like a hoopty bike, shot flames out of the exhaust with regularity and that god damn oil pan leak was reallly getting things dirty on the long ride, if the damn dealer does not take care of this issue I am going to be one unhappy camper, I just want the damn leak stopped!
"Now, I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds"