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post #6856 of 6912
I don't get why if the engine goes sideways the bike has to be so long

Lot of interesting debuts at Intermot though

New Ducati Supersport

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New Kawasai Ninja 650



New Fireblade

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Updated FZ-09 & GSX-S750 and a FZ-10 "M" with the active Ohlins suspension and some other shit

Motorcycle industry is doing better.... good stuff
post #6857 of 6912

Yeah, looks like they're taking risks again after having recovered from the recession. Well... maybe not suzuki...

 

Re boxer length with sideways engine, the wheelbase is totally unrelated to the engine length. Handling is different with a shorter wheelbase. It depends on what all they intended to build.

post #6858 of 6912
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I don't get why if the engine goes sideways the bike has to be so long
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Lot of interesting debuts at Intermot though

New Ducati Supersport

10_supersport.jpg

New Kawasai Ninja 650



New Fireblade

cw1016-2017-2-honda-cbr1000rr-sp-first-look-image-01.jpeg

Updated FZ-09 & GSX-S750 and a FZ-10 "M" with the active Ohlins suspension and some other shit

Motorcycle industry is doing better.... good stuff

I enjoy the length, as well as the thickness between my legs.

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Last weekend two rainy days in the Ardennes, Belgium.

As can be seen when laying 'er down (18 months ago) friction came to the right place.
post #6859 of 6912
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I enjoy the length, as well as the thickness between my legs.

You should PM Rumpelstiltskin, he has big hands.wink.gif
post #6860 of 6912
What's the difference conceptually between the Ducati supersport and the Panigale?
post #6861 of 6912
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You should PM Rumpelstiltskin, he has big hands.wink.gif

 

ha!

post #6862 of 6912
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What's the difference conceptually between the Ducati supersport and the Panigale?
I'm almost certain the Supersport is a faired Monster (judging by the trellis) with the 937cc from the Hyperstrada. So whatever that means conceptually. Panigale is 100% for the track, it's a mystery as to why people get them for the street IMO.

This is a good street bike but I still think Ducati needs something lairy and scary like the original SFS. Take Monster 1200R engine, put it in something with a 55" wheelbase. Or even better, take Panigale 1299 (!!!), remove fairings, put on dirt bike bar, give shorter 1-2-3 gears (!) , bellypan. It's going to look like something someone isn't supposed to be riding, which is the point
post #6863 of 6912
See - I was trying to figure out if SS was Ducati's answer to the BMW S1000R but then the Monster is already a naked sportbike. Also, calling it SuperSport is a bit counterintuitive.

They really should bring back the streetfighter and you really should buy that one you posted.
post #6864 of 6912
Test rode two Scrambler Ducatis yesterday.

The 400cc Sixty2 and one of the more expensive 800cc versions with lower bars and a fancy exhaust (the flat track pro I believe).

Honestly, the Sixty2 didn't really do much for me. Looked cool, but the super tall handlebars gave a weird riding position. Obviously had more power than my 1979 kz400, but didn't actually feel more invigorating (definitely had more top end though).

The flat track pro felt pretty cool, honestly I was a big scared--never ridden a bike with that much power, and while I am sure I would get used to it, a few minutes during a test ride is not enough to get comfortable with it.

Both just feel way too expensive for what you get. If the flat track pro cost what the 400cc costs, it would be sweet, but for like 10.5k+...no way. The 400cc might be fun to pick up for like $5k, if putting some new bars on it would fix the riding position...but for 8k? Hell no.

When I got back on my kz400, I was honestly like "I'd rather be riding this". Dunno how much of that is just being used to it...but it was just more fun than the brand new 400cc ducati. Of course, I took the scenic route home from the dealer which proved to be just a *bit* much for my old bike and I was reminded why I want a new bike (engine started to get too hot and wouldn't idle without me giving it occasional revs...and then it got fuel starved after a couple of minutes going 65-70 on Lake Shore Drive).

Hoping to figure out a way to get on a honda cb500f...leaning more towards that being the bike for me.
post #6865 of 6912

Now go try an STR.

post #6866 of 6912
They had em...but I just don't want that much power.

It's pretty rare that I get to go more than 70. I'm just toodling around town and just get a kick out of still being able to thrash my little bike.

And I like the look enhancements on the 2016 500f a lot: http://lanesplitter.jalopnik.com/the-2016-honda-cb500f-looks-sharper-and-sounds-better-1742863586
post #6867 of 6912

Don't tell Mrs. BC, but I hit 120 on some country roads today.  First time I put real miles on the bike all year.

post #6868 of 6912
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They had em...but I just don't want that much power.

It's pretty rare that I get to go more than 70. I'm just toodling around town and just get a kick out of still being able to thrash my little bike.

And I like the look enhancements on the 2016 500f a lot: http://lanesplitter.jalopnik.com/the-2016-honda-cb500f-looks-sharper-and-sounds-better-1742863586

First, I didn't know Wes Siler was writing for Lanesplitter now. Makes sense as Sean MacDonald moved to Cycle World.

Second, have you thought about the Triumph Street Twin rather than the Street Triple? Seems to be a good fit in terms of size and power, looks a bit nicer than the CB500f to me, even with the improvements, which I do like. As someone notes in the article you linked, what I'd really like is a smaller CB1100 - a CB550 that's lighter and smaller but with the same styling - pretty much like the CB550s of old, which many liked more than the CB750.
post #6869 of 6912
Eh, I sat on one. I want to like it, but those bonne style bikes make a tailbone injury uncomfortable. Would totally test ride one, but it's probably just not the ergos for me.
post #6870 of 6912
Fair enough. Here's a quick ride report of the new CB500F, btw. I'm in the minority on this, but I like how quiet the bike is thorughout the ride. I'd prefer the CB650F but we don't get that here in the US, just the CBR version.
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