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I’d never ridden a Ducati until today, when my good friend John traded his 916 for my Commando for a few miles. I folded my 6’2” frame into it and rode off terrified and feeling like I was staring down at the front wheel and pavement. After a few miles I loosened up and it was surprisingly not uncomfortable. A quick roll on the throttle in third gear had me at 80 mph in a heartbeat and the exhaust note was wonderful I’m grateful for the chance to ride it and so glad I turned it back over without incident.
I have a 96 Monster 900 with Marvings mufflers, not too loud but noticeable .I believe 96 is the last year of the V2 heads with larger valves and longer duration cams..The engine sounds like a drag race V8 at idle with the off cadence aggressive 1200 rpm lope. As Cook Nielson called it, a Ducati surges forward like it has hydraulic power, an unique experience of sound and feel. I like the older two valve belt cam drive engines...There are better or faster bikes but a Ducati is in a class of it's own...
The 2V air cooled 900 is my favorite motor from Ducati. Had it in my 900ss's and perfect for the street. I've had later watercooled 4 valve stuff but just never like it as much as the air cooled 2 valvers.
I might be one of the few that dislikes the clutch noise.
My bride picked up a 2003 Duc ST4s last spring for cheap money. The headlight is terrible and the front-end styling is meh, but it's a comfortable bargain way to get a 996 motor. The Remus titanium cans make it sing the song of the sausage creature.
Two questions..What’s the “sausage creature..”
I owned a 1998 916 for a couple of years and loved it. As I was approaching 50 years old I got the crazy idea that I really didn't need such an all out committed sport bike and sold it. It was a real sweetheart. Within a year of selling it I was missing the superbike performance and bought a brand new 2003 CBR954RR at a killer price as the new CBR1000RR was in the dealerships. I must admit that the CBR did everything just as well and in most respects a bit better than the 916, but it didn't have the amazing sound of the Ducati.
Ha, the one that got away Dave. We've all been there.Ciao
Two questions..What’s the “sausage creature..”andWhen will you stop hanging your freaking helmet on the mirror..!
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