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Old Oct 9th 2018, 12:37 PM   #101
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^^^^^^^ VERY NICE, Congrats! Looks like it would loose 100 pounds of you replace the slip on. Holly Hugness....
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Old Oct 9th 2018, 09:26 PM   #102
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Originally Posted by TOBTEK View Post
^^^^^^^ VERY NICE, Congrats! Looks like it would loose 100 pounds of you replace the slip on. Holly Hugness....
thx man. Yeah thatís the first thing I did followed by a tail tidy. Akra slip on is on. That stock can does weigh a ton!!!
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Old Oct 9th 2018, 09:34 PM   #103
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Does it feel much heavier than say something like the FE?
And what do they really weigh, if you know?
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Old Oct 10th 2018, 08:33 AM   #104
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Originally Posted by able duc View Post
Does it feel much heavier than say something like the FE?
And what do they really weigh, if you know?
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It feels heavier for sure. Even just moving it around the garage. The seat height is higher too which is interesting given how small the bike is. I haven't had enough seat time to really get a good sense of turn in, but mid corner stability is definitely more confidence inspiring. It feels incredibly planted. More so than the V4 and FE.

The engine is strong, but hopping back on the v4 it's no contest. The v4 pulls much stronger throughout the rev range and especially up top. The rsv4 is geared really tall. 1st gear is a very usable gear.

So to sum it up here's what I've noticed after 200 miles....

Positives
- mid corner stability
- sound (OMG!!! this sounds amazing, especially with the Akra slip on)
- transmission - much smoother than the v4. Also don't need to close the throttle to downshift
- price - out the door for half of the price of the Speciale

Negatives
- weight
- power
- looks? I guess this is subjective. I really like the design, but the Speciale is growing on me. I do like the livery more than the standard all red ducati.

If i could only have one, I'd go with the Speciale, but factoring in price the rsv4 RF is an incredibly compelling proposition. It really is as good as all the reviews claim.
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