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Old Mar 21st 2014, 05:09 PM   #21
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If I could afford it, it would never be started. Just a showroom piece with red velvet rope around it and a sign by it saying "If you touch, you die!"
It does seem this bike would present a bit of a conundrum. It's not something you'd want to ride on the street, and yet it is also not something you'd want to risk damaging on the track.
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Old Mar 21st 2014, 05:16 PM   #22
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It does seem this bike would present a bit of a conundrum. It's not something you'd want to ride on the street, and yet it is also not something you'd want to risk damaging on the track.
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Old Mar 21st 2014, 06:00 PM   #23
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Yeup - putt up the road, have 5 coffees over 4 hours and smile at everyone drooling over my wanking machine cos I can F**k yeah - if I could I would! Then I would go for a ride on my R heh heh
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If I could afford it there would be race plastics going on it immediately and it would never touch anything but race track for the rest of its miserable life while I thrashed the living hell out of it at every trackday or club race I could get to.
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Old Mar 21st 2014, 06:17 PM   #25
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It does seem this bike would present a bit of a conundrum. It's not something you'd want to ride on the street, and yet it is also not something you'd want to risk damaging on the track.
Exactly my sentiments.
Besides there's no Starbucks here in OZ. So that counts that out as well

Hell. I can't ride the S to within 80% of it's fullest potential.
That's why I passed on the SL.
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Old Mar 21st 2014, 06:56 PM   #26
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Good point & we shall ultimately see, but 1 second is an eternity on the track.....
Not really. If the track record is around 2 minutes, 1 second is less than 1% faster.

The point is that the SL is disproportionately priced for any possible performance advantage over an R. It is PURELY a revenue generating exercise to separate the wealthy die-hard Ducati owner from their large disposable income. I don't blame them for it, they've been doing it for years and it keeps them alive to make the bikes I can afford.

IMHO the Desmosedici was a similar tactic but represented so much more as a performance machine. That bike had a tangible connection to the MotoGP machine, and no other manufacturer since has come close to releasing a machine for sale so closely related to their MotoGP program. The SL is, in blunt terms, a tarted-up version of an existing model - big difference from the Desmo.
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Old Mar 21st 2014, 07:37 PM   #27
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3 SLs have been sold in the state of Washington, there is one that has a better chance of being ON the race track, than not!
Just hope I am there when it happens.......
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Old Mar 21st 2014, 08:03 PM   #28
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I'm sure a few will end up on track maybe not as permanent track day hacks but certainly will be given a run out every so often.

You just need to look at the 1098r's they were $45k and most ended up on on track so price does not necessarily reflect how the owner will use them or not in some cases
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3 SLs have been sold in the state of Washington, there is one that has a better chance of being ON the race track, than not!
Just hope I am there when it happens.......
Yeah, Motocorsa days at PIR have frequently had multiple Desmo's in attendance over the past few years. I think folks out in the NW just seem to appreciate getting tacktime when they can!
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Of the 4 SL's we sold at our store, 1 is going to be a dedicated RACE bike and 1 will be taken to track days regularly.
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