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Old Mar 11th 2018, 03:29 PM   #1
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my little street review (pros AND cons)

I picked up my V4S yesterday morning and have put on about 300 miles on it since, on back canyon roads. Knowing it's still in the break in period, I didn't go too crazy but have tested out the power a few times. It's fast. Noticeably faster than my 1199R everywhere in the powerband. The lower peak torque numbers do not translate to the riding experience. It's also super easy. Less vibrations, more stable, and the cornering...needs its own paragraph. But yes, my thighs get just as hot as the 1199R.

The corning, specifically the turn in. Lots of front tire feel. The turn in is surprisingly quicker. Even quicker than my R with magnesium wheels. I guess the counter-rotating crankshaft really works. In any case, it's so agile and nimble, yet it doesn't feel "loose" or out of control. Everything seems well managed and makes you feel like a superhero.

The power is literally non-stop. It's so linear it feels like it is never ending. It's much faster than the 1x99 bikes. Much faster. However it doesn't feel out of control fast...just that you really need to hang on.

Now...the negative. This is just in my point of view. The "rawness" is gone. It's more raw than the Japanese superbikes, but not what I'm used to with Ducati's. It's just so easy to ride fast. No doubt I'm faster on this bike than on my R, but that feeling of accomplishment when you know you rode perfectly on the 1x99's.....that feeling isn't quite there anymore. I'm not the fastest guy out there. Not even close. I compete with myself most of the time. And I enjoy that feeling that I'm getting better at a corner or a braking zone etc. With the old V-Twins, that takes a bit of time and getting used to, and you feel your own skills grow. With this, you're better already on the first try. So depends on your riding mood, you may prefer one over the other.

Overall, this is undoubtedly an engineering and technological marvel. It's the bike to beat in the current market, by a long shot. However, as an average joe and a rider, I'm happy that I have both the 1199R and the V4S. Neither is better or worse from a "personality" perspective. They're just so different that I can pick which I want to ride according to my mood on any given day.
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Thanks for your impressions.

Sounds a lot like what my friends tell me about each revision of their Porsche GT3s, they newer one is always easier to drive faster but not necessarily as fun and rewarding.

I have always like the challenging aspect of the Ducati Super Bikes so this note from you has me thinking a bit...

Thank you.
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Old Mar 11th 2018, 05:12 PM   #3
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Easier usually translates to faster lap times. But not necessarily a more entertaining ride..
That's part of the reason why I still love my old school 996!
Thank you for sharing your impressions Nitrouz. I couldn't help thinking about you and your new ride a couple of times during our spectacular weekend we've all enjoyed here locally
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Old Mar 11th 2018, 05:55 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by vanduc996 View Post
Easier usually translates to faster lap times. But not necessarily a more entertaining ride..
That's part of the reason why I still love my old school 996!
Thank you for sharing your impressions Nitrouz. I couldn't help thinking about you and your new ride a couple of times during our spectacular weekend we've all enjoyed here locally
Thank you sir. And yes I was enjoying every minute of it! (albeit quite cold on the way to Squamish...)

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Old Mar 11th 2018, 06:00 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by cavlino View Post
Thanks for your impressions.

Sounds a lot like what my friends tell me about each revision of their Porsche GT3s, they newer one is always easier to drive faster but not necessarily as fun and rewarding.

I have always like the challenging aspect of the Ducati Super Bikes so this note from you has me thinking a bit...

Thank you.
Thanks Cavlino. I'm very much a Porsche guy myself. I'd consider the comparison between the 997 and the 993. I'm sure you know what I mean.
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Much faster? I think this year, the track will prove that out. Quite a few friends plan on buying.
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And yet that damn R1M still turned in a faster laptime somehow in the shootout
Maybe the R11 tires...
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Originally Posted by Nitrouz View Post
Thanks Cavlino. I'm very much a Porsche guy myself. I'd consider the comparison between the 997 and the 993. I'm sure you know what I mean.
Had both, so yup I know what you mean and that is even more helpful to know, thanks!
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Sounds a little like Honda and their Fireblade development (and many of their range).
They became so effortless to ride, that the blandness factor outweighed the performance.
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Very good review and very relevant. Thank you for taking the time to post that!
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