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Old Jul 11th 2019, 03:32 AM   #21
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I still think this is a cool looking bike - that said i dont think its any cooler looking that the V4s Corsa THAT bike looks kick ass.
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Old Jul 11th 2019, 04:59 AM   #22
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I still think this is a cool looking bike - that said i dont think its any cooler looking that the V4s Corsa THAT bike looks kick ass.
30K for a paint job kinda sad....
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Old Jul 11th 2019, 06:10 AM   #23
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30K for a paint job kinda sad....
Meh, whats the cost on the Corse Paint Job?
Whats the limited numbers production of that bike?
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Old Jul 11th 2019, 06:10 AM   #24
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I guess I'm in the minority. 100% my personal opinion.. The problem with the R bikes is they're meant to be track bikes. They're high strung, made of "higher maintenance" parts, and just aren't as streetable as an R. My 749R will burn it's own carbon fairings off that cost $4500 a side thanks to the "factory" Termi exhaust. My Panigale R has enough blow by to cause an oil slick. Two piston rings and high lift valves are just not meant to be "used" and put away wet. I'm after a bike that's more special than a standard V4 or an S but that I can still use without the R maintenance.
I'm not going to argue with your logic but I'd like to point out a couple of things.

1) I have ridden the V4R and the V4S back to back for about 20 miles each. I don't need to go into detail as others have done a better job but I found the V4R to be a superior bike in several key areas.

2) This is supposed to be the anniversary of the 916, one of the- if not THE- most important and iconic racing bike in Ducati history. You're going to slap the 916 name on as lower tier model, give it a neat paint job, put on the dry clutch, and call that "special?" Sorry, that's not right.

If you wanted a V4S all along and didn't want the Speciale (which are much cheaper on the used market right now, by the way) and this is more to your liking then I have no problem with that.

However, if you have an affinity for the 916 gen SPS, Corsa, and R models like I have then this bike falls so short of what I was so ready to buy. And they didn't have to reinvent the wheel. All they needed to do was a V4R motor, frame and suspension, gold magnesium wheels, this same painted S bodywork, and a race kit like what came with my superleggera. They could have done all of that for 40k and I would have taken the first one to hit US shores. Depreciation be damned. It would be an epic bike to own and ride and I'd have a very high spec V4 that I could pile up miles on and enjoy owning for years and years.

Instead, it's nothing worthy of a 916 Anniversary name and nothing close to a suitable "Fogarty edition," in my opinion (and my bank account's opinion). They dumbed it down instead of making it what it should have been.

Look, as I said, I have the right to change my mind later but at this point I think I am going to stay on the sidelines and hope Ducati makes something better.
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Old Jul 11th 2019, 06:21 AM   #25
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I feel like I am missing something? Where are the specs for the bike located? There are a couple of pictures but I have not noticed any specs. Is it possible that it will be more along the lines of the R?
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Originally Posted by Sherpa23 View Post
I'm not going to argue with your logic but I'd like to point out a couple of things.

1) I have ridden the V4R and the V4S back to back for about 20 miles each. I don't need to go into detail as others have done a better job but I found the V4R to be a superior bike in several key areas.

2) This is supposed to be the anniversary of the 916, one of the- if not THE- most important and iconic racing bike in Ducati history. You're going to slap the 916 name on as lower tier model, give it a neat paint job, put on the dry clutch, and call that "special?" Sorry, that's not right.

If you wanted a V4S all along and didn't want the Speciale (which are much cheaper on the used market right now, by the way) and this is more to your liking then I have no problem with that.

However, if you have an affinity for the 916 gen SPS, Corsa, and R models like I have then this bike falls so short of what I was so ready to buy. And they didn't have to reinvent the wheel. All they needed to do was a V4R motor, frame and suspension, gold magnesium wheels, this same painted S bodywork, and a race kit like what came with my superleggera. They could have done all of that for 40k and I would have taken the first one to hit US shores. Depreciation be damned. It would be an epic bike to own and ride and I'd have a very high spec V4 that I could pile up miles on and enjoy owning for years and years.

Instead, it's nothing worthy of a 916 Anniversary name and nothing close to a suitable "Fogarty edition," in my opinion (and my bank account's opinion). They dumbed it down instead of making it what it should have been.

Look, as I said, I have the right to change my mind later but at this point I think I am going to stay on the sidelines and hope Ducati makes something better.
A little off-topic here, what's your objection to the 1299 SL?
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A little off-topic here, what's your objection to the 1299 SL?
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Old Jul 11th 2019, 06:52 AM   #28
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...it tends to urinate
My Final Edition needs to be ridden north of 55 , not in traffic and she is fine. It is not a stop and go bike.
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Old Jul 11th 2019, 06:55 AM   #29
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I feel like I am missing something? Where are the specs for the bike located? There are a couple of pictures but I have not noticed any specs. Is it possible that it will be more along the lines of the R?
That's because it is not officially unveiled until tomorrow, so no you won't find any specs. All it is, is a tarted up V4S with some bolt on goodies and a paint job. As has been said, to herald 25 years of the 916 like this is, in my opinion, way short of the mark for such an iconic bike. I believe Ducati should have spent their time more wisely and in a truly worthy representation of the bike.

If they really want to make something memorable then perhaps a Carlin Dunne (RIP) V4 Streetfighter for later this year, as a suitably fitting tribute.

Specials these days seem to amount to no more than Ducati raiding their parts bin and chucking a new paint scheme on. The fact that this "special edition" is tied to the 916 is laughable. They could have done so much more if they chose to, but instead are preying on the fickle with money to burn.
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Tomorrow is my birthday. Anyone want to buy it for me?
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