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Old Nov 21st 2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Greetings!

Hi there! Nice forum, keep it up guys!

Been riding since 1996 and all were Japs bikes. This is the first time i'm really interested in owning a ducati since it's a new engine with timing chain together with wet clutch.

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Old Nov 21st 2011, 09:19 AM   #2
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I Ride: 2012 Ducati 1199 S
Welcome, glad to have you here!

What kind of Japanese bikes have you owned over the years?

Any idea on which 1199 you'd be interested in?
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Old Nov 21st 2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by 5150 View Post
Hi there! Nice forum, keep it up guys!

Been riding since 1996 and all were Japs bikes. This is the first time i'm really interested in owning a ducati since it's a new engine with timing chain together with wet clutch.

Thanks again!
I am surprised that you were swayed solely because of the 1199's inclusion of a wet clutch and it's use of timing chains in the new engine.

Their advantage over belts and a dry clutch is marginal other than perhaps offering a little more longevity and less noise. It has never put most prospective buyers off buying Ducatis over the last 18 years, when the 916 first hit the showroom floors with the more familiar setup.

The evolution of the 916 has spawned some very very capable road going superbikes out of the Bologna factory gates, none of which had a wet clutch or a cam chain in sight. The gulf in prices between them and Japanese bikes is perhaps one of the more likely reasons people were influenced to buy other products, as opposed to basing their decisions on it's componentry

Aesthetics aside, a good bike is the sum of its parts and how well they are designed to work together as opposed to individual components...the "package" for want of a better word.

IMHO, ultimately this is what sets the 1199 ahead of its predecessors.

Despite this, I will miss the dry clutch, as it has become so synonymous with the brand and helped set it apart from the rest.

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Old Nov 21st 2011, 12:58 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by topolino View Post

Despite this, I will miss the dry clutch, as it has become so synonymous with the brand and helped set it apart from the rest.
I completely agree, Hopefully one of these will become available:
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Old Nov 22nd 2011, 12:34 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by flynbulldog View Post
I completely agree, Hopefully one of these will become available:
I imagine it will be in the accessories catalogue before long, else someone will devise a way to fit it. With EBC you could in addition fit an open EVR slipper for that extra insurance. The only problem I see is its proximity to the fairing on the new bike, but a sound cover, such as one from the Speedymoto guys, should sort that out.

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