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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_S-V6_2004 View Post
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    What made you decide on the Duke, Owl?

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    It was just the feeling it gave me when riding it.

    In a lot of ways, the Kawasaki was the superior bike, Jim - it was certainly quicker, the engine was smoother and it had more equipment. Also, it was £3500 cheaper, and was cheaper to insure.

    But when I parked it, I didn't look back at it.

    The Ducati was purchased from the heart, not the head, which I suggest is the correct way to do these things. I keep going into my integral garage just to have a look at it, which is a good sign that I did the right thing.

    This afternoon I got a phone call from Bologna - it was Ducati marketing department, and a charming girl speaking in a delightful Italian accent wished me welcome to the Ducati family - what a nice touch!
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    Donkeys years ago it was the engineering that attracted me.

    Do they still have Desmodromic valve gear, 17,000 rpm with no valve bounce?

    The sound of the exhaust at high revs was unique.

    And of course the price was unreachable for me.

    The KwakkerZap of the day (1970-72) was a triple 750 and the fastest of its time. I think the Yamaha 2 stroke was the quickest accelerator but I can't remember.

    They were all way beyond my league then, I was 18-19, only rich 35 year olds bought those!

    I would think twice to ride my old Triumph T100SS today let alone a modern killer.

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    Yep, they still have the desmo valves.

    The biggest change in the Ducatis nowadays is that they are not at all fragile and do not have frequent and expensive servicing requirements of old. Valve check services are every 16,000 miles with an oil change service in between. Two years parts & labour guarantee, which I extended to four years, which includes 4 years of Europe wide breakdown insurance.

    Car manufacturers (and some other bike ones) could learn from Ducati as well.

    When I went to pick the bike up, it was in the middle of the showroom with my name on it, and a sign in front congratulating me on my ownership - a very nice touch. The dealer threw in a pannier set (£1100) as part of the deal, and when I looked at the bike they had fitted a £35 carbon fibre tank pad to it, to save the paintwork from jacket zip damage, gratis. Then, two days later I get that phone call from Bologna - very unexpected.
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    Very nice touches, Owl.

    Every dealer should take a leaf from their book.

    Just read the disgruntled buyers of £50k+ Jaguars. Disgraceful.

    Now just looking at your bike, it doesn't look so comfortable for touring. I would prefer a more upright position, but then of course at speed that would be uncomfortable.

    I had clip-ons and rearsets and racing tank on my last BSA but that was very uncomfortable on long journeys.

    I always fancied a Honda Gold Wing but never had one.

    The best compromise was the couple of staid Triumphs that I owned, near upright but not vertical.

    But this is all cud-chewing, I'm too scared to ride a bike now.

    Maybe an old fogies quadmobile one day, terrorise the neighbourhood, crash hat an' all!

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    New rear discs, pads, wear sensor along with Oil/Oil filter, air filter & diesel filter all done today
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_S-V6_2004 View Post
    Very nice touches, Owl.

    Every dealer should take a leaf from their book.

    Just read the disgruntled buyers of £50k+ Jaguars. Disgraceful.

    Now just looking at your bike, it doesn't look so comfortable for touring. I would prefer a more upright position, but then of course at speed that would be uncomfortable.

    I had clip-ons and rearsets and racing tank on my last BSA but that was very uncomfortable on long journeys.

    I always fancied a Honda Gold Wing but never had one.

    The best compromise was the couple of staid Triumphs that I owned, near upright but not vertical.

    But this is all cud-chewing, I'm too scared to ride a bike now.

    Maybe an old fogies quadmobile one day, terrorise the neighbourhood, crash hat an' all!
    Maybe you should consider one of the new Yamaha leaning three wheelers, Jim - they're supposed to be a hhot, and it would be very difficult to fall off

    http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-...-three-wheeler

    As for the Duc, they've fitted this model with slightly lowered footrests and there are 2" risers on the bars, so it's more relaxed than an out & out sports bike. Ducati market it as a sports bike you can tour on.
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    Still trawling through my sheds and i gotta telll ya there is nothing better than finding an Old cool tool




    It is "made in England" Thats about all i know about it.

    Couldn't get it out thanks to all the junk around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry_B View Post
    Still trawling through my sheds and i gotta telll ya there is nothing better than finding an Old cool tool




    It is "made in England" Thats about all i know about it.

    Couldn't get it out thanks to all the junk around it.

    Looks like an old Record bench vice ripe for restoration
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink View Post
    New rear discs, pads, wear sensor along with Oil/Oil filter, air filter & diesel filter all done today
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    That's the spirit Tink, maintenance with a vengeance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry_B View Post
    Still trawling through my sheds and i gotta telll ya there is nothing better than finding an Old cool tool




    It is "made in England" Thats about all i know about it.

    Couldn't get it out thanks to all the junk around it.

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    Definitely a vice visible through the mummification process Mr H!

    It'll be great for holding "old" workpieces!

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