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Yeah, so Yossef's in Italy on the 999 and I'm not. Thus, I:

  • Hate that stinking bastage!

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  • Hate you all (on general principal)

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  • It's all good, I'm happy for him

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  • I hate the guy that's happy for him!

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  • I'll trade my sister for a plane ticket and a Duc

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I'm still undecided about the aesthetics but never the less, it's a sweet bike. Unfortunately, for me, cost is an issue and the Japanese bikes are just too close (and many would say better) in performance and reliability to the Ducs. For me, it makes more sense to keep my 916 and buy a GSX-R (or 954 or R1 or ...) rather than sell my 916 and buy a 999 (one bike to ride, the other to look at; seems a fair deal).
 

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The catalytic converter, issat supposed to be on the tail of the bike? Did that tail light come from a scooter and the like forgot till the last design step to add it? What's up with the build-it sticks chain adjuster? Can we have some more useless line and contours? The gas cap, that's from a '63 Chevy truck! And what ever happened to integrated design?



Summary: Shouldn't have to learn to like a Ducati!
 

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Nice job Yossef. The 916/998 will always be wonderful machines -- but agree with you on the torture rack ergos for street riding. Ducati was smart to address that issue with the triple 9. If only Terblanche had retained Tamburini's affection for cats.
 

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Aieeeee!

You guys are really slipping without me- you can't even spell "Israel" correctly! Is-real? Come on...

Regardless, it's a cool bike. The whole styling issues will blow over soon enough. Personally, I'm glad they experimented and didn't go with a rehash of the 916.
 

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Well done, Yossef... we'll all admit to unrepentant jealousy (snif).



As for the bike, well done Ducati! It looks like I'll have to consider parting with something (or a coupla somethings) to make some room... hmmmm... The former ergonomics kept me from keeping a Duc around for too long, but now...
 

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The adjustable ergos are revolutionary but the rest of the bike does nothing for me.



The Japanese rarely have an original thought, but that is OK. No doubt they will copy the adjustable ergo thing. Older riders appreciate it, and older riders are the ones with money to buy the open class sport bikes.



Come on Suzuki. You update the GSXR bikes every couple years. Give the TL1000R the lighter and tighter treatment and throw in the ergo adjustability. I like the Suzuki copycat twins. Desmo? Ugh. What a hassle...
 

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Re: Aieeeee!

Ah, I see it's been fixed.

Hmmm, I don't happen to have an F-16 quite yet- they're still relatively new and therefore spendy, though I do have some leads on some sweet Czech planes at attractive prices. Oh, and will this be a rental or contract tactical strike with pilots provided? Have you learned to fly yet, Calvin?
 

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someone stop Terblanche

First the 900SS, now this.

I don't dislike the entire design of the 999. Its mainly the upper/nose piece. Its bad. Sorry but it is. It looks like something from a video game. Sorry I had to say that.

The review says " ..it definitely kept growing on me." Now, is this really accepable for this caliberr of motorcycle? From the creators of the 916? I have read reviews of the 900SS, which Terblanche also "reworked", that said the same thing. -That the design was not stunning but over time it kinda "grows" on you. The newer 900 is a far better bike mechanically over the older model. However sales have been low. The earlier model seemed to save Ducati. Of the new 900s I have seen on the road most have been the half fairing type. Ducati's saviour is now the Monster. Based off the 900, and without fairing.

Don't get me wrong though, I like the bike very much, even the instruments. I just HOPE someone will make a replacement piece for the upper faring. Maybe even use the 916 headlight assembly. Just sharpen the angles to match. Sharkskinz, AirTech....?

As for being adjustable, Yamaha was first at that with the Morphro(1990-91).
 

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The wallpapers should be standard with every bike review. I've always thought that MO should better leverage one of it's greatest advantages over print mags, and provide lots of high quality pictures with every bike review. Print mags could never afford a dozen or so closeups of every part of a new bike (brakes, engine, controls, suspension, ect). MO could do this for practically no cost, and leave nothing to the imagination.
 

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You've echoed my thoughts exactly. Maybe now the Japanese will incorporate adjustable ergoes on their bikes too. At least now that Ducati has done it it will be okay for them (and Triumph, don't forget Triumph and Guzzi and Aprilia, etc.) to do it also.
 

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Re: Massimo help us all.

Now lets compare Massimo Tamburini's latest design the MV F4, The spiritual successor to the 916-998, to this "Design". I don't think the bike had to be hit with an ugly stick to

implement the many revolutionary upgrades. It could have been done better. Massimo please come back and save the new 900ss before it is too late....
 
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