I think Ducati has turned Japanese in the ST3's styling while the new Yamaha R1 has turned Italian in styling. I like the new ST3, but it just doesn't do it for me. I saw a new R1 in the flesh the other day and was awestruck.
Any bets on how long it takes Yossef to trash the camcorder again? We should get a pool going. As always, I enjoy Yossef's reporting.
I loved the old ST stlying. If Buzglyd didn't have one, I might buy one. The new one looks really generic ugly almost nondescript. Maybe there can only be one beautiful model year during a bike's run at Ducati. If I am going to pay a premium for an Italian bike it better look Italian i.e. like the motorcycle equivalent of a Ferrari, Lambo, Maserati.
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SA asks, "How do you like the new fairing style for the Ducati ST's?"
Looks like a Honda from the front. That's the first thing I saw when I looked at the front image. It shocked me until I remembered they'd gone this way with the ST. It may be more functional but do people really by a Duc for functionality? What do I know though, I like the way the 999/749 look.
Fix the freakin hard bag mounts next time, Ducati!
They changed the ugly headlight...that was a good move...but why oh why didn't they fix the obvious fault - the exhaust and hard bag mounts!!! The ST series NEEDS underseat exhausts and unobtrusive hardbag mounts ala R1100S, Aprilia Futura and VFR.
The ST series bag mounts look so cheap and ugly with hard bags removed. Sure they can be removed but who wants to spend all that time with tools, relocating indicators, etc every time you remove the bags!!! Poor effort Ducati!
Sound like a bike to keep on the A list when I go looking for my next purchase....but....
What is with the styling, first the 999, then the uglystrada, now a blandified ST. Ducati needs to get on the ball with the styling. They are putting out great bikes, but have lost the flair that used to grab you, stop you in your tracks, and stop your heart.
My $0.02, but I can't see paying a premium and not getting a rolling peice of art, and a great bike all in one.
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