Great timing -- I just got an S2R last Saturday. It's a bargain compared to the S4R, and at least here in Seattle, Speed Triples are so hard to find you can't even test ride 'em. It's my first Ducati and I love it, but I don't think I'll be getting knobbies for it anytime soon, though. It's about the same riding position as my CBR600F4, but with a torquey and narrow engine.
mmm... nice problem! I'd say that the Multi is the one for longer range riding and tackling less than perfect roads, the S2R more a scratcher's& city fun tool. What type of riding do you do most? + How tall are you?
My local dealer has several S2Rs, and they are really, really nice. I was trying to get my buddy to consider buying one but he thought the riding position was a bit too aggressive for him. Then again, he doesn't know squat. I thought the riding position was pretty well sorted. Very nice bike.
But Yossef, I've got to disagree on the color issue. I agree that the red is very nice (and I'm not usually partial to red). But the tangerine with/black stripe is much nicer than the yellow. And the nicest of all may be the black with the tangerine stripe. Sweeet....
Am I just being a MOron or is the only reference to the price is "At a 15% premium over a 599 or Z750, Ducati isn't going to sell them by the truckload."? I'm too lazy to look up the actual cost. Nice article though.
...I think the terrible turning radius is a little more difficult to solve than you might think... I'm pretty sure it is the nature of how the trellis frame splays out rapidly from the steering head (to make room for the horizontal cylinder) and the resulting clearance issues with the upside down forks as one is push/pulled towards the frame... Maybe I'm missing something here, but that "two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time" thing is pretty difficult to get around?
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