I'm sure it's as fine-riding a bike as is on the road today and sounds the business. But why don't I EVER see one on the road? Why, because they are UGLY. Dear gawd, the friggin Lunar Lander was better looking. C'mon Ducati, give the Multistrada a multi-makeover in the looks department. I'd rather ride an old Radian. At least I wouldn't get laughed at.
Now, #1 are beauts, but not for street sales. #6 was a subtle redesign of (I believe) someone else's original. Not good, not bad. #2 was a stylistic and sales failure. #4 was a ghastly redesign. #3 - well, I say ghastly, others say funky, sales say "try again." #5 is quite debatable - most folks love 'em, I like them but still think that they're closer to caricatures than homages. And how hard is it to design retro bikes?
So, in numerical order, there's one pair of clear winners, one somewhat-homely failure, one polarizing design with fewer defenders than detractors, one insanely fugly irrelevance (does anyone even talk about these models?), one set of winners (that's leaving my opinion out, since I seem to be alone in this), and one "eh, whatever."
So tell me why Terblanche shouldn't be considered a handicap to Ducati. I'm not saying I'm right, because style is subjective. But the guy's track record for street bikes doesn't seem too impressive (and his biggest street success were the easiest to design.) When I read interviews with the guy, and what the writers say afterwards, it just seems like he's a bigger bullshyt artist than bike artist, and Ducati is as spellbound as the moto press.
I'd love to hear a counterpoint. Again, these are just my opinions. I'm not presenting this as gospel by any means.
In my humble opinion my Multi is beautiful and gets better looking every time I ride it. Yossef is spot on when he says it has the ability to embarrass full on sport bikes. I also think my KLR 650 is very pretty.
I hate to admit it but it is hard to get past the looks of this bike, I think it is stylistically schizophrenic. Matching the rear, somehow, with the front would seem the best easy (?) cure. Maybe a luggage rack tail piece (side cases too?) would help the look. I think going back to the drawing board styling wise wouldn't be bad, it sounds like a good bike...
Thanks for the test Yossef. I particularly enjoyed the "half smoked" cigarette one, it is the Best. Helmet on the mirror, leaning against the bike, casual, smilin'...
I agree, at even close to legal street speeds the Riders control of a "standard" style bike CAN be better than a "sport" style, the slower you're going the bigger the advantage IMHO. Evasive manuvers anyone? As proof I offer the modern Motocross bike or the Tuono. Ever see a Motocrosser or Flattracker with clip-ons for extra speed?
The difference between a racereplica and a bike like this are quite striking when you get out on the often nasty washboarded roads in the Rockies. A supersport is going to be faster in perfect conditions. How often do you have that? I can take you on roads out here that would have you in tears after an hour on a 999 while a Bandit rider would be smiling. One of these looks mighty tempting.
On Sunday mornings, Long, Long, ago, in a place Far, Far away (but not too far from you)... frequently. Way worth the nickel "wasted" back then. Hell, the effect is so Cool I'da done it even if I didn't smoke! It's kinda like that after sex smoke... total satisfaction.
PS It's on now! You know you won't be able to keep up with me at Daytona!!!
(in your rental car)
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