It's amazing, while I don't own a Ducati, the company never stops short of cutting edge. And how you might ask, when introducing such replicas? Well, let's see, and perhaps others might learn as well.
While producing two of the most amazing modern sportbikes on the planet, the 999 and it's baby brother, Ducati has set itself well ahead of the the compitition. Sure there are other mom and pop companies who are producing truly state of the art machines, but none with the mass appeal and visseral raction of the Italia/Texan machine.
Now along with these two bikes the Duke has introduced a step back in visual time yet maintained a foot well placed in the future. I can only hope others pick up this notion and follow suit.
Imagine every rider needing a retro bike for tooling around town, and an ultra sleek modern rocket or standard for weekend road rage. And if the gods of the pocketbook allow a touring machine stashed in the garage for those ever important roadtrips.
2004 is going to be a great year for motorcycle enthusiasts. Kenny Dreer has just released his Norton Commando 952, Ducati keeps expanding its line up, Triumph is adding their HUGE Rocket III to its offerings...life couldn't get any better.
i was dismayed when the single worst feature of the MH (the tail) that prevented me from buying that bike was adopted by ducati as the new design signature (999, multistrada). between that and the similarly ugly rear ends on the new bmw cars the world was coming to an end... but now there is hope. ducati, PLEASE put these in production. i'll take a PS. now if only bmw would get a clue.
There they go again........IF they ever make em and IF I had the money and IF my wife let me have a 10th bike(including MXers and dirttracker)----which one would I buy.the Paul smart or the sport??!!! what a tuff decision!!!! the GT leaves me a little cool but from other posts a lot of folk like it so it seems ducati hit the mark;beauty 's in the eye of the beholder and these bikes are gorgeous