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Saw a base Supermotard at the Atlanta IMS. $11,500. Not bad for a Duc. Should be a blast.
 

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And I thought it was punched-out to an "848".
 

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i heard that too and i think its true. i just couldn't remember if the rules allowed that much overbore on a 4 valve, liquid cooled twin. if it is, it'll be interesting to see.

i hear the new little duc superbike will be in that range. if they stretch out the valve adjustment intervals it would be a pretty cool bike to own.
 

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You know, technical excellence aside, Ducati is the best at selling a lifestyle along with it's motorcycles. Harley leads the pack, but I think Ducati knows what it's doing too. All of which does nothing to dispel the likely fact that the 1098 is gonna be wonderful.
 

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Yeah, trade the loud pipes for a jangly clutch..........
 

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My bet is a v-twin powered golf cart -- in Ducati red of course -- for racing around to the best vantage points on the track. Put on some Ohlins shocks and some Brembo's and let the fans drive wild! :D
 

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kpaul has said many times before that Ducati is the Harley of sportbikes.
 

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Ya know, maybe we're on to something. Triumph and BMW either don't care about that stuff, or are so confident of their "brand" that they don't even bother. MV Augusta and a few odd brands could maybe find a way to survive as something distinctive, in a Robb Report sort of way. Not what I would want personally, but the more identifiable "brands" the better, in the long run. If their are enough varieties of 'character' made available to people, suddenly, the Japanese machines have traits that, in many cases, would be called bikes that have the "Fundamental Verities" in their makeup. That would be things like reliability, and an agreeable nature.
 
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