On the way home Friday after work I had to pick up my son from where my wife was working. As I parked I noticed a fantastic bright red Ducati 748. Now anyone who knows me will know what a bike fan I am - and Ducati to me represents the Ferrari of the bike world! Despite this sense of awe over these Id never actually ridden one! So I went inside to get our boy and asked who owned the Duke. It was one of my wife's colleagues who Id never known to ride a bike let alone a Ducati!! Needless to say my opinion of him just jumped several notches - anyhow - I found out he was selling it and as Ive been thinking of getting a bike again for several really good selfish reasons I felt it necessary to check it out more :)
Long story short - I got to ride it! I havent ridden big bikes in awhile now so wasnt used to the sheer acceleration and the truly wonderful noise that a V-twin can make...it scared the crappers out of me...and I think Im in love with an Italian...(dont tell my wife!). Its priced very good....Should I buy it?
Yes, Yes you should. Ahhh the beautiful serenade of a v-twin !!
Mike on a bike - I'd like to see that!
Do it MK!
Hey there Michael,
Being a bit of a bike enthusiast myself I would say yeah sure go for it... Dukes are a very nice bike indeed. However they have one major drawback... Man are they expensive to maintain. Parts etc for these bikes are rather expensive however you do know you are buying quality when you get it.
You cant beat the sound of that v-twin rumbling down the street =D
During your ride, did the front wheel get any air? :)
Your only young once MK! get it :)
Yep yep yep, you are a big girls blouse if you decline to purchase that ducati!
Dugie et al - looks pretty seriously likely now. Will test ride again tomorrow and take a bit more of a look over it. Will take a photo or two?
Keith - as if Id let a bike Im test riding get air...:)
Patrick - thanks for the comments - though I cant resist the force :). Do you ride a Duke?
no not personally... Well not yet anyway. I have a small Suzuki GSXR 600 (yeah its small but it does the trick)
However i went for a test ride on a brand new Duke 996R a coupple of months ago... Very nice indeed.
Keep us posted :D