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Owain on 12 Jul 2016 14:24

My waterproof jacket is high vis + black, but then I ride for work and go out in all weathers. I wouldn't wear it to parties. 

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AndyJ on 12 Jul 2016 15:13

Only because you never get invited to any. 

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Owain on 12 Jul 2016 15:31

I'M THE LIVE AND SOUL, OKAY? There was just that one time I did that thing, and now I'm welcome nowhere. ONE TIME. 

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AndyJ on 12 Jul 2016 15:35

Just the once? Haha. 

I always drop myself in it somehow. 

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Owain on 12 Jul 2016 18:52

Keeps things interesting. 

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AndyJ on 13 Jul 2016 09:48

Ok, back on topic and I think we've probably brushed on his before, but where do you stand on Ducatis, owain? Aren't the new breed meant to be a lot more reliable than the older models? I've only known a few people that have had them, and admittedly they were older bikes, and they had nothing but trouble with them. 

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Owain on 13 Jul 2016 12:29

They're never going to be as reliable as the Jap bikes but yeah, they're loads better. Gorgeous bikes and amazing noise. 

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AndyJ on 13 Jul 2016 12:52

Hmmm, I think with the very few miles I put on bikes I could be very tempted. I know I alwyas bang on about it being suitable two-up, but as we've rightly said all sports bikes are going to be pretty squashed with a pillion. We don't do that much on the road together, anyway. And, yes, they are stunning bikes and the noise is amazing. Ok, with a budget of around 10k, which Ducati would you go for? I know you know stuff. 

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Owain on 13 Jul 2016 12:54

Ducati 1198 ?

I'd suggest the 848 but if you're after more power anyway might as well go for the larger one as they're "only" twins. 

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AndyJ on 13 Jul 2016 13:02

Bit fucking sexy that. I was looking at the 848, and at a glance they don't seem to have the single-sided swing-arm, which look gorgeous!  I'm assuming none of them do. I read that the 848 is a much easier bike to ride and live with, and although I do like the idea of a bigger engine the torque the 848 has would be sufficient. I have to bare in mind that I do a lot of urban riding  between where I live and Solihull, so I think the bigger bike would be pretty tiring for those trips. It's definitely made me ad them to my list though. 

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Owain on 13 Jul 2016 13:04

If it were me, I'd definitely go for the 848 - it's smaller, lighter, and still has a tonne of torque. I only say the 1098 as you're a power snob, that's all. 

I have a dinky little SV650S as a courtesy bike today, it's so much fun. No power at all, but reminded me how much more fun it is ragging the nuts off a bike rather than having far too much power and being scared of it. 

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AndyJ on 13 Jul 2016 13:13

I don't know about being a power snob, I just want something that has the power in the right places. I'm going to test ride a 675 at the first chance I get, as I know I'm going to love them and all in red they kind of look like ducatis. . .

 Not sure whether I've already mentioned but the litre bikes would double my insurance so just not viable for at least another year. 

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Owain on 13 Jul 2016 14:30

Yeah the insurance is the thing people always forget about, then realise how much extra it's going to cost. 

The Daytona is great, but even on that I do miss the torque sometimes, as my Tracer actually has a larger capacity engine. On the Tracer I can get the front wheel to lift just due to the torque, but it won't on the 675. Still pisses all over the GSXR600 though, but mine desperately needs a re-map so that's not really a fair assessment. 

I reckon you should try out something like an MT-09 and see what you think. Tonnes of torque, silly fun, just not a "sports bike". 

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AndyJ on 13 Jul 2016 14:37

You're  right, but I'm to vain to ride anything other than a sports bike at the moment. The thing is, I'd probably enjoy and get more out of  something a bit more sensible. 

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AndyJ on 13 Jul 2016 14:45

And in the mean time, let's all by a V8 mustang with the steering wheel on the right side. Yes!! 

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