A non technical post for a change.

Since we first bought the ST2, the Ducati brand has impressed us with the precise handling and the wonderful sounds that the L twin engines produce. Both the ST2 and the 848 have aftermarket “loud” cans on them, not a problem in France where there are no MOTs (annual technical inspection) for bikes, and the police have got better things to do than be petty about a little noise.

Jude has been offered an upgrade to an ST3, but is very happy with the ST2 and does not seem to want to change it. My 848 is a very sporting bike, the handling is light and precise and the roadholding is fantastic. I can happily say that I have never ridden a bike that puts such a big smile on my face for so long. The downside to riding a bike that fits like a glove is the comfort levels. The wrists can get uncomfortable after a couple of hours and the neck a bit sore after a while but the enjoyment factor means that you don’t notice too much.

We were in our local town, Perigueux, the other day and decided to look in at the BMW dealer, there is no Ducati dealer there. I have owned BMWs since buying my first new one at the age of 18, but went off them when the bikes were getting taller and taller. What I did spot that caught my eye was something called an RnineT Racer. The RnineT is the standard 1200 boxer engine in a naked bike with some trick bits like upside down forks etc. The Racer has a small ’70s style fairing and is a single seater (we never carry passengers anyway) but has the cheaper option of normal forks.

I thought that the bike looked rather cute. The price tag is over €14,500.

That got us thinking that Ducati had just released the new Supersport and Supersport S. The Ducati is about the same price for a very well equipped bike. Off we went to Limoges, to the nearest Ducati dealer, and found a Supersport S in white standing outside in the rain. What a machine! It took Jude exactly 10 minutes to decide that she wanted one and not the red one, but this white one. She immediately took some pictures so that there was no chance that she would forget what it looks like!

I would say that for about the same money, the Ducati is much more of a bike.

I now have for sale my beautiful red 2010 Ducati 848 as seen in many of the posts in this blog. I will get a Supersport and so will Jude, it will take a little time, and I will probably get a red one, but we are having a pair!

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7 thoughts on “A non technical post for a change.

  1. Jude May 2, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    I didn’t think anything would ever persuade me to give up my ST2 for anything else, but the Supersport was simply lust at first sight. A bit crazy to think of me having an S simply for the colour, so I’ll be swayed to having red! 🙂

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  2. Tim May 2, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    LOL – As an ST3 and 848EVO Corse owner I feel for you both! I haven’t seen a SuperSport in the flesh in Scotland yet but I know of 2 other folk who are selling their existing hardware so that they can purchase a Supersport. I also have a pal who has a NineT Lovely looking thing and he is a BMW fan through and through , but I would go the same way as you both are. Enjoy!

    Only down side is the lack of interesting articles on the ST and 848…

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    • rouffignac May 3, 2017 / 7:55 am

      I quite like the Griso, but there don’t seem to be many around here in Europe.

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      • rouffignac May 3, 2017 / 8:03 am

        Very funny, but shite is not popular either! 🙂 Being serious, I did consider a Griso, and have fancied a Guzzi since I was a teenager and had a poster of a white S7 with a red frame on my wall. But as I was living in Germany at that time I went and bought a brand new BMW R75/7 for my 18th birthday.

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      • a piecemeal adventurer May 3, 2017 / 8:22 am

        Not a bad choice I went for a Norton commando at that stage. Got a breva that has done 120000km around Australia and last year around parts of Europe. The R nine t is an interesting beast

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