The next Generation

So far this blog has covered three Ducati models, the ST2, 848 and the 250 mk3. There is another blog out there in the ether about the restoration of my 1991 BMW K100RS 16v.

Times are changing though, the 848 will be going. We still have the other bikes and have no intention of selling them at the moment, but it is time for a change. We have ordered a new 2017 Ducati Supersport 939.

The 848 has been one of the nicest bikes to ride that I have ever owned, and I started in 1975 with a Honda 250K4, a Honda CJ360T, a Suzuki T500 and a brand new BMW R75/7 shortly afterwards, and I had all of those bikes together too. Everything that I have owned has been a tourer or an all rounder bike and the closest thing to a sports bike was the BMW R1100S, we had two, one for me and one for my wife. I bought the 848 just for a bit of fun and what a bike. Not too comfortable – my wife only tried it once, but a delight to drive as long as it was not in town. Smiles per mile were ample, screaming around country roads with the loud exhaust was a real hoot, but things have to change sooner or later.

I have some plans for the Supersport, but I will not go into them yet and will drip feed them as posts with plenty of pictures and videos as I usually do.

I have not ordered the S version of the bike as I cannot see that I need any of the toys that it has fitted. The quick shifter on the S might be fun, but is not needed for my sort of riding, the expensive suspension might be something to brag about, but I don’t need to brag and I have no intention of going on a track, so the non S is what I chose. If my wife also likes riding it then she will have one too, but she will have the S because she wants the white paintwork that is only available on that version.

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4 thoughts on “The next Generation

  1. AndrewS May 19, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Nice, but that exhaust??!? They should be under the seat!

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    • rouffignac May 20, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Not sure that I agree. The 848 exhaust are under the seat and that makes my bum very hot for most of the time! For a sports/tourer it is better away from my bum. Having most of the weight of the exhaust under the engine is a good idea.

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      • AndrewS May 20, 2017 / 1:46 pm

        Fair point, guess that’s part of the reason they’re underslung on the Panigale. Then they put that big loop up under your backside to keep it warm!

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      • rouffignac May 20, 2017 / 1:49 pm

        Yes but the Panigale is like the 848/1098 a pure sports bike, fantastic fun to ride but never designed for any rider comfort.

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