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Old 05-18-2013, 12:04 AM   #16
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SHE'S CALLING YOUR NAME!
You know you want the sexy Italian bitch!
Don't make her wait too long or she will find another lover.
They all do eventually. I just want my turn.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:30 AM   #17
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Odd as hell but a high number of these Duc's are bought but never spanked.
Yep, and that's why they've been cheaper to insure than other performance bikes. Not sure if that's still true thru tho as their prices have come down and more squids have bought 'em. Just a few days ago a beautiful local red/blk/wht 848 EVO CORSA Special Edition with only a few hundred miles on it was totaled by a young rookie rider. Sad. Luckily he's fine tho in part because he had full gear on.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:44 AM   #18
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Odd as hell but a high number of these Duc's are bought but never spanked.
I would fix that. I would dent it and scratch it up on the first day. Gives it character. I need to come up with a spare 20 K. Still working on that. Kids still bring a good price on the black market, right?

Kudos and congrats to you for the new bike! Beautiful machine! I need to take the plunge and just do it! We want reports on how awesome it is to ride for sure.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:56 AM   #19
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Yep, and that's why they've been cheaper to insure than other performance bikes. Not sure if that's still true thru tho as their prices have come down and more squids have bought 'em. Just a few days ago a beautiful local red/blk/wht 848 EVO CORSA Special Edition with only a few hundred miles on it was totaled by a young rookie rider. Sad. Luckily he's fine tho in part because he had full gear on.
That bike actually had several thousand miles, however, that was it's 3rd insurance claim. That said, 848 based bikes have always had an insurance premium compared to the big MTS and Monster.

Mike, let me know when you're ready for a Ducati, I'll take care of you.

And back on topic, enjoy that Grantourismo! I rode the regular back to back with the Skyhook and it was quite impressive. Regarding our 2011 MTS1200 Touring S, Ohlins is still Ohlins and there's a reason it's equipped on the top race bikes.
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:01 PM   #20
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Mike, let me know when you're ready for a Ducati, I'll take care of you.
Thanks Brendon!

...and Mark, I remember having seen you before we had met. It was out front in the parking lot of TMS and I remember thinking that yours was a gorgeous bike and that it was a little unusual to see an Italian dude on an Italian bike.

Apparently my ethnicity thing was off that day but my bike thing wasn't. That 996 is a beauty and the thing that strikes me is that almost all of them are. With the possible exception of Terblanche's follow up to the 916-998 generation they clearly put a lot of effort into making the bikes not just functional but beautiful in a lusty sort of way. Each of 'em have that in common. I remember seeing Jerold A's old monster and got the same impression. He had a dancer on the back so that might have been cheating the lusty scale just a tad but whatever. All of 'em.








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Old 06-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #21
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Mike, let me know when you're ready for a Ducati, I'll take care of you.
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I found another one that's six years old and has 300 miles on the clock. 1100S / hyper.

I stopped by to see you e/o last week, Brendon. Saw you were tied up and looked for the bike we talked about. I assume you peddled it but either way... my heart was set on something a little more scalpel-ish. I snagged an '08 Hypermotard w/ 300 miles on the clock.

It's the perfect alternate to the KTM 690SMC.

Runs out of breath just before it feels like you'll blow off the seat and surprisingly fun getting to that point. Thanks for the offer and yes... it's a gas riding a vee again.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:52 PM   #22
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It's an '08 and even the insulation between the exhaust cans and the CF guards is still clean and sparkly. Needs a little detailing and a canisterectomy but other than that it looks just like it did when it rolled off the showroom floor five years ago.

And Heli... that's your buttpad. Holler and I'll deliver it to you.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #23
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Wow, big congrats!

Can't believe another friend is now a Hyper owner.

More pics please, Mike. The pic below is of the Hyper that Ben H. rode to 3rd over-all at last year's D2D games.


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Old 06-03-2013, 11:56 PM   #24
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Wow, big congrats!

Can't believe another friend is now a Hyper owner.

More pics please, Mike.
Thanks, Mark! I've got a couple questions I'd like to run by you, too. I slobbed the bike up riding in the rain today but I'll clean it up and snap a few pics in the next couple days.

Seems like a lower seat height than I was expecting and I need to tweak the suspension, etc. but it's definitely a fun bike. I'm thinking it must have been set up for someone a lot lighter then I as the rear shock sucks up a bunch of the power when you whack the throttle open in second. Wants to come up and will but s/b a little less drama.

Lots to learn and a new toy to learn on!
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #25
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... the rear shock sucks up a bunch of the power when you whack the throttle open in second.
That seems odd. Mine doesn’t sink much, fairly stiff. Ain’t touched the suspenders.
Just sent you some more info. Assume you got the 1st three.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:36 PM   #26
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I ordered a couple handfuls of fasteners to replace the junk plastic 1/4 turn jobbies that hold the front cowls on to what looks like it ought to be a fuel tank but apparently isn't.

Should have a handful of extras. Holler if you need some, Tom... or anybody else in the same predicament.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #27
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I shouldn't have compromised with the Honda, as I've been wanting a 750 or 900SS or fuel injected Monster, particularly the S2R variants, for the last couple years and have never had the money together when nice ones come for sale. Now I have a blender instead of a motorcycle.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:34 PM   #28
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Geez I like the look of TomS' bike there!

Those Hypermotards are really gorgeous bikes... Congrats Legion

V-twin - check, air cooled - check, naked - check, upright position - check... and that exhaust system is just art! The cam drive being so external is kinda odd looking to me though.

I'm probably asking the wrong crowd, but what's it like to live with one of these? Do they trend toward being high strung, high maintenance (or downright BSC) as their Italian heritage might suggest?
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:21 AM   #29
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Ducati's built after 99 got a lot better (some teething troubles here and there) unlike my 900SS's (95 900SS/SP, 96 900SS/CR) that need belts and valve adjustments every 5000mi.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:37 AM   #30
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Geez I like the look of TomS' bike there!
Thanks! It looked like this on day one. Maybe not as 'flashy' now but I wanted an all black, including the frame, in the first place. Now the high, (very high!), buck stock panels are safe & sound. The CF stuff was real cheap in comparison. I didn't like the white stripes. White?! Yuk!





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Do they trend toward being high strung, high maintenance (or downright BSC) as their Italian heritage might suggest?
I eyeballed some of the Ducatis for a long time, Monsters mostly. The thought of high maintenance & parts cost held me off. But when the Hypers came along & I got a chance to ride one I was sold. And maintenance things have improved. It has been flawless & no troubles, no regrets.
It’s better than Bones says though.
2008 thru 2012 Hypers ...
Check the belts at 7,500 miles, change the belts every 15,000 miles
Check and/or adjust the valves every 7,500 miles.
I’m almost to my first desmo valve adjustment & would be real happy to find a helper that has done it before.



The new 2013 Hypers are different. 821cc liquid cooled, 4 valve heads, 15,000 miles to valve adjustment. More horsepower, less torque.
Here’s a profile pic for ya, Simestd.



Wonder how this looks on here ....
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