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Just finished the tour. I can't describe how good it was. 3 days of full-on riding the best roads, ten thousand twists and turns, no worries about speed limits. Beppi our tour leader has done 10 Paris Dakar races and also runs the Ducati off-road school as well as being one of their main bike testers. Choice of 5 bikes including the SS. I chose a Monster 1200s for a change. Limited to 12 riders. 2 from the US, 6 crazy Brazilians who all work for Ducati dealerships and won the trip as a prize for best salesmen, young couple from Australia who rode 2 up extremely fast (he races), another 2 up couple from NZ, a Frenchman who has a Panigale and only rides on the track because there is too much traffic in Paris, and I with my wife who doesn't ride and relaxed in the beautiful hotel we all stayed in set in a beautiful vineyard south of Bologna.
If you want to ride flat out on the most challenging roads, eat great food and drink the best wine and coffee, do this tour.
 

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OMG, this is another bucket list item. Where can you sign up? Did you manage to get some pics? Please say YES!!!!!
 

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Will try and post pics if I can work out how to do it from my iPhone otherwise it will have to wait until I get back to Australia in 3 weeks time. It will only make it worse for you seeing the pics. It was the last tour for 2017, they run 4 a year starting in May I think. Check on the Ducati website.
 

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Lucky lucky bugger!! - and here I am in dreary old Melbourne suffering 12 degrees and wind and rain. Half your luck Stavros enjoy!!
 

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Will try and post pics if I can work out how to do it from my iPhone otherwise it will have to wait until I get back to Australia in 3 weeks time. It will only make it worse for you seeing the pics. It was the last tour for 2017, they run 4 a year starting in May I think. Check on the Ducati website.
Dude, we can wait. Gotta see these pics, for sure! :grin2:
 

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Great choice with the 12S Monster! Have ridden the R version and it’s an impressive machine. Your thoughts on the S?
 

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nice pics. this is on the bucket list for sure. I'd do it next year, but I'm doing a bike trip to Alaska over the summer. Maybe the following.
 

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Great choice with the 12S Monster! Have ridden the R version and it’s an impressive machine. Your thoughts on the S?
The Monster is a big brute with huge power and torque but I still prefer my SSS. Had issues with false neutrals with the 1200 S going from 2nd to 1st round some very steep, sharp turns which was a bit disconcerting. Probably needed firmer pressure on the lever.
 

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The Monster is a big brute with huge power and torque but I still prefer my SSS. Had issues with false neutrals with the 1200 S going from 2nd to 1st round some very steep, sharp turns which was a bit disconcerting. Probably needed firmer pressure on the lever.
...And some trouble keeping the front wheel down(?), if you had the same type of experience I had with the R...
 
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