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Andrew here from Oklahoma City. Been shopping around for a couple of months to get back on a Ducati, looking forward to giving the Supersport a try when a demo becomes available here. Previously had a Monster 696 and Multistrada 1200, currently riding an R Nine T but its not quite scratching my motorcycle itch right now.

Leaning toward the standard model right now, my riding will be nearly all on the street and it fits better into the bike budget. Shopping it against a Monster 821 stripe and possibly a Multistrada 950.
 

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Welcome. Many of us are looking forward receiving our bikes. I have not see anyone post from the US that they have had a test drive unless they went to Spain. Right now all we can get is our daily fix of information from the forum. It's been a very valuable forum.
 

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I'm curious to know in what way you're disappointed by the R Nine T. That looks like a gorgeous bike. It seems overpriced to me, but if you already own one that obviously wasn't the sticking point.
 

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I'm curious to know in what way you're disappointed by the R Nine T. That looks like a gorgeous bike. It seems overpriced to me, but if you already own one that obviously wasn't the sticking point.
The bike is a looker for sure, but for me something is just missing in the riding experience. Its a bit on the heavy side and the handling feels a bit on the sluggish side, and I HATE that it has actual tubed tires instead of BMW putting their tubeless spoked wheels on it. Overall its a good bike, but I think I've gotten my retro fix now.
 

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Its a bit on the heavy side and the handling feels a bit on the sluggish side.
Aha. Thanks.

Seems like BMWs are always bigger and heavier than they need to be. With that boxer engine, it should have its center of gravity a few inches off the ground. So for it to feel heavy and sluggish is a big miss.

I wasn't in any danger of buying one, but appreciate your perspective on it anyway.
 

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BMWs just feel a bit heavy and ponderous compared to Ducatis. I testrode the R1200R a couple years ago, which more-or-less is in the same category as the Ducati Monster, in theory. And it felt pretty much exactly like a Monster with 100 lbs of lead strapped to it. Not "bad" or "wrong", per se, but just not as nimble and responsive as I'd like it to be.


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BMWs just feel a bit heavy and ponderous compared to Ducatis. I testrode the R1200R a couple years ago, which more-or-less is in the same category as the Ducati Monster, in theory. And it felt pretty much exactly like a Monster with 100 lbs of lead strapped to it. Not "bad" or "wrong", per se, but just not as nimble and responsive as I'd like it to be.


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I'd say that you nailed the description perfectly, the R Nine T just feels heavier than it should much like the R1200R. My dealership called Wednesday to let me know that they had received the first Supersport, I stopped by today to take a look and hopefully get a ride but I was out of luck. They had some turnover in the shop and haven't been able to get it out of the crate and assembled yet.
 
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