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So, I finally went for a test today.

A bit about me for perspective on where I'm coming from. I'm 54. Returned rider for the last 9 after about a 20 year layoff (big mistake!). 5'10"/75 kg/160 lbs. I primarily ride suburban, sometimes Royal National Park in southern Sydney (only during the week as I find weekends too busy for my liking) for maybe an hour or two. You can see my other rides in my signature. I've done lots of training courses since I returned and as a result I think my riding has become a lot more conservative. Of course risk assessment still allows for the odd blast where it seems safe and no risk to others. I'm only human! :wink2:

I took the red SSS demo, with Akro slip-ons, from Fraser's Concord for a two hour mixed ride today. Initially I thought that the riding position wasn't for me as I like quite an upright bike. However, once I got used to the bike and started to give it some throttle, use the DQS up and down, braking firmly for the corners I found the mild crouch to be quite perfect. I was impressed how the DQS gives you extra capacity approaching the corners allowing you to brake later and perhaps carry a bit more speed with less effort.

I can mostly confirm what others have observed. I don't think I have anything new to say compared to what I've read here on the forum.

Positives:

Looks awesome.
Sounds great, especially on the overrun. I don't know if the Akro slip-ons are better than the stock cans as I haven't ridden the stock can equipped bike yet. They sure look good though. Sound not offensive but if you give it some, it makes very nice sounds that I think the rider can enjoy without pissing everyone off around you.
Motor itself seems perfect for a streetbike. Once I got used to the twin characteristic of being rough off the bottom and kept the revs up a little bit (compared to my triple and four, both of which you can practically idle away with almost no throttle) I loved everything the motor was doing. A pussycat down low, but a pretty energetic mid-range. I didn't redline it as I didn't feel the need to.
Brakes seemed perfect for two-finger road-riding.
Ohlins very supple.
I felt the DQS worked great up and down, even at part throttle 1-2 or 2-1. Only hiccup I had was probably because my right wrist is not yet trained to forget the twitch on the upshift, as I usually shift clutchlessly on my other bikes. If you keep the throttle steady on the upshift it seems to work a treat. Not to invalidate others who had problems elsewhere in this forum, just my observation.
Clutch felt good. Gearing seems a bit high in first but I found first around a tight roundabout while slipping the clutch was very easy to do.
Looks awesome!

Not so good:

Heat from below the seat. I didn't really feel it in my ass, but my right thigh in particular felt it. Not a bike for waiting in traffic in summer! But, once underway, the heat didn't bother me at all and it wouldn't be a showstopper for me.

Meh:

Maybe I'm old (well, not maybe :wink2:) but these digital dashes leave me cold. Maybe as an added extra for all the supplementary info, but for speed and revs I'd like big round dials, which I believe are much easier to read at a glance. But, hey, progress...

So, overall, I think this is an awesome roadbike. Very tuned to enjoyment at sane speeds, but also fun if you want to crank it up a bit. Now that I've ridden it I'm sold. I just need to figure out a few things about options, etc. The dealer didn't seem to have much info on things that I'm interested in, such as pillion grab handles, different seats, heated grips, panniers and their cost, etc. Salesman said they'd have that stuff in in a few weeks. I want to make a deal with all the stuff I want included.

At the end of the ride, I didn't want to get off! :grin2:
 

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The dealer didn't seem to have much info on things that I'm interested in, such as pillion grab handles, different seats, heated grips, panniers and their cost, etc.
THX for the review :)

All the accessories you are looking for are available. You may find more info online at the Ducati Shop.
 

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Thanks Willow. That is helpful.

Sadly, dealer couldn't advise me on availability or price.
 

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I felt exactly the same after a 2 hour demo ride on high speed expressways (higher speed than I'll admit to my dealer), low speed streets, and stop and go traffic in town's center. I didn't want to get off the bike and was sold. One thing I would add to the review is some detail about the handling. I took some long sweeping expressway ramps at higher speeds, hanging a cheek off, and the handling is amazing on this bike. It has this really great stability in a lean, like you just set the lean angle you want, and it sits in that angle without almost any rider input and does so extremely stable. I felt so confident on that bike right from the start. And it feels faster than the horsepower figures would imply, likely because of how flat and spread out all the ample torque is. And all that fun while being relatively comfortable. It's a special bike. I really wanted to wait for next year to let them get the bugs out, but after the demo ride I just couldn't wait. It was literally the most fun I had on a motorbike ever.
 

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Mixed feelings here... Did a 1 hour long test ride. Currently have a VFR800. Handling was great, bike is light and nimble with enough power and torque. Found that the quick shifter was a slow shifter.. the S1000R was much better. Quite a bit of heat behind my tights at stop but I usually don't hit much traffic so it doesn't matter. Vibrations is what seems to be killing it for me. Mirrors are blurry no matter the speed, I would also feel vibration in the footpegs and seat. Seat was comfy but pushed you in the tank, would be a PITA with pillions (I take my kids for rides). Didn't sound good compared to my VFR with aftermarket exhaust, it sounded "agricultural" as they say. Brakes and clutch were ok, Suspension was responsive but harsh on banged up pavement. Lots of positives, but lots of negatives so I did not mind bringing it back to the dealership too much even though I found myself giggling in the twisties and when I was gunning it on the straights.

Now here's where the "mixed feelings" comes in. As I hopped back on my VFR (which felt like a pig), I was missing the supersport and kept thinking about it...
 

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Interesting Mart, some of your comments are a little surprising...which version did you ride?
 

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I think you've gotten used to the heavier, smoother over bumps, more spacious ride of the vfr, mart. The SS is more sport than your current ride. It took me about an hour to get used to the ergos after coming off my Hyper...now, I can't remember the Hyper. You will get used to it quickly, too.
 

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Interesting Mart, some of your comments are a little surprising...which version did you ride?
I rode the sport one. It had ~4500km on the odo.

I think you've gotten used to the heavier, smoother over bumps, more spacious ride of the vfr, mart. The SS is more sport than your current ride. It took me about an hour to get used to the ergos after coming off my Hyper...now, I can't remember the Hyper. You will get used to it quickly, too.
Yeah, likely possible. I definitely adapted by mid ride. The VFR is indeed a bit piggish to say the least, and suspension is too soft. I did two track days and latest one was on a GSXR-600 and I couldn't believe how much more confidence I had in the bike compared to my VFR... which is a bit what triggered this "let's go shop for a bike even though I already have a pretty good one".
 
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