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Picked up my SSS in the white colour two days ago. Extremely pleased, as this is my first Duc, and so far, it has met or exeeded my expectations, with a few small inconsequential exceptions.

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Options I went for are heated grips (dealer has no idea when they are due, probably by summer:rolleyes:), comfort seat, passenger grips and tail bag.

I've only put on 100 or so urban kilometres, but my initial impressions are very good.

Here is the good:

Handling is top notch. Very confidence inspiring in the corners and the Ohlins on standard settings is already better than anything I've ridden previously. I'm 75 kg's plus gear so I think I am pretty much what the standard settings are targeted at. Very comfortable ride over the bumps and feels good for spirited street riding.

Clutch feel/modulation is very good.

Throttle response/fueling also very good. I find Sport great for solo, Touring is what I've used for two short pillion rides.

Low speed handling seems pretty effortless, which surprised me as I'm a naked bike guy so used to slightly wider bars. Even with pillion on board low speed handling seems way above average, helped by the great clutch feel for slipping during those tight maneuvres.

Motor seems great for street riding. Plenty of grunt but not so much that you always feel like you are holding back. Coming from triples and fours I am getting used to needing a few more revs from the standing start.

Sexy to look at. Lots of nice parts that are a cut above the Japanese bike stuff I'm used to. The Jap stuff is good and functional, but this bike takes the function and adds aesthetics.

For me, the stock exhaust is loud enough and provides a very entertaining sound track, especially on the overrun, and burbling and popping as you slow down. Love it. I live in a townhouse complex and get on with my neighbours so I will stick with stock for now. Might change the cans to something better looking when the aftermarket eventually provides. I would've loved the Akra cans but couldn't abide the ridiculous ask.

Comfort seat is comfortable, according to my preferred pillion. She also likes the passenger grips. She doesn't use them much but likes knowing they're there. Which makes my life easy. And they don't look awful, so life is good.

Tail bag is ridiculously expensive IMO, but I thought I'd give it a go, as I've never owned one. It seems to be a very nice piece, but I was surprised (and so was my salesman on the day of delivery) at the fact it is simply occy strapped on. I thought it would interface with the four strappy things under the seat. I haven't experimented and played around with that so maybe that does work. In any case, the occy straps do the job. Capacity is good. I put a six pack of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA's in there easily and I reckon I could put another six cans in if I took them out of the box. So, the all important beer run mission is a goer with the tail bag. Bag also comes with rain cover, and two different shoulder straps things if you want to carry it off the bike.Never having had a tail bag before I was challenged swinging my leg over on the mount and dismount, until I figured that I can step on the left peg and swing my leg over. I assume the sidestand can handle that. Overall, nice piece that looks good on the bike, but maybe a bit on the pricey side.

Now for the negative, mostly small stuff:

Mirrors do vibrate, but I can live with it. Well documented on this forum.

Also well documented, neutral tough to achieve when stopped, but from reports this should improve. I have only once been able to achieve neutral from first at a traffic light. What seems to work for me, and my bike, is up to second, nudge down to neutral. Works 75% of the time I've found. If this is what I have to live with I can cope. Most bikes have mechanical idiosyncracies.:wink2:

Fairing panel gaps seem a bit variable. I'm not losing any sleep over it, and if this is what you have to put up with to own such an awesome machine, I can live with it.

Bozo who prepped the bike crossthreaded one bolt that holds the cowl onto the seat. I thought it was a bit stiff and sure enough when I got it out it was damaged. It's easy to make the mistake of crossthreading when you are inexperienced, but when you do it you KNOW SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT, so a bit disapointing. I had another bolt in my garage that I can use and it doesn't seem that the female part in the seat has been damaged so no big deal, but still, you do wonder where else on the bike something's not right.:surprise:

So, very chuffed with this bike. Most I've ever spent on a bike, but I feel it is worth it, and no regrets. This is definitely a bike near the top of the niche it's aimed at. Well done Ducati.

I have taken some pics and will post them soon.
 

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What impresses me significantly is the ability to ride through traffic and on highways steering only with counter steer. A push on the bar and she turns easily without having to lean much. I have never ridden a bike where I could use the counter steer only to move through traffic like I do on the SS. Some pics of your all out touring setup will be handy.
 

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Very nice and detailed writup. Congrats on the bike and welcome to the forum. Look forward to your comments.
 

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throwing a leg over

Never having had a tail bag before I was challenged swinging my leg over on the mount and dismount, until I figured that I can step on the left peg and swing my leg over. I assume the sidestand can handle that.
There is a discussion on here about how weak the crankcases are around the sidestand and refers to other late model dukes failing with cracked cases I have been using a 30litre Givi bag for touring and had the same issue as you throwing a leg over but was worried about the extra strain on the sidestand using the left so I have been using the right side which makes the bike suspension sink as you get on but puts no extra weight on the side stand. I also hold on the front brake to make sure it doesnt roll off the stand. did it this way for over 2000km and no problems
 

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Never having had a tail bag before I was challenged swinging my leg over on the mount and dismount, until I figured that I can step on the left peg and swing my leg over. I assume the sidestand can handle that.
There is a discussion on here about how weak the crankcases are around the sidestand and refers to other late model dukes failing with cracked cases I have been using a 30litre Givi bag for touring and had the same issue as you throwing a leg over but was worried about the extra strain on the sidestand using the left so I have been using the right side which makes the bike suspension sink as you get on but puts no extra weight on the side stand. I also hold on the front brake to make sure it doesnt roll off the stand. did it this way for over 2000km and no problems
Interesting. Right side. Never thought of that. Would definitely feel wierd.
 

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Great write up mate I don't mind the look of the tail bag iether. how much was it ?
250 bucks I think. You can probably get one for much cheaper on the aftermarket, but it was an impulse buy for me at the time. I'm happy with it, and I think it doesn't look too horrendous on the back!:wink2:
 
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On the right side. Definitely the right way to mount with a tail pack. Always done it this way. Keep both hands on the bars, brake on and keep some weight on the side stand. Z
 

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Does second hand yoga count? Being into a girl who is into yoga :grin2:
Sure that counts. And good luck with that mate...:wink2:
 

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Ok. Tried the right side mount. Works pretty good. Haven't tried the dismount yet. Have to work up the courage.

Loving the tailbag. Today I fitted four one pint cans of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA and six small cans of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA in there, without even unzipping the expansion. Very useful. I'm not just riding around. I'm getting **** done.
 

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"****" censored? Really? I thought we were all adults here? Old enough to ride a motorsickle, old enough to fuckin' swear!
 

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Ha. got that one through! ;-)
 

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Some useless tailbag info
I use a Thule 20ltr Backpack to cart my laptop around in
I use the 4 underseat loops with some ROKZ straps (i think that what theyre called)
The other morning on the way to the office the bike suddenly slowed significantly and naturally my hand went to feel for the tailbag and it was gone, then the back wheel locked up at about 120kph on the motorway, when I came to a stop and had a look around, the bag and Laptop were stuck inbetween the rear wheel and the swingarm.
One trashed laptop and one trashed Backpack
Im now using a Kriega US20 it has a much better strapping method, but it is also not ideal, so Im still looking for a tailbag solution that can comfortably take a laptop
 
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