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Ya know, there has been a lot of consternation, and fun ribbing, over the white vs red debate for the last couple years. I thought it would be fun to start a new discussion, in one thread, instead of bits and pieces all over. Here's my honest reasoning for my choice. As with any choice in life, YMMV.

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Yeah, yeah...Ducati is red, I get it. Practically every bike they make has a red scheme, and truthfully, I love red. Not just in bikes, but in general.

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Park a red SS next to a white SS, and most every eye goes to the white....because its eye catching and sexier. Not that red isn't sexy, just red seems much more common. I went to buy a red one, then saw the white in person (being prepped for someone else), and decided to wait 7 weeks for another to arrive. Could have bought red immediately, but didn't. That red sat there for an additional 3 weeks before being sold and that was during the early days when they were exceedingly hard to get.

When my wife walked in the dealer with me to pick it up, my bike was sitting straight in the entrance with 4 people mulling over it (thank God, it had a "Do Not Touch" tag on it). My wife asked, "is that yours?". I said, "yup". She said, "that's pretty. I like it a lot". In all our years and my many bikes, she has never uttered a word about the looks of any of my bikes, until this one.

When I park my bike at The Gap store (for those that don't know, this is a store at the end of The Dragon in NC known for many motorcycles daily), I will nearly always have someone walk up and start a conversation about the bike and they always seem to mention, "I love that white" at some point during the conversation. When I go to Meets with other bikers, my white bike gets most all the attention. When its parked at the Lodge I visit for those Meets, it gets drooled over more than any other. And it's not becuase it's a Ducati as there are a couple Ducati's there and one is an 899. Both the others are red. Last year, I asked one of the gawkers (female) why she was so wound up about my bike as she had stopped to look several times over the 3 days, she said "because it's the sexiest bike here. That white is gorgeous".

Chicks dig the white. I like added attention from chicks. Works for me. :wink2:

That's my two cents. Honestly, though, it's all good as long as it's a Ducati, and even better if it's an SS!
 

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Now you've done it, what are we the step children here or something?:mad: You'll have to see the titanium in person and you'll like it, once you catch up to it on your white one. :grin2: I think they are all fantastic, share the Ducati red but different enough to speak to you individually. I bet if you had one of each color lined up next to each other at a meet or outside an establishment you would have to rope them off from the admirers, like a fine piece of art in a gallery.
 

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Ya know, there has been a lot of consternation, and fun ribbing, over the white vs red debate for the last couple years. I thought it would be fun to start a new discussion, in one thread, instead of bits and pieces all over. Here's my honest reasoning for my choice. As with any choice in life, YMMV.

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Yeah, yeah...Ducati is red, I get it. Practically every bike they make has a red scheme, and truthfully, I love red. Not just in bikes, but in general.

However...

Park a red SS next to a white SS, and most every eye goes to the white....because its eye catching and sexier. Not that red isn't sexy, just red seems much more common. I went to buy a red one, then saw the white in person (being prepped for someone else), and decided to wait 7 weeks for another to arrive. Could have bought red immediately, but didn't. That red sat there for an additional 3 weeks before being sold and that was during the early days when they were exceedingly hard to get.

When my wife walked in the dealer with me to pick it up, my bike was sitting straight in the entrance with 4 people mulling over it (thank God, it had a "Do Not Touch" tag on it). My wife asked, "is that yours?". I said, "yup". She said, "that's pretty. I like it a lot". In all our years and my many bikes, she has never uttered a word about the looks of any of my bikes, until this one.

When I park my bike at The Gap store (for those that don't know, this is a store at the end of The Dragon in NC known for many motorcycles daily), I will nearly always have someone walk up and start a conversation about the bike and they always seem to mention, "I love that white" at some point during the conversation. When I go to Meets with other bikers, my white bike gets most all the attention. When its parked at the Lodge I visit for those Meets, it gets drooled over more than any other. And it's not becuase it's a Ducati as there are a couple Ducati's there and one is an 899. Both the others are red. Last year, I asked one of the gawkers (female) why she was so wound up about my bike as she had stopped to look several times over the 3 days, she said "because it's the sexiest bike here. That white is gorgeous".

Chicks dig the white. I like added attention from chicks. Works for me.


That's my two cents. Honestly, though, it's all good as long as it's a Ducati, and even better if it's an SS!
Lol I was trying to figure out wtf happened so from the other post Se7en disjointed this is my response

Well my wife and I walked into the dealer and she saw the white one and was all like why would anyone want a white Ducati? Ducatis are supposed to be red! Also I had a white Honda interceptor before. I will say I had more random people talk to me or try to talk to me at stop lights on the interceptor (all dudes) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I just figured Ducati owners are seen as less approachable.
 

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Now you've done it, what are we the step children here or something?:mad:
I didn't forget the Titanium. It's just that this debate has been between the white and red. Ti is new to the argument. And, for the record, I would buy the Ti before the red. So, in my book, red is last. :wink2: In fact, if they had offered Ti initially (and in an SS-S), it would have been a tough decision between the white and Ti...I like it that much.

Lol I was trying to figure out wtf happened so from the other post Se7en disjointed this is my response.
Sorry, I tried to fix it correctly, but the site isn't cooperating. I originally posted this in the other thread, then quickly (like within 10 seconds) decided that we need not muddy up another thread. But, h3ll, by the time I got it deleted and moved to this thread, you guys had already quoted it and responded. The whole process took me about 20 seconds. [email protected] fast responses, lol.
 

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Am I going to have to say it all over again?

Also, I do think Red on the Supersport 939 is too monochromatic with the black. A few of us have been working on adding gold as a third highlight color to our red bikes and it makes them stand out MUCH more. I need to work on getting better photos.
 

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I tried to fix it correctly, but the site isn't cooperating. I originally posted this in the other thread, then quickly (like within 10 seconds) decided that we need not muddy up another thread. But, h3ll, by the time I got it deleted and moved to this thread, you guys had already quoted it and responded. The whole process took me about 20 seconds. [email protected] fast responses, lol.
All good, let's get this going!!!


Lol I was trying to figure out wtf happened so from the other post Se7en disjointed this is my response

Well my wife and I walked into the dealer and she saw the white one and was all like why would anyone want a white Ducati? Ducatis are supposed to be red! Also I had a white Honda interceptor before. I will say I had more random people talk to me or try to talk to me at stop lights on the interceptor (all dudes) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I just figured Ducati owners are seen as less approachable.
In the other thread I said my wife said EXACTLY the same thing. Both she and I dislike matte finishes so we easily picked red over the white.


I didn't forget the Titanium. It's just that this debate has been between the white and red. Ti is new to the argument. And, for the record, I would buy the Ti before the red. So, in my book, red is last. :wink2: In fact, if they had offered Ti initially (and in an SS-S), it would have been a tough decision between the white and Ti...I like it that much.
The Ti is awesome, but again, it's sort of a "matte" finish and I love nothing more than putting a nice coat of wax on my bike after a nice morning spent washing it. Just seeing it glow in the light brings a smile to my face :)

To comment on your original post, funny thing is, for me at least, at the Gap Store, which you are there far more than I am, and everywhere else I stop, every time I have someone stop to look at the bike they mention the how good a Ducati red looks.
 

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Well, for me, there was never any question about which colour my SSS should have. I mean the white looks really sleek and stylish, especially how it contrasts the red wheels with the white body, and the gray looks totally badass too, but for me either don’t make my heart race the way the red do. It’s just something special, even if most other Ducatis are red. Like was stated in the other thread, there’s a reason Rosso Corsa is a thing whereas Bianco Corsa isn’t.

To me, a white or black bike could be just any bike, but only a Ducati has that special red (red Hondas doesn’t count obv...). Much like a Ferrari Testarossa doesn’t look nearly as good in white as it does in Ferrari red. The white is somehow both too bland and too much showing off. Can’t explain rationally, it’s just a feeling, but I guess it’s same for the owners of the white one.

I do wish for a pair of gold Marchesinis though, just like stoppers, that’d be the cherry on top. Black wheels with black rubber does look a bit bland always, unfortunately.

Disclaimer: I’ve never seen either white or gray in the flesh, so there’s that, but I doubt it’d change my mind.
 

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I know that Ducati invented the "Murdered Out" look with Monster Dark back in the '90s. It's more popular know than ever.

I've never cared for flat paint. I'll take a deep gloss any day.

And have you considered that making this all about Red and White, they we're making Gray-bike folks as orphans? We should certainly ridicule those guys too. Perhaps Gray is even slower than White? Is that even possible?
 

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I know that Ducati invented the "Murdered Out" look with Monster Dark back in the '90s. It's more popular know than ever.

I've never cared for flat paint. I'll take a deep gloss any day.

And have you considered that making this all about Red and White, they we're making Gray-bike folks as orphans? We should certainly ridicule those guys too. Perhaps Gray is even slower than White? Is that even possible?
Errrrmmm, the fastest SS is the titanium grey one in Germany at a stated 160hp. 2nd fastest will be a red one, within a weeks time at an estimated 152 hp with a little help from the rapid bike Evo.
 

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Errrrmmm, the fastest SS is the titanium grey one in Germany at a stated 160hp. 2nd fastest will be a red one, within a weeks time at an estimated 152 hp with a little help from the rapid bike Evo.
Time out. Penalty flag has been thrown.

Swapped engine SS's dont count in this argument. Stock only. :nerd:
 

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Fastest or most horsepower? Certainly correlative but not definitive.
Gearing is the gearing. How quickly you get there is HP & NM.
NM is what makes biking fun, HP is what earns you a free bed 'n breakfast with a tin cup of coffee and stainless Steel shaving mirror.
 

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The first time I saw a white Ducati was an 848 at my local dealers, I have to admit I thought it looked spectacular. A couple of weeks later there was a demonstrator in white outside the dealership, in true UK style it had been raining and that bike looked awful. The mix of the white with road grime wasn't a good sight, that was the moment I decided I could never have a white Ducati. I can understand @se7en having a white one as his never sees the rain. As has been mentioned, a freshly waxed red Ducati looks stunning, even a dirty one looks good. As for the Ti, I haven't seen one in the flesh yet so it would be unfair to disparage them, not till I've seen one anyway.
 

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To me, a white or black bike could be just any bike, but only a Ducati has that special red (red Hondas doesn’t count obv...). Much like a Ferrari Testarossa doesn’t look nearly as good in white as it does in Ferrari red. The white is somehow both too bland and too much showing off. Can’t explain rationally, it’s just a feeling, but I guess it’s same for the owners of the white one.
Ahh, but a black, or grey Testarossa looks better than a red one. My parents had a blue Ferrari years ago...they purposely chose it because it wasn't red. So maybe it's in my blood...that said my brother has a red one now. Perhaps he's adopted. To my eyes the matte white looks spectacular - it suits the shape perfectly and the gloss red wheels and frame complement it. I don't like matte painted cars - matte only works on less expansive areas, and car bodies are too big to pull it off.
 

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To me it's all about gloss. I (and my wife) like our bikes to be shiny, the deeper the gloss the better.

Chris wanted to see the white, because it looks good in photos, but was underwhelmed when she saw one in the flesh.

Now, if they used a gloss pearl white the decision would have been much, much, harder.

So we can alienate those with a titanium bike as well why don't we argue glosss or matte?
 

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Never any question for me, white is spectacular. The matt paint cleans nicely with a little cloth and some methylated spirits.
Like 7 said, you can't stop anywhere, even the servo, without people saying how nice it is. I always remember to thank them for their good taste!!
 
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