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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
Parting with the Duke

After much soul searching I've decided to put my ST4s up for sale. Since Ducati decided to drop the ST bikes from their range, there's nothing they currently make that I'd want to replace it with (OK, a Desmodesici perhaps wouldn't go amiss) so I'm looking at Triumphs and Hondas at the mo! (Go and wash your mouth out with soap and water John!!).

If any UK members here are interested, drop me a line, I've just put it on UK ebay, here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=120744844201


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John go wash your mouth out with soap and water!

Actually Triumphs are pretty cool. ALMOST as cool as Italian bikes.

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post #3 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
Cheers Mike. It's a gorgeous day here today so we went out for a ride on the Duke and ended up looking at a 2007 Honda VFR. I didn't buy it, although I like VFR's (had one before I bought the Duke) I think I might opt for the ST1050 Triumph triple.


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post #4 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 12:36 PM
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your going to miss that ST4 of yours, had a shot of Ian's and it sure seems a great all-rounder of a bike

triumph triple does sound a good direction

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Didn't know you had a KTM Duke....

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Hey John..

Good luck with the sale mate, and I know you really had a soft spot for the Duke.. It's sad when you have to sell a bike, but all good things have to come to an end..

If you've looking at VFR's make sure you do some homework on the VVT models.. A few of my friends bought this model and couldn't get on with the VVT system..

Is the Blackbird to big for your tastes.. (the bike not the plane .. )..

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post #7 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hey John..

Good luck with the sale mate, and I know you really had a soft spot for the Duke.. It's sad when you have to sell a bike, but all good things have to come to an end..

If you've looking at VFR's make sure you do some homework on the VVT models.. A few of my friends bought this model and couldn't get on with the VVT system..

Is the Blackbird to big for your tastes.. (the bike not the plane .. )..

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Thanks John, I really am sad to be parting with the Ducati in many ways. I only wish Ducati had continued to develop the ST range and mebbe put a 1098 engine in a ST chassis, with upgraded lights, instrumentation, a big fuel tank and comfy seat plus the luggage options of course, I think it would have been a winner. Ah well, the sales figures for ST's obviously said otherwise to the Ducati management.

Re the V-tec VFR, yes, I know what you mean, the surge in power when the 4 valves kick in has been criticised by many owners and I'm not a fan of linked brakes, if I encounter loose chippings on the road like I did yesterday I want to be able to activate the rear brake only.

I've never ridden a Blackbird, mebbe I should try one. It's been suggested to me that the ZZR Kawasaki should be on my wish list too, but for once I'd like to be patriotic and get a Trumpet.

If I can get one with the full luggage option and a few sensible extras like a hugger, heated grips, mebbe a Scottoiler, then I think that will be sitting next to the MV in the garage in future, but of course I've got to sell the Duke first, I've already got several watchers on the auction but they are probably you lot! Lol


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What about the Multistrada.. No good ?

I'm not a fan of BMW's ( expect the HP2 of course ) but they apparently do some good sports tourers.. Ever had a look at any of their range ? .. K 1300 S !

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post #9 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
Multistrada John? That is one ugly mo fo IMHO! As for the Beemers, well those K series bikes are not my cup of tea at all. I rode the triple many years ago and didn't get on with it. They are far too heavy and unwieldy for me. I think I'd sooner have a Pan European but then again I don't want one of those either for similar reasons.

The problem is no-one makes a light(ish) nimble Sports Tourer anymore. They all seem to be either full on inter-galactic barges or kind of stuff with high ground clearance like the Triumph Tigers, KTM Super Dukes and the good old Duke multis, which for a short arse like me are not ideal. That's why I seem to have narrowed down the search to the ST1050 Trumpet or another Viffer. To keep the Italian theme going I have looked at the Guzzi Norge, but once again they are on the big heavy side and they don't come cheap either for a decent one. I'm open to suggestions folks??


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