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So my girlfriend, me and a friend of ours took a short ride over to Key Largo yesterday to get some lunch. Weather was nice and cool and we were spared the rain that apparently came down in places AFTER we rode thru (we saw the roads were a bit wet when we were riding back). Part of that ride back was in the dark and something about that rain and our headlights made us a HUGE attraction for the bugs (see pics):

















 

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Nice pics, gus.

I remember in being in Orlando and seeing roaches big enough to ride. Palmetto bugs, I was told.

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Yeah, these were little gnats or something similar (as you can see from the pictures). We came down that same road on the way there and it was fine, so I think it was more due to the rainfall than anything. You don't see bugs like that this time of year otherwise.
 

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Wow...nice pics.

Do you guys realize that a bike designed almost ten years ago looks better than those last year models?

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We ate at that same restaurant this past summer, they did a great "all you can eat" crab legs!

Didn't have to deal with those gnats, but further North in Florida we had the Love Bugs which leave a real nasty splatter :jsm:

I'm in 100% agreement that the Brutale looks much better than the new Monster. Can't even compare with other full faired bikes.
 

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Oh how I wish I were in your "neck of the woods" right now, -21F here as of this moment.
I really like the new Duc, this is an interesting shot seeing them lined up together...I'm not biased, but I really like the lines of the Brutale versus the Duc, I'm not dissing it (fantastic bike), just like the styling of the Brutale better. Kudos to your girlfriend (did you help?) for choosing such a nice bike!
 

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Bloody wet cold here in Texas tonight. 23F and sleeting! I think I would rather be scraping gnats off my bike in Key Largo than ice off my windshield in Dallas.
 

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Oh how I wish I were in your "neck of the woods" right now, -21F here as of this moment.
I really like the new Duc, this is an interesting shot seeing them lined up together...I'm not biased, but I really like the lines of the Brutale versus the Duc, I'm not dissing it (fantastic bike), just like the styling of the Brutale better. Kudos to your girlfriend (did you help?) for choosing such a nice bike!
Trust me, I'm not complaining. The weather was really nice. The bug episode lasted for all of maybe 20 minutes.
As for her bike.....I did help, but ultimately she picked it out. She always wanted something more like the R6 in the picture, but I took her to see the monster and she loved it. A big plus was that it fit her well. She's about 5'5 - 5'6 and she can almost flat-foot her bike. Add to that a nice Rev'it jacket and a helmet that goes great with her bike (see pic) and she likes it even more.

 

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really really nice pics and thanks a lot for sharing ;)

the Duo Brutale - 696 is just fantastic, the brutal's inspiration for the front of the 696 is easily viewed here and it looks great side by side

congrat's to your girlfriend for her choice, white 696 is amazing ;)

but at leasts, even if i'm in love with ducati roadster, the Brutal is just sex on wheels, the 1st pics (your signature is pure porn !!!)

i'm completely agree with that :

Do you guys realize that a bike designed almost ten years ago looks better than those last year models?

Tambo=God
thanks one more time for sharing and don't hesitate to post some more pics in the future, they'll be always appreciated ;)
 

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As for her bike.....I did help, but ultimately she picked it out. She always wanted something more like the R6 in the picture, but I took her to see the monster and she loved it. A big plus was that it fit her well. She's about 5'5 - 5'6 and she can almost flat-foot her bike. Add to that a nice Rev'it jacket and a helmet that goes great with her bike (see pic) and she likes it even more.
Again, kudos to the both of you for such nice bikes...and she (the both of you) made an outstanding choice in the 696.

My wife and I were in Italy in Sep & Oct of this year, and I had the opportunity to visit Ducati in Bologna...excellent factory tour and the museum is very nice as well. When asked by my wife (who stayed in Venice and shopped) how my day went, I told her that it was like touring a Brewery and then being denied a sample at the end of the tour...so she relented and I now have not a Ducati (next), but the bike I'd been drooling over for years. Color me extremely happy!
 

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really really nice pics and thanks a lot for sharing ;)

the Duo Brutale - 696 is just fantastic, the brutal's inspiration for the front of the 696 is easily viewed here and it looks great side by side

congrat's to your girlfriend for her choice, white 696 is amazing ;)

but at leasts, even if i'm in love with ducati roadster, the Brutal is just sex on wheels, the 1st pics (your signature is pure porn !!!)

i'm completely agree with that :



thanks one more time for sharing and don't hesitate to post some more pics in the future, they'll be always appreciated ;)
That's funny.....when I first saw my brutale in the showroom, the first words out of my mouth were, "that bike is pure sex".

On another note, the 696 is a really nice bike but it is NOWHERE near the build quality of the MV. Wash them both back to back like I do and you'll see. I know the MV is a lot more money than the monster, but when the new 1100 comes out there will be no excuse, so we'll see. Also, performance-wise the Monster is VERY tame. A little too tame for me. Good looking bike though. People always think it's a $20k bike. So in that sense, it's a lot of bike for the money.
 

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Again, kudos to the both of you for such nice bikes...and she (the both of you) made an outstanding choice in the 696.

My wife and I were in Italy in Sep & Oct of this year, and I had the opportunity to visit Ducati in Bologna...excellent factory tour and the museum is very nice as well. When asked by my wife (who stayed in Venice and shopped) how my day went, I told her that it was like touring a Brewery and then being denied a sample at the end of the tour...so she relented and I now have not a Ducati (next), but the bike I'd been drooling over for years. Color me extremely happy!
My girlfriend would have done the tour, then stolen a bike to go buy shoes with your wife. :f4:
 

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My kinda girl!!
Yeah, mine too :love:
I'm a lucky guy. She's beautiful, smart and she's a real trooper. She learned to ride about 5 months ago and we ride all the time now. We'll ride for hours and no matter how far we ride she never complains. She loves it. We've gotten stuck riding in some torrential downpours a few times and even then she/we laugh it off.
We live together and try to take the bikes out pretty much whenever we can (breakfast, lunch, dinner, movies...whatever) and that's all fun but what we're really looking forward to is to take a trip cross country sometime early next year.......THAT'S going to be a lot of fun. :)

 

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Lucky boy.....keep her....or maybe I should say better hope she keeps you !!!
 

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I'm sure she will. Luckily her Ducati isn't the only thing that came with a kickstand. :hump:
Don't get too "cocky" Gus.....Remember, someone's always richer, better looking, faster, smarter, slicker, or "bigger". :stickpoke I'm just guessing you're not the only guy in town that makes three tracks in the sand......:smoking:
 

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Don't get too "cocky" Gus.....Remember, someone's always richer, better looking, faster, smarter, slicker, or "bigger". :stickpoke I'm just guessing you're not the only guy in town that makes three tracks in the sand......:smoking:
LOL LOL LOL.....you're absolutely right about that. Don't worry, that was just an attempt at humor. One can never be too sure of anything. That's why no matter what you're trying to accomplish (work, relationships...whatever), one always has to work hard and not rest on their laurels. Always try to be the best you can be. Hopefully at the end of the day that's enough and hopefully more than enough. (insert gong sound here)
 
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