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    Ducati Test Ride Day.....

    So a couple of weeks ago the Ducati test ride roadshow rolled into town .... when i say town i mean this place - https://www.squires-cafe.co.uk/ - My local haunt.

    Not sure if you are familiar with the concept so briefly a manufacturer tours the country with a lorry full of bikes for the prospective buyer to test ride.

    Why bother? You can go to your local showroom to test ride right?

    The thing with these test rides is that they capture the people who are not really in the market for a bike, but who could be tempted given a taster of whats on to offer. And at times the bike you get to ride really does get under your skin.

    So far i have experienced four of these days;

    1: Suzuki -



    GSXR1000R .... and was blown away by how good it was...



    GSX-S1000 was a total let down however....

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    2: BMW;

    S1000XR - Nice, and very competent, though ultimately boring to ride.



    S1000RR - Simply didn't gel at all, don't get me wrong I feel i should have loved it but it just didn't work for me like the GSXR had. Shame, i had expected so much more.



    3: BMW;
    R1250R - An odd one this. Never considered it but was there on the day and thought that looks quite nice, and different with the flat twin pots. Gave it a test ride and its really got under my skin. So much so I am considering one as my next bike.

    No photos and so heres a write up from Bennetts;

    https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...iew-price-spec


    But enough of that, the Ducati road show i hear you ask?!



    Not quite as well organised as the bigger manufacturers but hey this is Ducati right? We like things a little different!





    First bike up was the Supersport. I've always liked these bikes - a halfway house between tourer and full on sports bike....



    Fairly comy too....



    Let's do this....



    This was the first time i've been on a different bike since buying my 2016 1200S Multistrada exactly one year ago, and WOW! - Smoooooth air! Just as it should be on a bike. Such a revelation after the wind buffetting issues on the 'Strada that cause double vision at times.

    The Supersport is a nice bike to ride, which is a disappointment in some respects as i hoped it would be a great bike to ride. I liked the riding position, i liked the fact you could rev the bike hard and have fun, unlike something that has 200bhp and is simply too fast to have fun on, if that makes sense? But something just didnt click like i hoped it would do. I enjoyed the experience but it's not the bike for me. I think i've been spoilt by the 'Strada's comfort and grunt. The refinement of the Skyhook suspension. The supersport felt quite basic in comparison.

    So onto the second bike of the day. Familiar territory this one....



    The lads from Ducati were kind enough to allow me to fit my backbox onto the 1260 so our lass could join me on the ride out. It was certainly interesting riding the 1260.
    The first thing that hit me was (literally) the terrible wind off the standard screen. Horrid. Well that puts one question to rest - what are they like with the standard screen. Mine came with a larger touring screen, just as bad, and i've been meddling with various other screens for the last 12 months trying to get smooth air. Anyway, enough of that. A big difference is how quickly the 1260 goes through the gears with the quick shifter. Quick. Bloody quick infact. Before you know it you are into points gaining territory. I was surprised at the difference it made.

    The 1260 you can feel is an updated package from the old 1200 like mine. The bike feels smoother, more composed, though i did overshoot into one right-hander when the bike didnt drop in as fast as i expected. Whether that was down to the longer swingarm and more rake on the forks, or the fact My bike is running the awesome Michelin Road 5 tyres i arent sure. Either way i was more cautious in the following corners. I would definitely say its a nicer bike, but for me its not worth the extra money it would cost to upgrade from mine. Having said that If they sorted that damn wind buffetting it might be though, ha!

    So all in all a nice afternoons riding. Unfortunately for Ducati it hasn't inspired me to make an impromptu purchase, but you never know, i could have done. After all I still think quite often of the BMWR1250R i rode earlier in the year.

    I'll leave you with a pic of old faithful ... stood next to the bike ;) ..... and what remains of the first of the cooling towers to be demolished at the now closed down Ferrybridge power station.




    Video of the cooling tower coming down here....

    https://youtu.be/Rj5J5W222U8?t=23


    Cheers.
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    Enjoyed reading that. Havenít been to squires milk bar for years.
    Iíve always read that the Ďrí BMW boxer is what 95% of GS riders should really buy. It does everything a GS does (seeing as about 99% never ever go off road) but better.
    Re screens, Iíve got an MRA screen with extra X-Creen lip on my Africa Twin. I can sit with visor up at 80 with no turbulence and very little wind in my face....or angle it down about an inch and get decent clean air. Tried one ?
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    Hi Dave,


    Yes, that's my next option to fit a smaller deflector on top of the sports screen I have fitted. for £25 or so off ebay you can get hold of some good copies.


    I have just changed screens again to a rather nice carbon fibre Pikes Peak edition screen, it again isn't perfect but it doesn't half look nice, and that can also be said from sitting on the bike as it is a piece of art.
    Besser ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende

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    Enjoyed that too.

    I was ready to sign on tie dotted line for a Honda ATAS. They really are market leaders for comfort, refinement and VFM. All those retired traffic cops choosing them must prove something.

    I donít tour (I want too but thereís no way I have the time) and I donít ride off road (again itís an aspiration but it turns out Iím crap at it) so I bought a Triumph 1200 Scrambler.

    And in many ways itís every bike I could ever ask for. The engine is a peach, with so much torque. Itís narrow enough for London filtering and tall enough for my 6ft4 frame not to cramp up.

    It handles well, isnít too fast and I can load it with roll bags if Iím carrying kit.

    However- naked bikes: I rode to North Wales to see the kids. HIDEOUS! Hours on the motorway being buffeted was exhausting.

    So clearly I need another bike alongside this one, as there really doesnít seem to have been a machine built yet that does EVERYTHING I want....

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    Iíd covered an ATAS since thy came out and looked at the extra kit compared to my standard AT (67 plate) and thought it great value...the trouble is Iíd be paying perhaps £4K extra for an 18 mth newer bike and the only feature Iíd really appreciate is the larger fuel tank....and that isnít worth £4K.

    I love the Scrambler but itíd have to be a 2nd bike for me..or a 3rd bike I suppose......
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    My Scrambler is my 6th bike.

    Unfortunately nothing I own is actually practical.

    My SuperTen is a great tourer but itís 27 years old and tends to break itself (last ride the centre stand fell off, how does that even happen?)

    My cafe racer has done 200 miles this year and now the clutch is slipping.

    My old classic has done 70 miles. The other wonít start.

    My TLR hasnít even turned a wheel

    I think it might be time for a re-think!

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    It is that time with me....this time last week I had 3 bikes. Just sold my old GSA, got my 30 yr old (not turned a wheel in 2 plus years) CBR1000 to sell, leaving me with just the Africa Twin. I figured I paid tax, text and insurance for something I hardly rode....or I didnít and it sat in a corner unloved. The AT does all I need so Iíll pile the miles on it.
    If a man speaks his mind in a forest and no woman hears him...is he still wrong ?

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    The guy I bought my cafe racer off said owning multiple bikes caused him stress.

    I scoffed.

    Now I understand what he meant. I havenít got enough time to use them, but not using them sees them deteriorate, which makes me sad.

    So now I just need to find the time to sell them- another issue.....

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    I was up at nine at one point, down to four and they just sit in the garage and never turn a wheel these days.

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    Thatís a shame, Ross. Canít you find time or an excuse for a ride out at all?
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