I had cut my comparison post way short yesterday. Please allow me to continue where I left off......
The 25 year old Duc much more raw and "unrefined" as the new Honda. Flywheel effect requiring some clutch slippage, old air cooled, dry clutch engine mechanically noisy in comparo but still great fun factor. In my favored riding environment...low speed up/down elevation changes, tree overgrown, shady, small twisting backroads....usually exclusive to 2nd gear...low RPM, on -off throttle sometimes lugging, sometimes even coasting...playing the torque of the old carbed L twin....right from the bottom. Fun stuff!
The Honda, OTOH smooth as silk, extremely quiet.....current tech MODERN, of course.... in same riding environment I'm using 3rd gear...a bit higher in the RPM range, but same on/off throttle transitions required. And the I-4 fun factor way up there. So smooth!
The Ducati Brembo brakes a bit better than the Honda Nissin...both good but the Duc *really* responsive to both instant initial and varying input. Further wear and break in required on the Nissins maybe? I'd think so at only 400 miles.
Handling, tip in , stability gotta go to the Duc, though the Honda not far behind. Both lightweights, very responsive to quick input light and aggressive. Both way up in fun factor. Precisely why I opted for the smaller displacement and near equal light weight of the Honda.
Extreme lean? Dunno, both really stick, stable, predictable. Can't fault either.
Honda wins hands down in the instrument comparo....LED and computer interactive. Gear indicator? Never thought I'd see one. It computes MPG's! Various information on 5 or 6 different levels at the press of the select and set buttons.
The Duc a speedo, tach, odo and tripmeter....old school at best.
Tires...the Honda Dunlops 204? ok in my mildly aggressive manners. Michelins Pilot? on the Duc excellent, predictable.
Slab side Duc more prone to side winds than the modern aero Honda.
Could go on and on but will spare the masses....bottom line BOTH are really fun, different in their personalities and delivery...but both stand on their own in competency. Gonna be tough picking the key to go in the ignition going forward.
And in cooler weather...the warm and super comfy VFR always in the running for those longer trips out east.
The newer Ducati requires some clip-on raising mods....my winter project.
In any event...no regrets to adding ultra-modern Honda tech to the garage. Super fun factor, right up there with the rest, the I4 perfectly complimenting the twins and V4.
Viva la difference!
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