Well, the Indiana looks like a nice cruiser to me. In fact, my Italika RC150 looks some like it. Although I prefer sports bikes, I also like the comfort of a cruiser to deal with city traffic.
Uh, the TT2 was designed as a race bike....not a comfy street bike in any sense of the word. AFA the brake line, other pics show it strapped to brake rod, don't know why its not....pic was supplied for auction purposes, reposted by Ian Falloon, author.Wonderful looking machine.
I can clearly see the same comfort (🤪) factors that were included on the 916,996,998. 😁 Rock hard seat....check. Steep rear tank angle that digs into your gut....check. Bars level with seat....check.
Interesting to see how low that rear brake line hangs down.
Oh, I'm in no doubt the TT2 is a race bike....comfort is of very little consideration unless it's racing the Bol d'Or.Uh, the TT2 was designed as a race bike....not a comfy street bike in any sense of the word. AFA the brake line, other pics show it strapped to brake rod, don't know why its not....pic was supplied for auction purposes, reposted by Ian Falloon, author.
Gonna take more than raised bars.Why put up with discomfort? I'd suggest subtle mods to your 9xx Duc, as i did to my SS800. While still retaining all factory parts, I changed to slightly higher, fully adjustable clip-ons, adjusted to rearmost positions. What a difference, I'm sure you read about my efforts in transforming the bike from basically unrideable to all day comfy, no? It can be done to varying degrees, non-permanent and easily reversed back to factory stock if ever need be.
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Totally agree. The S4R is cool for sure, but like you said, another desmoquattro! I think a 900, oil-cooled, 2-valver would be a cool bike with great street manners.Ergos on the 996 can be brutal....and yeah, it does not like in town slow, stop & go traffic, nor slow in general. Engine doesn't like being lugged down below 5K really. I can tolerate it for short rides if it's slow stuff but that's it. Out around the 100 mile lake loop, it isn't a problem.
I'm fine with that as it isn't my primary ride, rather a weekend warrior to take around the lake or to Italian bike night once in a while. I bought my 900 SS for more comfort in a Ducati. A Monster is next on my list.
I've looked at ST2s, 3s and 4s as well....but I think the Monster is a better fit for my mini fleet. I like the STs but I love the Monster. 2 or 4 valve ones up to around 2007 or so. The ones based on the 851 frame.
The newer ones just don't do it for me. I hopped on a Monster 1200 in a dealership a while back.....just feels weird compared to the old ones. Like the tank is all pushed up into my sternum. The 'hunch back' look doesn't move me either.
Been looking at an S4R recently....mileage is right, and the price is too. Unsure if I'll actually pull the trigger though. Don't really have room, and don't really need another desmoquattro. Who ever really needs a bike though, right? 😆
Theoretical question. If you were forced to choose just 1 single bike that you could keep....what bike would it be?Believe me, I’ve actually thought this through. I have a small collection. I don’t see it getting much bigger as I’ve already stated, I’m reaching my personal critical mass.
If I have to choose a single bike to fill out my collection, it has to makes sense within the context of said collection. That trims down the options pretty easily.
I have 2 Iconic Ducatis right now. My 996 and my project 900SS. I also have 2 GSXRs, my old oil boiler and my 04 600. Then there’s the Turbo Suzuki and my alternative Italian V-Twin Sportbike, my Aprilia.
I’ll leave of my project EX as it truly is nothing more than a frame, tank and seat.
Based on the 6 complete bikes in my small collection a bike that would bring it full circle would be a Bimota SB8R. Suzuki V-Twin wrapped in an Italian chassis and bodywork. Alternatively a Bimota SB6 would also fit nicely, GSXR 1100 engine wrapped in Italian chassis and bodywork.
That’s if my intent were to tie both the Italian side to the Suzuki side. I could go in another direction and add a second Aprilia evening up the Italian side at 2 a piece.
My 3rd choice of direction is to leave my Aprilia as a
representation of alternative Italian V-twins and add a 3rd Iconic Ducati. That evens up the Ducati/Suzuki symmetry at 3 each with the Aprilia on its own….to be joined later by the EX project as a single example of a Japanese parallel twin.
I arrived at this 3rd option as an admission of the basic fact that I’m not going to adding bikes until I die. At some point I feel like I need to call it good and be satisfied with my stable. A Monster is the last Iconic Ducati I’ve wanted for almost as long as I’ve been riding.
I really want a Monster that is the ultimate expression of Massimo Bordi’s original concept of a bare bones Superbike. One that retains the 851 based frame. That is what I feel will round out my small collection.
On one side, 3 iconic Ducatis with a progression of Suzuki 4 cylinders, 80s, 90s and 2Ks on the other with an Aprilia in the middle like a referee.
That strikes the right balance with me. Adding other bikes that I’d like to have or even love to have don’t result in the same sort of symmetry.
If my situation changes in the future, then I’ll revisit the logic of adding a Guzzi or a Bimota or even a Japanese V-twin….or gasp…..a Buell. For now though, it’s going to be a Monster. I’ve narrowed that down to an S2R or S4R. If I found an S4RS I could buy for a decent price I’d go that route. They’re the last with the 851 derived frame…..and I’m honestly not interested in any of them after that.
Futuristic? Sure. Back in 2003? So far futuristic it was not received well. Aprilia introduced a vast number of concept bikes back then. Some made it into production, while others actually became something else. Take the Blue Marlin for instance:The 2003 MY Aprilia Moto 6.5 boasts one of the most futuristic designs in its class, bearing