[OntVFR] FW: Ducati Confessions

Robyn Landers rblanders at uwaterloo.ca
Fri May 17 11:29:42 EDT 2019

[Forwarded for Brad with some image manipulation...  -ed]

   From: Taylor, Brad [brad.taylor at tc.gc.ca]
   Sent: May 17, 2019 10:55 AM
   To: ontvfr at vfr.on.ca
   Subject: RE: OntVFR Digest, Ducati Confessions

I'm here on a rainy Friday morning to confess that yesterday afternoon, as my trusted VFR languished under its cover (still uninsured), I went for a ride on a 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200S. It's interesting how far things have come since 1991 and yet, despite the huge technological & HP gap between these two bikes, I still wouldn't accept the Ducati as a replacement. Even as I write this, I have a hard time explaining exactly why that is. Perhaps it's the need for Dealer level intervention for every single simple maintenance requirement or maybe it's the tiny lack of throttle response inherent in fly by wire throttle systems. Perhaps it's due to the lack of the V4 symphony, although the Ducati, equipped with its $3k titanium exhaust does make some good noises (perhaps too much actually). The cruise control and backlit handlebar controls are nice, as is the heated grips, which is something I've never experienced outside of sledding. The riding position seems quite comfy but your hands are spread quite wide and my elbows hurt after half an hour for some reason. I couldn't imagine more than an hour in this position, to be honest. Despite the enormous horsepower on tap, it didn't feel super fast and at no time was a shocked at the acceleration or caught over my head with the performance of it. It feels caged and boxed in with all the driver aids ensuring that nothing too exciting happens, like a modern Honda Civic. Ok bad example, but you get the idea. I had to change the settings to remove the wheelie control in order to elicit such and finally had a smile on my face.

So I operated it for a couple of hours and put it back in the garage with a meh result. My wife wasn't fussed with the rear seat, saying that her bum was sore and that she preferred the old VFR stock seat. She also noted that the saddle bags rubbed the backs of her legs and she wants them off before the next outing.

So I guess I better get the insurance on my old steed so we can continue our two wheeled romance!
I bought a 1990 parts bike in NJ last month so I could steal the left exit Two Brothers exhaust of it. So now I need to get busy cleaning that system up and mounting it on my 91.

That means I'll have a stock header, Vance and Hines SS2R slip-on, center stand and the lower metal fairings available, if someone is looking. Not to mention the 1990 parts bike, which consists of a frame (undocumented) rear sub frame, rear brake system, engine and a harness (cut) but with ignition, front forks and wheel, white fuel tank (small dent) etc . Call or text me at 613-857-3645 if you need something.

Brad Taylor

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