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Old Jul 6th, 2008, 7:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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2009 Sport Classic Line

Heard today that the only model to be produced/offered for 2009 in the Sport Classic line is the GT. Just curious, anyone else hear anything about this?
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Old Jul 6th, 2008, 10:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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My recollection was that there was a post a month or so ago that referred to the California Air Resources Board approvals for 09 bikes, and all three of the current sport classic models were listed. I would guess that means they'll all be marketed. Doesn't indicate what changes if any there might be.
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Old Jul 6th, 2008, 10:27 pm   #3 (permalink)
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To me, the SC Line is more of a novelty thing in that these aren't exactly the first moto most people are going to out and get. Sure, many forum members have in fact purchased an SC as their very first moto, but those aren't the majority. Those who choose to buy this version of Ducati, to me, have a specific taste for a specific moto. As of course, others do for their specific motos.

However, point being, I kinda want the SC line to be discontinued in that from this point on, the constant production of the same moto with subtle changes in ergos (maybe) / paint / little do-dads might not fully be a feasible market to try and force-feed for the sake of nostalgia. You can only get soo vintage or pay homage to a time-frame before it's no longer special. the forum members might in fact feel like this based on the lucky ones to own the 06 versions. I kinda want someone in 5 years to be looking for an SC rather than going out and buying the 2012 version. While it's not an MH900E, I'd like it to be a 2 year version of a line of motos so many people were able to get.
There's plenty out there, but their not at every street corner around the world.

In otherwords, I'd kinda be bummed if these versions of a classic moto, became more of a commodity for the sake of it being a line of motos that's become another Yamaha R1. In that, their a dime a dozen.

Isn't that what a Triumph Bonneville became and still is?

Just a tinge selfish to the SC line,

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Old Jul 6th, 2008, 10:36 pm   #4 (permalink)
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http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/...992_0d8_hn.pdf

The above is to the CARB certification for the 2009 models. Looking at it now, it lists the GT and the Sport 1000 Biposto. Maybe means the S model won't be sold?
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Old Jul 6th, 2008, 11:09 pm   #5 (permalink)
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It would probably make sense for the company to market the GT and the Sport, since they do appeal to slightly different people, and sell the fairings as an accessory.
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Old Jul 7th, 2008, 12:02 am   #6 (permalink)
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To me, the SC Line is more of a novelty...

There's plenty out there, but their not at every street corner around the world.

In otherwords, I'd kinda be bummed if these versions of a classic moto, became more of a commodity for the sake of it being a line of motos that's become another Yamaha R1. In that, their a dime a dozen.

Isn't that what a Triumph Bonneville became and still is?

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there is a flip side to this... the bonne and thruxton (which many SC1000 owners debated over before buying the duc) are classics for sure. the sc is also a classic while in an entirely different league. while the bonne and thruxton have the malaise of being overly common (to livedd0's point) they also have the benefit of having an abundance of following and options for modification. There is no shortage of parts and custom made whosiwhatsits to make your thruxton into your own image. The SC's on the other hand, all for the most part look the same. sure we can put on custom belt covers and pipes mirrors etc if you look at it comparitively there are far fewer options with the duc largely due to the smaller market.

so while i would love to see my bike become a hard to get classic in more than just name, there's part of me who wants Ducati to keep cranking them out, so the market grows and inspires more and more innovation in the aftermarket.

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Forgot to mention that there will also be an 1100 Monster to compliment the new 696.
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Forgot to mention that there will also be an 1100 Monster to compliment the new 696.
1100 Monster?
Hmm.
Wonder if it'll look like the 696?
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hope not, new shape is fugly
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hope not, new shape is fugly
Agreed. Monsters don't appeal to me at all.
A sporty naked bike with a 1098/848 motor in it would be nice to see though.
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