Test drove a 2018 1200s today and wow what a bike. I am not an expert by any means but the bike was just fun to ride. When we sat to talk numbers I did get a bit of sticker shock .......17,500 is a little more than I wanted to spend but liked the single sided swingarm, grey color, and quick shifter.
Anyway, a little after I sat on an 821 and did not realize it had the same display now (last 821 I sat on was older) and the quickshifter can be added through Ducati. So my main question is if the 1200s is worth the 5 k more than a black 821 monster (no red for me)
I am 5'10 200 lbs and do not plan on any track days. I'm a pleasure/nice weather rider that has a lot of highway to get places and want something that's stable for 2 up riding as well. I know the 1200s would have more torque for that but is it psbyically more comfortable for 2 riders?
It seems the 5k difference for the 1200s gets me
- Single sided swing arm (LOVE IT)
- Quick shifter built standard ($300 ish add on for 821)
- Ohlins adjustable suspension (not sure if I really need this)
- Ducati wheelie control
- Ducati cornering abs
- +30 torque
- +40 hp