The lack of Termis availability may be a result of the "flat spot" issue discussed at length in a number of other thread. Consider that at the press introduction, all of the bikes were equipped with Termis. What do you think the press reaction would have been had they ridden stock bikes? Not to mention that the press only got to ride the bikes on a race course so that any low-speed driveability issues would have been minimized or overlooked. Imagine stock bikes on the street and in town during the intro.
Then consider that many, if not most, dealer demo bikes are equipped with Termis for the same reason. How many of you "first adopters" would have had the same reaction had you test ridden a stock bike?
So, if the initial production of Termis was based on a reasonable sales expectation, the need for Termis by dealers for demos and at the press introduction may have soaked up all of the initial production run. Is it possible that Ducati may have "suggested" to dealers that they install Termis on their demos and maybe even offered incentive pricing for them to do so?
Food for thought.
I asked my dealer about the Termis on the demo bike and he said Ducati always ships Termis with their demo bikes - that was the only set he had.Just for the record, I demoed the SFS at two different dealers and they both had Termis. I didn't inquire as to whether they were full systems or not. However, I noticed no driveability issues at all and one of the tests (escorted) was rather sedate and on city streets for the most part. From reading the many posts about how bad the flat spot issue is, I assumed they were full systems because of that.
Even if they were slip-ons, the posited theory could still hold because the lack of cans to go with the ECM could delay the availability of the full system.
Wintermulte's experience of demoing a stock SF makes me wonder whether there should be a poll about what setup was on the bike other riders demoed. I gathered from the posts and from my experience that most demos had Termis but that may not be true. The poll may not be worth it though since the sense of the replies to my theory is to give Ducati a break.