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This thread will put a cat amongst the pigeons and get some interesting opinions!
Too many accountants and not enough engineers! :eek:
http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/ducati-mega-monster-spy-shots/
If you look at the curve of the front header it appears to be tucking in to the RHS of the bike...... there's a V4 in there for sure. They're trying to recoup some of the tooling costs for the sedici. This will be to Ducati, what the Cayenne is to Porsche: an odd fit but done for a profit. Rear tail light treatment is ugly IMHO and obviously the handling is taking second stage with a rear tire like that. Pillion accommodation looks marginal..
Ducati have already positioned themselves as the Ferrari of bikes so WTF??, I don't think Ferrari would bastardize their brand with an SUV. Every time I see a Cayenne I still shake my head... but the $$$ are king!
 

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Hey now, I have a Streetfighter and a Porsche Cayenne, the Cayenne is awesome and when I haul my family around there is nothing else I'd rather be in..... just saying
 

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I think its great. This is something they can turn a profit on that supports more racing and development. I think they are looking to grab a new customer to Ducati. Whether it works or not remains to be seen.

I always like it when companies try something different. Its companies like Honda (way to reserved in the US market right now) that piss me off. Bring over the CB1000R and I would buy one today.
 

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still undecided. I dont mind the concept of the product line expanding, but curious to know more about it.
 

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It's not;), Ducati PR purposely leaks these photos to stir up the rumor mill and I have first hand info that yes they will present their latest and newest bike in Milan at the end of the year.
 

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It's not;), Ducati PR purposely leaks these photos to stir up the rumor mill and I have first hand info that yes they will present their latest and newest bike in Milan at the end of the year.
You mean I have to wait another half a year to find out about a bike that I definately don't want??? THOSE BASTARDS!
 

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looks stupid to me, but I'd still rather ride that thing than a Harley...
A lot of Ducati riders think your Streetfighter is stupid and ugly.

A lot of Ducati riders think my Hypermotard is stupid and ugly.

I think ST's are stupid and ugly.

Everyone has different tastes, and I applaud Ducati for trying to think of different ideas. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Besides, why does everyone always get in such a tizzy whenever they show pictures of test mules that look nothing like the final form of the bike? Half the people who are criticizing this bike based on these "spy" photos will fall in love with it when they see it in person on the showroom floor.

Happens EVERY single time Ducati produces a new bike. The only thing we can be sure of at this point is that the Sport Touring guys will hate it, no matter what it looks like...
 

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A lot of Ducati riders think your Streetfighter is stupid and ugly.

A lot of Ducati riders think my Hypermotard is stupid and ugly.

I think ST's are stupid and ugly.

Everyone has different tastes, and I applaud Ducati for trying to think of different ideas. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Besides, why does everyone always get in such a tizzy whenever they show pictures of test mules that look nothing like the final form of the bike? Half the people who are criticizing this bike based on these "spy" photos will fall in love with it when they see it in person on the showroom floor.

Happens EVERY single time Ducati produces a new bike. The only thing we can be sure of at this point is that the Sport Touring guys will hate it, no matter what it looks like...
I think all Ducati is doing here is fragmenting their customer base and diluting brand identity. I thought that the Monster was the Italian version of a cruiser?
 

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I am sure that the Beemer crowd went ape-shit when the S1000rr was not ugly or awkward enough to follow their purist idea of what a quirky niche bike should be.

And yet it is taking things by storm and is an awesome machine that will help promote the brand far more than their typical bikes ever did.

I like that Ducati is thinking outside the box. The world moves on, markets change, and you cannot simply cling to a very narrow part of the past. If they can push the envelope and gain marketshare by taking a segment like the cruiser market and doing it well, adding their clearly visible Ducati flair, while still remaining true to their core, then I think it is better for them and better for us.

As someone else pointed out, Ducati purists(aka close minded snobs with little imagination) scoffed at the Multistrada, the Hypermotard and probably the Streetfighter.

You can't stay a one-trick pony forever in this world.

Ducati will never dilute their racing heritage. They are simply adding to it, that's all.
 

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Personally I just hate to see a brand based on a performance history and European motorcycle culture and evolution become homogenized into American culture.

The Ducati name stands for something and it isn't copy-cat me-too let's make a cruiser for the dumb Americans.

It's bad enough that pop TV created the custom chopper craze and every country in the world has a McDonald's
but for Ducati to build this bike really is telling that the Dumbing of America is spreading to the rest of the world.

This is a kick to gnads to all of us who and put our faith and loyalty into a company like Ducati
who builds performance motorcycles for those of us who can still think for ourselves.

This bike, no matter what it looks like, is insulting to me as a Ducati enthusiast, and to Ducati who is loosing their cultural respectability and Italian individuality.
 

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Personally I just hate to see a brand based on a performance history and European motorcycle culture and evolution become homogenized into American culture.

The Ducati name stands for something and it isn't copy-cat me-too let's make a cruiser for the dumb Americans.

It's bad enough that pop TV created the custom chopper craze and every country in the world has a McDonald's
but for Ducati to build this bike really is telling that the Dumbing of America is spreading to the rest of the world.

This is a kick to gnads to all of us who and put our faith and loyalty into a company like Ducati
who builds performance motorcycles for those of us who can still think for ourselves.

This bike, no matter what it looks like, is insulting to me as a Ducati enthusiast, and to Ducati who is loosing their cultural respectability and Italian individuality.
Kind of like Maserati making 4 door sedans?..... And Porsche station wagons?...:D
 

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a lot of ducati riders think your streetfighter is stupid and ugly.

A lot of ducati riders think my hypermotard is stupid and ugly.

I think st's are stupid and ugly.

Everyone has different tastes, and i applaud ducati for trying to think of different ideas. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Besides, why does everyone always get in such a tizzy whenever they show pictures of test mules that look nothing like the final form of the bike? Half the people who are criticizing this bike based on these "spy" photos will fall in love with it when they see it in person on the showroom floor.

Happens every single time ducati produces a new bike. The only thing we can be sure of at this point is that the sport touring guys will hate it, no matter what it looks like...
ouch.
 

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Personally I just hate to see a brand based on a performance history and European motorcycle culture and evolution become homogenized into American culture.

The Ducati name stands for something and it isn't copy-cat me-too let's make a cruiser for the dumb Americans.

It's bad enough that pop TV created the custom chopper craze and every country in the world has a McDonald's
but for Ducati to build this bike really is telling that the Dumbing of America is spreading to the rest of the world.

This is a kick to gnads to all of us who and put our faith and loyalty into a company like Ducati
who builds performance motorcycles for those of us who can still think for ourselves.

This bike, no matter what it looks like, is insulting to me as a Ducati enthusiast, and to Ducati who is loosing their cultural respectability and Italian individuality.


Your post clearly shows that this is an egocentric issue for you, not one of market strategy or even common sense.

I too like Ducati because they are different and you don't see 4 of them on the way to the corner store. I get that part.

However, if Ducati was going to make a Harley, I would agree with you. But I have confidence in them enough to believe that they will create a bike that is a cruiser, but the finished product will be all Ducati at heart. I see this as being a really exotic, badass Italian take on what a cruiser should be.

So don't worry. There will not suddenly be 17 of these things parked at your local Starbucks, taking away whatever prestige and status you thing your current bike grants you. You will still be special, fear not. ;-)

In all seriousness, this looks like a really cool bike. I would own one of these for cruising and then a Ducati Superbike or whatever for fun.

Them adding something like this to their line, does not in any way take away from their Superbikes. They will still be just as fast, just as cool, just as exclusive, etc...

All that will change is that you might see more Ducs on the road, and to some, that will take away from the feeling of exclusivity that they enjoy, and that may impact their ego.

It looks like a cool, fun bikes. It's their company, not yours, so lighten up, Francis... ;-)
 
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