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http://www.ducati.com/news/06/news014/news014.jhtml

"The judges were the artists Heinz Mack, Vittorio Matino and Kenneth Noland, 15 times motorcycle world champion Giacomo Agostini, the design professor Enrico Fagone, the transportation designer Michael Conrad, the fashion designer Carlo Rivetti, and the journalist Alessandro Giudice. The jury was chaired by Mr Bruno Alfieri. The 26 examined and evaluated motorcycle and scooter models and defined the top aesthetic achievements of 15 European, Japanese and American manufacturers.

After a careful examination, Jury presented two of the awards to Ducati models. The award in the “Special Series” category went to the Ducati 999R Xerox and the award for the “Best Prototype” went to the Ducati Hypermotard."

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Yeah, okay, maybe I'm being a troll. :p
 

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Oh Jeez! I can see the fur fly on THIS forum, from some of the Terbie-SBK-is-a-turd ranters.

Wait - wanna bet they're gonna "substantiate" their arguments with all sorts of SBK sales figures and stuff? (regardless that good old Tambie's MV Agusta is a sales flop ;) )

:) :) :)
 

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All of the the 999r should have come out with WSBK race graphics... It looks so much sexier... It finally got to see one in person, and the pictures don't do it justice... Its to bad, since the 999/749 series may change soon - I think the design is finally catching on.
 

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I have never liked the 999 and having a bunch of "experts" telling me it is "beautiful" won't change my mind. But as much as I dislike the 999, I really can't stand pretendo-racer graphics no matter what make or model it's slathered on.
 

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I have never liked the 999 and having a bunch of "experts" telling me it is "beautiful" won't change my mind. But as much as I dislike the 999, I really can't stand pretendo-racer graphics no matter what make or model it's slathered on.
Aww gee, so you don't like my bike?

Shucks *kicking the dirt*
 

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Other awards...

"Additional awards went to the MV Agusta F41000 Senna in the street bike category, the Kawasaki ER-6n in the naked category, the Husqvarna TE510 Centennial in the off-road category and the Aprilia Scarabeo 500 in the Scooter category. In addition, the MV Agusta Brutale R and the Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod Destroyer received special prizes."
 

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Other awards...

"Additional awards went to the MV Agusta F41000 Senna in the street bike category, the Kawasaki ER-6n in the naked category, the Husqvarna TE510 Centennial in the off-road category and the Aprilia Scarabeo 500 in the Scooter category. In addition, the MV Agusta Brutale R and the Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod Destroyer received special prizes."

Damn! Now you went and spoiled all the fun about the MV Agusta! :) :)
 

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Page 28 my friend, page 28.......

OldBaldy said:
Damn! Now you went and spoiled all the fun about the MV Agusta! :) :)
Barry-

Good to hear from you again ! Just two comments

1. Didn't know that the MV is a sales flop ! I haven't seen either their forecasted sales or actual sales, so....!

2. Regarding the sales performance of the 999's, doesn't page 28 of the Ducati re-start plan say it all ? Or if I may quote..."Moreover Ducati is experiencing problems with product appeal in the premium SBK segments due to a style and discontinuity issue on the 999-749."

That doesn't seem to address what fine motorcycles they actually are. It just says that the marketplace....and not just a few of us old school guys......doesn't think it is attractive enough to let us enjoy it's superior performance and increased reliability.

Yikes ! What a terrible position to be in ! Gotta do something with that self acknowledged product problem.

You Terbie enthusiasts ought to fall in line with Ducati management on this one, no ?
 

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Well, don't really care what you guys think. I like the 999 and wish I had one. If you don't like it go buy a rice burner. You'll feel better in the masses. A grain of rice in a bowl... HAHA.

AND. I'm already on the list to buy the Hypermotard. I hope you don't like it either. Go buy a KTM or better yet a KLR.

So there.
 

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bev, Old Baldy's absolutely correct about the MV Agusta sales flop. Every time our local dealership uncrates an MV and puts it on the sales floor, somebody walks in, flops down a wad of cash and walks out with an MV. ;)
 

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Well, don't really care what you guys think. I like the 999 and wish I had one. If you don't like it go buy a rice burner. You'll feel better in the masses. A grain of rice in a bowl... HAHA.

AND. I'm already on the list to buy the Hypermotard. I hope you don't like it either. Go buy a KTM or better yet a KLR.

So there.
Don't know if this was directed at anything I said (don't think it was, actually) but, after all this time, I think the 999 is decent. I'd own one. Just not as nice (personal preference here) stylewise as the 916/996/998. And, the evolution of the 916 is the MV Agusta, clearly. If you love your 999 you are a lucky man. No doubt you are as happy as I am with my 998. Hey, we can all be happy, eh? :)

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The Troll speaks again...

I like the 749/999, but when it came time to put my money where my mouth is, I bought a used 748. If I were to go out RIGHT NOW with $20K in my pocket, I still don't think I'd get a Duc superbike. In fact I'd probably buy Moto's MV. :D

At the moment, the 748 gives me everything I can handle and still gives me little hints that it's got more when I'm ready for it. If I ever get to the point where moving up to a literbike makes sense, I'll probably start looking at used 999S or 999R models.

My real dreams, though, lie along the fog-misted path of what Ducati might have available as their "flagship" model in '08. I think it's quite likely I'll go from a turn-of-the-century, Tamburini-penned superbike and skip over the 999 to whatever the Next Big Thing is.

Nothing against the bikes or those who own them -- it just hasn't been in the cards for me to get one.
 

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Any idea on the MSRP for the supermotard ???
 
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