Sounds more like the question should be what you would replace your SC with? Reading the first 2 replies it sounds like people would rather look to the past rather than the future. That's my vote also! A Monster M900 perhaps or an MHR or even a R90S???What should Ducati replace it with? My hope is for a new Supersport, what's yours?
I had one of those for a while! It was a fun bike, and I didn't mind the rattling and smoking and wrenching and all that, but it couldn't keep up with traffic and the quality was pretty awful (it was one of the Indian Bullets). It was great fun around town though. I do miss the thing...Those pesky multi cilinder numbers are ruining motorcycling! Back in my day, one was good enough! And it was called the Enfield! Why, if you can't handle the rattling and the smoking and the oil and the wrenching, you don't deserve to ride. It's too EASY.
+1 - geezers (d)rule. . . there's plenty of geezers like me who want a bike that's comfortable to ride everyday, doesn't involve inserting your head between your knees to ride, but still makes enough power to put a stupid grin on my face every time I twist my right hand . . .
There's obviously a lot of people who like the the bikes with the mods you mentioned, but I'd suggest if Ducati is interested in boosting GT sales, they lower the price 15-20% and leave the bike as is (although yeah, a problem-free tank would be wise) and let buyers mod them (or not) according to their own tastes.If Ducati ever gave a hoot about saving the SC line, it would have been sooooo easy! Just make them better. Do what the on-line crew here has been doing with suspension, wheel, and power upgrades- not to mention the farkin' tanks!
They could still breath life into the GT- 1100cc, Ohlins, Better wheels...
What are the chances of THAT!
Excellent summary, the "Transformers" have taken over but there is still the odd good looking crack whore in the crowd that I could park my arse on.To tell the truth, I'm probably done with new bikes. Everything (even Ducati) is getting so angular and tedious; the "Transformers" generation is coming into cash I suppose. As someone wrote: Ducatis used to look like supermodels now they look like crack whores.
New Ducs barely run right because they have to vandalize them meet emissions requirements. Plus, technology is at the point now where bikes are so powerful we need even more technology to hamstring them. That's if the anti-theft system hasn't inadvertently paralyzed the thing due to a software glitch.
Anyway, for a fraction of the cost of a new Duc I can buy a used Monster or a gorgeous 90's Supersport, tear the thing apart and rebuild it into whatever I please: a simple, powerful, good-looking machine with a round headlight. Insurance will be cheaper too.