Well that begs the question, what's "no real use?"The whole superleggera line are bikes like no other manufacturer can offer to the public with the most precious and exotic parts available to date - a factory racer for people with deep pockets and an astute sense of the worlds ultimate in craftsmanship and engineering. a motorcycle to dream of owning and of no real use to 99.9% of riders.
So I have not said anything on here (and maybe I'm not supposed to at all) but I guess this is as good of a time as any. Although I may delete this later if I think it's too much.Damn shame about those wings!
I try to not say anything at all if I don't have anything nice or constructive to say, but I have to get this off my chest..
Why can't Ducati, a company known for it's beautiful design come up with something better than those hideous wings? Yes, yes, functionality over form, blah blah blah, but Honda with it's new Blade, and Aprilia with the latest RSV4 have managed to add aero functionality that is neatly integrated into the design of the bike, instead of these unsightly appendages that look like they've been knocked up and tacked on by some overly enthusiastic backyard mechanic. For me they totally ruin the look and appeal of what I'm sure is an otherwise incredible sporting creation.
Ok, I got that off my chest, I feel better now. Apologies for the bout of negativity, but I was looking forward to this bike and I'm disappointed in Ducati, I'm certain they could have done better
I wonder if they can be removed? Realistically they'd probably only be really useful coming over the crest on the front straight at Mugello..
Well that begs the question, what's "no real use?"
It's not a back hoe, or an ox cart, or a wheel barrow; it's a sporting motorcycle. I would argue that its use is to thrill its owner to the maximum thrill they can tolerate.
We can argue all day about what that looks like or doesn't look like and of course it's going to vary from person to person but at the end of the day this isn't some industrial machine that has some blue collar job to do. It's one and only job is to bring excitement to its owner (ideally when they throw a leg over it and fly into turn 1 at their favorite track or rip through their favorite canyon but that will vary too) and I suspect that it will do that quite well.
At the end of the day, even the base V4 is way too much for public roads. I have said before that I have so much fun on my 916 bikes and 900SS and the extra that I would get from these new bikes would come into play less than 3% of the time that it's just not worth it. But every now and then something comes along that is just so special that even though it's marginal utility is so relatively minute, the specialness it exudes just can't be ignored. And if that's not a major part of the "real use" of this bike, then I don't know what is.
So I have not said anything on here (and maybe I'm not supposed to at all) but I guess this is as good of a time as any. Although I may delete this later if I think it's too much.
I was invited to buy one of these at the start of the year before it was announced to the public. Subsequent to that initial invite, I received an invitation to the fly to Bologna in January to see it at the design studio. They sent me all the technical specs and images and videos of all the individual systems. With the documentation on each system they sent to me, I gradually went from, "no way in hell" to "wow, that's not so bad," to "jeez, that's really amazing," to "okay, maybe I need to get one."
And then they sent the images of the whole bike together with the bodywork for the first time. And I was like, "those wings are the ugliest thing that I've seen since the Pontiac Aztec; I'm out."
Full disclosure: I hate the wings on the regular V4. And I have ridden at the track on a V4R with the wings and one without and I do know that they make a difference in that environment. I have no issue with that. But a road bike doesn't live on the track and should be an elegant thing for the environment in which it lives and the job it has to do.
But a week or so after I had a face to face sit down with the powers that be at Ducati and I said that I loved the bike a ton but the wings are hideous and why would someone want to ride one on the street with those things? They went into this whole thing about the design department's insistence on the wings and all the functionality they provide. That said, I came to the conclusion that they're viewing the wings as they viewed the color on the other Superleggera - a key differentiator and a key part of the design. But for me, riding on the street (and it is a street bike, after all) with those is akin to the kid in his Honda Civic with the wings and splitters and canards all over the stupid thing. Plus it takes away from an otherwise stellar bike and design.
Finally, I said that I would only order one if they could do a few special things for me - one of them being supplying me with one without the wings. I won't bore you with the details but it took a little back and forth with Bologna and I had to show them a few things but eventually they agreed and we came up with a solution together that wouldn't hurt the homologation process and would ensure that I would get a completely homologated bike that satisfies their legal department. They got the rest of my requests sorted and I handed them the deposit and the order.
So the short answer to your question is "yes."
Only exception to this would have to be the BMW HP4 Race only it's not street legal but it's every bit aThe whole superleggera line are bikes like no other manufacturer can offer to the public with the most precious and exotic parts available to date - a factory racer for people with deep pockets and an astute sense of the worlds ultimate in craftsmanship and engineering. a motorcycle to dream of owning and of no real use to 99.9% of riders.
Absolutely. And I can’t understand truly appreciating bikes like this without doing it on a track.Only exception to this would have to be the BMW HP4 Race only it's not street legal but it's every bit a
one off best of everything bike just like the Superleggera's.