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Holy moly this thing is fun!!!

Picked up my UE at Motorcorsa in Portland, OR last Friday afternoon - made my deposit in October. I expressed in another post an internal conflict regarding mods and customizations before getting a chance to ride the thing stock. I chose to go 99% stock. They did manage to talk me into a front sprocket swap which they've done on Monsters in the past in order to get even better pull in the lower gears. I can tell you it does make a pleasing difference, especially for the blend of city and open road riding we're lucky to have in Oregon. (Note: I'm relatively qualified to notice the difference, but the reason for that is a story for another day...)

I've put about 150 miles on it so far. Over the weekend I took it through some great twisty turny scenic byways, rode 2-up for a bit with my wife, had it out on the interstate (maybe not the best idea for the break-in period) and I've been commuting with it to work this week - haven't done any off-roading yet. So far I LOVE it in every situation. I'm a new Ducati owner, and with all the threads nit-picking some of the less-than-impressive details, I was ready to notice all the stuff folks have been talking about. But when I actually started riding the thing, all I could think was: holy crap this is a Ducati!!! The brand's heritage is in performance racing and the soul (almost literally, if an engine is the bike's soul) of the Scrambler is all wrapped up in that. I've never ridden a Monster with this engine and now I know exactly what I've been missing. The suspension is definitely very tight, the throttle is responsive, and the seat is relatively firm - but with my limited knowledge of race bikes and of Ducati: isn't that how a Ducati is supposed to feel?

I'm new-ish to riding and new-ish to motorcycle engineering and design, but I've been a product designer for 10+ years now so I understand the challenge of putting a product out there that is meant to appeal to a wide range of people. I know every reviewer has said nearly the same thing so I'm not really sticking my neck out here, but this bike is near perfection and will go down as an absolute classic. Nothing else is even its class in my opinion, not even the Triumphs or the Moto Guzzis that have been the points of comparison so far. The other brands will make their versions, and some of them might even do it better, but I'm SUPER hyped to own the first of its kind in this era of bike design history.

Sorry not sorry for the soap-box rant, that's sort of what the internet is for. I love my bike!!

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I would be curious on the performance difference with the sprocket change as I have felt the gearing could be a bit higher then it is which is usually the opposite problem you have with Ducatis from what I've been told. I as well have the same riding impressions you've had and its just a fun bike to ride, very different from others I've had in the past.
 

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Time to get a second one ;)
Exactly what I've done, A Classic on it's way.
It was in stock so done deal, I might have to change the colour though as she likes the red ones but wanted spokes and I thought this was the best option rather than fit spoked wheels to the Red Icon.
 

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Tim,

Good to hear the bike is even better than expected. You've geared down?

Sarah
 

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Thanks, Sarah! Yeah one tooth off the front sprocket, feels awesome if you really want to get that old school dirtbike vibe - which I love even in the city. Definitely makes you wanna act a bit more like a hooligan though. :)

So when I picked up my bike, they actually gave me the wrong one. I put about 50 miles on it that night just cruising around and the dealer called me in the morning to say I had the wrong vin#. The sprocket on that bike hadn't been swapped out, so when I finally got mine, I could definitely feel it.

I'd recommend it to anyone who really wants to have rowdy fun with this thing.
 

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Thanks, Sarah! Yeah one tooth off the front sprocket, feels awesome if you really want to get that old school dirtbike vibe - which I love even in the city. Definitely makes you wanna act a bit more like a hooligan though. :)

So when I picked up my bike, they actually gave me the wrong one. I put about 50 miles on it that night just cruising around and the dealer called me in the morning to say I had the wrong vin#. The sprocket on that bike hadn't been swapped out, so when I finally got mine, I could definitely feel it.

I'd recommend it to anyone who really wants to have rowdy fun with this thing.
1172 of fun last week honing around the TT circuit and mountain and coastal roads, HOOT and glad your happy too.
 

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Way to go Tim, glad it suits the hooligan in you. Careful jumping those curbs--oil filter down there.

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Welcome Tim, I think it's safe to say you like the bike :rolleyes: and yes thats what the forums for ,sharing your experience , Thanks :D
 
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