My use will be dirt roads, back roads, and maybe power line roads (hint: all have the word road in them) I would never take a 10k bike that has a metal tank into the woods! Learned those lessons early on in my teen years on mx80's.
The high exhaust only moves the exit higher, but there is still plenty of exhaust uncovered under the bike, even with the Ducati "skid plate" in place. The way they redirect the exhaust, if you really look at it, it doesn't do much other than look the part. That's fine though, because this isn't a log hopper. It's a street bike that can do a little reasonable off-roading.[/QUO