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Upt'North said :-
First of all it struck me as strange that Ducati would consider fitting such a system to what is probably best described as a sports tourer. Now if it was a BMW K1600 mega nonsensical nonsense, then maybe. Afterall Germans follow like dutiful citizens queueing for a Frankfurter.
Now your average Italian Motorcyclist ( and I've ridden in the land of the Cornetto quite a bit ) is unlikely to follow any other vehicle for more than a nanosecond. How long is a nanosecond, don't know, doesn't matter.
I just think the bike industry needs a new gimmick to persuade Mr. £299.00 a month PCP to visit the showroom and ride it back home and park it in the garage for three years with the custom adventure kit fitted obviously.
This afterall is not new tech, wasn't the Mercedes S class fitted with this about twenty years ago.
I think it also relevant that review after review of the new yamakawahonukibmkt usually start the review by saying it has the latest 89 position ride by wire thingymabob, this that and the other and then states that it is so complicated to operate that it is fine left in "Normal" mode!
Why in the name of God do I need ( I don't) five position throttle settings, that's what my right wrist is for.
Some safety improvements are undoubtedly advantageous but who is going to fix these things when they're 5 years old. Plus who would buy one anyway when they're out of warranty.
Upt'North.
6/9/2019 11:36:57 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
Its right up there with ABS. If you screw up its there but if you don't you will never notice it. Like most safety systems you won't notice it unless you really need it. I wouldn't pay extra for it but as I will probably never own a multistrada in any form whatsoever and my current bikes will likely see me till I am not competent to drive anything any more I am not going to worry about it.
One thing it is a sign of in my opinion is the modern desire to remove all elements of risk from society. I think future generations will all die before they are 30 from boredom and terminal mollycoddling.
7/9/2019 1:19:54 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Terminal Mollycoddling? Won't happen on this forum, not on my watch.
Upt'North.
7/9/2019 9:31:06 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I agree with the gimmick point Upt'. There's always a "new, improved" soap powder being advertised, this bed is better than all the previous beds because of the XYZ springs and ABC covering. Why would you buy a new Ducati if it's just the same as the old one? And yes, when we've reached the stage we're fitting radar it means we have run out of things to do with the petrol engine, the chassis, the suspension and the ergonomics. You know, the things that matter.

As for removing risk from society Borsuk. My word that's a complex, deep and philosophical subject. I could cover it, I might one day. In a book!
7/9/2019 11:48:24 AM UTC
Borsuk said :-
It's not a deep philosophical subject. The companies and governments are scared of being sued and all youse yung uns are wimps.

I spend more time each day reviewing risk assessments for bullshit than anything else when at work.
8/9/2019 12:49:22 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
It's not a deep philosophical subject. The companies and governments are scared of being sued and all youse yung uns are wimps.

I spend more time each day reviewing risk assessments for bullshit than anything else when at work.
8/9/2019 12:49:23 PM UTC
Sharon said :-
The Bats are of on our travels again. Keep checking back to see where we get to this time. Don't forget to share the page with your friends if they want to travel with us too.
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8/9/2019 8:17:47 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ed, glad to see you're travelling light.
Are you parked too close to that gate?
Enjoy your travels you pair of rascals.
Upt'North.
8/9/2019 11:21:15 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Took the BeaST out today.
Dunbar was good. Weather was good. Life was good. But Autumn was knocking on the door.
Upt'North.
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8/9/2019 11:26:39 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Yes l was too close to the gate.

Them blooming French! Speed limits go up n down like a yoyo on a spring attached to a carousel. Way worse than us and that's saying something. And they all drive on the wrong side of the road. As you can tell I'm having a great time.

Dunbar looks lovely. Mind you bet I couldn't understand a word they're saying too.
9/9/2019 9:06:57 PM UTC
Sharon said :-
Well yesterday was mainly motorways to a travelodge in Gravesend which put us a nice 45 mile distance from the Channel Tunnel. First time for me (Sharon) riding my own bike onto the Eurotunnel. Well it battered down with rain so was really slippery getting onto train but all good. Then off we rode in France and Belgium. The boarder bridge between Mouchin and La Glanerie has a memorable to the liberation of the town on September 2nd 1944 by the American division known as Hell on Wheels. There is a statue of a motorcyclist from the division in the town.
Then down some gravel tracks, urghh, found us back into France and a quirky but pleasant campsite. The helpful owner even put us on a pitch with hardstanding for the bikes. 240 miles yesterday and a bimbling 130 miles today. Mixture of motorways and single tracks and A roads. Totally confused as to speed limits but good day today. ??
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9/9/2019 9:13:34 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
I can't remember a lot about Belgium, your piccie is certainly more interesting than any I've got.
I think it's somewhere we've just passed through, mainly anyway. Although I do remember having one of the best and most expensive meals anywhere ever, somewhere in Eastern Belgium near to the German Border. Thanks for showing us we must return. Like the memorial.
I will try to post a picture of what I mean, my memory is a bit like the view, flat and uninspired, until now.
Upt'North.
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12/9/2019 9:04:07 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ed, you won't understand this comment, so one for Sharon.
Don't bikes look clean on piccies, that BeaST has just done about 3000 miles I would have thought and it still looks clean....ish. I think we were coming back from Como to Amsterdam.
Perhaps all of life looks better in digital images than reality.
Although probably not me or MadBatts air filter.
Upt'North.

12/9/2019 9:18:02 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Two things...............
Ed, glad you agree about the more sensible French speed limits.
And, I've just noticed the Er'Indoors seems to holding that post in a way that says, you're not getting me back on that bike you ******.
Upt'North.
12/9/2019 1:02:00 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
Went for a run down to the coast on Tuesday. Brilliant day if a bit windy. Wife and friends brought the picnic and seating.
12/9/2019 4:53:37 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
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La Rabita, Costa del Sol
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12/9/2019 4:56:40 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
My view this morning Borsuk. Upt' will be pleased to hear we're in Charleville-Mézières.
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14/9/2019 7:30:32 AM UTC
Ross said :-
Hey, Borsuk, did your part of Spain miss the floods that some have recently had? Hope you're safe and dry!
14/9/2019 12:00:29 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Hope you enjoy it folks.
Upt'North.
14/9/2019 1:43:50 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
Hi Ross.

My area was had a little bit of rain but, nothing excessive.
Technically my area is classified as being nearly desert.

14/9/2019 8:17:34 PM UTC

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