We’ve seen plenty of impressions from Ducati’s brand-heavy press events, but at least for my local Dealer, the first one (the demo) came in on friday.
So hopefully this can be helpful for anyone curious about this bike: Real person, real test ride on real streets.
The bike I rode was an Icon, like above, but with the Termi exhaust. It sounds AMAZING. Just the right amount of growl, with a wonderful “snarl-pop” on downshifts.
It’s hard to say, because I was stepping right off a bike with a 21” front wheel, but it seemed very nimble and flickable.
Super low seat. This is wonderful for people like me with short little legs.
Power isn’t revelatory (see my review of the Monster 1200 for that), but it’s plenty enough, and it has enough torque that you don’t need to downshift much.
Fit and Finish was standard Ducati excellence. It really felt like a high-quality bike, especially for the price range.
Highway behavior (~80mph) was excellent. Plenty of torque, smooth airflow, felt stable.
The suspension. Oh god, ow. I don’t know if it was specific to the bike I rode, or its newness, but the suspension was very harsh. Bumps that I didn’t even notice on my Tiger or the Monster rattled my helmet on the Scrambler.
The seat. Despite how it appears, it feels like a plank of wood. Extremely hard. That said, I can’t say it was uncomfortable or not given the short nature of my test ride.
The Tachometer is tiny, and runs clockwise. I assume you could get use to both of these things in time, but I kept finding myself bouncing off of the
Very Low Rev Limit. Granted, I’m used to my Tiger’s somewhat-high 10k limit and tall 1st gear, but this thing routinely would hit the limiter way, way before I was expecting it.
It’s a very small motorcycle. that doesn’t necessarily come through in pictures. I felt like I was riding on an old honda 50 or something. Again, I came off a very large Adv. bike, so anything was going to feel small, but this was something else entirely.
On that note, given the smallish fuel tank, I’m skeptical about fuel range. I get that this isn’t marketed towards people riding long distances, but given how sparse gas stations are in my area, it’s a concern. There have been back roads where I’ve had to make full use of my Tiger’s 240+ mile range.
Why is it so hard to find a motorcycle outside the touring/adv segments that has a fuel gauge? I really get paranoid riding without one.
If anyone has any questions, shoot! Also, I don’t know if there’s some sort of 2-wheels-good-specific version of Oppo, but if there is, feel free to share this there.