Hey...I take exception to the "poor man's ducati"
I traded a Duc for the RC...and the RC is more bike, better quality and more performance for 30% less money.
Ok...it's not a pretty as the Duc was. But it's a better bike, I've had an ST2 and a 996, and the RC is of better quality than either. And you have to move up to the 996R to get better performance...with the extra 8k you'll spend on that...you could have turned the RC into a bike that would trounce the 996R. Got sick of the Ducs breaking, not be able to get parts, and having to drive two hours to find a dealership that could do so much as adjust the chain properly.
Within the first six months owning the Duc I had the whacky sealed beam head light go south, alternator blow out, clutch slave cylinder die (twice). It did handle nice, about the same as the RC...I'd expect better for $6,000 more. Paint work was a bit better than the RC. Some of the pieces here and there were of a nicer design. But overall you're spending hard earned money for a name, not a bike.
Ok ok...yes I'd love to still have a Duc in the garage
PS. Oh yeah...please don't put the RC in the TL1000 category...it will run circles around that bike in any category you'd care to compare them. The TL barely qualifies as a sport bike.
Edited by - jbranson on Nov 07 2005 3:04:40 PM