New to Ducati. S2R 800 vs 696/796 vs 1100
As the title says. Been riding for ~8years. First bike was an '83 Honda CB450, next two were early 80's Suzuki liter GSs. Most recent was an '83 Honda 600cc dual sport. Likes and dislikes for each. Mostly, I'm ready for fuel injection, maybe even ABS...
I'm about 5'6", 130lbs, ~29/30" inseam (kind of short legs...). Love torque, tended to gear my sprockets short on the liter bikes, don't care about top speed so much. Didn't love the weight of the old GS's, loved being able to throw around the 450 and 600. Comfortable with taller bikes (one toe, half saddle stops with the dual sport), but prefer both balls of my feet planted. Plan on commuting a little bit in town and joy riding on the weekend. Few to no track days.
Been eyeing the 696 a lot. Test rode one, seemed like plenty of bike, height was fine, loved the low end grunt, weight was fine, thinner rear tire made it feel lighter. Didn't get a chance to take it on the freeway. Sounds like the 796 is a nice compromise, allowing more comfortable freeway riding? There's a local, 3xxxmi 2009 1100 for cheaper than the used 696's... Worried it's more bike than I need and have heard a lot of complaints about in-city driving performance. Clutch is supposedly a bit stiffer too?
I love the aesthetics of the S2Rs... Way sexier than the modern bulky/Tonka-looking Monsters, imo. Though, no ABS.... there's a local 2007 S2R 800, 14xxxmi, for about the same as the 2009 1100. If it were purely looks, I'm sold on the S2R, hands-down...
But it's not just looks... Having trouble narrowing it down. Any advice, things to look out for?
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by _Phaedrus_; 07-23-2018 at 06:35 PM.