I am in northern minnesota, bought a blue/white S4R. Its my first Ducati, and I love it. I do not ride very much, but have owned many bikes and have ridden an S4, there is a big difference. I would highly recommend one-IF you can find one.
Like most others I do not like the catalytic converter, as it takes away from the bikes looks. I will just replace the exhaust system when a full system becomes available
tonyj- I do not live in the area, I have a lake/vacation house in northwestern minnesota, about 60 miles east of Grand forks ND.
Its in storage now along with other toys. I usually spend 5-7 weeks a year there. Maybe next summer. Only put a few hundred miles a year on a bike.
matt13- you will love the bike, i have had many japanese and just sold a triumph s3. The ducati has a real personality! But I am not a big biker, I enjoy many other fast hobbies like, boats,cars,horses etc.
monsta s4- was not demeaning your bike, I simply meant having ridden a stock s4 the s4r has a much stronger motor, the mid range roll-ons are very quick.
Thats good to hear. I hope I can be good to the girl. I am not a real experienced rider but when I saw this bike I could not resist. I look forward to riding it to the lake and around some this fall. Anything else a guy should know when buying a new bike?
So what kind of methods do you guys in MN use to keep people from stealing your bike? I would like to drive mine to work in downtown but I worry about how safe my bike would be and where the best to park it would be.
I work down at Marquette and Washington. If I ride in, I park in a secure lot that my company owns. Cameras and what not all over the place. Most garages will give you a discounted rate for moto parking. I live on 5th st ne- you could always park in my garage and walk over. Just leave the keys with me and I will take good care of it for you.
there is a garage on Marquette and 4th I think it is. I always see bikes parked on the first level there. Across the street from the Hennepin County Family Services Building and an open air lot on the other sides of Marquette. There are always scooters locked up right next to it between the alley and the underground garage. Walk over there at lunch and check it out. It is the plain white garage and they have the sign outside that says it is skyway connected. I dont know how discounted it would be, but it is worth a shot anyway.