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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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916 vs R1

So I realize its not a fair comparison given the age difference but looking at a late model 916 vs a 2001 R1. Every word written on both is great but the 916 with 10k on it is around 9500 vs about a third less for a nice R1. Anyone out ridden both with an opinion?
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I've ridden a bit on a 98' 916SPS and have a few hundred miles logged on a 2000 996. I've also done a few hundred miles on my other friend's R1 so here's what I can tell you given that background:

As is obvious, they're completely different bikes and feel very different. The ducatis have this firmness to them that I've never felt in any other bike i've ridden. Riding them is really a unique and extremely fun experience. Largely because they're v-twins, the power delivery is very smooth. However, they are also hands down the most uncomfortable bike I've ever ridden. That and both those Ducati's I've mentioned have had lots of mechanical problems, Ducati didn't really spend much time engineering a bike that was good for the streets( i.e. stop and go traffic and whatnot ) and as a result they're uncomfortable and start to break when put through enough street stress.
As for the R1, they're pretty great. Tons of power and a real nice feel. Also it comes with the reliability and forsight of a japanese bike which has led the one we have to be problem free for the 22k miles we've logged.
Pretty much though I'd say no one should get a Ducati that doesn't know what they're signing on for. They're a weekend bike and not one thats up for the daily grind. Plus I've got a lot of love for the R1 so thats the way I lean. But as I said at the beginning, its difficult to compare because they're both made with different purposes in mind.
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Thanks for response

Used to ride a bit 20 years ago so just re-stating. Old enough to recognize its not all about practicality - passion for the produt, expeience is driving factor. So to me there is no choice - it's get what moves you or not why bother. Obviously everyone has different things that drive the consideration.

Guess that was a long wined answer...
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I own both the 916 and R1. For me if i had to chose between the two i would definitely go with the 916. I love the way it feels in the canyons. I just feel alot more comfortable on this bike then I do on the R1.
This is my weekend bike only. If you are looking for a daily commuter then go with the R1. The Ducati will kill your wrist and in traffic it will burn you're A$$.

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The Ducati will kill your risk and in traffic it will burn you're A$$.
I was trying to figure out what you were trying to say and then I realised you probably meant "wrist" and not "risk". Anyway, I concur that the Duc will burn your butt in traffic, even if you are cruising along on the streets. Those pipes get hot!!! It's definately designed to go fast.

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OOOOPS.
I'm in San Fernando Valley.

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I picked up a 2000 996 at a great price as an early Christmas present to myself, and all I can say is that it is an unique and exhilarating experience. All my prior bikes were in-line fours, and the twin has a much different feel. This is just a weekend bike, so I wasn't concerned much with comfort, but I did find it to be more comfortable for me than I previously thought.

But it definitely is not designed for long hauls. The Ducati also stands out, which may be good or bad depending on your outlook. When ever I parked my 900RR, it blended into the crowd, just another sportbike. The Ducati, however, is an attention magnet, from both riders and non-riders.

My opinion is the R1 would be a better all around ride, if you may do some longer rides. Also, I think from the performance numbers perspective, the R1 has the bragging rights, if that is important to you.
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I've got to agree with Ted900 on this one. The R1 is probably an easier bike for day to day riding and anything over 200 miles I walk past the DUC and go for my Hayabusa.

BUT, the Ducati is unsurpassed on curb appeal and I can honestly say I'll own my DUC long after I've traded through my more sensible day bikes.

PS. My fiancee (ladybug) is pretty crazy about hers too

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