I have no major issue with it....as if it makes them some money, and they divert the extra funds to add to their Superbike and Naked street bike ranges....it works for me. Couldn't care less about this thing, really (I don't see myself buying a cruise, EVER) as long as it provides class-leading performance and decent quality/reliability and doesn't trash the Ducati progress they've made to become one of the more reliable brands in the EU market. (pretty amazing in itself...)
Their target is the 197 HP VMAX and early reports indicate that the Duc compares favourably with lighter weight , better handling , and less power . I'm guessing it won't sell well b/c it's trying to straddle the 2 categories of cruiser and standard w/o the perceived benefits of either . Most cruiser fans want tart and ceremony with acres of chrome and low maintenance , while standard riders crave comfortable but serious performance with decent lean angles . And it's not going to be cheap . I wouldn't mind it as a kind of fun drag bike for straight-line blasts on country roads , although I'd prefer the VMAX .
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