nismoo, thank you very much for your help, could not have done it without you. ... as i flew in and out within the same day i did not take very many pictures as i knew i would be back. unfortunately the pic of eric b. was fuzzy, oh well.. the Ducati is a beautiful bike, a piece of art. if i ever bought one, this would be it. my expectations were high and i had to get used to the bike and the track at the same time, in only two sessions. .. if only i had more time with the bike, next year?? .. please understand that my family is italian. i love ferrari's as well. but i am a function before form guy and that's why i own a porsche turbo instead of a ferrari... for 30K, i have three great Japanese bikes. the Duc reminds me of the honda 1000rr that i have, if you stay up in the higher revs, the bikes rock. the bike felt very controllable and obviously, the suspension is great. as i ride a gixxer 1000 (street/track bike) and hayabusa, as well, i am spoiled by suzuki's midrange. you are rarely in a wrong gear. . with the Duc and honda, there are times, when you should have been down one gear and there is time lag. i am a 4 cylinder guy and really like instant gratification, therefore high hp is the only way. i also think that the mechanical sound of the Duc is too much. the honda with a different exhaust sounds the best and it runs like a friggin sewing machine. the honda is very refined and smooth. the Duc is a racebike that we can ride on the street, barely, but it didn't feel like 140 hp. . my gixxer 1000 is like a wild animal but is my favorite on the track. maybe because it is my second one and it just feels comfortable to me. the hayabuse feels like a brick, if i just got off the 1000. but in a straight line or at least, not mountainous, curved roads, the hayabusa has no equal. you are never in the wrong gear. it was a very warm and humid day and the Duc's underseat exhaust contributed to my personal overheat situation. my honda does not get as hot and the suzuki, not even close. i love the fact that all of this technology and performance is available to us. i am anxious to ride the R1 and ZX 10. we are all very lucky and fortunate. Ernie, as i ride to and from the track for track days, i don't NEED a trailer. BUT i want to experience ALL the great tracks around the country and do it with like minded, local people. (see my Road Atlanta post) i think a 6 bike trailer would be perfect. Or slightly larger as some (non motorcycle) friends and i are looking into the hayabusa powered race cars, like Radical and www.
Stohr.com .... if you though Barber was great, (which it is) wait til the first time you hit the corkscrew at Laguna Seca on your own bike. unbelievable..!! of course, Road Atlanta is pretty great as well. life is short, let's do all of them, again and again.