A Mistake that will haunt me for a while
It seemed to be a good idea at the time.
I convinced myself after 17 years of riding, I deserve the pedigree.
I told myself the number of 8000 units is nothing to hang on to.
Boy, am I wrong!
I recently traded my HP4 for the Ducati Panigale 1299s Anniversario. The special paints theme, the 500 units allocation, the dealer priced it at MSRP, who could have said no, right? Hindsight, I should have. I quickly realized how huge of a mistake this was. Ducati, while it's name crowned the motorcycle industry, offered me no satisfactions. My 50 miles ride home, was miserable. Ducati shakes, bakes, rumbles, but all was done without the refinement of the HP4. The L-Twin engine drops revs quicker than the Titanic hitting an ice burg, while HP4 just hanged on the revs, even throttle is closed. Ergo on the Duc is rather punishing, It's skinny, the seat was a cardboard, and the mirrors don't fold,,, the list goes on and on.
I miss the smoothness of the HP4, where it revs to the sky with a ballistic velocity, while the Duc stops at 11.5. While it carries the speed just as well, but once again less satisfying.
Adding insult to injury, wife and daughter came home, wife was excited about the purchase, but meanwhile she didn't see the Duc until it's actually home. Her heart dropped and plainly told me that the Duc is not half as good looking as the HP4. My daughter actually was mad at me because I took her blue princess away and refused to name the Duc.
Sorry about the rant, I just want to put it here. For those of you with a HP4, hang on to it. It's a special machine. It does everything well. Don't let others tell you otherwise.
Ps: There is an used (4600 miles)HP4 std at Mancuso Motorsport Southwest in Houston if anyone is interested.