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Ducati Multistrada S Touring D Air

Add comment April 25th, 2014

Spyder Club Ducati Multistrada D Air

Spyder Club have just received news that Ducati have introduced the first bike with an integrated system providing a wireless connection to a Dainese/Ducati airbag jacket.

Thanks to sensors and electronics built into the Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the safety system only kicks in when it decides you really need it, ride safe out there!

Spyder Club Review: Ducati Monster 1200

Add comment April 21st, 2014

Spyder Club Ducati Monster 1200

Our first ride on the Monster 1200, we look forward to these and especially when it’s a Ducati because they make really good motorcycles! Ducati bikes handle, have character in abundance, go like stink and look stunning to boot. This one didn’t disappoint!

So here it is, the new Ducati Monster 1200 finally joins the Spyder Club fleet after what seems like an age since we ordered it (just anticipation) and it’s good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, it’s a Diavel chassis with a smaller section rear tyre and a little less power from the same engine.

Spyder Club Ducati Monster 1200

The Diavel is probably the best smiles per mile bike, it stuns all that ride it with its unbelievable ability to go really, really fast on any road. Like the Multistrada it’s a do anything bike, especially in Strada form, so what is the Monster for?

It’s for fun and loads of it! The Monster has a sportier riding position than the Diavel or the Multistrada, however the high bars provide all day comfort and the pegs aren’t too taxing at the same time as lending themselves well to moving around the bike when you need to get the adrenaline flowing and make a little more progress!

Spyder Club Ducati Monster 1200

The chassis is long, so just like the Diavel, braking is first class, unflappable when really pulling the anchors hard. However under harder acceleration the front does lift a touch which wasn’t expected but added to the entertainment!

Regardless of a slightly flighty front wheel, if pushed, it’s very planted and provides confidence from the outset. The roads ridden were good enough to give it a proper test, enjoyable A and B roads which did everything apart from long sweepers and tight twisties but the Monster was so stable.

Spyder Club Ducati Monster 1200

Even with its long wheelbase you can imagine it dealing with hairpins just like its Diavel brother or like the recently ridden KTM 1190 Adventure, similar length chassis and in Spain last month, a dream on all roads, hairpins included! And the Monster is going to go round fast sweepers very well, it’s built for it, chuck a screen on the front, a bag on the back and head anywhere you want.

It’s a tried and tested engine being used in the Diavel and Multistrada to great effect and in the Monster 1200 it’s a star! It may not be as powerful as the other two but honestly, who’ll notice with that much torque? It pushes really hard in sports mode and is perfect for the chassis.

Spyder Club Ducati Monster 1200

It wasn’t a long ride, just enough to get a feel with this excellent motorcycle. The only thing that takes away from the experience is the position of the rear foot pegs and exhaust that can give the rider pigeon toes when on the balls of your feet. It’s not a big deal but like the Streetfighter it just takes a little getting used to before you feel properly comfortable.

Once again Ducati have produced something special, a bike that works really well at the same time as being a little different. I really enjoyed it, straight away it proved its ability, straight away it offered confidence and entertainment. I’m looking forward to riding it again very soon!

 

 

Spyder Club Review: BMW R nineT

Add comment April 15th, 2014

Spyder Club Spain BMW R nineT 2014

The BMW R nineT was picked up from BMW Park Lane on Tuesday 11th March with the agreement, we couldn’t ride it until Saturday the 15th which was when BMW did their official launch of the bike – it was a tough promise to keep!

On the 15th March the R nineT was in the back of the Spyder Club van heading south to start our season under Spanish skies, which, were beautifully sunny and a much needed change to the gloom of the UK!

Spyder Lizzi on the Spyder Club BMW R nineT

Since arriving in Spain it’s covered 1,200 miles on challenging roads and been ridden by 14 different bikers meaning we have a a proper opinion of the new, very retro, very cool BMW R nineT!

Spyder Club BMW R nineT

It’s been a gem! Members and our Spanish trip guests have nothing but good to say about it: the engine, power, handling, brakes and of course its looks! With a low seat height it also fits the masses, it’s comfortable enough to ride all day and what a day it would be…

The retro scene it a rapidly growing one, the 70’s motorcycle look returns with modern ability and in the R nineT, BMW have recreated their distinct look exceptionally well. It’s a beautiful motorcycle which owners can fettle to their own visual desires with a good selection of BMW add ons. The Spyder Club machine is a pretty standard purchase, as it comes, but we are very happy with it.

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The Akrapovic exhaust looks good, sounds good and burbles beautifully when you throttle off! It’s a typical BMW soundtrack, nothing really new but it suits the bike’s character perfectly and adds to the riding experience, you really do feel like you are riding something very special!

The engine again is tried and tested, a boxer unit used successfully in the GS since 2005 so nothing new to report bar it works in the R nineT! The torque is perfect, linear, with no surprises, so the rider can get on with enjoying the character of the bike and its ability to be hustled on all roads. It propels you from corner to corner with no nasty moments for those wishing to push on. The engine in particular has been raved about, it works really well in the R nineT package.

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The handling also has impressed, it’s brilliantly balanced with good feedback on all the roads we’ve ridden it on. From fast sweeps to tight twists, it has dealt with it all impressively. The different ability and build of the riders we’ve had in Spain has proved it’s a bike that works very well for all!

From our tall chaps to Spyder Lizzi, it’s been a capable, easy to use motorcycle in all of the situations we’ve experienced. It is a smaller bike, definitely in comparison to the Moto Guzzi Griso SE which is probably it’s main rival. Similar power, weight and both with a twin engine and shaft drive that provide bags of character and massive fun.

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Like the BMW, the Griso does it well, great looks, superb engine and a chassis that copes exceptionally well with all manner of roads, it is regularly requested back on the Spyder Club fleet, we just need a few more members to justify!

If you haven’t ordered a BMW R nineT then it’s unlikely you’ll be riding one soon.  Sold out until 2016, two members ordered a bike whilst in Spain so it’s been another BMW success story. But you can ride it at Spyder Club, whether as a member or on a Spyder Club trip, you’ll be very impressed indeed. Get in touch and speak to Spyder Club about Joining or coming along on a Fly-Ride Trip so you can ‘Ride More!’

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