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S didn’t do so great against most of the other players in last year’s Super Naked Street Brawl, but mostly because two of the other four were our Motorcycle of the Year KTM Super Duke R and the BMW S1. R, which came within a whisker of overcoming the incredible SDR. The Monster suffered more in the track portion of that test than on the street, though, mainly let down by a lack of ground clearance when leaned into Chuckwalla’s endless high speed turns – a non- issue on the road. Back on the street, il Mostro was a highly pleasant thing to ride – as nearly all motorcycles are that deliver 8. The 1. 32 horses up top are like having your burrito wet.
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Yeah, well, the Super Duke R made 9. So we decided the Monster S is less of a streetfighter and more of a hot- rod roadster, and therefore the perfect excuse for T. Roderick and yours truly to compare it to BMW’s new R1. R, an awesome do- it- all “big Twin” motorcycle we’ve been looking for an excuse to spend more time upon.
All we need now is a hook to hang this thing on! How about Germany vs Italy!? Why not, since it’s the most obvious? It was on like WWII, with the exception that Germany and Italy were allies in that affair, up to a point.
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BMW R1. 20. 0R First Ride. Ei. C Duke tasked us with coming up with a couple of waypoints to honor the respective engineering heritages of the two storied brands without breaking the MO bank by leaving So. Cal: As always, we rose to the occasion. No problem: The Weinerschnitzel on PCH in Wilmington is the very first one, dating all the way back to the mid- 2.
As you can see, this one adheres to the classic Boxer engine architecture, with its drive- thru bisecting the two horizontally- opposed halves of the structure. There are no coincidences in Deutschland, mein Herr.
Tom went with the grilled bratwurst; Evans and I with the bacon chili cheese dog. Sadly, this Oktoberfest is beer- free. Just as well, as we have a long day’s ride ahead of us. And with the the addition of BMW’s new liquid- cooled Boxer motor, the new R1.
R’s sporty factor is greatly increased – the two bikes meeting somewhere in the Alps. Other tubular- meat German heritage sites in LA include Torrance’s Alpine Village, which puts on its own Oktoberfest every year. Willkommen to So. Cal! The Beatles did play a lot in Hamburg when they were getting started, so why not? As a matter of fact, bombing around L. A., the Monster is a ridiculously sweet ride. Our “S” doesn’t have electronic suspension, but it does have fully adjustable .
You can soften up compression and rebound out back with your hands (you need a 3mm hex to diddle the fork), and make it the plushest Monster ever. The seat is really quite cush also, the ergos not quite so upright as the BMW’s but close – and the thing makes just about enough racket to save your life without being obnoxious. Duke reckons its popping on overrun is “the most deliciously wicked cackle I’ve heard from a production exhaust.” There’s also a reasonably good passenger seat under the plastic cover. The one annoying thing about the Monster in town is its monstrous turning radius. Thumb it over to Touring mode, and my only other complaint is that the Monster’s too powerful. After we’d adjusted to the Desmodromic Variable Timing in the new Multistrada we rode last month, which greatly broadens this engine’s powerband, the Monster’s 1.
Testastretta without it suddenly feels a little peaky. The big Twin hunts and pecks a bit till the tach on the hard- to- read TFT display gets past about 3. Usain Bolt! Maybe I’m getting old, but it feels like the Monster wants to wheelie over backwards any time you open the throttle more than about halfway in any of the lower three gears. It’s a $1. 6,0. 00 motorcycle; I think it would be just as swell with about $1. Really, the Monster just wants to be off its leash.
Switching the engine mode from Sport to Touring helps, but the Monster still compels you to ride faster,” says TR. Luckily, the rest of the bike is up for it, with that excellent suspension, quickish reflexes and state- of- the- art brakes with ABS, of course. Meanwhile, the BMW is right on the Monster’s tail. It’s nowhere near matching the Monster’s peak horsepower, but it more than matches both its hp and torque below 6.
The BMW spots the Ducati a 6. While the Monster’s spritzing its vocal cords and clearing its 5. BMW’s been making over 6. It’s a linear, flat, easily- modulated plateau of torque, too, made all the more useable safe in the knowledge that the R’s traction control is on the job exiting greasy drive- thrus and intersections. Simply thwap it open; the big BMW’s phwoo.
OOART! On a racetrack, the Ducati might make short work of the BMW (both have plenty of ground clearance for road use). On the street, it’s usually neck and neck. But enough of this gritty industrial overpopulated seaport angst- ridden sausage- fest already!
I think the real reason we brought the Ducati out was because we’ve been looking for a reason to visit Doffo Winery, over the coastal mountains down south of L. A. And never mind Marcelo Doffo is Argentinian. His people were from Italy, and his son Damian, who mostly runs the place now, is a big motorhead who races a KTM RC 3. Cup with AHRMA. I’d dialed out most of the compression and rebound damping from the Duc’s shock, and it handled the 3. I- 5 in complete comfort, the 8. V- Twin loping perfectly smoothly along at 5.
God bless the 9. 0- degree Twin. Quite rakish. Riding positions on both bikes are ideal for urban use (TR on the BMW is a few inches longer than me), and nearly interchangeable; the BMW is a tiny bit more upright with a bit more legroom, and serves up 5. ESA- controlled compliance at each end, nearly on par with the Ducati’s .
Wheelbases are nearly identical; the BMW steers a smidge slower, with 4. Part of the BMW’s extra weight is centerstand and luggage mounts. Right alongside it, the R1. R rider is experiencing the same crisp climate- change fall day in the 9.
Thumb ESA from Dynamic to Road (there’s no Touring), turn on the cruise control and set it easily with your left thumb, and it’s hard to see how life could get much better if you’re a person who likes to ride smooth, comfortable, powerful motorcycles. Our optional Touring Screen is a bit tall for my liking, but BMW offers a shorter Sport one too: also same- key saddlebags and a top box, four different seats, a GPS with optional Garmin Smartphone Link for congestion information in real time, up- to- the- minute weather forecasts, etc., etc. With our test unit’s Comfort Package (heated grips, chrome exhaust pipe and tire pressure monitors) and Touring Package (electronic suspension, cruise control, centerstand, luggage mounts, etc.), along with the keyless ride fob, and Gear Shift Assistant Pro, you’re looking at $1. Ducati. You’re pulled a bit lower over its front wheel than on the BMW. The faster the curves become, the more you can feel its weight advantage over the Beemer, and the more it feels like it might steer a little more accurately with a 1.
BMW has, instead of the 1. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Ducati gives it. On the BMW, there’s no need to stop for anything: Swap Road for Dynamic damping on the fly and again, the Ducati’s not getting away. If anything, the BMW feels a little more planted and accurate in the corners on its Metzelers, with the calming influence of that big longitudinal crankshaft keeping its hand on the rudder. It’s an easy bike to ride quickly.
Ducati Monster 1. S+ Highs. La Scala on Pirellis.
Who knew a Monster would ever be this comfy? Easy to change coolant hoses since they hang out all over the place– Sighs. TFT display is invisible half the time when the sun’s out. A bit lacking in creature comforts for $1. Not nearly as docile as the BMW in town. Out there at Doffo in the wine country, what can we tell you? Actually we’re told winemaking is a hard, agricultural business, but given the setting – grapevines as far as the eye can see and tons of elbow room for all, great roads all over and not so many people or cars – it’s hard to believe life could be anything but a breeze.
It could be Tuscany (not that I’ve ever been). With a little room to spread out, plenty of nice covered parking, great curvy roads right outside your door and yes, the need to perform a little self- promotion – we’re in Monster country.
So what if Ducati doesn’t offer luggage for it or cruise control? Take the pickup to town if you need something that won’t fit in your Gucci backpack. When I told Damian Doffo I liked the BMW better because you could ride it to San Francisco, he said, “But why would you?” Good point. The winemaker’s current ride is a KTM RC3. Cup. BMW R1. 20. 0R+ Highs. ESA is wunderbar. Truly a Standard to do everything including cross- country.
Do all maintenance your damn self– Sighs. Numbers on the LCD panel are too tight- packed, hard to read. Doesn’t make you suffer at all, no possibility for atonement. Could be the last bike you’ll ever buy.
Luckily, we don’t know much about wine other than we like it. Sadly, since we were riding and working, we barely got the chance to taste anything and had to spit when we did.
Try the Mistura, Doffo’s own excellent red blend, if you make it out that way. Temecula’s turning into its own little Napa Valley. Damian pointed us to a couple of excellent roads we’d never heard of just a few miles away.
I’d take this one over a Panigale any day. You? But even on the tight, twisty little backroads Damian Doffo pointed us to, the stoic German bike still seemed to have no problem keeping right up with the extroverted Italian one – the Ducati might gap the BMW a tad if there’s a straight, but the BMW’s excellent balance lets it close back up on the brakes, and its superior low- rpm torque has it right up the Duc’s tailpipe after the next corner. You’d have to ride faster than TR and myself on the street to exploit the Ducati’s horsepower advantage, and that would be unadvisable.
Train travel in China . Beijing railway station for Trans- Siberian trains to Moscow & Ulan Bator. Harbin, a few sleeper trains to Shanghai. Beijing South (= Beijing Nan or Beijingnan) for high- speed trains to. Shanghai & Tianjin.
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RMB 5. 75. RMB 8. RMB 6. 9. 0 . Guangzhou. G- category high- speed trains One- way per person 2nd class. Business class Beijing - Guangzhou. RMB 8. 62. RMB 1.
RMB 2. 72. 4 Beijing - Shenzen. RMB 9. 44. RMB 1. RMB 2. 93. 9 Fares. D- category high- speed sleeper trains One- way per person.
Soft sleeper. 2nd class seat Beijing - Guangzhou. RMB 8. 80. RMB 7. Fares. for Z- category classic sleeper trains One- way per person Hard sleeper. Soft sleeper. Deluxe soft sleeper Beijing - Guangzhou.
RMB 4. 26. RMB 7. RMB 1. 38. 3 Beijing - Shenzen. RMB 4. 35. RMB 6. RMB 6. 9. 0 . A G- category high- speed. Guangzhou South Station. How. much does it cost?
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