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post #6181 of 6912
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Originally Posted by pfurey View Post

BMW s1000r vs. s1000rr vs. Panigale 959 vs. Aprilia Tuono for my next bike? I realize they're all pretty different, but I love them all for differing reasons. The Aprilia seems like the best of both worlds with it's semi-fairings and upright riding position, but having spend some time on the new r1, I'm loving the aggressive stance as well.

 

The beemers have a face that only a mother could love.  The little Panigale is probably just as hot around town as the others.  That new Tuono is a big improvement looks wise over the 1st gen V4, but only if you have a dealer nearby. It would be my choice 

 

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Why not the MV Brutale 800? 

 

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or the mf'n Dragster

 

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post #6182 of 6912
I'd second the Tuono as well. I have several friends that have the last gen models and they all love them.

The only thing I would say (and basically every Ape owner I've met says this) is that dealing with Piaggio for warranty sucks. If you have a problem, they pay out to fix the problem and that alone -- e.g., for a leaking hose, they cover the hose and you cover the coolant, clamps, and labour to re and re everything but the hose.
post #6183 of 6912

Aprilia's are sexy.

post #6184 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Oooo thanks for the heads up... I will look into this

Damn, you drinking in the parking lot too? My invite must've gotten lost in the mail.
post #6185 of 6912
I own an HP4 - agree that the assymetrical headlights aren't awesome. The Panigale is definitely better looking.

But the HP4 is easy to ride around in a way a lot of sportbikes aren't.

Tuono is nice, but the RSV is just so much better looking.
post #6186 of 6912
I'll have to find my way to one of these ducati test rides...any further details? My light googling turned up nothing.
post #6187 of 6912
Ditto, I haven't found anything
post #6188 of 6912
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I'll have to find my way to one of these ducati test rides...any further details? My light googling turned up nothing.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Ditto, I haven't found anything

 

This was the link in teh email

 

http://www.ducatiusa.com/season_opener.do

 

 

When you select CONTACT ME it allows you to select what you want to ride

 

Diavel HypermotardMonsterMultistradaScramblerSuperbike

 

 

 

More good news: I don't know how to read a calendar.  Wedding is on Saturday & Sunday.  Friday is Duc day for me

post #6189 of 6912

How did you guys transition to riding on the highway? I've been avoiding it, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to do it for some of the longer trips I plan on taking this year.

post #6190 of 6912
I took lessons (mandatory here). One of the first lessons I was directed to the highway. The biggest impressions was one of incredible speed. The acceleration at half throttle on the on-ramp. 120 Kmph (about 75 mph and top speed here then) seemed almost. too. much. Overtaking at 90 mph was an incredible rush. Lines blurred. My illfitting lesson helmet was lifting. The wind roared deafeningly. How would I ever get used to the chest constricting wind pressure?

Was I having a hypochondriac heart attack?

Thank god the instructor let me take the off-ramp. At the next roundabout the twin cylinder CBsumtin' stalled only twice. I'd made it.

Nowdays riding at highway speed is normal/easy/boring. My biggest fear now is losing my licence when I'm enthousiastically overtaking.

So my advice to you; take lessons, or just do it.
post #6191 of 6912
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Originally Posted by CDFS View Post

I took lessons (mandatory here). One of the first lessons I was directed to the highway. The biggest impressions was one of incredible speed. The acceleration at half throttle on the on-ramp. 120 Kmph (about 75 mph and top speed here then) seemed almost. too. much. Overtaking at 90 mph was an incredible rush. Lines blurred. My illfitting lesson helmet was lifting. The wind roared deafeningly. How would I ever get used to the chest constricting wind pressure?

Was I having a hypochondriac heart attack?

Thank god the instructor let me take the off-ramp. At the next roundabout the twin cylinder CBsumtin' stalled only twice. I'd made it.

Nowdays riding at highway speed is normal/easy/boring. My biggest fear now is losing my licence when I'm enthousiastically overtaking.

So my advice to you; take lessons, or just do it.

 

I'm taking the course in a few weeks, but I don't think it involves highway riding at all. I think I'm just going to have to build myself up to it.

It's not the speeds I'm worried about since I've ridden at 60-80 mph within my first 2 weeks of owning the bike when I rode to VT. Most of those highways were county roads with a max of 2 lanes on each side and very few trucks. I've seen what it feels like for a tractor trailer to pull by when I'm on a bicycle when it's going 40-50 and I'm going 20-25. I can't imagine what it's like on a motorcycle when the truck is going 70 in the next lane.

post #6192 of 6912
Some advice for you when you go to do the course: pretend like you've never ridden a bike before.

For the highway, it's not so much riding at speed as it is the merging and navigating. I got comfortable by taking the bike out late at night or early weekend mornings when traffic was light and doing on-ramps.
post #6193 of 6912
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Some advice for you when you go to do the course: pretend like you've never ridden a bike before.

For the highway, it's not so much riding at speed as it is the merging and navigating. I got comfortable by taking the bike out late at night or early weekend mornings when traffic was light and doing on-ramps.

 

Yeah, I'm fully prepared to learn things their way and assume that I'm doing everything wrong since that's the best attitude to have.

I'll likely take the advanced course later this summer or next spring as well. 

 

Good info re the ramps. I can probably ride at weird hours where traffic won't be as big of an issue. I wonder how the 650 will feel at highway speeds for longer periods of time.

post #6194 of 6912
I think if you are already used to riding at 80 MPH you should be fine. Highway riding is kind of boring. Like CDFS now my biggest challenge on the highway is keeping things under 85.
post #6195 of 6912

I was on the highway within hours of getting my license.  I was 20 so I thought I was indestructible.  They only thing about highways that did (and still) concerns me are expansion joints on overpasses that run parallel to the lanes and uneven pavement


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 3/12/16 at 5:45pm
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