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Old 05-03-2003, 11:29 AM   #91
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Funny you should mention that. I have two computers, with the background being the Tuono on the desktop and the Multistrada on the laptop. One of these bikes will be my next bike. And I do think they go very much head to head.



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Old 05-03-2003, 04:09 PM   #92
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M3? I certainly don't think so. I actually am somewhat attracted to the Multistrada but in no way do I see a similarity with the M3.



The M3 is a very high-output technological marvel of a car. The Multistrada...well, it is an air-cooled 80 hp 'real world' type motorcycle. The M3 (if you've ever driven one) has a kidney busting suspension and is built with outright performance as the only thing in mind.



Maybe not the Baja...but a Legacy GT perhaps. Great all-rounder but a smidge down on power.

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Old 05-03-2003, 05:21 PM   #93
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It's better to have two things sticking out in the breeze than four things. Less drag is better, that's all.
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Old 05-03-2003, 05:26 PM   #94
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Ok, but please neuter one of them first.
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Old 05-03-2003, 06:16 PM   #95
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Mikey, I specifically went out of my way to remove the aesthetic aspect of the bikes from my equation.



I said the Tuono will rip the lungs out of the Multistrada while also being every bit as Italian as the Multistrada.



I said the SV1000 will kill it on power, as well.



Your main argument reverts back to the looks of the three bikes, and looks are nothing if not subjective in the first place and by and large the Multistrada isn't going to win too many beauty contests anyway.



As for telling me to ride the air cooled Ducs, don't assume I haven't. I've ridden everything, basically. A lot. I'm a motorcycle dealer.



A Ducati's air cooled 90 degree v-twin motor doesn't feel significantly different than a similar, albeit liquid cooled, Japanese motor, except for the obvious fact that the air cooled Ducati motor first signals its protest by feeling rough and overworked before simply signing off altogether at the precise moment its Japanese or Italian liquid cooled counterpart is satisfyingly digging into another 30 or so top end ponies.



Though I know you didn't make the comparison I'd also beg to differ with those who'd compare the Multistrada with the V-Strom, Caponord, Tiger or any GS BMW. While those bikes obviously aren't serious dual purpose bikes they at least have some small off road ability, what with their long travel suspension, "adventure touring" semi knobby tires, skid plates, hand guards, etc.



The Multistrada has no off road pretentions whatsoever. It's an upright naked standard with a small fairing, period. As such it'll do battle in the Market Share Wars with the likes of the FZ1, ZRX1200, Z1000, Bandit 1200S, 919, Tuono, SV1000 and MAYBE the V-Strom.



As such it'll compete fairly well, in the handling stakes. It'll get comprehensively lunched on motor, durability, ease of ownership and value.



You can keep your air cooled Ducati v-twin, at least until you can make 'em go 100,000 miles at all, much less without expensive valve adjustments every 6,000 miles. If you can do that while also giving 'em 110 utterly reliable rear wheel ponies then hell yeah, sign me up.



Unfortunately, that'll happen right about never.
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Old 05-04-2003, 06:19 AM   #96
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if I felt confident in Ducati's reliability, and I didnt have to have the valves checked every 6K ($$ + hassle) I would be more interested (but not in the Multistrada - too quirky (i.e. Unattractive)).
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Old 05-04-2003, 02:51 PM   #97
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Nope. Not even close. Ducati almost had me with the ST4s. Lost me on this one... I wish I wish I wish Aprilia had found a way to produce the Blue Marlin...
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Old 05-04-2003, 09:13 PM   #98
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"FWIW, I kinda likes it...."



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Old 05-04-2003, 09:20 PM   #99
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Reminds me of the analogy between fat chicks and mopeds.
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Old 05-05-2003, 08:37 AM   #100
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My shining red one will hopefully arrive in a couple of weeks. Since I havent had a chance of driving it yet this site got me paying right away with this scope.



The ST4S was very tempting but having past 20 about 23 years ago a more upright riding position was really appealing.



After looking at some really ugly bikes ( TDM900, V-STROM) this beauty had no problem convincing me when seeing it in real life for the first time.

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