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Old 01-11-2007, 12:16 PM   #81
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I guess you can't read either.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:25 PM   #82
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I've just got back to riding after 15 years doing the family thing. Thought I'd buy something practical but sporty... so I bought a sweet 2000 RSV1000. First month I've clocked nearly 1000 miles on New Zealand highways and the only niggle is the handlebar induced wrist cramps generated after 200 miles at highway speeds. My point is, the Tuono with it's higher bars would be just the ticket - except for the lack of wind protection over 75mph. I can see how, with it's fantastic torque and sharp handling chassis, the Aprilia Tuono stakes it's claim by being most things to more experienced riders. The beemer is for touring folks and lacks the passionate looks of the Italian stallions, the Brutale is an urban thrash bike to lose your license on. I agree with your findings but then I would wouldn't I?.....
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:40 PM   #83
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Yep I am sure you are right.. It has been 11 years since I lived back there and I know snow tires have come along way.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:27 PM   #84
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Uh oh, your on to me...
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:22 PM   #85
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Luggage? Who needs luggage?! Seriously though... a tankbag and/or tailbag will suffice.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:30 PM   #86
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Point taken. I love versatile bikes over hard focused niche bikes (the latter always look cooler, but are one trick ponies). That said, a good naked can be well rounded with the right gear... ground clearance is always my concern on any bike since I'm a serious leaner, so the boxer and other engines that tend to hit hard parts easily worry me. Of course, the last boxer I road was a friend's ancient R100, so I'm sure a new R1200R would corner fine. I just prefer L- and V-twins for narrowness.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:40 PM   #87
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Agreed. The windscreen looks like an afterthought National screen. It'd be cool to see some simple housing around the headlight like some other mini-faired nakeds have (e.g., Tuono, Brutale, Monster, or naked SV650), or just keep it unfaired, but integrated (like a Hornet, Grisso or Breva).
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:04 PM   #88
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Great artcle guys. Thanks also for all the great pictures. Now, am I the only one to find that the Tuono is just plain ugly? Even wild paint schemes don't changemy perception that they are the ugliest Italian bikes. OK, the one designed by Stark was original and the last Mille was a much needed improvement.
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:57 PM   #89
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Ugh. I had a 76 Wing, and the engine seized on me. Worst $1100 I ever spent.



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Old 01-11-2007, 07:03 PM   #90
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That's because BMW hasn't figured out how to translate the words "Too Much" into a number...



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