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Old 07-04-2001, 08:36 AM   #1
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Default Re: Aprilia Futura vs. Ducati ST4 Reader Feedback

I like the Aprilia for everything: engine, performance, maintenance, handling, looks...but that range is crippling for a sport tourer. I can't believe that under 150 miles per 5+ gallons was all that could be produced.



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Old 07-04-2001, 08:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: Aprilia Futura vs. Ducati ST4 Reader Feedback

Man, Aprilia just came out of nowhere with their new stuff! Keep it up!



I prefer the look of the Futura, and it sounds like I'd prefer the motor too. BUT less than 150 miles on a tank? Pretty much cripples it as a serious tourer if you ask me. Of course it gives you the opportunity to do more posing at gas stops!
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Old 07-04-2001, 09:21 AM   #3
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Default Want to really ride a great Sport-Tourer....Try the Triumph

I currently own a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST with just over 10,000 miles. In

most of the categories in this test it pretty much blows away both the

Ducati and the Futura. I originally chose it becaust the VFR didn't have

factory luggage, and the ST2 wasn't reliable enough. The bike has been

stone reliable for the past year. It's comfortable enough for 500 mile days, and with all the power and handling I can use. In addition, I get between 47-53 mpg. I can usually run 235-250 miles before the low fuel light comes on. While it certainly doesn't have the sexy styling of these two bikes, I personally think it's the cream of the crop for Sport-Touring with the emphasis on "Sport". Sorry for Aprilla...I think their entire line is a testament to what can be achieved by a relative newcomer, 120 miles to a tank eliminates it from my list. The Ducati, while beautiful, fast, and a babe magnet, is just too unreliable for my taste.
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Old 07-04-2001, 10:02 AM   #4
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Default Re: Aprilia Futura vs. Ducati ST4 Reader Feedback

Oh where art thou FJR-1300?
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Old 07-04-2001, 10:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: Aprilia Futura vs. Ducati ST4 Reader Feedback

Good job, MO, another good comparo... but now I want to see the big sport-tourer test - including the Ducati, the Aprillia, VTR800, Triumph, etc. You should ride them all coast-to-coast and judge them all on the grin-to-ass-pain ratio when you get to the Atlantic.



You might want to proofread the story again, though - what exactly is the 'minority effect' on overall handling? Professional journalists should also know the difference between "its" and "it's", or hire an editor who does. Now I'm being a bit anal... other than the grammar, good job.
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Old 07-04-2001, 10:56 AM   #6
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Default Re: Aprilia Futura vs. Ducati ST4 Reader Feedback

Hondachop -



We appreciate the accolades and that's a good idea for a test. Unfortunately, it'd likely be a tad bit shorter than coast-to-coast. Still a good group of bikes. Hmmm...



As for the editing, looks like we were a bit too anxious to get to 4th of July BBQs after dealing with ad server issues. We'll go ahead and get that straightened out (HackFu?) and feel free to e-mail any one of us at any time with (realistic) story ideas and/or feedback.



Happy 4th of July to everybody!



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Old 07-04-2001, 11:39 AM   #7
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Default Alan, buy a Goldwing!

I just want to see you tooling along on a new Goldwing, Alan! Then we can race!
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Old 07-04-2001, 12:10 PM   #8
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Default Am I the only one waiting for the new ST1100?

Anyone know when the Honda dealers' meeting is going to be in September?
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Old 07-04-2001, 12:54 PM   #9
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Default What about the ST4S??

Great job on the comparo, guys, but instead of using the has-been ST4, it's a shame you couldn't pitch the the Aprilia against the latest, greatest ST4, the S model. I bet its fully adjustable Ohlins rear suspension, gold titanium nitride front forks, lighter wheels and 996 engine would send the Aprilia to second place. And all this for a mere thousand bucks more than the ST4.
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Old 07-04-2001, 06:27 PM   #10
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Default Re: Am I the only one waiting for the new ST1100?

I heard September...heheheh.



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