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Old 02-10-2004, 11:02 AM   #11
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I didn't buy it for you or that guy at motorcyclist or anyone else. I bought it for myself.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:18 AM   #12
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Sean I thought for sure you would have picked that new rubber-mount Sportster.



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Old 02-10-2004, 11:54 AM   #13
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Don't knock the new Sporty. We just picked one up for an upcoming shootout and let me tell you, that thing is 100% better than the old Sportster.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:57 AM   #14
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I hope the next Tuono isn't so ugly.
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Old 02-10-2004, 12:05 PM   #15
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Aprilia used the V-twin and handling developed for the RSV and stuck in the Tuono with out detuning either. This is what makes it a trackday bike for the masses. Honda could replace the 919 with a model based on the new CBR 1000 without detuning the engine, Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), or Pro-link suspension. Yamaha could see the light and upgrade the FZ1 with the R1 2004 engine and brakes along with electronic fuel injection. Suzuki could use the GSXR 1000 as a base for a naked/standard. Kawasaki already has one with the Z1000 but upgrade it with the motor developed for ZX-10R. Ducati could break new ground like they usually manage to do with a 999/ST4. H-D could snap the V-rod V-Twin into the Buell line.

This could be a great decade for naked/standard motorcycles that have all the performance and handling for the track and riding ergonomics for everyday use.

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Old 02-10-2004, 12:07 PM   #16
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Probably feels like a naked geezer-glide!
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Old 02-10-2004, 12:08 PM   #17
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Yeah & they couln't figure out how they go around the track so fast on it. They all were surprised at their times.

Guess if it doesn't handle exactly like a Suzuki of a Kawi, the bike must be wrong.



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Old 02-10-2004, 12:14 PM   #18
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Must have missed the poll...



Test rode one and the bend in the bar and the thin grips hurt my wrists and I ride sport bikes with clip-ons for crying out loud.



So what did you do with all the votes for the SV650?
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Old 02-10-2004, 12:38 PM   #19
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As far as "standard" motorcycles go, the motopress picked the Tuono as the overwhelming favorite in this country and in the U.K. MOTORCYCLE CONSUMER NEWS was the major dissenter. They compared the Tuono to the Triumph Speed Triple and declared the Triple to be significantly better in virtually all categories. This test was in their September 2003 issue. For whatever it's worth, I rate them as the best testers in the business. Their staff riders are older than most motojournalists and have a more honest, realistic approach. They use Danny Coe and Walt Fulton to test the performance bikes. They are 45 & 54 years old respectively, but are ex-roadracers with impeccable credentials. The Tuono/Triple test makes for some interesting reading, as always, adding fuel to the never ending fire. Hope you find this useful information. Cheers, Jack



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Old 02-10-2004, 12:45 PM   #20
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Easy there, GB. Johnny was just teasin'. It's widely known that MO likes your Buell.</p>


Johnny, himself, has gushed over the Buell...
And he did it more than once.
And again even.</p>


Enjoy your ride. JohnnyB did </p>
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