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Old 02-18-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:40 AM   #2
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I really hope the NT700 sells as well in the US as it does in Europe. Although maybe a bit soul-less, its a good looking, comfortable, good-handling and extremely practical bike for commuting and touring. I want one.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:40 PM   #3
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I really hope the NT700 sells as well in the US as it does in Europe. Although maybe a bit soul-less, its a good looking, comfortable, good-handling and extremely practical bike for commuting and touring. I want one.
Yeah, neither of these bikes really get the adrenaline flowing, but they are both really competent at being convenient motorcycles. A ZX-10R rider will be totally underwhelmed, but a bike courier might have found perfection.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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Wouldn't the BMW F800ST be a perfect candidate for the "Sport Touring lite" category? How come it wasn't included?
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:52 PM   #5
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How does the Mana accomplish it's automatic transmission, is it a CVT type with the variable pulleys and belt? Are the "shifts" preset points on the pulleys?

I love the photo of the two bikes from the front. One of the few things I don't like about my Vee is how far the Givi bags stick out. It's got a fatass for sure. The good thing is that they keep me from splitting lanes, which is illegal here anyway.

The Deauville sure looks like a big scooter in the photos. I'll have to check it out in person at the Honda tent in Daytona.
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:30 PM   #6
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At first, I was wondering what you were thinking comparing these two bikes. Then, the more I read and the more I saw the photos of the bikes side-by-side, I thought it really was a close comparison. Good job. While I understand the utilitarian nature of the Deauville, its looks totally turn me off. She may be good at everything, but d@mn she's ugly. I would have to opt for the Aprilia. Then again, I've always liked a gal with a little junk in the trunk!

Nice write-up, guys!
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:35 PM   #7
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Wouldn't the BMW F800ST be a perfect candidate for the "Sport Touring lite" category? How come it wasn't included?
Depends on your definition of "lite." Also, the ST costs $2500-plus more than these milder tour-lite designs. Finally, its 80 hp at the wheel vs 54 firmly places it in another niche class above the one written about here.

Allow me to share a short version of the shootout you describe: "If performance (engine and chassis) are important to you, the F800ST is the clear winner."

Read about the F800ST compared to the VFR800 here: Triumph 2.3 Cruiser

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Old 02-18-2010, 03:46 PM   #8
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Seems like the NT is the clear winner. I wonder if any moto rag hack has mentioned what a wonderful idea it would be if they dropped a FI SuperHawk motor into the frame. That would surely make things more interesting.
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Seems like the NT is the clear winner. I wonder if any moto rag hack has mentioned what a wonderful idea it would be if they dropped a FI SuperHawk motor into the frame. That would surely make things more interesting.
90-degree V-twin vs. 52-degree V-twin: there might be "fitment issues". Also, the SuperHawk engine is a good-bit wider.

Not that the idea is without merit - just hard to do and keep the bike the "same".
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I dunno. 10K + seems kinda steep for a ride with <60 hp. 2 up with baggage wouldn't be much fun.
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