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Old 07-16-2008, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default 2008 Oddball Literbikes Comparison: Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 vs. Buell 1125R vs. Ducati 1098S


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2008 Oddball Literbikes Comparison: Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 vs. Buell 1125R vs. Ducati 1098S

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Old 07-16-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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Rockin!

Sound-quality through these crappy corporate-issue speakers is dodgy, at best - but the bikes each have their own distinctive sound - and they all sound good.

'Specially that Tornado........
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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At last the article I have been waiting for a real article on the production Buell 1125R

Thank you!
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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At last the article I have been waiting for a real article on the production Buell 1125R

Thank you!
Still sounds like the Preproduction Buell... Bummer, spotty fueling isnt any fun, right Sarnali?
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:24 PM   #5
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Much prefer the looks of the air cooled buells... The Benelli is gorgeous though......
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:47 PM   #6
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The Benelli Triples were $36K a few years back. Is that $16K price correct?
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:28 PM   #7
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Yea, check out their website, most expensive is $18
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:04 PM   #8
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Yeah, and besides looking much better the air cooled Buells get much better mileage (I'm getting 54 mpg on mine) but at least Buell has a bike now that has over 120 rear wheel HP and is water cooled.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:48 PM   #9
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Excellent write-up Pete. I think you captured all of these bikes well.

Luckily, I was able to ride two of the three. Sadly, damp weather put a damper on my further participation.

The Ducati is just an unbelievable motorcycle. It's a treat for the eyes and a spectacular ride. I realize this was the S model but the standard model is worth every penny of it's selling price. It's so purposeful and so right. I was lane-splitting on the 405 and even that was fun (except for my roasted a$$ due to the underseat exhaust).

I only got to listen to the Benelli. The sound and the flames are incredible. Personally, the Tre' shape has been around a long time and I found it a bit dated. It will attract a lot of attention on the street. The jury is still out on the Chinese ownership.

The Buell seems like the bike designed by all the guys on the message boards. It has a willing, torquey ("proper") motor, great ergos and wind protection, and the unique Buellness that we love. The individual parts are great but as a whole, it's kind of oddball. I really enjoyed riding it but found the appearance all wrong. The air-cooled Buells (particularly the S model) look so right. The 1125 could have been designed by a committee of Boeing engineers.

I suppose any of these could find a home in my garage because I like bikes that take their own path to greatness.

The Ducati is my pick.

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Old 07-17-2008, 01:36 AM   #10
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Send your receipt anywhere but my house, Buz! Sorry rain spoiled our playtime.
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