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Old 07-24-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:47 AM   #2
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Interesting bike. Looks good for a city bike, and with the bags plus the onbike helmet storage, it's an interesting "sport" (I guess) tourer. Hope I can get a test ride somewhere. I'd like to see a comparison with the Shiver. In fact, I'd like to see an MO review Shiver.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:41 PM   #3
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For some reason the transmission on this appeals to me more than the one on the FJR AE. Might be because you can't buy the bike without it, and I have a soft spot for Aprilias. Of course now that I'm saying that if it would sell for a grand less with a standard shift box I'd probably buy that one. It's unlike me to itch for something smaller than a liter bike, but I'm scratching. I perceive (may be false) BMW's don't seem to have the performance I want in their 800's (have only ridden an R800S around the block), but an Aprilia might.
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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The first in a string of like scycles. Like that term? I like the thing. Think about taking that bike through Deals Gap. Never worrying about gear choice. Brake, twist and repeat for 11.5 miles of motorcycle heaven. I'm suprised that Guzzi hasn't tried to make this happen for the Norge.
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
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Man... wonder if i can scrape together the dough for one of those...... maybe I can get my boss to give me a raise....
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:00 PM   #6
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Default Does it have hydraulic valve adjusters?

Hydraulic valve adjusters would be right at home on something like this but no-one has said if that is the case and I am not seeing the adjuster mechanism on the Aprilia website. Does anyone know for sure? I'm assuming it's the same as the shiver, but maybe not. If it had the hydraulic adjusters I would really consider getting one.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:08 PM   #7
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Beautiful bike!

Does it come in yellow??
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:46 PM   #8
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So it's finally here. Sounds very interesting. I don't believe I'll be smart enough to ride it though. I can see it now, Ok I'm gonna manually down shift, wait which mode am I in, should I use the hand control or foot. Ooops, honest officer I never saw that SUV. Just kidding. Gonna hafta to plan a ride over to where is it, Whitesboro?
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:37 AM   #9
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Think about taking that bike through Deals Gap. Never worrying about gear choice. Brake, twist and repeat for 11.5 miles of motorcycle heaven.
Interesting point - I wonder if it would be heaven or hell.

I've only ridden Deal's Gap on a big cruiser but I used the brakes a lot less than the gears to slow down - hard on third gear then drop into 2nd to slow for the turn, then had up into third...rinse, repeat...

Would using the *actual* brakes in that situation have been more fun?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:59 AM   #10
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Beautiful bike!

Does it come in yellow??
Sure, I've got a can of Steelers yellow spraypaint in the shed...
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