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sbn 11-29-2008 12:57 PM

Classic style bike. new Triumph or Ducati?
Which would you prefer for a new bike with classic look. The Triumph bonneville, scrambler, thruxton or Ducati GT 1000, sport 1000.

I really like the looks of all of them. Never driven one of them, just seen them.

Would love some imputs from you owners.

GuinnesS 11-29-2008 01:37 PM

Short answer for me is that as much as I am drawn to the looks of the Triumphs, the power was sorely missing when I test rode 3 of them(America, Bonneville and a Thruxton). From all accounts the Ducati's actually DO at least perform like a contemporary bike. Something about all that empty space above the rear wheel on the GT 1000 however leaves me wondering if the looks are satisfying enough. Not exactly a neo-classic per se, but the Guzzi Bellagio would be a strong contender if only it were available in my market.

bill pierce 11-29-2008 01:56 PM

They say a picture is worth 1000 words and I agree

sbn 11-29-2008 02:34 PM

those two bikes look awsome. But for the guzzis I like the V7 classic and V7 cafe better.... they have the real classic look :D But dont know too much about the guzzis are they reliable? and how are they to drive?

Josephvman 11-29-2008 02:38 PM

I'm kind of tired of the matte black paint on some of these bikes. That Guzzi would be awesome in a pearl white.

BikePilot 11-29-2008 02:56 PM

I don't think I could buy a retro-styled current production bike as it just wouldn't seem right to me, but I'm a bit of a randian in terms of aesthetics I suppose:)

I do appreciate classic looks, just not on new machines. I think if I were in the market I'd be looking for a bevel drive like this one

zam70 11-29-2008 03:08 PM

The Ducati is drop dead gorgeous - no doubt about it but, Not very comfy IMO and they just sit weird (and I'm a sport bike kinda guy).
The Triumphs have plenty of power for what they are and are actually comfortable & designed to ride...

dave1068 11-29-2008 03:13 PM

I was in a similar situation when I bought a bike. I liked the gt1000, the moto guzzi and the thruxton. The ducati is beautiful bike but a complex engine and expensive. I went with the thruxton, had the fairing, tors and higher bars and its a great bike IMO. Looking and running, etc. Plus easy to maintain and easy to modify.

Durangoman 11-29-2008 03:43 PM

viajero 11-29-2008 04:10 PM

You need one of these

Based on a Triumph Bonneville, mucho trick :nod

GuinnesS 11-29-2008 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by sbn
those two bikes look awsome. But for the guzzis I like the V7 classic and V7 cafe better.... they have the real classic look :D But dont know too much about the guzzis are they reliable? and how are they to drive?

I have lusted over the V7 since last year's Milan show, even tried to convince myself I could live with the modest power output. I finally had a chance to ride the Breva 750 (same bike as V7) and my hopes were dashed. As an around town putter it would be a fine bike but on the freeway at an indicated 80 mph that 'little' engine was working pretty hard. Mind you I am 200+ lbs in the B-day suit and a (much) lighter rider might be a better fit.
As others have suggested, a Bellagio fitted with a V7 body work and cafe seat would be a nice bit of kit. Even a V7 cafe (prone) styling exercise on the Big Breva, i feel would have made more sense than on the very modest Breva 750. The more upright position on the Classic would certainly makes the 750 mill easier to live with.

Gernick 11-29-2008 05:31 PM

I actually bit the arm off of a man that tried to throw a leg over my Triumph Scrambler without asking.

True story. :D

The Triumphs get a crap load of attention as well. Can be a bit uncomfortable at times. I've taken to calling mine The Movie Star.

Excellent bikes for just cruising around. Plenty of power for that too.

bill pierce 11-29-2008 05:58 PM

I do love the looks of the Thruxton also, but it's just too under powered IMHO.

rocker59 11-29-2008 06:14 PM

Bellagio '09

Gernick 11-29-2008 06:25 PM

You could get a used Triumph classic like that Thruxton and the money you save you could then spend on hotter cams and more open pipes. Thunderbike claims they can get close to 80 hp at the rear wheel with their kit.

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