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Old 03-17-2013, 04:40 AM   #3211
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:37 AM   #3212
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Not really a clone or copy? That would be a bullet or ural. The triumph/norton are modern evolutions of a classic style. The Triumph is nothing but a boring and painful pretty ride to me. The Norton really seems like something I'd enjoy riding and looking at. I'm sure for the money a evo monster, 1000ninja or even street triple would be a much better choice but the exclusiveness and look of the Norton is worth something to me but I'd at least need dealer close. They will most likely never see our shores anyway...
The 961 nortons have essentially the same power as the current triumph twins, with far weaker dealer support and almost zero aftermarket. sticker price is much higher, too. It appears you pay ~7k more for a name.

If that works in you and you can afford one, more power to you. Just don't delude yourself into thinking you bought a superior machine.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:44 AM   #3213
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The 961 nortons have essentially the same power as the current triumph twins, with far weaker dealer support and almost zero aftermarket. sticker price is much higher, too. It appears you pay ~7k more for a name.

If that works in you and you can afford one, more power to you. Just don't delude yourself into thinking you bought a superior machine.

The term "superior machine" is very subjective, dontcha think?

Lots of things are "superior" in objective measures like performance, power, etc... But those things rarely if ever factor into the equation of what I enjoy most... Sometimes it's just the lust that a machine incites that makes it "superior" in the mind of those that matter most; the owner, or the admirer... Sometimes it can be a certain feel, or a certain look, or just the exclusivity of a particular machine.... Lots of bikes are "better" than either the Triumph, or the Norton, or my Sportster for that matter... But obviously, for ME, and at this point in time, the Sportster is "superior" to most others, or else I would have bought one of those others...

Besides, the $7000 is buying more than just the name anyway... You're also getting vastly superior suspension components with the Ohlins forks and shocks in place of the dimestore damper rod forks and crap shocks on some of the Triumphs. And then there's the radial mount Brembo brakes... Priced any of those separately? The dry weight figures don't sound too bad either...and the chassis geometry... There's much more to a bike than just how much power the engine makes...

Just a different perspective... Not that I would buy one... but if money were no object... and that's all relative too... If you can afford what makes you smile then more power to ya!

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #3214
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:24 AM   #3215
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Had a chance to pick one up an 08 last summer, passed and decided to keep my r1150gs.

I've been regretting it ever since that test ride. Nothing wrong with the beemer, it just rides a little too refined for my tastes, hitting the slab I feel like I'm in a passenger jet.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:35 AM   #3216
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:32 AM   #3217
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That SV classic was a cool bike. Only sold in Urp.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:35 AM   #3218
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That SV classic was a cool bike. Only sold in Urp.
I think it was available in US in 2003.

I got 2 good ones in the local ads, both worth more or less as much as
my scooter..

Do you feel my pain?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #3219
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Funny SV story: The naked version was sold here for at least a year before the S version. We'd ridden up to the campground at Cruso, NC. The SV had just been released, and there sat one, outside either a tent or one of the cabins. I'm admiring it, and a guy walks over that I know. He says, "that's my buddy's bike. The keys are in it, go ahead and take it for a ride!"

Well NFW that's going to happen. But shortly the owner shows up, and says "Sure! Go ahead!" I don't remember now if he was "lubricated." But, undeterred, and invited twice, off I went!

Damn! That was an absolute hoot.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:12 PM   #3220
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Yes they sold the naked SV1000 only in '03 in the US, here is mine. Handles better with the GSXR fork.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:09 PM   #3221
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:35 AM   #3222
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I'm building a naked SV1000 (A.K.A. SV1000 Classic) off a wrecked 2006 SV1000S. There are so many differences between both bikes that I don't understand what the guys at Suzuki were thinking. It has been a ridiculously expensive project because of that, didn't realize how bad it would be until I was deep into it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #3223
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Not sure why, haven't even had a beer yet, but kind of cool bike. Suzuki RV 90, like a street legal, 2 stroke Big Wheel!

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Old 03-20-2013, 03:38 PM   #3224
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Luckily, I still want the bike I have (just got in Jan.)...





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Old 03-21-2013, 06:06 AM   #3225
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I'm in FZ6 mood today.

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