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Old 01-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #991
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Gotta love how Ducati makes thier customers feel like they need an up grade.
If I didn't plan to take it on the track, which is what I intend to do with my new litre bike, I'd buy the Tricolore:



As much as I love the Tricolore, I just don't think I'd be able to bring such a pretty, expensive, bike on the track.

I've pretty much decided on a 2012 BMW S1000RR, unless I change my mind on a type of bike altogether, and say get a KTM 990 Adventure R.
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #992
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May I ask why? I don't get the fascination some people have with this machine.

Because it's light, cheap, fuel injected, classically good looking, economical, and is one of those bikes that can do anything. Commuting, minimalist touring, light off-roading, whatever. Basically one of those bikes that are so rare nowadays, when almost everything is specialized and covered in plastics.

To give you another idea why, I now ride a 1990 Concours. My first bike was a 700-lb Suzuki cruiser. Big bikes get old. I can only imagine what fun it would be to throw that TU250 around.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:21 PM   #993
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May I ask why? I don't get the fascination some people have with this machine.

I want one too. For me it's the pure simplicity and ease of use of it. No carbs to worry about. Air cooled, single cylinder, good looks. It's elemental motorcycling with no nonsense thrown in. THe closest to just "get on and ride" you're going to be able to buy brand new these days. Motorcycles have gotten far too complicated.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:24 PM   #994
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Cool. I get it now.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:37 PM   #995
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Just for kicks I just checked ebay. Only one TU250 on there and it has 34 bids. I can't even find one to look at much less sit on here in NM. There was one on craigslist last week but the owner wanted $3000 and it was a 2009 and he had modified it. $1k more buys me brand new, so no thank you. There seem to be a lot in and around PHX...perhaps a little roadtrip is in order. They seem to be rare birds...
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:21 PM   #996
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Because it's light, cheap, fuel injected, classically good looking, economical, and is one of those bikes that can do anything. Commuting, minimalist touring, light off-roading, whatever. Basically one of those bikes that are so rare nowadays, when almost everything is specialized and covered in plastics.

To give you another idea why, I now ride a 1990 Concours. My first bike was a 700-lb Suzuki cruiser. Big bikes get old. I can only imagine what fun it would be to throw that TU250 around.
+1

Regardless of what I have now or have owned before, this is one of those
bikes that I'd always like to have in my garage. Just like the MG V7 Classic.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:24 AM   #997
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I can only imagine what fun it would be to throw that TU250 around.
They are fun to ride. At 6'5" I look slightly ridiculous on one.



These are starting to catch on. Super fun for around town and commuting. Same thing applies for tall people though.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:50 AM   #998
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:53 AM   #999
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They are fun to ride. At 6'5" I look slightly ridiculous on one.



These are starting to catch on. Super fun for around town and commuting. Same thing applies for tall people though.
Nice looking bike, but assuming it's a Forty-Eight, I don't get the 2.1 gallon gas tank? My wife's bonneville holds twice that and still feels like too many trips to the filling station.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:51 AM   #1001
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Nice looking bike, but assuming it's a Forty-Eight, I don't get the 2.1 gallon gas tank? My wife's bonneville holds twice that and still feels like too many trips to the filling station.
When you ride one you will understand.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:01 AM   #1002
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So I rode in a group once on a big loop from Great Falls, to Helena, around to white sulfer springs, to Harlowtown, through Judith Gap, and took the highway back to Great Falls. In that group, we had a new rider on a 48, complete with half helmet, harness boots and a new jacket. Our group was pretty much just big twins and sportsters, with the exception of myself (V-Max) and my friend (vulcan 900).

By the time we made it to Helena, poor guy on the 48 was hurting. It was a stock bike, completely, and he only had 11 miles on it when we took off that morning. By the time we got to Harlowtown, he was begging me, ME, to switch bikes. That got me wondering just how uncomfortable that bike is for long distance, cause I was hurting pretty bad in the seat area myself, and my bike wasn't known for comfort either. So I gave it a whirl, from Harlowtown, up to Eddie's Corner. I have to say, the only thing that would hold me back is just the size of the tank. I liked the ergos. My knees were stretched out, the bars were far enough forward that I had the right amount of arch in my back, it tracks straight, but turns with minimal effort and the mirrors were pretty trick too. The seat could have been a little wider, but I would just do what he did and swap it out for a better seat (he went a little overboard though).

I have to say, I wouldn't mind having one for my commute to school.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:35 AM   #1003
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Crazy Montanan there. The 48 is made to ride 10-20 miles at a time in stock form. That loop would have killed a lesser man.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #1004
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When you ride one you will understand.
The more I enjoy riding it, the less I like stopping for gas.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #1005
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Crazy Montanan there. The 48 is made to ride 10-20 miles at a time in stock form. That loop would have killed a lesser man.
He was from Virginia IIRC. and I'm pretty sure he didn't touch that bike for a month after that.
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