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Old 11-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #1
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Comparing this to that...

Hello guys! I'm looking for a new bike, yet I'm not sure what to choose next.

I know that I should try all bikes first, but some of them I can't find anywhere to try and it's also good to read some feedback from you first.

I currently own a Moto Guzzi V7. The motorcycle look-wise is perfect, but lacks in speed and safety. I'm looking for something completely different now. My main transportation is a car - because I have a little kid - so the bike is purely for fun and mostly for city use. Very rarely or never I go on big trips with it.

I've been looking at these models:

- KTM Duke 690/690R
- Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
- Ducati Monster 821
- Ducati Hypermotard
- MV Agusta Brutale 675
- Triumph Street Triple R
- Triumph Thruxton


All very different bikes for different purposes, but these are the ones that I like the most that fit in my price range... so far.

I usually dig classic/vintage stuff, so the Scrambler was an option, yet it seems too unstable for motorway use. Please also keep this in mind. I'm looking for something a bit more aggressive/different now. If I could, I would buy a Ducati MH900e, so wicked!

What do you think would be a good choice? Please take notice of the fun factor, speed/safety, resell value, reliability, maintenance, cool-factor, etc. Also, I'm a 191 meters tall guy

Right now I'm more into the Monster or Street Triple, yet the KTM seems fun. I know nothing about Aprilia...

Speak out people!

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Old 11-03-2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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All are great choices. The Thruxton is out of place in the company of sporty bikes. Buy it for looks only. Just sitting on them will tell you a lot. In my opinion, you can't lose except for the Thruxton.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:40 AM   #3
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I currently own a Moto Guzzi V7. The motorcycle look-wise is perfect, but lacks in speed and safety.

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What does "lacks in safety" mean? At first I figured you want traction control, ABS, slipper clutch, etc., but that isn't available on some of the bikes on your list.

I don't believe the Thruxton would be a performance step up from the V7.

For city use, the Duke 690.

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Old 11-03-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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When in doubt, buy a Sportster.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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For city use, the Duke 690.
Agree. Fantastic city bike, and has ABS. Suspension isn't as good as some of the others on your list, but coming off a V7, it will seem like an improvement.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:45 PM   #6
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I like the Duke or the Hyper. Maybe the Triumph Speed Triple too.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:47 PM   #7
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Also, I'm a 191 meters tall guy
This will really limit your choices...
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:52 PM   #8
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I know nothing about Aprilia...

You can buy a low-mileage 2009 sorted Tuono for under 6 grand and it's better than all those bikes.
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:19 PM   #9
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I have a Dorsoduro 750.

It's kind of the perfect in-town bike for me. I am tall 6'4" and it fits better than almost any bike I have been on. Yet, the experience of riding it is very sporty, and I can hang with my friends on Supersports in just about any riding circumstance. The suspension and brakes are fantastic. It has loads of travel, which is perfect for the terrible roads where I live. The twin accesses plenty of torque at low rpms, so you can get to the power without breaking too many laws. I only have 4k on mine so I do not know a lot of about maintenance - but so far no issues except a chain-tightening and a new back tire. I was surprised that it was more hard-edged than a few Ducatis I test rode. Not all mind you, but definitely the Monsters. Probably has the sweetest sounding engine in stock trim I have ever heard. Definitely worth checking out if you can find one.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:33 PM   #10
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Hypermotard all day. I keep seeing them parked up and I'm real jealous. Duke 690 also looks real nice but I'm taller so I'd chose the duc over the duke.
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:38 PM   #11
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Also, I'm a 191 meters tall guy
Taller than Godzilla. Taller than King Kong. Human sized motorcycles are not going to work for you.
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:41 PM   #12
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Get a 690 enduro then put the Rally Raid high end suspension on it. 39 inch seat height!
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:09 AM   #13
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Maybe he meant cm? Be just under 6'4"
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:09 AM   #14
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Taller than Godzilla. Taller than King Kong. Human sized motorcycles are not going to work for you.


Sorry, I meant 191 cm!
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:21 AM   #15
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Im not sure if the new Brutale has the same satanic intake roar the original 750 did, but if it does its worth the price for that sound alone...


If I was you I would look at older Brutale 750's and if you ever get a chance to ride an Aprilia Tuono (the older twin model) I would recommend you take a hard look at one of those...

Aprilia is one of the most overlooked companies for some reason, I have owned three (Futura and two F650's-BMW badged Aprilia's). I have always had good luck, all my Aprilia's used Rotax motors not sure if they still do...
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