Classic style bike. new Triumph or Ducati?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sbn, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    The Thruxie is indeed a fine and beautiful scoot. I have a pal who
    races one in the now renamed Thruxton Cup and loves it stupid.
    Beyond taking care of its' breathing issues, a set of Ohlins can
    move the bike up to a whole new level.

    The Ducati Paul Smart is however in a whole other league, putting out 95
    ponies and weighing considerably less than the Triumph. It can easily
    keep pace with most supersport bikes when piloted well.

    I've spent considerable time on them both and have owned a Bonnie.

    The Duc offers real performance with slightly more radical ergos
    than the Thruxton.
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  2. nycs10011

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    I have to say I love the revival of the classic styling. The scambler and V7 look great and are about what I'd be looking for but I think the GT100s is about sexiest thing on wheels. I whish BMW would get into the fray and bring back a late 70's R series. Hey I can dream can't I?
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  3. soboy

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    I think the Bonnie is the best looking classic style bike being sold today. I came very close to buying a tangerine/white T100 in 2005. Stunning motorcycle. The Bonnie Black is also a very good looking bike.
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  4. nycs10011

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    Anyone have a MG V7?
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  5. sbn

    sbn Been here awhile

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    Is this bike even at the dealers?
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  6. Foxy

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    Is over here, and has been for months.
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  7. sbn

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    Ok I havent seen it here. What about the v7 cafe is that one in the dealers where you are?
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  8. Steve G.

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    I was sitting on one yesterday at my local dealer in Vancouver. It's actually smaller than I thought, way too small for me.
    I've always been of the opinion that this retro bike bodywork should have been put on the bog engine'd format. This engine just doesn't have it IMO.
    I was at the Guzzi factory in Sept., and saw the sporty version, with single seat, high pipes, and clip on bars, definitely a nicer looking machine that the current V7. I'm hoping that they can garner a bit more power out of this sport version much like Triumph did with the Thruxton over the Bonny.
    Steve
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  9. xshanex

    xshanex Been here awhile

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    have your expectations in check when test riding the new bonnevilles. I expected a ton of character from the engine and experience but it was a major let down. I'm going to try the ducati and the nightster next and then give up on retro bikes if they don't do anything for me
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  10. sbn

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    Well I dont really have that many expectations. To me its not so much the handling and power. More the overall feeling when driving and seating position. The local harley dealer have promissed me a testride on a nightster next year. Same goes for the duc dealer on a gt1000. Next on my list is going to the triumph and moto guzzi dealer. Fortunately for me there a 2 harley, 2 duc, and 2 triumph dealers in my local area :clap
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  11. Terrytori

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    Well... that should supply you with an excellent apples and oranges
    comaparison.
    Pay attention to the Sporty's suspension... or perhaps better
    expressed... lack thereof. The motor has pleasurable low end grunt
    but get's wheezy fairly soon. You're going to be more than 20 ponies down
    on the Duc and heading towards 200 pounds heavier.
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  12. bfd70

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    +1 for the bonnie. just picked up a 08 bonnie black. love it. obviously not a race bike, or a go anywhere, but I find it to have character in spades. The area where I live is urban. On a daily basis, using 100 h.p. is not practical. Nor is riding off the slab. However, it looks great, and the goods and bads of it's performance are what make it enjoyable for me. You sit on it, you are not wrapped in it. Heart strings for the old cb750's of youth. Are there better performers? Absolutely. Fastest? Nope! Best handeling? Not even close! Face stuck on auto smile long after you get off? Oh Yeah!
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  13. nycs10011

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    Think it would be possible to get the clip on bars on the Classic?
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    My Choice
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  15. sbn

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    yes that MG v7 cafe looks very nice. Is that one in the dealers like the v7 classic?
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    i took a 1800 mile trip with my dad and brother. we took my r1150r, my r90, and rented a bonnie. the triumph was only fun for me the first day. in fact, i refused to get on it towards the end. i hated the riding position, and hated the seat. it actually reminded me a lot of a beginner bike. not too much power, easy to maneuver, light, low to the ground, etc....we were only getting about 175 miles to a tank. i'm not sure if every bonneville does this, or if we just got the rental fleet's beater, but the bike was leaking out of every orifice, nook and cranny. it does have good throttle response, but does not have enough power for touring, or being two up. the clutch was super soft compared to my bikes, but i was also amazed at how easily the clutch cable could be damaged mounted on the transmission. it seemed so vulnerable. i love the styling. if i had a wife or girlfriend that wanted a bike, i think that's what i'd buy for them, but it was not for me.

    its an around town, ride to brunch on sunday mornings kind of bike. i wouldn't even use it as a commuter because i'm not sure how much luggage it could carry. i also can't imagine two up riding very long.

    i love the ducati although i've never ridden one. i do agree the space between the rear fender and wheel are odd, but I would love to see some leather saddle bags remedy that. and can someone tell me why the discontinued red this year on the gt1000?
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  17. Terrytori

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    If you're talking about the Ducati Sport Classic 1000 and Sport 1000 Sport,
    they both come with clip ons. The GT will accomodate ( with a little drilling)
    Norman Hyde M Bars available @ www.newbonneville.com
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  18. bfd70

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    just checked out your hit and run photos. you look like a big fella. keep in mind that the bonnie is, by todays standards, a small bike. It fits me fine, at 5'10" 165#. If your 6'3" 220# I might skip it.
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  19. sbn

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    I'm 6 feet and 202 lbs... Its my concern that these bikes might feel small for me.
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    bfd70 Been here awhile

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    sounds valid. a test ride is in order.
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