YOUR Italian Bike Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by wpbarlow, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. KJ Knowles

    KJ Knowles n00b

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    I REALLY wanted one of these when they first hit the market, but family circumstances at the time required the available funds to go elsewhere. When I was in the market for a new ride in 2010, I decided to seek one out. I found this one belonging to an absolutely meticulous owner (I think he spent more time working on it than riding it) with under 5000 miles on the clock.

    Almost better than getting a new one as the previous owner had already sorted out the "quirks" that seemed to come with all Guzzis around the time it was produced during ownership by Aprilia.

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  2. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    1999.5 Aprilia RSV Mille

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    Particularly with the titanium shotgun exhaust, aural sex. Looking at it was like rolling art. Went like stink, stopped like hitting a wall. Kinda big, and unwieldy for street duty. And like most Aprilias, squat-ola for resale value. Found an enthusiastic buyer from eastern NC and went with a Triumph 675.

    But when I look at the pics, it's like an old girlfriend.

    Sigh.
  3. Touring XR

    Touring XR Adventurer

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    This has been under my care for 15 years. I have surprisingly few photos of it. This from a track day in September.
  4. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    The bike that started my Ducati infatuation. Strangely enough I never did buy an F1 however...
  5. st2sam

    st2sam Adventurer

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    My second Ducati,
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    My first Ducati,
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    My last Ducati and current one,
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  6. ducwad

    ducwad Livin' the dash

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    Good choice! I did something similar. I went ST2 -> ST4S -> 907ie. The last was the best IMHO.
  7. sportmotogear

    sportmotogear Mr. Fancy Pants

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    Had one exactly like it. The best sport tourer I have ridden for my tastes.
  8. mutineer

    mutineer pierpont lives

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    holy mother of god that is a good looking bike
  9. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    My former Italian beauty...sold it this past June.

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  10. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

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    Yes, I SO miss my ST4s... Under appreciated Sport Touring machine. Unless you've ever ridden one.
    I should have never sold her.
  11. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    I don't think there are many ugly Italian bikes. It isn't allowed. I think ownership may be like going into a relationship with certain women: You know you're signing up for punishment...

    ...but you sign up anyway.
  12. sfc1k

    sfc1k Adventurer

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    There've been a few right growlers.

    If you've got a strong stomach, google the Laverda Hidalgo.
  13. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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  14. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

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    Or the Ducati Indiana?
  15. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    Well...the Laverda aside, Italian Bikes are top-shelf gorgeous.

    Here's mine.
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    Girls lo-ove Ducatis...and horses...and guys who ride both.
  16. Vince

    Vince Been here awhile

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  17. Street Hawk

    Street Hawk Been here awhile

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    Winter is too long...had to invite a friend over...:D And I better make sure its out of the house before my wife gets home!

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  18. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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  19. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Maybe she won't notice it. I think it looks great where it is.
  20. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    I don't. I would move that damn couch outta there and give it proper drooling on room. :deal