YOUR Italian Bike Thread

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

  1. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Thats sweet Steve, first time I have seen you show it here. if you ever need to find a new home for it......:evil
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  2. hookeniggy

    hookeniggy Been here awhile

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    Ok the story behind the Fantic, my buddy had one, so i had to have one as well, i was riding a Garelli enduro bike and thought it was a little to large for me, we were both competing at that time on wednesday afternoons, we must have been eight or nine and these bikes were true 50 cc licenced motorcycles, buddy's dad was a true Italian bike fanatic, riding his Guzzi California to work all year around, he was a teacher at the local high school.
    So when i found the Fantic at a local cycle shop i traded it for my Garelli, thought it was gutless, i got the dual sport version, instead of the competition model, which i didn't know, went back to the shop, and got my Garelli back, rode it two more years and traded it for a yellow twostroke from Japan
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  3. Metal Doc

    Metal Doc Duc addicted

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    Here are the current mistresses. I love them both and have a hard time choosing.

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  4. Losdesviados

    Losdesviados ??

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  5. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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  6. dyna mo

    dyna mo Guest

    WOW! there are some nice italian bikes already posted.

    I'm not sure how I caught the ducati bug but when I did I got this 2007 monster 695. I enjoyed riding it and also customizing it a bit.

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    Later, at the long beach motorcycle show in 2008, i sat on the new 1100 monster and eyeballed it pretty good. I wasn't so sure about the *new* look and figured then that I would never have one.

    Fast forward to march of 2009, my custom harley-Davidson Dyna was stolen out of the garage and miracle of miracles, the police found it later the next day a couple blocks down the street. That day I went down to the motorcycle shop to stock up on chains and alarms and since I was feeling lucky decided to check out the new ducatis and if they had an 1100s in red, I would buy it. they did, so i did. I financed the bike and took her home.

    About 2 weeks later, the finance guy calls me and said the financing didn't go through and I would need to bring them another $5000 cash to finance the bike. I said Naw, just come get the bike, I have the 695 and my h-d still, so no worries. they said they will see what they can do. this went back and forth a couple times, each time me saying just come get the bike, I won't be paying any cash.

    Finally, they ended up cutting $1000 of msrp, dropping the freight and assembly charges, tax, and the lo-jack to get the deal done and the payment actually dropped to under $200/month.

    So this is me enjoying my 1100s that i got a super sweet deal on

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  7. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    Dyna Mo,

    Did you go from high to low mount Termis or vice versa?
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  8. dyna mo

    dyna mo Guest

    the 695 comes stock with low mounts, and i kept the low mount config with the termis. the 1100s comes stock with high mount and i kept that config as well.

    :-)
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  9. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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  10. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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  11. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    oops...I just saw that there are two bikes. :D
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  12. Kapp555

    Kapp555 Better to be Offroad!

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    The best looking bike in the thread so far. Sorry to the rest of you I think the Aprilia styling is the most visually satisfying. I will get one some day!
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  13. dyna mo

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    LOLZ, i'm not the slightest bit offended. i bought my bike for me and what i like.

    i do, however, find it sad that you have to compliment one bike by disparaging other bikes. you can certainly voice your likes without stating your dislikes.
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  14. Kapp555

    Kapp555 Better to be Offroad!

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    I didnt mean to disparage any of the other bikes in the thread and I dont believe I did. I think all the bikes in the thread are superior styling. I was simply pointing out my favorite in terms of aesthetics!
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  15. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    Best thread in a long time. Let's keep the pictures with your stories coming.
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  16. dyna mo

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    i understand that. there are several ways to communicate what you like, since you feel the need to do so, without having to compare it to any others. especially those owned by the people posting.

    either way, this is a nice thread and as i stated in my 1st post, there are some gorgeous motorcycles already posted, thanks to those owners who have posted pics of their pride and joy.

    i look forward to seeing more pics!
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  17. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    One of the few Ducati models my beat up body can handle riding. Great fun with a few tweaks and creates an aural symphony with the Desmodue engine wearing Termis.
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  18. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    Fun bike.
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  19. dyna mo

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    i like how the tuono has the storage space under the passenger pillion. my tuono-riding buddy keeps a lot of junk in there.
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  20. karlb

    karlb Long timer

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    my very first italian bike was when I was just 9
    not this one but one like it only red, sorry they did have digital cameras back in 71 and I cant find any pictures of it when I was a kid.
    a Moto Beta 50
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    flash forward seval decades and I got my second italian beauty
    a 94 900sscr
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    then after I sold her cause I wanrted something with a bit more motr and getting her to the point I want would have been coslty and prob effected reliability I left the italians for a time.

    till one day a firend told me he was sell ing this beauty a 01 996 monoposto
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    now power is def addictive and so its now surprise that after a time I wanted for than the 996 gave stock and had sps cams (degreed) and a custom dyno tune by Jeff Nash along with a 54mm full termi ti race system I found on fleabay for a song and then over the next couple years stopped riding her on the street and turned her into a track bike
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    after a couple years I again decided it was time to move to a different ride and sold the venerable 996 and moved to this, 03 999
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    now personally i like the look of the 999 but funny as it may sound and as great a record the 999 had on the track, I just never felt as comfortable on it as I did the 996. I kept it about a year and then decided it needed a new home so I let her go and had planned on leave the italian behind for awhile and maybe checking out BMWs new bavarian bombshell.

    but then waiting for das motor werken to get their new stead out of the stable I started seeing these beauties going for very low prices new and just couldnt help myself as I am a sucker for a pair of big jugs (on a bike) and picked up my lartet and current italian sex on two wheels
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    now since I bought not only this beaty this year but also a new sport tourer and a 30k tractor (hey I own a ranch and have 50 acres to mow and beside the engine and drive train on it are built in italy, New Holland TT75A)
    my wife says for the next year or two bikes dealerships are this for me.
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    :D :rofl
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