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Super Duke R 77 35.16%
Speed Triple 68 31.05%
Tuono Factory 45 20.55%
Monster 1100S 29 13.24%
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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Super Duke R vs. Speed Triple vs. Tuono Factory vs. Monster 1100 S

If you could choose one of these bikes purely to have fun on which would it be?
Add a tailbag, pack a credit card, and head into the sunset searching for nothing but fun, with the proper tool....
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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I've had a Speed Triple for 8 years, and it is the best bike I've owned. For the money, and length between valve adjustments compared to the others, it gets my vote. Plus, once you crank up that 3 cylinder past 5,000 rpms, you'll understand.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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You may want to change the KTM to the regular Duke. The R is a kinda way too hardcore for cruising off into the sunset.

Then I would say the Katie-M, because I think it's cooler than the other three combined. Squared. Times Pi.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:19 PM   #4
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I'm a Ducati guy but I'd go for the Speed Triple. If it was a Monster S4R it would be close...I wouldn't rule out the Streetfighter though...
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:51 PM   #5
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As for me I would choose the Monster 1100 because of the engine man what a power plant! I own a Multistrada with the 1100 and have ridden a Hypermotard 1100S. Aprilia, great machine, no dealer support here and I have heard getting parts is sometimes difficult everywhere in the US. Might I suggest the new Ducati Streetfighter as a candidate?
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:56 PM   #6
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All fun bikes, but the monster is a little out of place the duc streetfighter would be their direct competition for the S3 and Tuono:)

Of the bunch you listed it would be a hard choice between the Tuono and Monster. The KTM's performance is there, but to me its really ugly and I'm not yet sold on the longevity of the motor or its ease of maintence.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:24 AM   #7
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the new monster is pretty nice. very light and it has a solid engine with a great mid range. it does run out of breath at higher rpms.

I would pick either the tuono factory or SDR. SDR is pretty hard core suspension wise you might have to revalve/spring it.

tuono fact vs SDR would be a tough choice. tuono fact is a bit more 'refined' as far as engine tuning/FI.
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:31 PM   #8
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None of the above... I have a CB1000R hehe
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:46 PM   #9
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You have no idea what you're missing.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:39 PM   #10
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Aprilia touno

I'd have to say Aprilia but that just me. Rode one and it rocks in a straight line and a curve. JMO
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:48 PM   #11
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Super Duke R
Speed Triple
Tuono Factory
Monster 1100S

Whoa..... I couldn't decide, hadda read what others wrote, and still can't choose one over the others.

The salesman offered to roll the bike up along a curb, holding the Super Duke while my 5' 2"ness climbed aboard the tall machine. When normally I'm anxious to return a test ride within five minutes of leaving, I took advantage of the full half hour offered me. I fell in love with the bike, but had difficulty understanding the price tag. If money were no object, and "fun" was..... I think I'd go for the Duke.

I had a Triumph triple once, a 955cc Sprint RS. After setting it up with handlebars that I could reach comfortably (thank you LSL), I fast learned to appreciate this bike. I can NOT imagine that I had no desire to put an after-market can on it, but the mechanical noise coming from that triple and even the OEM can was music to my ears. Power delivery was intoxicating, absolutely NOTHING else like it. But I rode it too fast too often, and got rid of it when the DMV sent me a letter calling me nasty names (speeding tickets).

Tuono. I owned an RSV1000 Mille for a very short period of time. There was NOTHING I could do to make it fit my short torso.... it's a long bike. The Tuono fits me though. And when you add an after-market can, intake, and mapping to that V-twin.... you're not prepared for the DRAMATIC increase in felt power, amazing!?!! It's odd though, it doesn't feel like any two cylinder I've ever ridden.... engine braking on my Mille just seemed to be lacking. I think I like everything about this bike except the tactile sensation.... it's not entirely visceral, it's not slow, and it looks sexy, but it just doesn't feel sexy.

Ducati. I hadda Duc' before Duc's were cool. A GT900S with Conti's; it was visceral, it was sexy, it was orgasmic to ride. But when I ride the new Ducati's, they just don't have the old school charm, the mechanical gnashing beneath me, nor the gut & soul stirring sound of my Duc'. I haven't been able to get excited about the designer name Harley haters & trend followers like to be heard saying, "Ducati". Until I saw that new 1098 Street Fighter on that rainy day in Roseville at A&S. No other Ducait's exist, THAT'S the one I want!
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:43 AM   #12
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:28 AM   #13
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Not a bad choice in your list, so it's down to the visceral, emotional feeling you get from looking at & riding one of these. One of them has already unfurled your flag more than the others, right? If price is getting in the way, then you are not listening to your heart. You should be able to get test rides on all of these, and that should seal your fate. I rode many bikes; Multistrada S, S4 Monsters, 1098(!), R1200R, Tuono factory, 990Adv, 950SMR, FZ1, and even a Buell. Some I couldn't wait to get off of, others could've made me happy eventually. But I chose the one that had everything I wanted, AND made me look again as I walked away from the test ride. I check on it regularly when home on rainy days.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:54 AM   #14
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All awesome bikes but I have really taken a liking to the Monsters, especially the latest version. The Super Duke R would be my runner up, very cool bike.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:05 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Death Dealer
If you could choose one of these bikes purely to have fun on which would it be?
Add a tailbag, pack a credit card, and head into the sunset searching for nothing but fun, with the proper tool....
SD and Tuono.
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