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Club Cafe' Cafe Racers; the Thruxton and other custom cafe styled bikes.

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Old 11-13-2012, 10:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I went from a 996 to Thruxton. They're two completely different tools with a different purpose. Aside from what everyone has said the biggest thing for me is that on the Thruxton you get to ride a lot harder without running as fast and it ultimately makes you a smoother rider. The Duc has its place, but the Thruxton just speaks to me on the street.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I've got a Thruxton, as well as a cafe'd 748 and a 748R I'm currently rebuilding.

While I absolutely love tossing my naked 748 around it gets tiring after a while. I can only imagine what my 853cc 748R will be like, but probably twice as fast, and twice as tiring. They only like to be ridden fast, for shorter distances.

I love getting back on the Thruxton. At low speeds around town it handles great compared to the Ducs. So much more comfortable and smooth.

It really depends on what you're looking for in a bike. The Thruxton isn't going to be winning any hearts over on track days, nor will it be screaming down the highway. If you mostly spend your time blasting around country back roads, or going for a nice cruise it's perfect. It can hold it's own in the twisties but will be out performed in almost every other category by the duc.


I'd say the ideal situation really is to have both....if it's within' your means.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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keep them both if you can-i use my gsxr-1000 for track days and longer trips-it is very comfortable for me and the thruxton i use when i want to have conversations with old dudes-i use my ninja 250 80% of the time-it's really fun
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I had ridden the Thruxton for a couple years & then got a Guzzi V11 Sport (OK, not fast by superbike standards, but more HP than the Thrux). Shortly after getting the Guzzi I was riding across Eastern Oregon one spring evening...I'm zipping along at maybe 85 MPH & all of a sudden I realize as the shadows fall, I'm in big trouble if a deer jumps across the highway. I've cruised the Thruxton at 85 but my brain tells me: "you're going fast". Bottom line: I feel much more at one with the Thruxton, not the fastest, or the lightest, or the most powerful braking, but adding rear ohlins, after-market pipes & Sport Demon tires I feel more in control all while having a blast!
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Went from a D955i to a Thruxton. Put more miles on and ridden the Thruxton more than I ever did the D955i. You'll like it if you're ready for a change.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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i own a thruxton, a daytona 675 (track use) and a duc 996. i have found that the thruxton is soooooooo much more fun to ride on the street then the sport bikes. you can ride the thruxton to safer limits on the street and get the same thrill that you get with the sport bikes with unsafe use on the street. i use my daytona on the track because i still need that thrill but i find i never use the duc anymore because i have more fun on the thruxton on the street. also i do get more attention on the street on the thruxton then i ever did on the sport bikes i think for you i would keep both for now because it will be hard to just go to the thruxton cold turkey but i bet you anything that after 6 months of owning both you will be putting the ducati up for sale. I know i did lol
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Thanks again! I really appreciate the info from you all. Going to look and sit on one this week....super excited!
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:25 PM   #18 (permalink)
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An 1198s to a Thruxton..... Hmmm. In car terms you just went from Ferrari to a Fiat . Thruxtons are cool though. I've owned 2 . But if I said you can compare the 2 bikes I'd be lying .
I went all out on one Thruxton and when done I could of bought a Duc 848 and though in the end I had a fast good handling Thruxton performance wise it couldn't compare .
For you to get a Thruxton from a 1198 you're gonna want to cruise . If you're going to wanna go very fast I'd own both. Get the Thrux if you really wanna slow down .
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:28 PM   #19 (permalink)
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One more, Zoe. 1198S is an incredible machine that roughly 99% of the guys who own it cannot ride to its potential. Ask yourself the following: Are you an extremely skilled rider? Are you a true adrenaline junkie? Do you track your 1198S? Or alternatively, do you really enjoy the prestige of riding an expensive, state of the art, hot Italian sport bike?

Most guys on this forum will tell you that on the street, in the real world, a Thruxton satisfies. And once more a cliche bears repeating: it IS more fun to ride a "slow" bike fast, than a "fast" bike slow.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:26 PM   #20 (permalink)
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ok, so this is my story ~

I was hit by a DD two years ago on my Yamaha R1. It was totaled.
My husband who has many bikes, RDs, RZs...NSRs..a water buffalo (he restores) and has ZX7rr and a 996 ...persuaded me to buy a Duc....Which I completely love BUT...

I don't want to be a poser! lol
Steve you are absolutely right , I cannot ride it to it's full potential and it has soooooo much torque, completely different from my R1 which fit me like a glove. (I would have gotten another R1 at the time, but the new ones look ugly...IMO)

Anyway so last weekend I took a skillzday class. I just thought it would help, I still have alot of fear left over from the accident. Super fun and learned a lot. (btw, I've been riding dirt/street for 25 years)
But I realized I think I need a different style of bike.
I have ALWAYS loved cafe racers, and doing the research...everyone saying how comfortable the Thruxton is, and I absolutely love how they look....I'm sold, just need to sit on one to confirm.
I will keep the Corse, but technically now it will be my husbands since he is going to buy the Thruxton.

I really appreciate all the input, it really has helped.....alot!

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