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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 02:38 PM
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Glad you're OK, now have to ask - DD? Daredevil? Designated driver?
Thank you!

lol drunk driver.

AND he was on prescription meds AND it was a hit and run. Thank God my husband was riding behind me....he chased him, got him to pull into a parking lot...but the guy still tried to leave, so Andy kept doing donuts around the guy until the police came. Yea, that was a fun day.
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lol drunk driver.

...so Andy kept doing donuts around the guy until the police came.
Yes of course (you'll have to excuse me, it's my first day on the Inter-web).

And your husband is quite creative.

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Where i live (Marin county), there is no way I could ride a modern sports bike to its potential (assuming I have the skills to do so). The police presence will quickly put an end to my license.

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For me it was a toss up between the Ducati GT1000 and the Thruxton. The Ducati was about 5 grand more and required professional Ducati servicing every 12 months. Over all, the triumph seemed more true to what it used to be like in the day, and I can still do my own maintenance.
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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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Hey Shep... Been considering a V11 sport and Thruxton. Any quick notes between the two?


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Zoe, keep an open mind when sitting on the Thrux for the first time. It will feel pretty weird after getting off a bike like the 1198.

The tank is super narrow, which means that it's hard to grip it with your knees. The pegs are quite far back and the bars are reasonably high.

These bikes are so easy to customise though, so don't stress if you're not feeling comfortable the first time you get on one.

I'd find it very weird going back to riding a stock Thrux after riding mine around now.

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For me it was a toss up between the Ducati GT1000 and the Thruxton. The Ducati was about 5 grand more and required professional Ducati servicing every 12 months. Over all, the triumph seemed more true to what it used to be like in the day, and I can still do my own maintenance.
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Zoe, keep an open mind when sitting on the Thrux for the first time. It will feel pretty weird after getting off a bike like the 1198.

The tank is super narrow, which means that it's hard to grip it with your knees. The pegs are quite far back and the bars are reasonably high.

These bikes are so easy to customise though, so don't stress if you're not feeling comfortable the first time you get on one.

I'd find it very weird going back to riding a stock Thrux after riding mine around now.
Thank you, I appreciate the info.
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Sorry ur not closer, Birch..., I'd let U take my V-11 for a spin
the V-11 certainly laps up the miles better...if I do more than 250 or 300 miles per day on the Thrux, I'm pretty beat...on the V-11, 250 to 300 & I'm just getting warmed up...
except, I have the little fly screen on the Triumph & nothing on the V-11, so I'm considering a mini-faring for the V-11
I prefer the tight twisties (we have a lot in CA) & I feel more comfortable on the Thrux (probably going a little faster than on the V-11 in the tight stuff...on the other hand, pull out of a corner with the V-11, grab a bunch of throttle on a straight-away & I'm well over 100 MPH (of course the Thrux can get there too, but U can tell it's working...with the V-11, it just doesn't feel like the bike is working very hard (OK, you "track bike guys", I know 100 MPH is nothing, but on the street, that's about my limit (and not sustained...I won't cruise at 100 MPH on the street...but with the Guzzi, it feels like you could all day long)

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Zoe the best way you are going to make your mind up is to go and give it a go.

I had my Striple for 18 months when I popped into my local dealership to have a browse, with a mind to buying a Daytona 675 if one was there at a decent price. They had 2 Thruxtons there which was a rarity so I decided to have a test ride, and I'm glad I did.

There is no denying its far slower and heavier than virtually any modern bike out there, excluding a Harley, Goldwing etc, but the smile it put on my face was worth the sacrifice. It also looks as cool as I think a bike and rider should. For its weights its very flickable and the power has to be rolled on rather than just yanking the throttle and taking off.
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