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Old 11-12-2012, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ducati 1198S to a Thruxton

Anyone go from a sport/superbike to a Thruxton?

Need your thoughts, please

(I searched, hope this isn't a repost)


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Old 11-12-2012, 09:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well I went to a Ducati SC1000s from a Thruxton but I would say for
you that is a big jump backwords. Obviously, you will be losing hp,
handling and braking. Depending on how much you like those things
will be the key. I love riding the Duc but I still always get smiles on
my face once I get back on my Thruxton. You will probably find the
Thruxton a little easier to ride. Enjoy it for what it is.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I went to a Ducati SC1000s from a Thruxton but I would say for
you that is a big jump backwords. Obviously, you will be losing hp,
handling and braking. Depending on how much you like those things
will be the key. I love riding the Duc but I still always get smiles on
my face once I get back on my Thruxton. You will probably find the
Thruxton a little easier to ride. Enjoy it for what it is.
Thank you! I haven't even sat on a Thruxton yet, just getting some info and opinions first.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Take this for what it's worth, as I've never done more than sit on a Ducati...

When I went shopping for a bike I looked at everything available. I was replacing a Suzuki RG500 so it was going to be a tough sell. It ended up between a Monster and a Thruxton. The Monster was a better bike by every subjective measure. The fit and finish was impeccable but the bike simply didn't move me. I went with the Thruxton and within five minutes was sure I made a mistake. Jerky throttle response, sewing-machine muffler sound. I nearly panicked. Fortunately I found this forum and a single marble later (yes, a marble) the bike was so much better I could hardly believe it. And once the pipes went on it all started to fall into place.

Bottom line is both bikes can be turned into heart-stoppers...


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Old 11-12-2012, 11:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Anyone go from a sport/superbike to a Thruxton?

Need your thoughts, please

(I searched, hope this isn't a repost)


Thank you!
Went from a GSX-R600 to a Thruxton. Here are the top ten differences.

10. Thruxtons are not as fast as supersports
9. Thruxtons are heavier than most sportbikes
8. Thruxtons don't carve corners as quickly as a supersport
7. Thruxtons have "wierd" tire sizes that preclude modern sticky track day tires (stock sizes, not you modded guys)
6. Thruxtons will gather more attention than sportbikes. True story. Parked next to an 1198 at a bike night - my Thruxton got more looks and stories of "I had a Bonneville..." than the Duc.
5. Thruxtons will attract the ladies. ... and unfortunately, old men too (see #4 stories)
4. Thruxtons will let you buy a whole new riding wardrobe - cafe leathers, helmets, etc.
3. Thruxtons have a much smaller tank and hence range.
2. Thruxtons will make you buy accessories second only to owning a Harley.

.. and the number one difference in owning a Thruxton..

When people accuse you of being a Eurosnob, you can look down your nose at them while having tea and crumpet instead of sneering over your espresso.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I went from an R1 to a Ducati 620 Monster. I Loved the Monster, the way I had it setup was sweet. Then I sold my 620 Monster, and bough a S4RS Ducati Monster and a Ducati S2R1000. The S4R had Full Ohlins and a 999 Motor. I sold both, and did not ride for 2 years. Now I have a Thrux.

I feel it depends on what you are looking for at the moment and your wallet. I'm at a point in my life where dragging knee in the twisties is not in the cards. I'm more into just riding for the hell of riding. Doing coffee runs, breakfast runs or just riding to someones house to shoot the breeze and have a beer.

Now that I have my Thrux, I'll be buying one for my wife sooner than later.

Enjoy.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I came from a Sprint RS (not exactly a superbike) but at 118kw it really would shift and handled really well compared to alot of standard set ups.

I need to get to the Thruxton before I blew my licence again and really enjoyed riding my wife's Thruxton.

When I bought mine it came with excellent rear suspenders and I put some Matris cartridges in the front it transformed the handling. I can now corner as fast as most and it certainly isn't a slouch but it is under powered compared to the Sprint - and of course your Duc.

Good pipes are a must as they have to sound British and I don't mean a Singer.

Would I trade back now - no way. The aural experience is fantastic and they are so much fun without the riding on the edge, flashing up to 200kph (on a closed track of course), a pulling the wheel up when you wanted.

It is a different riding experience altogether and I have no regrets. I know that I can't catch the crotch rockets in a straight line but have heaps of fun in the twisties without threatening my licence.

They are great to mod as well and you can do heaps of things yourself - with the assistance from this forum. A great bunch of guys.

One added bonus is thateveryone (including the chicks) stops me and says how cool the bike is and without sounding smug - it really is - without trying.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Prior to my Thruxton I had a ZX7R, ZX6R and Daytona 955i. Sure, the Thruxton may not have the ability of a sports bike on paper, but I feel a lot more confident to push it hard, and can probably ride the twisties faster on it than on anything else I've owned. It is definitely the most fun bike I've owned, as well as the most satisfying to tinker with and modify.


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Old 11-13-2012, 08:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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wow, thanks guys for the comments...you all sound exactly the way I feel right now.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Last bike was a heavily modded gen 2 FZ1, great bike, stupid fast, did not handle like a SS but handled very well. I miss it sometimes but love the thrux for many of the same reasons stated here, just a flat out fun bike to ride.
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