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post #21 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 06:59 PM
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I bought a Tuono V4 two weeks ago. Only done 100 miles so far and half of those in the wet. It's all about the engine, it's awesome. Even running it in below 9k it feels quicker than the S3. Ergonomics are about the same. Handling wise feels slower to turn in but my S3 has BST wheels.. Too early to tell how the fast handling compares to my 06.

Looks are still growing on me, I think the S3 has the edge there. Also the Tuono isn't happy in heavy traffic like my speedy is. It's more of a sportsbike with fairings taken off.

They are doing great deals on 2012 stock right now. Sadly means the Triumph will be going next spring

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MV Augusta Brutale 1090 - bad ass. I rode one and if it was even within spitting distance of the Trip I would have one. The Trip is fantastic , no question.
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I had considered a Honda CBF1000 or a Kawasaki Z1000. Both are semi naked and had decent reviews but I got an S3 because it wasn't Japanese. There's lots of Japanese bikes on the road and I think they're good but maybe too good. Maybe too refined, absence of character. The S3 just plain looks mean.

I had a positive experience with my Sprint and that caused me to consider and finally buy an S3. I wanted to go naked.

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I think I'd go with the MV. Or maybe a new Norton.
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The hooligan superduke 1290 vid gets my heart beating...

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Originally Posted by Oops! View Post
Tuono is lovely to ride on the open road - actually it's really lovely to ride - but in this part of the uncivilised world don't expect excellent local support after you have made the purchase. To date Triumph have delivered pretty good after-sales support for the S3 - there's a degree of comfort that the bike is produced in the UK and there is a range of dealers available. I've tried a few 'specialist' or 'niche market' bikes - usually the after-sales service is minimalist verging on non-existant. Still some of them look very pretty in the glossy adverts,
Same issue for Aprilia dealerships in the US. In my metro region, with population something like 8 million, the nearest dealership is over 150 miles away, while there are 7 Triumph dealers within the same radius.
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Of the naked bikes I've ridden, I'd put the Brutale above the S3. I liked it more than the Speed Triple. There two reasons I bought the triple over the Brutale though; cost of aftermarket parts and availability of OEM parts.

I think the Tuono V4 is interesting. However, my friend owns an RSV4 and I have to say, I normally don't care about gas mileage and motorcycles, but a bike should do much better on gas than a pick up.

Another bike that I put on par with the S3 was the KTM Super Duke. Really cool bike, but the Speed triple looked a bit better, IMO.

I had a Monster S4R a few bikes before the S3. While not the worst bike I ever owned, it wasn't a positive experience.

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post #30 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MWJD58 View Post
Same issue for Aprilia dealerships in the US. In my metro region, with population something like 8 million, the nearest dealership is over 150 miles away, while there are 7 Triumph dealers within the same radius.
My local Aprilia dealer is only 15 - 20 minutes across town - but the Triumph dealer experience has been more about action and less about hot air.
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