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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 12:43 PM
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isnt it more of a comparison to a street tripple?

I found this artical far more interesting anyway http://www.cycleworld.com/first_moto...pecial_feature
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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 10:33 PM
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That has to do with mechanical design, and i never said they were bad in that regard. The Japanese build very reliable engines. Where did I say different? That wasn't the point. Those bike at work i mentioned are still running after all those years. bit if you look at the build quality they look like something you'd find in one of those one dollar stores. Compare to the Tbird they aren't in the same league, not even remotely close. Today they are still not in the same league, but much better than the 80's.

We can disagree and thats fine, but lets first make sure we are disagreeing about the same thing.
Every night when I pull it in my garage I park it right in line with 6 of those 80,s jap bikes and am still amazzzed at what we got for our money back then.
Yes on some plastic was used in places that the t-bird gets metal but overall they are on par with qulity of welds, design and function! You can argue all you want with me but unles we are talking about small displacement bikes that were aimed at the beginner or to attract the very low budget buyer. I really would have to have you point out specifics as none of the machines in my garage look cheep in anyway and all would be on par with the price tag of the t-bird if they had to build the same bike and sell it tommorrow!

besides a a rear fender and headlight bucket I dont see any excessive plastic used except on my 1990 zx7 and that bike has the plastic to ensure its light for racing.

To me the question of cheep or quality would be based on the hole packadge and its intent not just that some plastic was used or not.

As said before I will make a fair comparrison in 26 years because as of right now the 80,s jap bike has the upper hand IMHO!

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If that bike is a cruiser, than I have two heads. I'm surprised more magazines dont eat up Ducati for that fairly major oversight.
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If that bike is a cruiser, than I have two heads. I'm surprised more magazines dont eat up Ducati for that fairly major oversight.
Don't blame Ducati for making the bike, blame the magazine for classing it totally wrong
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I almost demo'd one when i was waiting to have my tire mounted a couple weeks ago. But i didn't want to fill out the paperwork and hang around any longer than necassary. But i did have a good long look. And to be honest IMO it looks like a jap bike next to my Tbird. I see no comparison in finish quality. A lot of it looks cheap like textures you'd see on a a 80's jap bike. I just don't dig it at all. I'd like to sample it's go tho.
So since my previous post I got to ride my buddies Diavel - you should sample it's go. It's more than I'm ready to handle - I could only hold it wide open for a few seconds in 2nd and 3rd gear - 2nd gear the nose wants to come up, the electronics put it back down for you - runs on one cyclinder or something but pretty fun to hang on and just let her rip - but I didn't like the riding position - was glad to get back on my Bird.

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Thats how i felt when i demo'd a Rocket. Unreal power, almost yanked my hands off the bars when i whacked the throttle, but i was glad to get back on my bike afterwards. And my bike at the time was just a speedmaster ! I think like me, you won't sacrifice everything you like about a bike just for speed. The duc's power may be unreal, but if i wanted that i'd just buy a Busa and kick the diavels azz. But neither bike floats my boat in any way whatsoever other than power, and even there i don't care near as much for high RPM HP....i much prefer a low RMP motor with a ton of torque down low. The R3 has that, but it also has a number of things i don't like. The Tbird for me is the ultimate bike thats ever come of the production line in any plant.
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So, we are in agreement then.
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