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Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by NMGlocker, Jun 1, 2007.
I pick up my new Aprilia Tuono tomorrow morning.
Action shots coming soon.
btw: anyone want to buy my pristine '05 ZX10R?
Priced to sell, and will deliver within a reasonable distance.
Very sweet Looking forward to seeing some pics of the real thing
Great Bike . Good Luck and Ride Safe
Uh Oh. You and fnfalman starting some sort of 'sickle gang?
I've had this for 2 years and I can't see myself without a bike.....never again! Honda VTX 1300 Retro.
The Ape boys are back in town
NMGlocker, did you buy the bike from Desert Greens in Albuquerque or from the Lubbock joint?
Cycle Shack of Lubbock, they made me a good deal and let me put my ZX10R up on consignment.
I haven't had this much fun on a bike in a loooong time.
To change directions, you just think where you want to go and the bike goes there. I have close to 200 miles on the clock now and i'm amazed at how much more comfortable it is than the ZX10.
So, you don't miss the extra 40-horses?
Those extra 40hp are wasted around civilization.
When you compare the ZX10R and the Tuono, 0-60mph times are within .25 second and 0-100mph is within 1 second, 1/4 mile times are within 1.5 second (I'll bet you I can still outrun 90% of the literbike squids in a drag race, and destroy 100% of them in the twisties).
It's only when you top 100mph that the ZX10R really starts to gain a big advantage.
So... no I don't miss the extra 40 ponies, especially when you add in the Tuono fun factor.
What's next, a Ninja 250?
j/k glad you're enjoying it.
I've never ridden one of those but really want to. You are correct about the liter bikes. Not many people can ride them to half their potential.
The big ZX10R is definately fun, but only being able to use 50% of it's potential (at most) while putting up with the downsides of that race bike potential gets old pretty quickly.
The literbike is only happy when it's getting 100+mph air through its radiator, anything less and it's like sitting on a hot plate (especially in New Mexico's 100+ degree summer heat).
Tall gearing and all that heat in stop and go traffic eats clutches.
The ergonomics are great... tucked in at 150mph, anything less gives you carpal tunnel and a trip to the chiropractor.
If I lived closer to some high speed sweeping corners and big elevation changes (and no traffic or cops) maybe the ZX would have more appeal to me.
The Tuono does all the fun stuff (wheelies, stoppies, peg scraping) but with far better manners in day to day riding. And it'll still eat every 600 alive and give most literbikes a solid run up to 125mph.
You just summed up exactly what I've been thinking for the last couple weeks or so. I've been comtemplating selling my ZX10 for a BMW K1200R.
Congrats on the Tuono..looks pretty sweet!
So, NMGlocker, how did you decide on the Tuono instead of the Super Duke? Since that the dealership has both available and you test rode both (presumably so?), how come you favored the Tuono?
I finally had the chance to test ride the Super Duke and I must say honestly that I may favor it over the Tuono. Less power at top end, less rush at higher speed, but at lower RPM, it runs like a scalded cat not to mention just a hair more maneuverable. You can really tell when you run through a series of chicanes.
Anyway, my current work calender sucks. I am suppose to be here, to be there, but nowhere. I can't plan for squat right now. Otherwise, I was planning to take a whole week off, fly to Las Cruces, pick up the 990 Adventure and go hook up with you.
The Super Duke was just too damn compact for my 6'2" frame. Also the throttle was real snatchy (especially down low) like a light switch.
It would make picking up the throttle mid-corner a dangerous proposition. It may have just been that bikes tune, but I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be.
Coming from the ZX10R, I liked the Tuono's power delivery better, I'm used to a softer low end and then a top end rush. ZX10 throttle habits should carry over pretty well to the Ape, although the Ape has way more engine braking and could use a better slipper clutch (or I need to blip on downshifts more).
I did some riding this evening with a friend on his '03 GSXR 1k.
We didn't do any full blown racing, but we did play around some on the truck by-pass. While he would pull away from me, he was far from leaving me behind (until the 140mph mark or so). Up through 100mph I was right on his tail then he'd start pulling. A late model 636 rode with us some, and we would both walk away from him pretty easily.
All in all, the Ape has some pretty impressive performance.
My buddy was quite impressed, his only prior naked bike experiences were with Bandits and Z1000's and they aren't nearly as quick.
Once you get it fully broken in, trade those ugly stock cans in for a set of Vince's. I couldn't wait to get rid of those cans on my Factory. The Vince's sound awesome and add 5-10 horsepower.