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Old 10-31-2012, 10:38 AM   #31
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Having owned my 1098 for over 6 months now, I can safely say as long as funds permit, I will always have a European bike in my garage.

They just have so much more character than a Japanese bike.

Don't get me wrong, I do love the Jap bikes as well and also have a CBR600RR in the garage. I have also ridden all the modern Japanese bikes. Besides the R1, they are all so similiar. It's quite boring.

Ducati / Aprilia offer something different which to me makes it special.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:45 PM   #32
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The 675 is fantastic on the track. I took a canadian superbike out for a few sessions. The pro-built suspension handling was a dream. Quick direction changes and that extra bit of oomph in the motor , as a package really is good. Haven't ridden an 848. Only problem is if your > than the 6' 200 lbs mark, it is physically challenging with the compact frame. common issues include the oil cooler (you can get passive aftermarket coolers) and rectifier.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:23 PM   #33
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I am 6'1 and 225lbs and I actually fit on an 848 really well. The bike is actually not compact at all, but it does lay you out with a lot of weight on your wrists...
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:30 AM   #34
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I had a 2004 aprilia RSVR 1000 and it was a mechanical nightmare. I then want back to a honda 600rr. I then kept the Japanese bikes until 2010 when I picked up a 2010 1198 in white. Loved the look, the pull of the engine and it was ok on the comfort level. Here is where I'm glad to be back on the honda 1000rr.

1. when the bike was ridden in stop and go traffic and the bike's cooling fan clicked on, the heat was dispersed right into the rider's crotch area. I was on a ride once and had to get off the bike because it got so hot down there. Not good.

2. The starter went bad after 6 months. Covered under warranty but would have been a $1,500 fix. I did not have the bike for a month.

3. Service is expensive. Oil changes on or over $100, valve adjustments $1,400 and that's just the regular maintenance stuff.

So they are absolutely sexy but in my book, not worth the worry of the bike breaking down on a ride. The Honda is peace of mind for me and also more comfortable. Also less hot.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #35
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My first bike was a 600F4 99, had it for 6 months, then the 929RR came out. I absolutely love the look of that bike, trade it for the 600F4. Then in 03 I got 600RR for the track b/c I dint want to trash my 929RR, but the bike the bike I really wanted for track was the RC51 but my guy at the dealer advise me to get the smaller cc bike, it turn out that's the machine to learn how to go fast at a track.
The came across a deal for an RC51 and got it ( love the look and sound ) and had them all until this May and sold them all ( 929RR hurt me seeing her go, worst that a girlfriend )

In July I got a deal on my HRC 1000RR that I could not pass on so I got her for track duty (157 miles on it, 3 track days) every time I ride her I like her more...

But next year is when I am getting out off my comfort level when I will get my dream; Aprilia RSV4 for street duty and some track days... I went to check out the new Penigale and I dint like it in person

Aprilia RSV4, can't wait
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:39 PM   #37
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my first 2 bikes were honda's and my second two Aprilia's (RS250 and then RSV1000) before I went to the CBR1000rr. I went to the Fireblade because my father always rode them and i couldn't get an Aprilia where I now live. But I still have a soft spot for the Aprilia. If I move again it would be a tough call. I will probably get slaughtered on this forum for saying this - because I can't fault the Honda in any way - but both my Aprilias oozed quality all over - and I never had any mechanical problems with either.
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