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Test rides thread

Post by tony.mon » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:11 pm

It's about time we had a test rides thread.
Nothing wrong with test rides- after all, we can all have more than one bike.

So tomorrow, in the gales and rain, I shall be test riding an Aprilia 1100 Tuono Factory to see if the lean-sensitive traction control, semi-automatic electronic suspension, abs, launch control, and other toys yet to be discovered can cope with pouring rain, greasy wet roads, leaves and puddles that might or might not be covering potholes.

If it survives that and I don't get bored (Ha! some chance) I might buy one- it'll suit the Wales meetup perfectly.

If you're out shopping in Canterbury and spot some butt hacking through a puddle giggling insanely, that'll be me. 8O
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by KermitLeFrog » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:31 am

Just be careful of those supercorsas. Yea cannae change the laws of physics.

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Re: Test rides thread

Post by KermitLeFrog » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:37 am

They are not happy bikes in lousy weather. I had a wet long weekend in Yorkshire a few weeks back. I would have had a much nicer time on the 390 KTM. I cut it short and came home on the M6. It didn't help the front tyre was shot but, all the same.

Also, watch for off-power slides. All the traction control and ABS in the world has no effect if you are not on the power or brakes. I had an off-power lowside on mine (on new tyres, schoolboy error) and there was nothing me or the bike could do.

But, have fun!
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by tony.mon » Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:43 pm

This was a bad idea. :think:
I have made my dear wife unhappy, and now I won't get a Christmas present. :Argue:

I said that I would sell two other bikes before buying another one, but I was tempted, Lord, sorely tempted.
Resistance was futile, and a deposit has changed hands.

It was the Akra Ti full system that did it.... :oops:
I need a bigger garage....
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by fabiostar » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:51 pm

pictures or it didnt happen :lol: :lol:
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by tony.mon » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:11 pm

I've got pictures, but haven't seen the bike yet.
I rode one at a different dealership, they wanted more for their demonstrator with higher miles and a std can, so I looked around a bit and found one in colchester Kawasaki online.
Gen 2, leccy suspension, loaded with toys and only 1k miles. But as soon as he mentioned a full titanium akra system, I went moistly off to fetch my wallet.
It wasn't pretty.

OK, one piccy:

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Re: Test rides thread

Post by sirch345 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:33 pm

tony.mon wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:11 pm
I've got pictures, but haven't seen the bike yet.
I rode one at a different dealership, they wanted more for their demonstrator with higher miles and a std can, so I looked around a bit and found one in colchester Kawasaki online.
Gen 2, leccy suspension, loaded with toys and only 1k miles. But as soon as he mentioned a full titanium akra, I went moistly off to fetch my wallet.
It wasn't pretty.

OK, one piccy:

Image
Christmas come early for you Tony 8) :thumbup:

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Re: Test rides thread

Post by KermitLeFrog » Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:51 pm

Ooooo. Pretty simian.
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by Pete.L » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:24 am


Nice one Tony. Great choice


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Re: Test rides thread

Post by AMCQ46 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:40 pm

you couldn't resist the voices .... little Italian voices
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by fabiostar » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:54 pm

yom yom yom :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Test rides thread

Post by tony.mon » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:44 pm

Any more Tuonos, we're gonna have to call them Thunder Storm meets.....
Tuono is Italian for thunder.

I think they picked the name before they heard the bike, the v4 doesn't sound anywhere near as good as the VTR.
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