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    REXERS ROAD TESTS

    An idea. Us lot have stuff in common: the bikes; our age and experience. This is a resource which provides a baseline........for our own road test archive. We go and take a test ride on something that interests us and post the results below. We have no commercial axe to grind and the sense to give an unbiased report. This does matter because even the most reputable mag is ultimately under pressure to big up the market place.

    Another reason for this is that there has never been so much choice. Ever. I can't remember a time when so many diverse and high quality machines have been produced in Europe alone. There's also some incredible value around. So if someone else goes first I'll chip in as I tested an Italian and a Brit the other day. Not at the same time though.......

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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    Big long test of 1000 words or more? Or just our humble opinions?

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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogruff View Post
    Big long test of 1000 words or more? Or just our humble opinions?
    nah - could do it in a couple of paras. Come on - don't be shy, who's had their leg over an exotic piece recently - tell us what you thought.....

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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    I'll go first then, I test rode a Ducati 999 , New ZX10R and RSV Millie just before I bought my ZRX and decided that all this hype about sports bikes doesn't suit me anymore and although these bikes are amazing and sound nice and ride well they are not for me, I am taking a long long brake from sports bike altogether as I want my comfort and want to enjoy the scenary and no longer I care so much about the riding position or the pain of crouching forward and concentrating so hard on long journeys...while I could still thrash almost anything on the road (after doing my ZZR Cams, Jetting and the new exhaust that Mori got me of course!) on the ZRX and still look cool and enjoy the ride...
    TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH!

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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." Shaw, 1903.
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    Borrowed a Suzuki V-Strom for a couple of hours.
    1st impressions were, it's very easy to ride, the upright riding position is actually very comfortable. The smallish screen gives excellent wind and rain protection. The seat is nicely padded and very comfortable, the clocks and dash are laid out really nicely, when first riding it, it's very surprising how quick this 1000cc v-twin really is, it's up to 120 before you realise you've got 6 gears instead of 5! And it really does handle very well.
    What i didn't like was the poor quality finish. Some painted parts didn't look very top quality, The screen seemed as tho it was loose, (it wasn't, just poor quality plastic) There was no one thing that was loose/fell off, just gave me a poor impression. The engine was stonkin' though.
    But, even though it's quick, even though it handled very well, i just didn't like it. I had no impression that i'd want to look after this bike, wouldn't talk to it, (we all do it). It had no soul. I suppose i've been spoilt by the Rex.
    If i was to give the V-Strom marks out of 10, it'd have to be a seven, cos, ultimately, it's a fine bike, just not for me.


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    TRIP 07 V TUONO 07

    TRIUMPH SPEED TRIP V TUONO 07

    Tested both on the same day: been considering something a bit lighter than Rex and non 4 pot. These two machines are in the same class as the Z thou - big naked street bikes: not an area in which IMHO the Japanese currently excel themselves - against a formidable array of Euro hardware (KTM, Benelli, Morini, Guzzi, Triumph, Ducati, BMW etc etc ).

    People love the Trip for its linear delivery and torque combined with a unique visual prescence. The forward seat and close bars reminded me of the KTM S/duke (another contender in the class) and you can tuck into turns at the drop of a hat. Both of these and the KTM make 200 kgs plus bikes seem like tankers with their agility. Trouble is, the Trip I rode felt a bit flat compared to the Tuono (and the KTM) or even the Rex (once the K&Ns start gulping) and I aint talking just about high revs. I'm talking all round. Wind protection isn't on the menu despite the deflector and for some reason the ride position (similar to the KTM) doesn't make quite as much sense - feels like it could do with a bit more height for the up front ride. Both bikes were disadvantaged in town by ungenerous steering locks, though neither were as bad as most Ducatis...

    The Tuono was always a slightly flawed masterpiece ( I owned an 03). No longer. The one issue - snatchy low revs fuelling - has been sorted, meaning that you can ease off happily: there was only one way of riding the old RSV..... The awesome Rotax has always been ultra reliable, and the oversquare set up means you have a V twin with stomp which revs. And handles. I felt immediately confident: the pegs and seat are high but there's more reach to the bars so you can hunker down at speed. I picked up both bikes in Central London and felt more at home in the chaos on the Prilla. When you get out of town you have 135 bhp at the rear c/w 180 kgs dry. The Brembos effortlessly curtail proceedings as and when. Hit the mid range and the Tuono takes off, snarling. Luckily the wind protection is better than on the Trip: on my private road at indicated 120 mph it was surprisingly effective.

    CONCLUSION: I thought this would be a hard call and I wanted to love the Trip. Truth is for me - the Tuono blew it away in every department bar one:the Trip looks a more coherent design. But the Tuono just felt special on board in a way the Triumph couldn't. And the Tuono can be had for nearly 1k cheaper new. I've recently ridden the KTM s/duke and in order of preference: 1) Tuono 2)KTM 3)Triumph. So would I? Well, Southern Cross (who race RSVs) offered me the bike for 6700. A futher 600 sees it set up with a full Arrow system which they rate just superior to the Akra system for the same bike. If I had to buy a new machine, the Tuono would be on the shortlist.
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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    Honda CRF450X '06 V's YAMAHA WR450F '06 V's HONDA V's CRF250X '04

    It was time to upgrade from the old 2 smoker to a new gen 4 stroke with electric leg(although i'm now drooling over new KTM300 2st elec start).
    I've always liked the WR's,that was until i rode 450X. The honda had nicer suspension and felt more stable,and brakes were similar-- i realise, especially on dirt bikes, that suspension can be and will be tuned to personal preferences. BUT, the 450X's motor absolutely hammers,it creams the WR. It probably signs off a little bit up top,but with that much grunt down low/mid range,who cares. So i bought the CRF450X.

    Whilst i was happy with my 450,i came accross a CRF250X that was to cheap not to buy! It had a crap sticker kit and needed a tidy up,but thought i'd make a couple grand. I pulled the crap stickers off and unbelievably the original stickers were still there in good nic.

    I figured i take a mate out riding since i had 2 dirties. We were out riding and i thought i better let him have a ride on the 'mans' bike,and me on the little 250. 30 minutes later i'm grinning from ear to ear thinking 'jeez,this things fun'.

    So now the test was on in earnest.I mapped out my test loop and started going for it.When the red mist decends and i'm going hard ,me and the 450 are quicker--but how long can i ride at 100%? The 250 is a lot more nimble and i can just about full throttle everywhere,i'm less tired and the power is much more forgiving when i am tired.

    So,which do i keep. *The 450-ultimately faster,piss easy wheelies, but wears me out quicker. *The 250-faster for longer,not as big grin factor.

    One off the hardest decisions of my life i reckon. I kept the 250 at about half the price of the 450. No regrets yet (except when a mate wheelies past me on his KTM450-bastard).

    them KTM300EXC-E looking good

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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    + Shellwok: Honda CRF450X '06 etc etc

    Cheers fifty a useful addition and everyone else for gettin stuck in, and nice to have some off road perspective from Oz. I reckon lightweight is pretty much everything off the blacktop since they're easier to pick up afterwards.....
    One thing I've noticed in previous links to older single review based threads is a tendency for people to be very defensive about the Rex - as though finding the Fazer thou (for example) is better at some things is disrespectful. I reckon in this thread the Rex should only come in as an objective point of comparison when appropriate and people shoud simply report their findings. Right, who's next?

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    Re: REXERS ROAD TESTS

    So Mr Palesaint,are you thinking of another Tuono????
    IMHO looks wise it's 1) s/duke.(just not orange)2)Trip.3)Tuiiiiiiono
    I've riden a 750 brutale,and it was pretty good. Lacked a bit of grunt down low- bet the 910 is wicked.
    I'm liking this thread,'cause i've read the Trips motor is stonking-and it would possibly appear otherwise.
    It's good to see 'real' world/people perspectives.
    I've got some mates with late model sportsbikes,so i can give my evaluation on the japs big4 supersonics.Just don't wont to flood the thread with all the same authors.
    So come on lads,what you like, and what you dont..........

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