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    new rider

    Hi guys new to this forum and i am looking for some friendly advice, i have had several fast sport quads and mx bikes in the last few years and its time i move onto road bikes. Now i love fast jap cars especially r32 gtr skylines but when it comes to bikes the jap offerings seem a bit too clinical and no v twins ( well aside from the old sp2 honda, vfr etc) so my two choices are the aprilia rsvr or ducati 749, now both insurance quotes are the same. Now the ducati was my choice but after more and more listening that rattle from the dry clutch is starting to annoy me, and the more i listen to rsvr exhausts the more i like them, just checking out some of the standard kit on the late model rsvr its astounding, brembo radials/ohlins shocks and steering damper/gorgeous alloy wheels..........to get this level of kit would mean going onto a 749r but my budget just doesnt allow that. Our average 2007 rsvr in scotland is £5000-£6000, the 749 is roughly the same but the 749r is nearer £9000.

    Sorry for going on and on guys its took me long enough to convince myself to go for a road bike so i want my first road bike to be perfect, but also slightly forgiving in newbie hands, has anyone else been in the same situation.

    cheers guys

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    Obviously ya gonna get a biased answer from this forum mate, having said that i was once gonna buy a Duke, The biggest difference is ya get the reliability with the Aprilia ya dont get with a Duke, servicing is not as expensive and nor are parts, a couple of members have sold the Ducati in favour of the Aprilia, Rs3mille has both but rarely takes the Ducati out as ya dont get the riding enjoyment out of it, in my opinion there is no finer Vtwin on the market than the Aprilia go for it

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    cheers mate i have already tried on the 749 for size in ducati glasgow, i found the 749 very narrow ( I am five ten and just under 16 stone) and the seat if you can call it that is by the looks of it just for show, going to jim allens in falkirk tomorrow as i know they have several in stock. I will try and take some pics tomorrow and post them up

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    My first bike was a Ducati. Fell in love with the sound from the Conti race exhaust system. Pushed the bloody thing everywhere. A three week bike trip to Portugal was marred by it's appalling reliability and I vowed never to by Italian again. Then came the Mille. I'm now on my second Mille. Fabulous bike.........you won't be disapointed. Only extra you'll want is an Akrapovik exhaust. Best of luck

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    Welcome scorchio

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    Welcome here!!!

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    Having ridden both a 749 and a RSVR Factory there is just no comparison. The Aprilia is in a totally different league to the Ducati. Test ride one at Jim Allens and you'll be hooked for sure. Njoy

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    welcome mate.
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    Welcome Scorchio RSVR all the way mate

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    well guys went to jim allens today, and i was not dissapointed. As you come in the door on the right there was no less than three rsv r inc a factory r but that was way too much money for me, instead i liked the 2006 model next too it ( air intake between headlamps and new style clocks) sadly could not get a decent pick of me on it or the bike as they pack the bikes in tight, ut how is this for perfect timing they also had a 749 bip for sale, the same price but i now understand why you guys love the rsv soo much, the aprillia looks awesome and very very well put together, where as the ducati looks very flimsy, think the decision is now firmly made late model rsvr for me, only one thing i am not keen on is the blue wheels.

    cheers for all the positive comments

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorchio View Post
    only one thing i am not keen on is the blue wheels.

    cheers for all the positive comments
    Welcome to the forum

    Dont worry about the blue wheels, I'll swap you for my black ones if you like

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    We may be a bit clingy and prtective of our RSV's , but i've always thought the ducati's looked cheaply put together and the paint on them looks as if would flake off in one winter

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    Welcome fella,enjoy.

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    On reliability alone it has to be the Aprilia. Then add looks, performance, individuality, and the fact that Aprilia riders have bigger todgers and its got to be the RSV over the Duke.

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    yeah my dad has the 998 but compared to the mille the 998 is boring and i would say he would recomend the mille also the mille has character the ducati has not the mille is a large bike the 998 seems small and just does not feel like a big bike........
    my dad does not rate it as highley as the mille , i will admit that the ducati looks amazing but the aprilia blows it away in looks when they are parked next to each other in the garage

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    have to say my son is right the ducati as heritage on its side and for me that is all no comparison never use the duc. welcome to the forum and enjoy

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    welcome mate, the right choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorchio View Post
    well guys went to jim allens today, and i was not dissapointed. As you come in the door on the right there was no less than three rsv r inc a factory r but that was way too much money for me, instead i liked the 2006 model next too it ( air intake between headlamps and new style clocks) sadly could not get a decent pick of me on it or the bike as they pack the bikes in tight, ut how is this for perfect timing they also had a 749 bip for sale, the same price but i now understand why you guys love the rsv soo much, the aprillia looks awesome and very very well put together, where as the ducati looks very flimsy, think the decision is now firmly made late model rsvr for me, only one thing i am not keen on is the blue wheels.

    cheers for all the positive comments
    Welcome to a fellow Scot, you should be able to pick up a clean low miles 06 Factory for 5k to 6k, i have an 06 Factory and paid £5750 for it with 3k miles, here it is, i have added a fair bit of mods to it since i bought it in September though

    http://www.rsvzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=756

    Where are you in Scotland?

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    Hi badger mate i stay in falkirk, your rsv r factory is stunning just exactly what i like the combination of dark fairings/graphics and gold shocks........stunning mate

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    Hi and welcome to the site

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