I know I'm posting this in a section for 2002-2005 bikes and might be expecting a slightly biased answer but if you could afford a late model tuono would you buy one? or do you just prefer the shape and character of the earlier models. I ask this question because i LOVE the RSV's and my recent bikes were a Blackbird and now a Pan Euro st1100 which I already decided is not for me
I've had a 2000 Mille in 'flashy yellow' with lots of upgrades followed by a Vtec but when er indoors decided she "didn't want to be pillion after all" i bought a lovely RSVR again with tastefull mods. Now i was more than happy with this bike (except for slow riding 'killing' my neck and wrists) but i was seduced into selling it by being offered a mint 'busa from a mate. I duly sold my R got the cash together within 1 week and phoned the 'MATE' to pick up his 'busa and he turned off the phone and informed me by text later that he had "sold it last night"
I could have fucking killed him there and then
I had it out with him in a bike shop about a week later and left everyone in the shop in no doubt about how much of a cunt i thought he was
Anyway i rang the guy who just bought my R and offered him MORE than he paid me for it and he wouldn't sell it back to me (i don't blame him as it was worth about £500-£1000 more than i took off him for the quick sale) and he still won't
On the rebound i bought the Blackbird (never liked it) and then decided to act my age (53) and got the pan, I have been on it a few times and have realised what a mistake I've made, it just isn't for me
I miss the thunderous sound of the V-twin with a decent pipe, I miss the attention to detail that the Aprilia's enjoy and I can honestly say I have never had the bird or the pan up on the 'workbench' to work on them or clean or polish them.
When I had my RSV and then my RSVR i spent hours in the garage cleaning, polishing, spending hours just LOOKING at the damn things, i even put a heater in there to keep them warm for the winter months but i have no feelings for any other bikes.
I never took a shine to the newer shape RSV's so i always looked for good examples of the earlier models and i still think that way with the RSV's
But I quite fancy the Tuono in the 07 blue livery, does anyone else have any thoughts on wether the early or latest Tuono's are the better buy as I like them BOTH.