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I'm not sure about the Aprilia concept bike -- hard to judge from a photo but their answer to duke's hyper-motard looks pretty decent.
 

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We Yuropeans are so innovative. Thats why people love our stuff. Like Ducati coming up with a revolutionary new line of, er, bright red V2s. In contrast to the japanese, they can’t innovate, its the same boring stuff year after year like Honda’s tired old boxer-6 streetfighter. Same old, same old.

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¿Cómo te va?

it could be worse, cruiz. be happy that we live in europe, where a variety of purchasing tastes means that a decent amount of these interesting prototypes will actually end up being sold here.

...as an aside, and as people's beltlines are tightening, ducati's marketing cry of exclusivity is beginning to have a reverse-effect in this part of the world (if the opinions i hear/read are representative of a larger collective). people in vindobona are starting to prefer triumph's "here's what we thought you'd like to ride" vs. ducati's "here's what we're reluctantly allowing you to buy this year." both premium brands, different places on the arrogance meter, and it seems to have a polarizing effect.
 

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Chévere. Pretty much everything interesting ends up being sold here, Rune being the exception

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Oh. no problem, we have a few sitting around we can ship you LOL
 

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Not sure what's so great about the rune. It only has 1832cc and 90hp. Not a real mans bike. It needs at least another 400cc's and 100hp. It might as well be a beginners bike with these stats. Hell, the Victory Vision has 92hp and we all know that "It needs a 30% bigger engine. Had they not been so vision impaired at the time they would enjoy a cult status now. But no: more of the same. Safe road pussies deserve to lose."

So the rune must REALLY suck.
 

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Hmmm...I didn't find any 2007 Vision dyno (have any?) but the older models had 62 RWHP. Totally acceptable figure for middle weight adventure bikes I say. Newer ones have more power but this is how they started to cut Harley's slice of the market. Somebody must have suffered from serious lack of cojones when doing the specs.

What I found was a dyno of 2007 stock Fat Boy. Straight from the more-of-the-same school of thought. New bigger engine and 66 RWHP? A perfect match to Rune's 97.4 RWHP - if you bolt on a third cylinder. As Rune has more torque at idle than new Harley at any revs, I would say yeah baby.

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Not sure what's so great about the rune. It only has 1832cc and 90hp. Not a real mans bike. It needs at least another 400cc's and 100hp. It might as well be a beginners bike with these stats. Hell, the Victory Vision has 92hp and we all know that "It needs a 30% bigger engine. Had they not been so vision impaired at the time they would enjoy a cult status now. But no: more of the same. Safe road pussies deserve to lose."

So the rune must REALLY suck.
Other than being butt-ugly and expensive, it's the perfect machine. I just saw one for sale. A 2005 BRAND NEW for 16 grand. It was $24,999 msrp. They STILL haven't sold all those turds, and probably never will. Easily the ugliest bike of the century. Maybe if they drop the price to 8 grand, I will buy it and ship it to some moronic Euro for 24 grand that thinks it's the shyt. I figure it's this least I can do for them.
 

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Get on that stool and put the rope around your neck. I have a different system, my friend; I don't shoot the rope, I shoot the legs from under the stool.
 

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You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.
 

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I hear that after the presidential election a new model Victory V-Rodham will be launched. It will be downtuned to have modest 66 RWHP suitable for the ladies. Only downside is that as a feminine model it will be high maintenance and hard to get rid of.

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I hear that after the presidential election a new model Victory V-Rodham will be launched. It will be downtuned to have modest 66 RWHP suitable for the ladies. Only downside is that as a feminine model it will be high maintenance and hard to get rid of.

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It will also have a very shrill exhaust and once started can't ever be turned off.
 

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And once you are finally able to get rid of the bike it takes half of your riding gear and you still need to make the monthly payments on it even after it gets a new owner.
 

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Well, she may be a pooch but she's the best bet of the current line-up. As soon as we clean up the current shytbirds mess we can get back on track taking care of the US, not starting wars because your friends in the energy and defence industries don't think they're making enough ching.

"War for Profit"....it's the American Way !!
 

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Well, she may be a pooch but she's the best bet of the current line-up. As soon as we clean up the current shytbirds mess we can get back on track taking care of the US, not starting wars because your friends in the energy and defence industries don't think they're making enough ching.

"War for Profit"....it's the American Way !!
You should get a job on comedy central.
 
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