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Has anyone ridden both the s4r and the tuono ? How do they compare ? It seems I saw a comparo once in a mag, but for the life of me, I couldn't find it. I wanted to ride a tuono, but no dealers around here had any test rides available. I'm certainly not looking to buy one, just curious.

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Never been on an S4R, but I demo'd a Tuono and I F'ING LOVED IT!
 
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I've read lots about both, and people rave about the Tuono. I think Sport Rider has a long-termer out right now, and the rider loves it. I vaguely remember reading a review in one of the european mags (Superbike I think, but I'm not sure), and they really liked both, but alluded to the Ducati having a bit more character than the Tuono.

Hard to say since I haven't ridden one, but when I started looking for the bike and turned out to be the M1000, the first bike on my list had been the Tuono. If I could have actually gotten one (they are not sold in Canada), it's probably what I would have bought.
 

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I could have bought a tuono, but without a test ride---something I'm not willing to do. Also, I really wondered about how it handled, I was looking for a bike that handled beter than my 919, certainly the s4r does and I was immediatly aware of this. I spoke with a 919 owner who bought a tuono and he said that at first he didnt think the handling was as good as the 919 but later thought it was--i was a little suspicious of this. I also think I read somewhere about the front end being very light.
 

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The reviews I've read of the Tuono rave about the handling. They consistently rank it as the winner in any comparo, but I've only seen it compared to the Triumph and M1000. I haven't seen anyone do a head-to-head with an S4R.

I've demoed the Mille and Futura, but just wasn't interested in the Tuono. Too damned ugly for a nekkid. Maybe next year's Aprilia demo day.

I have ridden the S4R. I love it! I might be able to ride that bike without any mods. Well, maybe just a few. Like getting rid of the catalyst cancer, evap cannister and goofy mirrors.

Otherwise..... good to go!
 
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yeah I just don't like the look of tuono. Doesn't look like a nakid bike to me.

Saw a buell today that was cool. Always here negative things about them but I like them. Sounded cool, looks small and stocky. Just has lots of attitude.
 

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yeah I just don't like the look of tuono. Doesn't look like a nakid bike to me.
 

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Every test of the Tuono I've read (probably half a dozen or so) has raved about it. I just can't get past how ugly it is. Even more so in person. Just my opinion, of course.
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I have test ridden both the S4R and the Tuono. On power, the Tuono seems to be much more spunky. It's weight balance is not up front as much, with a more upright seating position, so mono-wheeling is more prevalent. It feels like it has 15 more ponies under your seat.

Handling wise, the Tuono has telepathic steering. If you think right, the bike goes right. Very light and wonderful. The Ducati needs input. I would imagine the Ducati to be more stable at speed, but this is conjecture on my part.

For fun I would have to vote Tuono.
Quality of construction I vote Tuono.
Wind protection I vote Tuono.
Maintenence costs I vote Tuono. (gotta be less than desmo!)
Smoothness I vote Tuono.
Unique factors I vote Tuono. (Haven't seen one EVER out on the road!!! ( I am in San Diego , too!)

Some drawbacks , and why I would buy an S4R instead:

The Tuono is tall. I am 6 ft and feel a stretch to the ground.
The fixed fairing on the Tuono gives me a weird sensation, when the bars move I expect everything to move. It ain't a true naked bike.

The S4R is freaking beautiful.

This is a tough one. They are both fab bikes. One thing is for sure: for some reason, the test ride on the Priller sticks in my mind as one of those uniquely sensual experiences. It is very special. The Ducati is very conventionally competent.

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For fun I would have to vote Tuono.
Quality of construction I vote Tuono.
Wind protection I vote Tuono.
Maintenence costs I vote Tuono. (gotta be less than desmo!)
Smoothness I vote Tuono.
Unique factors I vote Tuono. (Haven't seen one EVER out on the road!!! ( I am in San Diego , too!)

Some drawbacks , and why I would buy an S4R instead:

The Tuono is tall. I am 6 ft and feel a stretch to the ground.
The fixed fairing on the Tuono gives me a weird sensation, when the bars move I expect everything to move. It ain't a true naked bike.

The S4R is freaking beautiful.

This is a tough one. They are both fab bikes. One thing is for sure: for some reason, the test ride on the Priller sticks in my mind as one of those uniquely sensual experiences. It is very special. The Ducati is very conventionally competent.

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Rideon[/quote]

I live in san diego and am on my tuono at least 3 days aweek I was laughin when i saw another tuono in my neighborhood-north park- on sunday.
 

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Thor:

I guess if you own a Bugatti, then chances are you will run into another Bug! I think it's a law of physics, like attracts like!
;D

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Rideon
 
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I had the chance to buy either bike. My dealer really tried to push the bike down my throat. I like the lower seat height of the S4R. It has all the power and handling I want.
Buying a Monster is not a power to weight ration thing. Its more a Harley type of want. Its not the best in anything. But the bike is really cool and choices for aftermarket trick stuff is great. Each Monster can reflect its owners tastes.
If power and handling is the thing you want or want to brag about. Buy a GSXR 1000 or 2004 YZF-R1. Their will always be a more powerful bike out there or coming. Buy want moves you emotionally. In the long run you will be happier.
 

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Buying a Monster is not a power to weight ration thing. Its more a Harley type of want. Its not the best in anything. But the bike is really cool and choices for aftermarket trick stuff is great. Each Monster can reflect its owners tastes.
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No disrespect intended Race_Day, but those arent the reasons I bought my Monster-- I bought the S4R because I liked it as a motorcycle, not because I wanted to buy a Monster (although I did have a desire to own a Duc).And not because I intended to customize it (although I will). Also, what is best for one person, certainly might not be best for another--I didnt get to ride the Tuono so I'll never know if it might have been better for me and honestly I dont care at this point.....I'm very happy with the S4R. I was just curious about the comparison.
And there will always be better and faster bikes---too easy to say "just buy the fastest"
 

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Yo Race Day Dennis:

Buying any cycle is an emotional experiance, period. There is nothing that is Italian that is rational, especially! I know- I married one! I could love and S4r or a Tuono, or a speed triple, ......... ;D

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I think I may have been taken the wrong way. The short version is buy the bike that turns you on......
 

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Good advice--Thanks for your input Race_Day :)
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I haven't ridden an S4R yet, but the Tuono compared to my M750 was night and day. Kind of like comparing a handgun with an Uzi. They both shoot bullets but that's where the similarity ends.

The looks of the Tuono left me a little cold for some reason. It looks like a superbike with it's fairing stripped off. The Monster has curves and looks seductive (like a good SO should be ;) ). I *really* wanted to like the Tuono - it did everything SO well. The motor was awesome, the brakes were awesome, it rode great, although the suspension was a bit stiffer than I liked (but I'm sure that could be adjusted out, whereas my M750 is maxed out on preload adjustments and is still too soft). I didn't like the seating position on the Tuono, it made me feel like I was perched on it instead of an extension of it. I just don't get that feeling on the Monster, I am far more comfortable and relaxed on it.

YMMV, FWIW, etc.
 
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