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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-01-2002, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Sprint RS vs. Ducati 900 Sport...?

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Which way to go....? Ducati 900 Sport or Triumph Sprint RS....?

1.- Which one is "really" more bang for the buck..?
2.- Which one is more reliable "mechanical" side..?
3.- Which one is cheaper on the maintenance/spare parts..?
4.- Which one will be better for riding two-up..?

Sorry for so many questions....

Any ideas/advice/suggestions will be really appreciated
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-02-2002, 09:04 AM
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Well, I typed a very detailed response then lost it when attempting to do an edit. Beware folks and save it first!

My short answer is that the RS is probably going to be the better of the two choices on all counts. The Ducati has that great twin cylinder sound (with an aftermarket pipe and open airbox lid) and may have a little more "cool" factor, but the Triumph is a superior every-day ride.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-14-2002, 08:59 PM
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Wink Go with the RS

If you are not a "Ducati Nut" then definitly go with the Triumph. The RS is beefed up for 2002 and I gaurantee that it would out perform the duck 900 sport. Check out the Sprint RS thread for more detail. The value for what you get and the cost of service is definitly on the Triumph's side. I have a 2001 RS and love it.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-15-2002, 02:48 PM
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Thumbs up Get the RS

The RS is a better all around bike, with a better motor although it could use a bit of suspension work.

I had an RS for about a year before its life was ended by a deer. I have a Daytona now, but I still long for that RS sometimes.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2002, 09:45 AM
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Defintely go for the Sprint RS. I test rode both before buying my RS, and found the Ducati a torture rack on the street. The Sprint RS will run off and hide from the 900SS on a track, too. Besides, as with all things Italian, if you have to ask don't buy it.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-17-2002, 06:59 AM
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I've ridden both. The Ducati can be ridden much more aggressivly through tight curvey roads and is very torquey to say the least. However, it isn't as comfortable and the engine tops off too quickly and too soon to be as quick as the RS. But, here's the kicker, the Ducati uses a 2 valve per cylinder air cooled engine. It's going to require more maintenance and at shorter intervals. If you like to work on bikes and you're williing to do it, the Ducati will be a very fun and sexy looking bike.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 09:49 PM
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In answer to all 4 of Your questions The Triumph wins. 1) Bang for the buck? The triumph out powers a 2 vaqlve Duc by about 30% for alot less cash. 2) Mechanical reliability ? Liquid cooled vs air gotta go with the Triumph again. 3) Maintance/parts prices ? Parts probably about the same on alot of smaller parts, labor costs Quite a bit higher on the Duc and more frequent also. 4) 2 up riding ? The triumph is a little longer and not quite as aggressive in the seating position as the Duc. Hopes this helps
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-19-2002, 06:47 AM
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Ducati 1000SS in 2003

Excellent backup of my points. Well said. If I could have both, I would be a happy man. The Ducati is an extremely fun machine and very sexy.

Everyone might be interested to know, that in 2003, Ducati will be offering a 1000SS which has a 3 valve head and is still air cooled. The expectation is about 8-10 more horsepower from the new engine, which would put it much closer to the Sprint RS and with it's lighter weight, would make it that much more fun than the 900SS.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-19-2002, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up

Thanks for all the info...! I'll go with the RS or the SP3...!

has a 3 valve head
I guess that will make the maintenance very expensive...!
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-01-2002, 11:23 AM
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go with the rs. That bike in my opinion is by far the best sport tourer ever made. Well, second to the futura. This is the most comfy seat I have ever sat on. I am 5'6'' and it fits me perfect. Also, for being a 955, it sure is a light bike. Atleast it feels light, either that or a good center of gravity. The seat psotion isn't too sporty. It has enough to make the journey worthwhile but not enough to make you stop after an hour into it.
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