Are you sitting in a house with a tin can and a string coming out the end of it or are you REALLY on the internet?
Uhm, sure. Just like you said. I have a computer and a tin can.
I'm asking these questions AFTER having done a good bit of searching and not turning up anything conclusive or useful. Perhaps I'm looking wrong places, but I haven't been able to find jack. It was in the process of SEEKING these answers that I come to find this board, and here I am.
The link to the Aprilia site was nothing I hadn't seen before. Don't be mistaken, I have ridden Ducati and Aprilia products, just not a Mille or a 996/998. I've been riding for 14 years, so this motorcycle stuff isn't something I just happend to find out about from friends. I don't point fingers at people and call 'squid'
or whatever, nor do I care whether or not the locals can figure out what the hell I'm riding. They see my Honda, and act like they've never seen one before. In a way, they haven't. . . . as most sportbikes around here get molested and distorted into one front brake havin', stretched swingarm wearin', chromed everything sportin' pimp-o-cycles. One guy told me how cool my bike would look with NEON. This is a world unlike any other I've ever known. . . .
All these things and more have been answered by people more knowlegable and better with Microsoft Word than I.
I'm sure that's very true. Do me a solid and point me to where I might find these gems of knowlege. . . . umkay? Please???
Use your Search button on your browser and I'm certain you'll get 3 million sites with the answer to this. I'm too busy riding, sorry.
My greatest pet peeve is people who don't use the search functions, so belive me I've tried. Glad to hear you're busy riding, I'm busy working. Blame it on my schedule or whatever, just don't assume prematurely that I haven't tried to find these answers for myself.
I could spend the time to tell you about the 5mm height adjustment in the engine/chassis deptartment, or I might wax eloquent about the resin tank that is lighter and shorter then the 00 metal gastank. They even changed all the bodywork! The bike has a more powerful computer control system and new forks.... but as refined as it is, it makes no more power than a 2000, and unless you are a fan of the new "look"... you might not benefit to much from all the 120 changes.
Go on! This is the kind of stuff that I'm interested in knowing. If you're not interested in telling me yourself, please at least lead me to the source of this information. I'm not here to waste your time any more than I am to waste my own. So again, lend a hand or something.
Investigate all you like.. but in the end I'll bet dollars to doughnuts your decision will be made 3 minutes into the test ride.
Ah yes. . . and there is the other issue. The bike I'm considering is in another state, but I live in NC. I found the bike a week ago when I went to see friends, and though they let me piddle around on a demo Falco (ho-hum. . . not bad, but my Honda would beat the crap out of it in every arena) but not on the Mille. Likewise, I have a deal found in NC on a 996. . . they let me ride the 900SS, but not the 996. Not suprising, I guess. The guy here in NC knows I'm a serious buyer, knows I have the means to buy whatever I set my heart on, but they can't put miles on the Superbikes, owner's rules.
SO, test rides are pretty much out of the question, so this purchase will have to be done on faith and over the telephone. I'm comfortable with both dealerships in question. It's just a matter of making up my mind, and putting down the cash.
Do please take a little time and help me learn the differences before I decide to take/pass on this deal. I'd hate to make the wrong choice, you guys can help me make the right one.