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Hey All

Well i'm strongly thinking about buying a new Tornado, but I'm finding it hard to make a decision.

Ive read the stories of clutch baskets going etc, but i suspect all the stock now being sold new will have had the niggles fixed?

I've always fancied one and by change came across the 5995 offer in bike magazine that my mother brought over from the uk.

At present im based in cyprus, but with my office closing i have two choices stay here or go back to the isle of man, neither place is particularly bad to ride bikes :) one has mostly all year round sunshine, quietish mountain roads and hot tarmac for nice track tyres

The other green , occasionally wet :rolling: but has the TT course and no speed limit :)

So its not like I can just pop down the road and get a test ride, not that in anyway has been a problem for me before having bought both a new gixxer 750 and zx6r in the past without test rides .

The conundrum im in is I cant decide whether to get the RS which is only available currently in red and black or the normal in silver/black

I spoke to a dealer and he suggested the normal bike is really good and he'd opt for that.

However Im well aware of how different lightweight mag wheels make for steering having got an rs250 with them on.

So I suppose its this

I love the color of the silver and black

The red and black RS is growing on me but which would most people opt for , ie is the rs worth the extra and anyone on here whos ridden both back to back or has experience of both how would you rate them ?


thanks, hopefully a prospective nelli owner :)
 

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Angelus

Both the Tre and RS have their differences to ride and the best way is to experience it.

There is a step up in handling when you go to the RS and it jumps again when going to the LE. As you improve the add ons you improve the ride but having said that the Tre is still an excellent ride.

The difference with each step is also the price and this is what makes the choice easier.

Problems will have been sorted by now but warranty work has been good and far more stable of late.

Whatever way you go you will love it.

Lived in Akrotiri for three years many moons ago and can vouch for the ride up to Mt Trudos but the Greek lorry drivers ar something else!

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Hi Angelus,

I have a tre in silver and black and can vouch for the standard bike, as the performance and handling is more than enough for me. If you aren't fussed about colour then the RS is a cracking buy, as for £1000 more you get radial brakes, carbon mudguards etc...also the RS bikes were made later, so you will get a newer bike as last european tres were made in 2003.

Personally I like the chrome instruments on the tre, and the silver colour does it for me ......but I have spent mucho dosh on carbon and other add ons, and if I had the choice again I would get a red RS...or hold out for an LE, which if you have the money is a no brainer;)
 

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Welcome to the forum Angelus, sounds like you Really are spoilt for choice, I think which ever one you choose you'll be happy with although it's a shame they don't do an alternative colour for the RS as the spec is higher but I'm not too keen on the colours they do, although saying that, I've seen Angus' Red RS and Pony's Yellow Tornado side by side and both look far better in the flesh, so to speak !:D

So either way get you ass back to the IOM (It's far too hot to ride in Cyprus !:rolleyes: ) and pick the one you like the look of best !

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mmmm

swinging towards the RS now , i guess its cause i love carbon fibre and have radial brakes on my ninja at the moment.

yeah the yellow looks well tasty but seems the importers only have red in. The red and black looks stunning in real pictures, the benelli and offer site don't do it justice.
 

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What about the 1130

Have you considerd the 1130? They were the last built with Radials & a dry slipper clutch ( as on LE) and should have all the faults ironed out. Available in the green/silver or as min in the Anthracite/silver on a red frame.
Also with only 197 built they are almost as exclusive as a LE.
With the larger engine the power is available lower down making it in my opinion an easier bike to ride fast and also easier to ride with the engine relaxed.
 

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bit expensive the 1130s tho.

plus i like to work at a bike and to be honest with myself I was probably faster on the rs250 than a 600 :) over the mountain course. as you have to concentrate more and not loose any speed anywhere hehe
 

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i went for the rs model because you get a lot for your extra £1000, marchesini wheels, better brakes, carbon bits, more bhp you'd have to spend a lot more than a grand to spec 1 up, but i test rode the standard tre & its still a bloody good bike for £5999!!!!!!!!!! :D :D so good look with what ever you buy
 

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If they done an RS in green and silver then that's what I'd have. The yellow RS is lovely too (shut up Roly:rolling:) but I'm quite happy with what I've got. Sure I've spent a whack adding little bits and bobs but I'll never get close to using the standard Tre to its full potential. You could always buy the standard model and get yourself a set of matching leathers to go with your new bike:D

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Hi Angelus, welcome to the greatest forum in the World !!!, I have gone from the standard Tre to RS and both are as good as each other and its only when you look at the precise details you realise for the extra £1K the RS is a steal but then the Tre at £5995 is too ! . If you want an RS and red's gonna cut it for you then i may sell mine but i have had other enquiries over it so its a toughy and i think people will agree its a lovely RS and it wont cost you £7K either . Anyway if you can make your mind up then look forward to seeing you on the forum on a Tre,RS or even 1130 but just dont turn up with an LE as i'd cry buckets :rolling: :rolling:

Thanks Angus.
 

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hi

lived in paphos for 3 yrs(2002-05) but couldnt get on with a road machine so had a KLR650 Kawasaki.

TBH i think you're gonna get all the performance you can exploit on Cypriot roads with the Tre.Its more than enough for me in the UK.:rolling: (there isnt a smiley for big girls blouse)

Dont know if he's still there but there used to be a great bike shop in Paphos called V Twins,run by a guy called Pelham Georgiades,top guy,he used to look after my bikes,worth a trip?

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Welcome to the forum mate. As said by others, all benelli`s are great bikes, The Tre is a superb bike for the money but i personaly think that the RS is a little better & even more value for money, i think they were something like 14 grand new so it is now possible to get a 3 year old bike for less than half the original price. Whichever one you choose, you will love it. Good luck mate :)
 

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oooh lee beleive youve done yours in fortuna colors, cant find your particular gallery tho, point me in the right direction would love to take a look :)

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Angelus,



When I bought my 1130 Tre, I asked the dealer about the 900 series and their low prices in the UK. He told me those bikes are Euro 2 and can not be imported in EU countries, with some exceptions, Poland comes to mind, UK obviously. Maybe members here can correct me / elaborate.


As to reliability, I've just finished my first 1000km, Saturday is first maintenance, the dealer will also remove the 100bhp limit. I'm really looking forward to that.

No technical probs at all, with the exception of the bike being delivered with a missing nut on the gear lever. In time the bolt would have fallen out of its socket, fysically disconnecting the gearlever from the gearbox-axle. But no big deal, I noticed the play on the way home and mended it first thing.

Make sure you are about 6-feet, seat is quit high. The bike is really nose focused, I will have some work sorting out the nervous back-end, it sidesteps somewhat during heavy breaking. Maybe its me having to adjust from an old sportstourer to a focused new bike. And maybe backtorque clutchplates need running in too ? Brakes are fenomenal.


The bike is quite comfortable, I have no wrist or backpains, it actually feels like how Tonino Benelli sits on his bike in the old pictures : elbows and knees. You don't sit IN the bike but ON it. The seat is hard as bricks, don't think this is a tourer.


As to the looks, well I have had people coming out of their house when I park it, "what are the jets for" - all the stories you've read here are true.

But I bought it for its rich, complex sound, and no disappointment there. Sure a duc sounds great, but the whail above 5500 rpm, the grinding at lower rpm and that gentle flute that comes on when winding it firmly but without haste from 3000 to 5000. Aaahhhh ...
All V twins sound like a duc, but no Triumph sounds like my Tre.


It's too early for me to advise you into bying a Benelli, but so far everything is in the green.



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Whichever you buy you will love it. All I would say is buy carefully. I would pay well over the odds for a bike with proven history vs one that is cheap and looks good. For total peace of mind buy one with a few months mfr warranty left.
 

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thanks man, thats not a bad looking paintscheme :)
 

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i dont do cypriot mechanics, theres only one guy on the island i trust and even he has sullied his rep with me lately telling me he had to do a job one way when i have the service manual and known exacly how long it should take to do , but since its part of my insurance job problem ill leave him to it. I do 80% myself and the bits i leave to him are the specialist tools i dont have or if it really needs to be up high on a ramp to work on.

Im sure if I took it to one here itd go in a benelli and come out an MZ!! :doh:

Anyhow talking to my boss today seems theres a great chance ill be based back home soon , so the RS is the only option for the TT course :) then the baby RS becomes my track bike :clap:


hi

lived in paphos for 3 yrs(2002-05) but couldnt get on with a road machine so had a KLR650 Kawasaki.

TBH i think you're gonna get all the performance you can exploit on Cypriot roads with the Tre.Its more than enough for me in the UK.:rolling: (there isnt a smiley for big girls blouse)

Dont know if he's still there but there used to be a great bike shop in Paphos called V Twins,run by a guy called Pelham Georgiades,top guy,he used to look after my bikes,worth a trip?

cheers
 

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I lived in Limassol for four years (well just outside of it) and I loved it. The roads were shocking and I used to see a whole family tree and a couple of chickens hanging of an 80cc moped wearing nothing but shorts and flipflops. I soon learned not to eat the grapes that we used to nick from the vineyards without washing them first. I used to piss from my arse after eating a carrier bag full of them:rolling:

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Roads now are very good with all the eu funding thats gone into them the past 7 years or so , the motorways and the A roads are generally very good, the intown areas can be a bit rough especially after all the patchwork from waterworks the past few years.
 
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