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Poll: Which cruiser would you take for a test ride?

In next week's MCN there's a comprehensive buyer's guide and celebration of Triumph's Thunderbird. We want to get an idea of which cruisers (if any) the users of would consider taking for a test ride. Let us know your thoughts below the poll. pollcomment

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May 08

Posts: 213

SHIVA_ says:

Diavel is really special

Still quite unknown among the riders, the Ducati Diavel has both changed and enhanced the traditional concept of what a great cruiser should be.  It's tremendously competent, comfortable, refined, powerful, agile, flickable yet with no drama, amazing brakes and almost no bad manners. An impossible mix of character traits, blended well to form a totally fun road-friendly bike.  Let me say it again, it's really fast... :)

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Jan 11

Posts: 8126

snev says:

HMS Belfast.............!

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Oct 10

Posts: 186

zoobaz says:


Yep it's a great bike - no doubt the best performer in this lot. I'd have one tomorrow (if I could afford one!), apart from the shape of the tank - it looks a bit odd to me. wouldn't stop me owning one though.

what about the new vmax as well? apart from the rediculous price tag they're a great bike - and the 'RSD Design' cafe racer is possibly the best looking bike ever. take a look -




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Oct 11

Posts: 34

Typhon219 says:

the problem I have with the likes of the Diavel is that on it's launch it was everywhere, much like the Panigale is now. This absolutely puts me off testing them as I'm bored of hearing about them, although I acknowlege they're a massive step forward and applaude Ducati for daring to be different.

Of this lot I'd try the triumph as I like classic style cruisers, (weird as I hate  Triumph's blatant BMW clones recently launched or announced, again a brand constantly all over MCN) 

Each to their own though and I'll not turn down the chance to try any bike someone wants to give me the keys to.



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Jan 11

Posts: 8126

snev says:


Yes, the best bike in the list but........ is it really a cruiser in the same mould as the other bikes.?

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Apr 06

Posts: 383

SPIKER40 says:


I think its good that we all appreciate different types of bikes, but lets not kid ourselves........

If you ride the vast majority of cruisers, you know they are going to be heavy, inefficient, need all day to polish, and handle like a tea trolley, but if thats your thing........

One thing that I will never understand.......seriously, who of sane mind would ever buy a victory 8 ball??

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Jun 12

Posts: 1

Dcapaldi says:


I love my victory had a few, but all the Harley's, I have had never happy with any of them, kept changing items on the bikes still not not happy, and the last one was a vrod, looking forward to picking my new victory cross roads up next week.

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Dec 11

Posts: 11

vachequipis says:

Why not mention H-D Sportster? The H-D 48 is the only H-D ever that made it into the top 10 list of best selling bikes in Europe! Ok H-D make bikes that the majority dislike but all the rest on this list are copies, they must have some appeal or why bother to copy them. Vrod and Diavel should be classed under Muscle bikes.

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Aug 02

Posts: 46

jallen says:

I voted the Ducati as it is a good bike although I agree with vachequipis as it is really a Muscle bike.

I have ridden a Triumph Thunderbird (only courtesy bike left) and although I really prefer sports/sports touring bikes grudgingly admitted on its return that after a while when the sun came out I quite enjoyed it.

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Jan 04

Posts: 150

venturer says:

we hired a harley (fat boy with the evo gearbox-don't even start me) in florida about 3 years ago, the girlfriend band me from taking about it, it was that bad, i asked if the engine was restricted when i took it back and the guy started to get upset, i'm still in shock about every aspect of  "it." an american car drivers idea of a motorbike, i'm still band from talking about it, but a m8 has a stage something tuned one and swears by it, so each to their own and if you like it then thats all that matters. In the end if you enjoy a bike then it's your bike.

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