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Hello everyone, thanks for stoping by. It's been awhile since I started looking at these forums for information regarding the Brutale. I saw one of these bikes for the first time about a year ago, and fell in love almost instantly, and ofcourse i've been trying to find as much info as I possibly can.
I recently found out that an '08 910S is on sale for $8500, which really isn't too bad I think, but I've read many things that can go wrong with older Brutales, and I wanted to know if this also applied to the '08 models.
This bike has less than 3k miles and still under warranty, very clean looking bike. But is this a good deal, or would it be worth the money to buy the new 990R model? I've seen a lot of posts about the '06 models, but nothing much on the '08's... are they pretty much the same bikes, '06 to '08, and how does an '08 compare to the new 2010's???
I will be using this bike like everyone else I suppose, not really pushing the limits, weekend canyon runs, and a bit of stop and go city traffic as well as high temps in the area. I live in Las Vegas, so normal riding temps for the summer are around 108, give or take.
Also, how comfortable are these bikes in 2up riding???
Well, I don't want to make this longer than it already is, but any comments you guys have will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again :)
 

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Welcome aboard.

You don't say how many miles are on the '08. $8500 is a bit high, in my humble opinion. There should be about a $2000 spread between the S and R models and R models are around $9,500-$10 in '08. You can buy '07 Rs for $8500.
 

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I have an 08' 910s. Got about 2900 miles on it now. In terms of reliability they are pretty rock solid. The electrical issues (do a search on "SPU unit") that plagued the earlier models (pre 2008 models) were addressed by the 2008 model year.

I used to own a 2004 Brutale S 750. It was a blast but I had lots of small issues with that bike. My current 910s has been very reliable so far.

Pricewise I would try and negotiate that price a bit since for around a couple grand or so more you can probably get a lightly used 910r. With the 910r (as you probably already know), you'll get a slight bump in horsepower and better, more powerful brakes (Brembo versus the Nissin).

How does it compare to the 2010? 2010 (990r and 1090r) are new models. New, evolutionary styling changes, and much smoother throttle response. Many would say, almost Japanese-like if that makes any sense. Not that that is a bad thing. Just do a search and you'll read plenty of reviews on the 2010 models.

Mine was running fine in terms of temp, but I went ahead and installed the upgraded high output water impeller and it runs even cooler (coolant temp) now. No stalling.

As a 2 up bike, the Brutale would not be my first choice unless it's an occasional romp. But it all depends on personal preference and comfort threshold and how understanding you significant other is to riding.

Good luck. Enjoy the bike if you get it.

Mike
 

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I have a 2007 model, that is the same as 2008 for you guyes over seas. You get bikes a bit later then us europeans. I have ridden it for 23000 km now , and have not experiensed any flaws what so ever.i think the problemes where sorted from that model and onwards. I would seriously uppgrade the bike to the new impeller system, since you have a whery hot climate.
 

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20,000 miles on mine. The fuel line inside the tank came off, stranding me a looooong way from home. No other problems. It's running 200 degrees at night right now, 210 in the day without any upgrades in the same climate.
 

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20,000 miles on mine. The fuel line inside the tank came off, stranding me a looooong way from home. No other problems. It's running 200 degrees at night right now, 210 in the day without any upgrades in the same climate.
Tell me, was that from a corroded rubber fuel line?
I had the same problem about a year ago.

The rubber overflow tube corroded/degraded from where it was clamped on the inside of the top of the tank. It fell into the petrol in the main tank and acted as a syphon drain the tank.

Had to remove tank to replace rubber tube, quick job, but shouldn't have needed to be done to a year old bike at the time.
 

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seaeagle: It was warranty work so I didn't see anything. He said the u shaped line popped off. I stopped for breakfast after an all night ride and it wouldn't start back up. I could here a gurgling sound, no fuel escaped. It was rather embarassing. I didn't know it but I had chosen a favorite hangout for Sunday morning bikers and several came to see it. All wanted to hear it run. This went on for hours while I waited for rescue. I still love her but I worry about her synapses.
 

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14K miles on my 08 910R....great bike. Very reliable and easy to maintain. Your pillion passenger will not like it, however.

Also had a vent line split inside the tank...pissing gas out overflow after a fill up. Easy fix. Had the U shaped fuel hose come loose too, but happened when reinstalling the tank. High pressure surge when fuel filled the pump passages????

All that being said, I will now knock on wood.

Anyone notice the questioner has only the single post? Are you still there?
 

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I like the 910S, it's prettier and cheaper then the 910R and still properly fast to keep up with the litre class bikes.

I think the 910S and the 1078RR are the pick of the crop in my opinion. 910S is cheap and great, 1078RR is legendary.
 

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Sorry guys, yup im still here, I had a bit of good weather over the weekend so I spent it outdoors as much as possible.
Thanks for all the replies, its making my choice a lot easier this way. Its still pretty hard to decide, on one hand, the '08 is cheaper than a new bike, plus its still designed by Massimo unlike the new one, but the new is one is... well, new, and looks a bit better. On the performance side, I might find it hard to distinguish between both bikes, I never really push it when I ride, so I don't think this will be an issue with me... but we'll see, I am gonna test ride both bikes later this week, so I will have a better idea of what best fits me...
Thanks all, this is my second post of hopefully many more to come.
 
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