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With just the net to aid me (working away from home for another week) I have found a nice late 08 910R for sale close to where I live.

I have yet to ride either 1078RR and 910R (and can't wait for a test ride day when I get home).

Can anyone on here give me the fors and againsts of either bike and let me know how they would compare in all aspects (handling, power, torque, brakes etc).

The 910R is obviously alot cheaper than the 1078's I have been looking at but would I be disappointed if I bought the 910R over a 1078RR?

Are the chassis and suspension identical on both bikes?

Sorry to bombard you with questions.... I'm getting excited about going new bike shopping!
 

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I like the 910R a lot with the Microtek ECU and Corse exhaust it has zero throttle snatch and it sounds great. It has 130 HP at the rear wheel and is tuned for mid range. I am sure that the 1078 is faster but at a certain point how much do you need on the street? I am biased but I would save the coin and sort out the bike with the ECU, exhaust and suspension. On the other hand you can do the same things to the 1078...can't really lose on this one
 

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Are the calipers on the 2008 910r two piece or mono-bloc like the 2009?

For the OP if you are in the USA there are several 1078RR still on some dealer floors in CA,CO and MN...might end up with a pretty good deal out the door.
 

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I was in same position as you, however the great factory discounts they were offering on the 1078RR (Dec 09) convinced me to buy a new one.

I'm glad I made that call - it's a great bike.

I think these discounts are still on in Oz and sure they will stay especially now the 2010 models are coming out.
 

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Sadly, I managed to get a test ride on the "more civilised" 2010 990R today. Thought it was awful. If the 2010 Brutale's are night and day better than the 2009 models my interest in owning one just ended :-(
 

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And what was it that turned you off???
 

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Bike felt shockingly unstable with rediculously stiff and dampless suspension that led to serious bar flapping especially under power and whilst leant over. Throttle was like an on-off switch with no smooth progression especially at lower revs and lots of jerks. Access to the gear and rear brake levers was difficult (I'm sure something that could be gotten used to). The test bike failed to start after 3 firing attempts and I suffered 2 stalls (not rider error!!) during the ride. All in all, my previous excitement about trying one was totally destroyed and leaves me not really knowing what to try instead. Part of me wishes I'd kept my Speed Triple as it was better than the 910R in every respect. Sorry to diss the marque guys but it was truly shocking.
 

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Well....sounds like it was incredibly poorly set-up. I have ridden a large variety of bikes in my time, and continue to enjoy the opportunity to sample various bikes on a regular basis.

My 910R is probably the finest handling bike I have ever been on, and the power delivery is exceptional, if you have the right wrist control to take advantage of it. It is not a bike for the timid or inexperienced, I will allow that.

Stalling and hard starting is not and never has been, an issue with mine.

Sorry you didn't like it, but perhaps best that you steer away. Either that or get a ride on one that has been properly serviced.
 

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Hard to make a bad choice between them. I just went through a similar exercise and bought the 910. My reasons: (1) I'm an older rider and getting the bike with the absolute highest performance isn't a high priority. Either bike is far more capable than I am; (2) I like the look of the earlier wheels FAR more than the newer version; (3) to me, the parts quality on the earlier bikes is slightly better than the newer bikes; (4) I like the overall look of the 910s better than the other models. The combination of the brass forks and black frame "pops" a bit more for me than the all black forks of the 910R or the newer bike.

None of these may matter to you, and if performance is your sole criteria it's hard to see how you can pass on the newer bike. One thing to consider is that if you go with the 910, ride it for a year or two, and trade up to the newer bike, the difference in cost will be minimal, and you'll have a lot of experience on the 910 to help you better appreciate the newer machine - in fact, you may be able to upgrade to the 1090 for not all that much money.

Either way, enjoy the bike - any one of them is a winner.
 

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Bike felt shockingly unstable with rediculously stiff and dampless suspension that led to serious bar flapping especially under power and whilst leant over. Throttle was like an on-off switch with no smooth progression especially at lower revs and lots of jerks. Access to the gear and rear brake levers was difficult (I'm sure something that could be gotten used to). The test bike failed to start after 3 firing attempts and I suffered 2 stalls (not rider error!!) during the ride. All in all, my previous excitement about trying one was totally destroyed and leaves me not really knowing what to try instead. Part of me wishes I'd kept my Speed Triple as it was better than the 910R in every respect. Sorry to diss the marque guys but it was truly shocking.

MOz

Please try and get a ride on a 1078RR before you make the final choice. I too had a 2008 Speed Triple before the Brutale. The Speed Triple is a great bike - I loved it. But I wanted the MV as I felt the Speed Triple looked a bit dated and the MV was the next step.

The Brutale took a bit of getting used to after the Triumph, you know you are riding the MV whereas the other became abit auto pilot. But after a few weeks, I'm convinced the overall package is so better.

Don't get me wrong, I love Triumph too - I think they are a great brand, so much that I and ended trading the Peed Triplefor a new Daytona, which is also a great model.

In summary - get on a Brutale 1078RR - then make your final decision.
 
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