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My Brutale 800 was in having the map updated so i took out the shops demo Dragster.

Comparisons against my Brutale:

The clutch is softer on the Dragster? (the mechanic thought it odd too, maybe MV have changed the spring?)
The brakes (ABS Model) have less initial bite than my brute but then felt good and progressive and firm at the lever. (maybe to do with the demo only having 160 miles on it?)
The handling is a bit lazier in the bends no doubt to do with the 200 tyre, felt similar to my '10 Z1000, still handled really well, just the initial drop in is more of a progressive roll into the bend.
The bars felt slightly narrower, the mirrors were good but had a little wrist ache after 15-20mins (zig zag hill could have had something to do with that, see below)
The fuelling is spot on, I took it down a section of road nearby called Zig Zag hill, it is an unbelievably tight switchback road that winds up a steep hill, usually you would negotiate it in 1st and 2nd, I did it in 3rd and 4th purposely to test the throttle response, barely faster than walking pace on the turns and the drive from 1500rpm was silky smooth. Also the quick shifter was just as complying (Note to self, get a quick shifter)
Best thing, my Brutale is now just as smooth :)

And now the bad points:

That seat! I like to move around a bit when I ride, especially when things get a bit spirited and on my bike I can move back or forth a couple of inches when i'm braking or tucking in a bit and sliding and hanging off to one side in the bends is natural and comfortable but on the Dragster its like sitting in a kids high chair, the hump in the seat keeps you up against the tank and i'm no lard arse, in fact someone who is a bit portly wouldn't fit, and the contour of the seat isn't that comfortable on the underside of your leg when your hanging off either.
I know there are some riders out there who that won't bother as they sit pretty static when they ride but its not for me and incidentally the shop said most others who have tested it commented on the same thing?

Did I like it? Overall yes, apart from the seat. Would I sell my Brutale to get one tomorrow, no, they're too similar and the seat is better on the Brutale.
 

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Nice comparison, glad to have made the right choice.
How's the weather by the way? Still desperately in need of a waterscooter?

We've hit 20 degrees celcius last weekend, to bad no Brutale yet.
 

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Weathers been great for a change, was out for a ride with some mates on Sunday, some patches are still flooded and groundwater has still to subside but just a relief to be able to get out :)
 

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Good review Ackers...We've had our demo here for a couple of weeks now and like you say, the weather has been pretty good, but can I ride it? unfortunately I crushed 2 fingers so I'm off bikes for a month or 2 now...Gutted!

Still, it gets my out of nappy duty and it does mean I can go to the pub more...every cloud and all that...
 

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Picked up my new love yesterday.
What can I say, there's only one big problem.....

It's my helmet, it's just not big enough for the smile on my face riding this bike :ahhh:

:yo:
 

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Nice review Ackers and like you I need to move around on a bike, was around zig zag too Sunday first time on the 990 Superduke. Not as easy to throw around as the 950 Supermoto I had but a damn sight easier than the B-King before the 990 :laughing:

PS Get them to sort the potholes around there :jsm:
 
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