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Naked bikes from Italy – used advice

Second-hand advice: Naked bikes from Italy
Buy used Italian motorcycles

Balm for the soul or soul seller? These bare Italo bikes are optically turned on, but as used bikes can be hard to beat with high follow-up costs. Six hot philanderers in the used check.

Jorg Lohse


Let’s not kid ourselves: When new, some bikes would fall through the cracks of a rationally calculating consumer on these four pages. Bankruptcies in the past, numerous changes of ownership and then investing in a bike that is well above 10,000 euros in terms of costs? Understandably, this issue seems too risky for many. On the other hand, the Italo bikes have always turned on us with their sharp design and their powerful engines in two, three and four-cylinder layouts. As used, they already attract manageable entry-level prices on the common sales portals. Less than 5000 euros – should you dare? The answer could come from Radio Yerevan: in principle yes, but … Of course you also need a functioning dealer network for maintenance work and the timely procurement of spare parts for a used bike. That is why the favorable offers should be examined particularly critically: If expensive inspection work is pending, an important spare part cannot be procured?

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Benelli TNT 1130

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Benelli TnT 1130

Benelli TNT 1130.

In our sextet, the TnT is clearly the type with a shirt that is unbuttoned wide, breast fur and a fat gold chain. Above all, it appeals to three-cylinder fans for whom the pinstripe appearance of a Triumph Speed ​​Triple is too good and conservative. It is interesting that the wildly rugged Benelli Laying a clean line on the road: Stiff chassis and splendid brakes like the toughest country road ride. The engine, on the other hand, screams for revs and gearshift work – when rolling leisurely, delayed throttle response and constant speed jolts spoil the fun. Caution when setting up: Some TnTs are bold, not only allow a lot of fuel to flow through (nine liters per 100 km are not uncommon) and blow out some unburned hydrocarbons through the underseat exhaust – TnT drivers usually run on more gasoline the jacket than in the blood. With used ones, the electrical system can cause problems due to a lack of fine-tuning (open plugs). The back and forth about the brand makes the supply of spare parts difficult. Only strike for bikes that have been well-maintained. Price: from 6000 euros.


  • Informative cockpit with an easy-to-read tachometer
  • Strong pulling power
  • Sensitively appealing chassis
  • Powerful braking system from Brembo


  • Coupling very stiff
  • Sometimes sloppily processed, can be a problem for everyday bikes
  • Annoying hiccups when driving at constant speed
  • Short range

Data (year of construction 2004)
Water-cooled three-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 1131 cm³, 99 kW (135 PS) at 9250 rpm, weight 220 kg, tank capacity / reserve 16/5 liters, seat height 810 mm, top speed 250 km / h, consumption (country road) 5 , 6 l / 100 km, super

Aprilia Tuono

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Aprilia RSV 1000 Tuono R

Aprilia Tuono.

We have the super sports successful Mille. What happens if we pick off the fairing and put a handlebar with risers on the triple clamp? ”The development team of the obviously had these very simple thoughts Aprilia Tuono. But simple recipes usually work and are damn nutritious. Since its premiere in 2003, the Tuono has firmly established itself in the naked bike league.

Especially because the basis is right: the sophisticated technology of the super sporty sister Mille with its brilliantly good chassis and a powerful V2. The whole thing can be finely directed from a relaxed, almost provocatively casual sitting position. Small problems with the first Tuono generation: The too long gear ratio, which leads to chain slapping around the bottom, and a small performance hole that is annoying when accelerating out. In the second generation from 2005, the vote for the brisk country road hunt like much better. Good workmanship and a largely very dedicated dealer network (Aprilia has been part of Piaggio since 2004) make the Tuono interesting as used vehicles. Well-preserved first-generation models are available for less than 4,000 euros in their original, unmistakable, checkbook-tidy condition.   


  • Powerful Brembo brakes
  • Convincingly relaxed seating position
  • Very nicely finished in detail
  • Practical control of oil and coolant


  • First generation geared too long and with a small performance gap at 5000 rpm
  • Slight swaying at top speed despite steering damper
  • Coupling with high manual force

Data (year of construction 2004)
Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 998 cm³, 92 kW (125 PS) at 9500 rpm, weight 215 kg, tank capacity / reserve 18/4 liters, seat height 830 mm, top speed 245 km / h, consumption (country road) 5 , 5 l / 100 km, super

MV Agusta Brutale 750/910

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MV Agusta

MV Agusta Brutale 750/910.

She is a milestone in the motorcycle world that Brutale has no doubt next to Ducati 916 and Honda RC30 gained a permanent place in the Hall of Fame. It is the work of the exceptional talent Massimo Tamburini, co-founder of Bimota, father of the 916 and Brutale sister F4. We come to the real problem of design icons: mobility and everyday use. After years of waiting and announcements (not uncommon for Italo brands with small series budgets), the 750 Brutale was finally on the road in 2003. The sound test of the four is convincing, but in order to get ahead properly, you not only have to turn a lot, but also use the old 50s trick with a slipping clutch for a proper traffic light start. The delayed throttle response with a stiff throttle grip doesn’t make it easy for a Brutalinski on the handlebars either. The bottom line was that the increased displacement of the Brutale 910 (from 2005) was of little benefit: the rough throttle response and high clutch forces are annoying, the chassis is and remains rock-hard and only wants to fall (like the engine) with a knife between the teeth during the angry ride. The hacking around the brand (which will not end with the death of company boss Castiglioni) does not make buying a used one interesting for economists, especially since the Brutale is anything but an everyday bike. For collectors only, from 6000 euros.


  • Very coherent and well thought-out in detail (change in translation, adjustable notches, instruments)
  • Motor very easy to turn
  • Chassis with racing reserves


  • Spring elements respond very reluctantly on the 750
  • Bad throttle response all around
  • Spare parts supply problematic
  • High consumption

Data (910 R, year 2007)
Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 909 cm³, 100 kW (137 PS) at 11,000 rpm, weight 205 kg, tank capacity / reserve 19/4 liters, seat height 820 mm, top speed 257 km / h, consumption (country road) 7.4 l / 100 km, super

Cagiva V-Raptor

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Cagiva V-Raptor 650

Cagiva V-Raptor.

Purists may turn up their noses now, because the V-Raptor (built from 2000 to 2005) does not pass as a thoroughbred Italo bike by all boot fetishists. A Japanese twin hangs in the meshwork: V-Raptor and its unwrapped sister model Raptor 1000 are cheered on by the brilliant V2 from the blissful Suzuki TL 1000. The engine is beyond reproach, also on the chassis side Cagiva In normal operation on the country road in a good mood. Those who are demanding, i.e. sporty, will reach their limits faster than with the other bikes from this sextet. The Suzuki heart makes the Cagiva very interesting as a used in terms of spare parts supply. However, the V-Raptor did not shine with its clean workmanship when it was new. Used should be checked extremely carefully. Untampered with luck from 3500 euros a real bargain tip.


  • Silky smooth engine with great power delivery
  • Low seat height
  • Foolproof steering precision
  • Practical gear set-up


  • Weak brakes come dangerously close to the limit when going down passes
  • Soft suspension tuning can not please on bad roads
  • Used partly badly rocked

Data (year of construction 2000)
Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 996 cm³, 82 kW (111 PS) at 8500 rpm, weight 211 kg, tank capacity 18 liters, seat height 780 mm, top speed 231 km / h, consumption (country road) 6.1 l / 100 km, great

Moto Morini Corsaro 1200

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Moto Morini Corsaro

Moto Morini Corsaro 1200.

It was a shame, only the company bankruptcy a good one and a half years ago, now with a new owner another uncertain beginning. That will rather scare off rationally acting used buyers. The relaunch of 2005 looked promising. After all, none other than Franco Lambertini, father of the highly praised in the active fan base Moto Morini 3 ½, the 1200 V-Twin is technically delicate and arranged with a very short stroke.

The Lambertini heart is what they do Corsaro distinguishes itself: exorbitant power delivery, precise shifting and to crown the brisk propulsion a good slipper clutch. Heart, what do you want more? Well, the first corsairs were annoying with poor starting behavior, too rich set-up and thus high consumption – a point that has not really improved over the years. Interested parties should seek out a dedicated workshop before buying. Difficult to get, tip for collectors, prices from 6000 euros. 


  • Very well made in detail, neatly welded frame
  • Easily accessible adjustment screws on the chassis
  • Powerful, easily controllable brakes


  • High fuel consumption
  • If the tuning is too rich, poor starting behavior and poor response in the partial load range
  • Oil filler neck difficult to access

Data (year of construction 2005)
Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 1187 cm³, 103 kW (140 PS) at 8500 rpm, weight 220 kg, tank capacity / reserve 17/6 liters, seat height 830 mm, top speed 250 km / h, consumption (country road) 7 , 2 l / 100 km, super

Ducati Monster S4 R / RS

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Ducati Monster S4 RS

Ducati Monster S4 RS.

Are you looking for a secure investment with dynamic development that is fun every day and also puts a smile on your face when you look at it quietly? Then you are exactly the monster type. The best thing to do is to choose the S4 R or S4 RS (from year of construction 2006) from this almost inexhaustible family clan. With both, it is above all the Testastretta engine known from the 999 that gives them their special charm. Ducati connoisseurs know that the S at the end stands for O like Ohlins. With the Sweden chassis, the S4 RS cost almost 3000 euros more when new, the price difference is put into perspective in the used market, but is still noticeable. In any case, it is questionable whether you should go for the basic version. Both in the Ohlings dress and in the standard version (with Showa fork and Sachs shock absorber, also fully adjustable), losses in ride comfort and transparency have to be accepted. Fundamental problem: too tight at the back, too soft at the front. That disturbs the harmony. It also depends on the tires. Michelin Pilot Power 2CT have made the best impression so far. Obligatory when buying used: The Monster should be checked booklet, the question about the last timing belt change is mandatory. Prices for the standard S4 R from 6000 euros. 


  • Superior engine with great performance characteristics and a wide range of revs
  • Strong braking performance
  • Clean and pleasing processing


  • Chassis set-up unbalanced in Ohlins and standard versions
  • Sitting position designed too passive
  • Adjustment work on the shock absorber made difficult by poor accessibility

Data (S4 R, year of construction 2006)
Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 997 cm³, 89 kW (121 PS) at 9500 rpm, weight 206 kg, tank capacity / reserve 15 / 3.5 liters, seat height 820 mm, top speed 245 km / h, consumption (country road ) 4.7 l / 100 km, super

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