I was on my tippy-toes when I swung a leg over an SF848 at my local Duc Dealer.
The Triumph Street Triple, however, felt just right. I've decided to buy one. Probably this winter when next year's crop comes out.
Down here you just need to go to dealerships in affluent or rural areas. Anywhere near a city (DC or Baltimore) and it is a foreign concept as well.
Power is addicting, handling is so different and brakes are oh so precise. Make you feel like you've been riding a scooter with drum brakes.
That looks heavily modded: those lights, single sided swingarm, expensive looking wheels, probably a custom exhaust and perhaps a gsxr fork (which is actually a common mod). Looks like a wannabe speed triple.
That was a surprise for me as well. I wasn't on tip toes but I wasn't flat footed either. Less of an issue on the Panigale and not an issue at all on the S1000
It's all a matter of perspective. If you are used to riding 600 i-4's, the street will have a very strong midrange. If you are coming from 750 or larger twins, it will feel wanting
In terms of appearance? Single sided swingarm on the speed. In terms of rideability? The street is a naked Daytona 675 and feels/rides like a sportbike while the big brother is softer, more laidback and cushy.
I'm all about the Street. I got into riding in my late 20s, so I never got wrapped up in that whole "gotta have a liter bike" mentality. I just don't give a shit. Give me something with great handling and a comfortable ride that I can wring the hell out of while staying inside my skill level. If I ever do buy something sporty over 1000cc, I'm going straight to an S1000RR or maybe an MV. The speed is what, a 1050cc? Frankly, I'm nowhere near the skill level to justify that.
Didn't someone wise say it's way harder to be an old rider than a big-bike rider?
A stroked 3 cylinder 675 with decent low end torque and a smooth-as-butter power curve sounds perfect to me. It's 100lbs lighter than the Speed with a slightly smaller profile, so it can be the hot knife that cuts through the butter of Boston traffic. I guess with the smaller engine it will be a bit more revvy than the Speed, but that just makes it all the more fun to wring out that power. Higher peak revs mean less low-speed jumpiness. And at this stage in my riding, I don't really need more than 105bhp (which you can boost by around 20hp with mods and a new fuel map if you want).
Maybe it's not the prettiest naked bike on the market. But that's really the only downside I can see. Other than that, I'm pretty sure that - if you get the R version with Ohlins and Brembos, an Arrow 3:1 exhaust, a new fuel map, frame sliders and a fly screen - it's pretty much the perfect all-around naked bike.
If the looks bug me too much, maybe I'll paint it orange. ::shrug::
Lol, my preference is for American, but I would and do buy Japanese over European all day every day; too funny how we have our own biases and preferences.