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post #3526 of 4527

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.

post #3527 of 4527
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

The Triumph Street Triple, however, felt just right. I've decided to buy one. Probably this winter when next year's crop comes out.

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post #3528 of 4527
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Oh, I still managed, but swinging a leg over it was just always a bit annoying. And we are talking about the very, very minor annoyance on a superb bike. Do you have the 13 with Skyhook?

Nope, I have a 2010 Touring S model.
post #3529 of 4527
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This would never happen in Canada. I'm not in the mkt for a sport bike but I'd love to ride one just to see what all that power's like.

 

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.

 

 

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I just want a SV because of the awesomeness potential. Like this one.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post
 

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.

 

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

post #3530 of 4527
Yea that SV has an xx98 swingarm + wheel

Pretty fucking sick

I know I said before my 650 is enough for me but lately I have been kind of wanting more. SV1000 is probably the best bet
post #3531 of 4527
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

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.

Street Triple or Speed Triple? I wouldn't mind taking both for a spin, but I hear the Street is missing the midrange power.
post #3532 of 4527
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Street Triple or Speed Triple? I wouldn't mind taking both for a spin, but I hear the Street is missing the midrange power.

Pardon my ignorance but what's the key defining characteristic that distinguishes one from the other?
post #3533 of 4527
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Pardon my ignorance but what's the key defining characteristic that distinguishes one from the other?

Displacement.
post #3534 of 4527
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post


Street Triple or Speed Triple? I wouldn't mind taking both for a spin, but I hear the Street is missing the midrange power.

 

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

 

 

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Pardon my ignorance but what's the key defining characteristic that distinguishes one from the other?

 

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.

post #3535 of 4527
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post


Street Triple or Speed Triple? I wouldn't mind taking both for a spin, but I hear the Street is missing the midrange power.

 

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? :teach:

 

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::


Edited by BostonHedonist - 9/17/13 at 8:38am
post #3536 of 4527
IDK I def won't turn torque away if it doesn't affect the handling.

Even if it does... meh... I would 2-up the shit out of something like a Bandit 1200. Stump puller

The Street has been repeatedly regarded as one of the best... street... bikes of all time though; Speed not so much. So there's that too....

Can't go wrong either way I guess.
post #3537 of 4527

I'd retrofit the old round lights and take off those angular monstrosities.  It is supposed to be an easy swap

post #3538 of 4527
I hear you guys on the Street. I'd love to try both. I love my Buell Lightning CityX. I like street bikes better than sport bikes. One of the things I don't like about either the Speed or Street is the seemingly super-high exhaust, but I guess you can always get an aftermarket.
post #3539 of 4527
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Even if it does... meh... I would 2-up the shit out of something like a Bandit 1200. Stump puller

 

 

 

Call me a snob, but I don't think I'll ever buy another Japanese (or Asian in general) vehicle.

post #3540 of 4527
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post
 

Call me a snob, but I don't think I'll ever buy another Japanese (or Asian in general) vehicle.

 

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.

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