Originally Posted by dopeitsjosh
Can someone tell me what the main difference between the Speed Triple and Street Triple are?
Thinking about getting one of these bikes if I don't go with the Daytona 675.
Chiming in late here but, since I just put my first 700 miles on a '14 Street Triple R, I figured I'd weigh in.
Of the three bikes you mentioned, the Daytona is the track tool, the Speed Triple is the heavyweight hooligan bike and the Street Triple is the quick, nimble do-it-all bike. Which one you go with really depends on what kind of riding you want to do.
The Daytona is a beauty. It's light and screaming fast, loves to be revved up. The riding position is very aggressive, however, which makes it impractical for commuting. You'd go with the Daytona if you spend time at the track, mainly ride for canyon runs or, like my friend with a '13, frequently lane split at dangerous speeds on the highway and run from cops with no chance of them keeping up. If you commute, it's not going to be fun. My friend manages, but he's pretty fit and jacked and likes the pain. This will be the most comfortable at speed, due to being leaned far forward instead of upright.
The Speed Triple is a torque machine. I haven't ridden it, but those I've talked to who have say they can power wheelie from just abut anywhere in the power band. It's low revving, high torque/horsepower and heavier. This means it'll be less nimble than the other two, but it's probably the best for stunt riding and general street shenanigans. Personally, I think the Speed is due for an update. Technically classified as a "supernaked," its electronics package has not kept up with the competition. Where the only electronic enhancement it offers as ABS, something like the new BMW S1000R supernaked is not much more expensive, and can come with ABS, ride select, dynamic suspension adjustment, heated grips, traction control and more. Buy one now and you'll be sorry when they finally update the platform. In that category, go with a BMW S1000R.
And then there's the Street Triple. My favorite bike I've ever ridden. At low revs it is well behaved, quiet and forgiving. At high revs it's torquey, fast and screams like a banshee. It's light and flickable, able to turn on a dime and comfortable enough to commute on. It happily revs either high or low depending on how you want to ride. I ride most days out of the year and for me, this bike represents the perfect balance of speed, agility and comfort.
Originally Posted by MarkI
That's a goddamn beauty.
Question for you guys, so the tu250x I put a deposit on has been postponed. Apparently the dealership is having a hard time allocating 2015 models for their lot. Instead of the end of this month i've been told it could be as far back as july.
it got me thinking, maybe instead of buying this brand new bike as my first ride, financing it and shit, why not plunk down 1800-2200 and buy an older used bike like a 70s cb350 or something. i think it would be a good experience to have a bike like this as my first, and theyre notoriously easy to wrench on no?
as it stands i took their offer of taking back my deposit, so i need to figure something out with the quickness. i also looked into picking up a used 13 tu250, but theyre fucking impossible to find at this point really.
opinions? also suggestions for reliable, standard/cafe type bikes i could pick up for under 2500
I don't think one should pay a lot for or finance a first bike. Like everyone always says, it's not 'if' you put the bike down, it's 'when.' Not a lot of standards that come in 250, though you could do a Star or Honda cruiser. Overall, I think the best starter bike made today is the Ninja 300. But don't be too picky about your starter; you won't have it more than a season or two.