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Old 03-09-2011, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a new rider to motorcycles, however been riding dirt bikes for a while. I am 6' 3" and 24o lbs, and love the speed triple, should I be considering a 675 for my first bike, or just repect the speed enough to be safe and scared at the same time. I have many other forums but I would like to know what triumph people say.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was in the same exact scenario.. kinda creepy actually..

6'3".. sorry but only 180 (185 soaking wet)..

First street bike but have had 2 stroke yz125 as my first bike and a xt 550 dual sport mid teens.. which I don't count as a "street bike."

Then I had to sell em both for college costs.. now w/ that first "real" job I can afford the toys again..

I was originally looking at the street triple R.. heard and saw great things.. Dealer had an 09 S3 leftover at one hell of a deal.. in orange w/ some accessories and no Street (meaning) I would have to order and wait..) so I signed for the S3 and I have never looked back..

It has power but is more than rid-able for those first "oh crap" moments when you first sit in the saddle and have to leave the dealership onto a 4 lane highway.. in rush hour volume..

I went back and during the summer months did the Triumph Demo days and took the street R out and boy am I glad I didn't go with it.. great bike and all but my buddy had the best line "You looked like Andrea the Giant getting off that thing.."

And street riding.. my buddies on Duc 848's, D675 and gsxr 600 cannot get away from me.. no matter how hard they try..

Speed Triple and you won't regret a thing..
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you've ridden dirt bikes..then you understand 'power band'

675's powerband is all up top (like most 600's)
Speed triple is sort of throughout the rev range...i think.

If you've ridden a 450, then you''re already use to bottom end power and won't be surprised. Just don't 'DISCOVER' the power band at the wrong time...that' what gets people in trouble.

Also, if you've ridden a two stroke or 450, you'll be fine on Speedie..just take your time learning the bike.

I also want to add, S3 is not like other 1000cc japanese bikes..so the top end power isn't all out scray. WOT on R1/Jap 1L or BMW1000rr is scary.
hope this helps.

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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At the Lee Parks' ARC, one of my riding instructors made a point of saying how he started on big bikes, raced them for years, but didn't truly learn how to ride until he went back to smaller machines. Most people's egos and desires ( I want what I want NOW ) don't allow them to start out on a "girl's bike", like an EX 500 or an SV 650. For every guy who has natural talent and does well learning on a liter bike or supersport, there are 10 who either quietly give up the sport, crash ( and blame everything but their lack of ability ) or condemn the rest of their buddies to a lifetime of seeing them plod and wobble their way around corners and then WFO on the straights.

Know what they train on at Kenny Robert's ranch? XR 100's. That is how you learn to become a Grand Prix champion. And a better rider.

If you were my friend and we were having a beer, I would give you a list of used bikes that aren't as responsive, will be worth the same amount when you are done with them and ready to move up, and a lot cheaper to own and repair for that first drop when you parked it wrong, or slipped on gravel or whatever. Then I would make sure you took a rider training class because even if you think you know how to ride, you will learn something. I learned just how many bad habits I had in the first 10 minutes of the ARC.

Everyone else will say "go for it". And that's what group think does.
I wish you well either way.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Get it then take some training. Started out on a smaller bike and carried over some really bad habits despite starting small. Didn't change bad habits until I got some really good training (Lee Parks Total Control Class).
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i started out on a harley V-rod. Big, heavy, powerful, ill handling, poor braking and survived. Motorcycles themselves aren't inherently dangerous, but riders that don't ride within their abilities or the bike's abilities are the ones that raise insurance rates for the rest of us. Use your head, respect the throttle, and please, please, please enroll in a motorcycle safety course.

Like you, I had a lot of dirt bike experience before moving to the street. The course helped me gain a lot of confidence in how a bike handles, and broke some of my bad habits. Plus you'll get to watch people freak-out the first time they lock up the back brake and have the rear end step-out.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I moved to S3 from riding a Shadow 500. I'm 5'8", 145#. Tiptoe both sides when stopped at the light, which didn't help the confidence in the beginning. For almost 3 month after buying it I was wondering if I may of bitten more then I can chew.

At present; I love this bike and respect its awesome power. Extra careful and smooth with throttle when cornering. Any thought of changing to smaller cousine of S3 (Street) is gone.

Just take your time getting used to S3. Pay attention, don't lose concentration, and don't let the bike's power tempt you in to things you will regret later and you'll be alright.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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At the Lee Parks' ARC, one of my riding instructors made a point of saying how he started on big bikes, raced them for years, but didn't truly learn how to ride until he went back to smaller machines. Most people's egos and desires ( I want what I want NOW ) don't allow them to start out on a "girl's bike", like an EX 500 or an SV 650. For every guy who has natural talent and does well learning on a liter bike or supersport, there are 10 who either quietly give up the sport, crash ( and blame everything but their lack of ability ) or condemn the rest of their buddies to a lifetime of seeing them plod and wobble their way around corners and then WFO on the straights.

Know what they train on at Kenny Robert's ranch? XR 100's. That is how you learn to become a Grand Prix champion. And a better rider.

If you were my friend and we were having a beer, I would give you a list of used bikes that aren't as responsive, will be worth the same amount when you are done with them and ready to move up, and a lot cheaper to own and repair for that first drop when you parked it wrong, or slipped on gravel or whatever. Then I would make sure you took a rider training class because even if you think you know how to ride, you will learn something. I learned just how many bad habits I had in the first 10 minutes of the ARC.

Everyone else will say "go for it". And that's what group think does.
I wish you well either way.
This is very good advice...and I agree with it 100% just from personal experience
I know three or four guys..who were on 1000cc bikes and have gone to 600's and improved on their times and riding skills.

Advice given to parents with kids at SEMRA: south East mini road racing association is "put your kid on the small/slow bike for a year or two and he'll grow up to be the fastest rider out there"

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Old 03-09-2011, 05:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry to go off topic..but OMFG ,that kid...number 22 was a tad excited lol.
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Speedy is scary for a while but it is manageable...with training. Take a safety course before you get on though, even though you've ridden bikes before.

Once you get used to the big you will have endless grins.
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