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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Am I going to the dark side

I am new to ridding I bought a bike first of September. Since them I have put over 4000 miles on it. Here's where my debate comes in, I was dead set on a Thruxton love the look and the feel. But I couldn't find one in my price range. I settled on an older bike but insisted on a Triumph. I have been riding an 01 speed triple. She has 36 k on the clock and climbing fast with my 65 mile RT commute 5 days a week and year round. I still want a thruxton. What would the ups and downs be comming from the S3? I know I started with too much power but it is manageable. I don't abuse it or even use it. I am kinda a grampa most of the time. But I like that its there. So do I stick with an S3 just go newer ( I ready don't think i need the 1050) or will a Thruxton but what I want? Wish I could have a commute bike and a fun bike but not the case.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 01:38 AM
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I know what you're saying, i love the look of the thruxton too, but the lack of overall power and braking put me off compared to the speedy, would make a great second bike, but if you are not using the power of the speedy and have the itch i say go for a demo ride and get it out of your system, everyones bike is just that..their bike, and what suits one may not suit another..go for a ride and find out,only that will sort it.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 04:46 AM
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I'm assuming you're asking this in the Thruxton forum as well.

My opinion would be, the Thruxton looks nice but is a noticeable step down in power, suspension, and braking. I'm also not sure if it uses modern performance or 'classic' tires, but that's an easy check. You can upgrade at least the suspension and brakes, but it will start to get very expensive.

If I was in the market for a Thruxton I'd also keep an eye out for a lower-displacement Ducati Monster.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 05:41 AM
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With the Thruxton you’ll be able to,( maybe/hopefully) push the envelope of its design, feel as if you’re using 90% of its capabilities, relive the days of yore, pretend you’re poppin’ round the Ace Café to chat up some bird, and do a ton up knowing damn well you’re making that vertical twin earn its keep. Speed is more than a number and breaking into the triple digits on a Thruxton is,( subjectively) faster just as downhill skiing at 40mph is different than doing it in a Lincoln Continental and for the same reason, because your brain is telling your adrenal glands “AAAH! We’re gona DIE!” Plus, you’ll be able to give some sedans, almost all minivans and quite a few American bikes a run for their money! Cool, eh?

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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I posted the same on the Cafe racer site and you all have the same points. I need to find where my hart is , performance or the look and feel of the thruxton sounds like I will giving up a lot in the performance area. I guess my decision not to get a Japanese bike for my first was a curse of its own. Now I have some soul searching to do!
Thanks for all the comments as a newbie I am learning everyday and will never assume I know anything. It seems safer that way. What if I went vintage and kept the s3 for the long haul and commutes? That would take some convincing of the wife and lots of flowers.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 04:34 AM
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2 bikes are always better than one. - keep the speedie and just rack up the mileage on it. Get a thruxton and use it for sunday best.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 11:47 AM
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If I were getting a bike with the intent of using for long haul and commute, with a naked Sunday bike for the curvy joyrides, I would look at something faired and possibly set up stock for luggage. 2 bikes are great but it's nice to have them fairly different, and it'll be easier picking the right bike for the job. If it involves the wife it's also nice to have a place for her to sit - the S3 has a small pillion to begin with and tends to lose it entirely when luggage is involved.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 08:24 AM
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More fun to go fast on a slow bike than slow on a fast bike...
How true !. Unless going long distance I usually ride my old 350. You have to use the whole rev range & work the gearbox to make any haste. It`s very entertaining.
On the Spd. 3 once into 3rd gear I spend to much time checking the speedo for fear of losing my licence, & wondering if I`ll get a chance to use the other 3 gears.
The video of the Thruxton was rivetting. To get the triple`s engine singing like that I`d need a lawyer on retainer..
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