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Old 11-14-2012, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Considering a 2004 Speed Triple!

HI S3 Owners.

I am a Bonnie rider looking for a change. I have been taken by the looks of a 955i s3. I am looking for some opinions. Specifically on the following areas.

1. Fuel economy- What should I expect UK MPG wise? I currently get about 50mpg on the Bonnie, but tend to thrash it on the Motorway.

2. Running and servicing costs- I currently do my own simple maintanence, oil, plugs, consumables changes etc. Is this still possible on the s3 for a fairly inexperienced home mechanic?

3. Performance as a daily driver- What do you think of this bike as an everyday rider?

Thanks in advance for your help!!

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there Joshua.

I typically get between 160-180 miles per tank on mine but then again I like the sound of that triple too dang much to stay out of the throttle very often.

I can't really comment on service costs or ease of servicing as I only got mine this spring. I know the recommended services are expensive, like $600-$800 luckily those don't come around too often.

As a daily driver you'll love it. My previous bike was an 03 America and this bike is infinitely more comfortable and fun. I ride mine to work and back every day.

Of course all of that said, I am biased. I love my S3 and extol its virtues to anyone who will listen.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Josh, I'm not in the UK; but currently own an '03 S3 (and two other triples), and have owned Thruxton and Scrambler variants of the Bonnie. Here are my responses:

1) My speedie gets essentially the same fuel mileage (~40 US mpg, or ~50 UK mpg) as my Thruxton and Scrambler; AND the fuel tank holds more than a gallon (US) of additional gas, so the range is an extra 40-50 miles.

2) Normal maintenance is not much different on a Speedie than on the Bonnie. One extra cylinder, so one more spark plug; but other than that it's the same - and yes, if you did the servicing on the Bonnie you can do it on the S3.

3) You WILL be addicted to the extra power, no two ways about that. Far superior brakes and handling are added bonuses. The S3 is a fine everyday motorbike.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First off, the 2004 955 is a SPEED Triple - the Street Triple is a 675

Servicing is readily doable - only if the valves need to have shims replaced does that require a bit more experience (12000 mile interval for check - does not always require replacement shims)
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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All music to my ears so far! DEcosse- Just noticed that mistake, perhaps its because my dream bike is a Street Triple R ( out of my price range unfortunately!)
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Go for it Joshua, and don't worry about the Street Triple R, i've ridden one and they are great bikes but haven't got the versitility or personality of the 955. I own a 2012 Thruxton (just purchased) and an 04 S3. I love the Thruxton because i can ride it quick in the twisties but don't have to ride at blistering speeds all the time. That said, the S3 955 is the best all round road bike i have ever owned (and i've owned around 20 of em), it is a great bike in the twisties, i can tour on it no problems, pop it on the back wheel no worries. It has so much torque that you can ride around GSXR's in the hills and it is comfortable all day (one or two up) if you like travelling. It has great brakes, great handling etc, etc. It made my previous 05 Kawasaki Z100 feel like a 2 wheel truck in comparrison. I don't think i could ever sell mine, no matter what else i buy. Oh yeah, if you do want to do long trips, the only mod that is worth the money is to re-upholster the seat with better foam, cost me $80, looks the same but is soooooo compfy.

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Fixed the title for you Joshua.

I don't think you'll be disappointed - that 955 series is really nice bike, don't think there will too much to worry about
FoothillRyder & Peter1 have real in-stable (& out of course!) experience with the Twins in comparison to same model Triple.
So those (presumably! ) unbiased opinions are probably good benchmarks for you.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi Joshua, I just got an 04' Speed triple about two months ago and the first thing I noticed was how fun and easy it is to ride (compared to my sportbike). It is a great all around bike meaning it does everything well, but it's not a sport tourer, and it's not a sport bike, but for an everyday rider I would say it's just what the doctor ordered.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi Joshua, I just got an 04' Speed triple about two months ago and the first thing I noticed was how fun and easy it is to ride (compared to my sportbike). It is a great all around bike meaning it does everything well, but it's not a sport tourer, and it's not a sport bike, but for an everyday rider I would say it's just what the doctor ordered.
I have done a week of 700km days riding two up with a fully loaded Ventura bag without an issue (even the missus said it is really comfortable) + overtaking sports bikes in the mountains is not an issue either. On a race track it would be a different story but, on the road 98% of riders can't use their sportsbikes performance anyway, so whats the point in owning one ?? I'm not saying it is a touring bike or a sports bike but it does both well enough for me and is comfortable to boot, no aching wrists.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice so far. Just one more question... I have heard about a few problems with these bikes- eg Sprag clutch and rear suspension problem. Are these issues that I should consider before buying the bike? Or are they simply a case of bad luck? Any other issues I should consider when looking at a mk2 speed triple?
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