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Old 11-02-2012, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Street Triple R - Best handling bike ever?

Hi! Just signed up here today. I have several other bikes, but am looking for something well-suited to the super-tight twisties in the mountains here (think go-cart track and you have the right idea).

This is NOT mean to be trolling, it is a serious question. Have you ever rode a more nimble, flickable, better handling bike for this type of riding (middleweight or higher - no ninja 250s or RS50s)? If so, what was it?

I'm getting the StripleR either way, but am curious.

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Old 11-02-2012, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Problem with any motorcycle is the trade-off between ride comfort and handling. IMO the Street Triple R has fairly firm spring rates which are great for a heavier rider or aggressive riding, but may be too stiff for a light rider (like me) on bumpy twisties. The ride is not bad (on the bumps) on the stock R if the damping settings are set to the recommended 'soft' settings which is still a firm and controlled ride, and the suspension sag is properly set. Because every motorcycle is a 'one size fits all', most riders make aftermarket modifications to suit them. It is indeed a light and flickable motorcycle with excellent top-gear roll-on power. I have owned my R for 2 years now and have never had the slightest wobble or twitch around many fast bumpy back-road corners, even with the 'soft' damping settings. For a rider under 160 lbs though I would recommend the next-step lower rate shock and fork springs if riding on rough roads. - Wayne
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have only ridden 3 performance bikes

2011 Suzuki GSXR 750
2012 Kawasaki Z1000
2012 Street Triple R

The street triple R handled much better than the z1000 and gsxr750. Thats one of the main reason I bought it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Street Triple R - Best handling bike ever?!
While a great handling bike, I would not be be that ecstatic and say Best handling bike ever. There are others, even in the Triumph range that are great handling bikes, e.g., the TT600/Daytona 600/650. The Daytona 675 is also an excellent handler when correctly set up. My own son's Honda Fireblade is also a contender...!

In some ways it is all a bit subjective. After all, body weight, suspension setup and quality, tyres and riding style and experience also come into play. In this regard, I have found the Suzuki GSXR 750 an incredibly well-handling machine, contrary to others on this thread.

Just my opinion. Others are free to disagree.




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Old 11-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I do believe DeanRider secretly years for a Street Triple

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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. I do believe DeanRider secretly years [sic] for a Street Triple
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I already own its brother, the phenomenal Daytona 675

Actually, I wouldn't mind a 2012 GSXR750! That is one sweet machine!


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Old 11-05-2012, 01:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Depends on who you talk to - guys on a supermoto forum are going to tell you to go sumo and a supermoto would work very well on your roads. Twisty as they are a fat torque curve is a lot more useful than top end hp. I borrowed my brother's SV650 (GSXR forks & Penske shock) when I visited last year and didn't miss the ~30 hp loss compared to the striple - much. I had a hoot going over Tuggles Gap & everywhere else and didn't feel any lack of handling.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The Ducati Hypermotard could also be a contender for best handling in really tight turns. I rode my friend's this summer. Didn't push it very hard on account of not being able to get over the bizarre seat and handlebar position. I've heard really good things, though, from the guys who do push it.

In straightaways, even for 50 meters, though, there's no comparing it to the StreetIII.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Construction of a bike is always a aset of trade-offs. You make it better at X and it gets worse at Y. Same goes for better handling in the twisties (consequence is the bike gets more nervous at higher speeds and the chance of an unwanted stoppie increases).

That's why asking for the "Bestest Bike Evar" is not going to get you far. It's all about the right compromise of trade-offs which are suitable to your needs.

If you are looking for a better handling bike in the twisties start by looking for bikes that are lighter and have a shorter wheelbase. For example a KTM Duke 690 might fall into that category.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I recently had a chance to swap my R for bit and ride a Street Triple with a Daytona rear shock, Maxton fork internals, a 3-1 zard exhaust, brembo pads and a stock rear sprocket. After swapping back we had a lengthy chat about how different the bikes handle. We both have very different front tyre profiles (mine turns in quicker), his bike is less top heavy (changes direction quicker), sprocket affects the revs/gear/engine braking round a corner at the same speed, 2" difference in wheelbase (mine gets twitchy and likes one wheel), I have clipons and he's sat upright... Same bike, both fun, both ride different, both setup to owners taste. If you're inclined to fiddle with you bike, most modern bikes will handle better than most owners skill level. Buy whatever bike you like the look of, sound, feels comfy, practical, etc


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