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Old 11-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please help with advise and experience

Dear All,

I currently own a Honda VFR 6th generation and a Kawasaki Concours C14. Obviously I love sport touring. But ...

I live in Blacksburg near beautiful twisty roads and I want to get a new lighter and faster bike--the Concours may have to go.

I love the VFR, therefore, those of you that have/had owned one and now have/had own a Triumph Street Triple please help me with advise. How do they compare?

I thought that the obvious choice for me was the Honda CBR600, but the riding position is too much for my old knees. Other beautiful Italian bikes are so appealing but also so expensive.

Please VFR riders help!

Cheers,

CElias
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dear All,

I currently own a Honda VFR 6th generation and a Kawasaki Concours C14. Obviously I love sport touring. But ...

I live in Blacksburg near beautiful twisty roads and I want to get a new lighter and faster bike--the Concours may have to go.

I love the VFR, therefore, those of you that have/had owned one and now have/had own a Triumph Street Triple please help me with advise. How do they compare?

I thought that the obvious choice for me was the Honda CBR600, but the riding position is too much for my old knees. Other beautiful Italian bikes are so appealing but also so expensive.

Please VFR riders help!

Cheers,

CElias
Hi I owned a VFR 800 1999 sold it about 12 months back,it was a nice bike and really good for touring,but if I'm honest found it a bit Souless,sure it did everything I asked of it and was really reliable,but could never really Gel with it if that makes sense.Took delivery of new Street triple about 5 weeks ago,different beast,lots more fun but can still cover the miles in reasonable comfort,and if you get the screen then wind protection is quite good.I also had arrow cans fitted as I am fan of nice sounding bikes ( had can on VFR).I also toyed with the idea of a ducati but glad I went for the Triumph.I have owned god knows how many bikes over the years( been riding since 1964 now 66) and have to say the Triumph is up there with the best of them.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I came to a Street Triple 3 years ago after having owned a CBR 1100XX for 8 years. Next year, I'll have been riding for 50 years with only a short break and I was looking for something a bit lighter for a creaky body but still retaining excellent performance.

Comparing the two bikes is a bit like chalk and cheese in many ways as their "fitness for purpose" is rather different. Their performance however, is surprisingly close if you discount open, fast highways which are boring!

I've done a comparison here which might help you to reach your own conclusions: http://geoffjames.blogspot.co.nz/201...bird-some.html and a longer term evaluation of the Triple here: http://geoffjames.blogspot.co.nz/201...revisited.html

Best of luck!

Geoff
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have never owned a VFR, so I can't comment on it's performance or appeal, they are fairly common around here. If you like sport-touring then the Concourse is a nice choice, riding the twisties, the Street Triple is ideal.
I have the Sprint ST as my sport touring bike and the Street Triple for daily use, (that was the plan) but they are both terrific bikes and both different and have commandeered both for all types of riding. You can set the Street Triple up for touring (see Twisted Throttle web site) and you can remove the side bags on the Concourse to give you a much lighter sportier bike giving you a lot of flexibility. IMO you may want to keep the Concourse, add the Street Triple and sell the VFR,
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you Geoff and Allworld, this is exactly what I am looking for. I will read your notes Geoff. As you could tell it is very important for me to be comfortable, at 53 my knees dislike aggressive riding position. The CBR600 is an amazing bike, but it is not fun for me after 30 minutes. I tested a beautiful BMW 1000rr, amazing bike, but I had to turn around after 10 minutes because of my silly knees. I guess what I let go on my body I gain on experience, so they tell me :-)

I am totally biased when it comes to the VFR, sorry Allworld, I just adore that bike. I have not had a bike that gives me back as much fun as the VFR. But thank you for your comment, and yes, the Concours is a really good bike, I'll sell it to you at a bargain price to pay for your good advice.

I'll read and get back to you. Thank you again.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you Jim.

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Hi I owned a VFR 800 1999 sold it about 12 months back,it was a nice bike and really good for touring,but if I'm honest found it a bit Souless,sure it did everything I asked of it and was really reliable,but could never really Gel with it if that makes sense.Took delivery of new Street triple about 5 weeks ago,different beast,lots more fun but can still cover the miles in reasonable comfort,and if you get the screen then wind protection is quite good.I also had arrow cans fitted as I am fan of nice sounding bikes ( had can on VFR).I also toyed with the idea of a ducati but glad I went for the Triumph.I have owned god knows how many bikes over the years( been riding since 1964 now 66) and have to say the Triumph is up there with the best of them.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I owned a 6th gen for about a year, and my current Street Triple for about 5 months. What I loved about the VFR was its exhaust note and the plush suspension. The Streety is more nimble and fun to flick around and actually feels a little bit more powerful. I wish I lived closer to Blacksburg so I could let you take my bike out for a spin...I've only been up there a couple times. The VFR is great for the long sweepers, but the more upright position on the Street Triple and light weight and flickability makes it more manageable for every day use. I can say that I have more fun on this naked bike than I had on my VFR, but it's quite a different feel sitting in the saddle of a Streety than a VFR so it may seem really weird at first.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I owned a 6th gen for about a year, and my current Street Triple for about 5 months. What I loved about the VFR was its exhaust note and the plush suspension. The Streety is more nimble and fun to flick around and actually feels a little bit more powerful. I wish I lived closer to Blacksburg so I could let you take my bike out for a spin...I've only been up there a couple times. The VFR is great for the long sweepers, but the more upright position on the Street Triple and light weight and flickability makes it more manageable for every day use. I can say that I have more fun on this naked bike than I had on my VFR, but it's quite a different feel sitting in the saddle of a Streety than a VFR so it may seem really weird at first.
I was wondering how long it was going to take for you to chime in.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Toast, thank you very much for your generous offer, I really appreciate it. In Salem, not far from here, there is EuroSports with Triumphs and BMW, and they are good friends and would let me ride the ST3.

Thank you also for your notes on the VFR. I am not surprised that the ST3 feels stronger given that it is lighter, if I remember correctly the VFR has about 110 hp and the ST3 105 ph.

Cheers and thanks again!

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I owned a 6th gen for about a year, and my current Street Triple for about 5 months. What I loved about the VFR was its exhaust note and the plush suspension. The Streety is more nimble and fun to flick around and actually feels a little bit more powerful. I wish I lived closer to Blacksburg so I could let you take my bike out for a spin...I've only been up there a couple times. The VFR is great for the long sweepers, but the more upright position on the Street Triple and light weight and flickability makes it more manageable for every day use. I can say that I have more fun on this naked bike than I had on my VFR, but it's quite a different feel sitting in the saddle of a Streety than a VFR so it may seem really weird at first.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Geof, Fantastic blog, thank you, and I get the Kiwi Rat now. I briefly owned a black bird, great bike and soooo strong, but in my opinion useless power unless you like endless straight lines at a million miles per hour.

Thank you also for your detailed description of the ST3, and thanks to you I am getting the Airhawk. The issue of pain you know where after 200 miles may be solve thanks to the Airhawk, it is on its way from Amazon.

I don't know what would I do about the ST3, but I do know that I will follow your blog. And if you sail here to the east coast of the US, come to this region and I will show you our roads, you won't be disappointed, endless twisties. Come during the summer, it is cold now. You may have to follow me on a Concours, or maybe by then on a ST3, as I would probably prefer the VFR :-)

Cheers,

CElias


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I came to a Street Triple 3 years ago after having owned a CBR 1100XX for 8 years. Next year, I'll have been riding for 50 years with only a short break and I was looking for something a bit lighter for a creaky body but still retaining excellent performance.

Comparing the two bikes is a bit like chalk and cheese in many ways as their "fitness for purpose" is rather different. Their performance however, is surprisingly close if you discount open, fast highways which are boring!

I've done a comparison here which might help you to reach your own conclusions: http://geoffjames.blogspot.co.nz/201...bird-some.html and a longer term evaluation of the Triple here: http://geoffjames.blogspot.co.nz/201...revisited.html

Best of luck!

Geoff
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