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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-27-2016, 12:28 AM
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I had a TBird before my 2nd R3. How do you like the LT. It looks super.
I've been very happy with the LT. Mechanically, it's been trouble free in nearly 13K miles in two years. I've taken some touring trips of 2K miles in a week, and it just hums along between 90-105mph smoothly and with no stress on that big twin. And the stock seat is the best I've ever had--and it's the first time I didn't need to replace the seat on a bike.

The only changes I made were putting on the TORS pipes with the stage 1 download for more sound and a slight power boost. Also, installed the pillion deluxe backrest for my lady, and she loves the bike's comfort.

If you are looking for a big cruiser, but with the Triumph twin heritage, handling, build quality, and a more powerful engine than most V-twins out there, the LT won't disappoint.
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If I can start out on a rocket (1st time rider) you sure can transition from the bonny to the beast. Will feel like you been riding a moped
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If I can start out on a rocket (1st time rider) you sure can transition from the bonny to the beast. Will feel like you been riding a moped
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. I was a MSF Rider Coach for several years and almost without fail ; those that chose to begin on a large heavy bike suffered the same fate to varying degrees ! The statistics favor starting on a more manageable weight bike................ ! ( However , if you are the size of a gorilla , a huge bike may tend to seem smaller to you .)

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I bought my R3R in March with about 2 years on my T-100. Two very different bikes but still a motorcycle, your riding style and experience will be one of the biggest factors in the adjustments needed for the upgrade to the larger bike. In my case the riding position from the bonneville upright slightly forward position to the still upright but slightly foot forward position was the biggest difference. On the Bonnie I ride without a wind screen and it's very comfortable for me. With the R3R a wind screen was the first thing I purchased, the wind on my chest in the foot forward position started to put stress on my middle back muscles after about 1/2 riding. She has a low center of gravity that makes her very nimble even in the parking lots and at low speeds. Even for the weight she's very easy to manuever even in traffic. I find that the brakes are very good and I haven't had any issues with stopping her. Keep your wits with the throttle until you get to know her a bit and you'll find that you have one fine machine, the biggest, baddest bike on the planet!

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I have got LT which is only slightly lighter than a R3 but with less power. For a new rider the R3 will be quite a handful. It is around 380kg just by itself. With you & a pillion it will be north of half a tonne. On the open road it will be a blast but watch out for low speed turns and make sure you park in places where you can walk your way out. I would have bought a R3 just on specs & price but the look didn't do it for me. You will have fun dusting off HD riders at the lights. Hell I do it myself on the LT and the R3 is far more capable. BTW - it will eat the tires.
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i can be done..

I was a MSF Rider Coach for several years and almost without fail ; those that chose to begin on a large heavy bike suffered the same fate to varying degrees ! The statistics favor starting on a more manageable weight bike................ ! ( However , if you are the size of a gorilla , a huge bike may tend to seem smaller to you .)



well 17k miles later- no issues I did take the MSF course which i recommend to anyone thinking about buying a motorcycle.
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I went from 300 lbs to 450 lbs. to the 850 lb heft of the R3T. I think the progression was helpful, but the first few rides of any heavy bike are gonna feel truly weird. Having any riding experience should if nothing else teach you to take turns slow until you KNOW what a particular bike will do.

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Owned my Rocket 111 for 11 years now.Mine is the classic with floorboards and it is a very comfortable long distance runner.Rear tyre might last 6000 miles and front about 8000 miles.The engine does not vibrate or shake much and very low RPM when at 80 mph.The summer screen allows riding with no visor at all and once i fitted one,it will never be taken off again.I did have Tors on it and after just 3 years,they were rusting from the inside out.I now have a Staintune stainless system which also deletes the catalyst.It is fairly quiet,made in Australia.2 backrests fitted as the pull away will slide you back on the seat.After riding these bikes,everything else feels very small.

Now,where did that bit fall off ?
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I'm 5'8" buck sixty and it took a couple weeks for me to adjust to the big 240 tire at parking lot speeds the way it leans in is abrupt til you get used to it but by now you should have made your decision
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Lean in is abrupt yes, and on my Intruder, it takes a significant effort for turn in but tracks well once leaned over. Two ends of the spectrum!

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