Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: KTM 1190 Adventure
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Other Motorcycle: 2004 Thrux
Extra Motorcycle: KTM 690 Enduro R
A little homework.
I'll take the long way around to introduce myself. I fell in love with triumphs 5 or 6 years ago. Always wanted one, but hell, I was in university. I got out of school and went to work up north. After convincing myself that having a dealership that was local was important (instead of getting the bonneville of my dreams) I conned myself into a sharp looking sportster.
The sportster was fine, but after a good season on it, and my trusty old XR, I started looking elsewhere, mostly for a bike that was a little less jarring on my kidneys. And something that would make me grin on the pavement like I do in the dirt on a bike made in 1998. I started eyeballing dynas, falling into that harley trap, where it seemed like if I wanted better, I'd have to go bigger.
I had the fortune to ride a monster FXDXT. 111 Hp, 107 lb-ft of torque. Composite Breaks, aluminum swingarm, aluminum wheels. Gnarly. Big. Painted a very blue shade of blue (frame and all). It was cool, but it still shook the hell out of me.
The next week I "fell" into echo cycle after remembering that, hey, I live in edmonton again and didn't I always want a triumph? The salesman got me booked on a bonnie test ride, and I was hooked. It wasn't the snarly dyna I'd ridden the week previous, but hell, it felt good. It was compliant, turned well, and soaked up those all too familiar edmonton bumps that bottomed out my under-sprung sportster.
That said, and with the sporty now sold (combined with some fairly crappy times with the harley dealerships), I'm weighing my options for a bonneville platform Triumph. I'll be lurking mostly, and probably bothering people about handle bars and whether or not I can relocate the foot pegs on a thruxton without too much hassle.